The Case of the Spelucean Tax Dodger

June 9th, 2012

When a person withdraws from civil society, are they still subject to its laws?

It seems that Lauryn Hill of The Fugees fame has been reading her Lon Fuller, and maybe Dudley v. Regina, a little too closely.

The reclusive singer has stopped paying taxes, arguing that she has withdrawn from civil society:

“My intention has always been to get this situation rectified. When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes,” she wrote. “This only stopped when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family.”

There is a surprisingly large number of so-called sovereigns who think they are not subject to taxes (or any other laws for that matter) because they are sovereigns unto themselves. There are a bunch of them in Western Pennsylvania.

It’s good to know that even outside civil society sovereigns have access to Tumblr.