There's something seductive about a philosophy that says you can decide which laws and rules governing society don't apply to you.
You don't have to pay taxes; you don't need a driver's licence, car insurance or licence plates. You don't recognize police authority. You're not obliged to pay your debts because the system that created them goes against "natural law."
All you need to do is create some legal-looking documents to declare yourself a "sovereign citizen," a "freeman of the land."
As ridiculous as it sounds, so-called freemen are no joke. As The Canadian Press reports, thousands of Canadians have adopted this fringe ideology.
They often wind up in court on tax-evasion charges, their arguments cutting no ice with judges. Others have had confrontations with police over things like refusing to produce a driver's licence.
The freeman movement, not surprisingly, has American roots. It's on a continuumRead More »from ‘Freeman’ movement rejects taxes, laws and debts, but is it a threat?