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Subject What do you think of Freemen on the Land?
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Original Message The term Freeman On The Land, often abbreviated as FOTL or FMOTL, refers to a set of frivolous legal arguments by which, supposedly, you can prove that you are not liable for any debts that you owe.

This overlaps to a considerable extent with the Tax Protestor movement; however, an adherent of FOTL considers himself not only exempt from taxation, but also from other due debts such as paying his phone bill or his mortgage.
[edit] Tenets of FOTL

The tenets of the Freeman On The Land movement are as follows (varying somewhat from loon to loon):

* You, as a "natural person" or "flesh-and-blood person" are distinct from the entity with exactly the same name that is referred to on any legal document that you'd like to ignore, e.g. a tax demand, a summons, a bill, or whatever. The person referred to in such documents is a "fictitious corporation", a "nom de guerre" or "your strawman", and is an entity entirely distinct from you.

* This is especially the case if the document gives your name in capital letters, as is common practice in many legal documents: "JOHN SMITH" is your "strawman"; you are "John Smith", or "John of the family Smith". However, it's still true even if the person drawing up the document is not considerate enough to spell your name in capitals.

* Whenever the word "person" appears in a law that you don't want to apply to you, it does not refer to people in any way. Such laws do not apply to you as a "natural person" but only to your corporate "strawman".

* There are two types of law, "common law", consisting of the laws that you'd like to apply to you; and "admiralty law", also known as "maritime law", consisting of the laws that you don't want to apply to you. Such laws only apply to your strawman. For example, any law which says that you owe anyone any money (for example to pay your phone bill or your taxes or your credit card debt or your parking tickets) actually applies to your strawman and not to you at all. In America, the assertion that the courts are applying Admiralty Law is usually "proved" by reference to the fact that American courthouse flags often bear a decorative gold fringe; in other countries it is merely taken as an article of faith.

* It is possible to disassociate yourself (i.e. "John Smith", your "flesh-and-blood-person") from "JOHN SMITH", your strawman, by reciting an appropriate piece of legal mumbo-jumbo. This makes you not responsible for any debts owed by your strawman.

* The fact that judges invariably reject such frivolous legal theories as the nonsense they are is because they're part of an evil conspiracy to deprive you of your rights, and not because they know the law better than you do.
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