WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Is the federal income tax unconstitutional? Is it a fraud perpetrated by a cabal of sneaky elites pushing their self-serving agenda through nefarious means? That would be nice, wouldn’t it? I mean, who loves paying taxes?
Aaron Russo’s America: Freedom to Fascism was a passion project for him. He put this thing together in the last years of his life as he struggled under a $2 million tax debt. He was certain he had found evidence of the unconstitutionality of the United States Federal Income Tax, and was determined to spread the word far and wide, calling for nothing short of revolution. More accurately, he was certain he had not found evidence of the constitutionality of the tax code.
But does lack of such evidence equate with the illegitimacy of the income tax?
In this film Russo passionately argues that we’ve all been had. He records the testimony of former IRS agents, tax lawyers, tax victims, all of whom seem to tell the same story: The income tax is illegal, immoral, and unconstitutional.
WHAT DID WE THINK?
The movie is surprisingly rough, given Russo’s background in film and entertainment. He appears to have cherry-picked the words of his witnesses and misrepresented some of their positions.
As much as we’d like to believe we don’t REALLY have to pay taxes, neither of us was persuaded by this film. Sadly, two things in life remain certain, even after viewing Aaron Russo’s America: Freedom to Fascism.
Some links to check out:
- U.S. Tax Code Title 26
- Facts Refute Filmmaker’s Assertions on Income Tax in ‘America’ (NY Times)
- Joseph Cannon’s rebuttal to America: Freedom to Fascism.