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    Declaration of Renunciation and Severance of U.S. Citizenship by Jeff Knaebel (must read)

    Declaration of Renunciation and Severance of U.S. Citizenship

    by Jeff Knaebel, Sovereign Individual of the Earth

    (See Jeff's autobiographical article, "How I Became A Voluntaryist," at

    This Declaration, made at New Delhi, India on 19 June 2009, WITNESSETH:

    To the people of this Earth, my fellow human beings, my brothers and
    sisters, in memory of Black Elk and Chief Joseph, and with special
    respect to the Grandmothers and Elders of all indigenous communities,

    I, Jeff Knaebel, hereby make this Declaration of Severance and
    Dissolution of all bonds between myself and the Government of the
    United States of America. I renounce my birth certificate - I renounce
    my citizenship - and reject all claims of whatsoever nature made by
    the United States against me. I am not government property, and I am
    not a criminal. I am a peace-loving human being who is finished with
    being a slave to the Corporate Warfare State. I am not a citizen of
    any Government. I renounce all of them.

    I hereby destroy my United States passport by which the United States
    government claims control of my movement upon this earth, and thus
    lays claim upon my right to exist. I will place the shredded remains
    of my passport upon the monument of Mahatma Gandhi. I have chosen this
    monument because it is a symbol that all mankind can recognize: of
    nonviolent resistance to immoral, corrupt, and violent Governments.

    By this deliberate act of rebellion and sedition, I hope to free
    myself and alert mankind to the dangers it has created by obeying
    Governments of the world. My refusal to remain a tax-compliant
    accomplice to State murder will be considered treason against the
    United States. The choice is this, or treason against human life
    itself. My life is not about supporting the cold blooded murder of
    women and children.

    No permission is required to renounce that which I never sought in the
    first place, for which I never entered a contract, and which is
    imposed upon me against my will. Having declared myself not a
    citizen, I am therefore not a citizen. Citizenship is either
    voluntary, or it is forcible slavery.

    The United States government is incomprehensibly malevolent and
    destructive. It takes our money, our identities, and our lives. It
    gives us back corruption, war, heinous crime, and lies. This
    government has no moral right to exist. It ought to be abolished
    without further human bloodshed.

    The Nation State is a criminal organization which must be opposed in
    its very concept. It is impossible to reform a system that is built
    upon a foundation of lies and violence -- one whose health and
    continuance depends upon endless war. The system must be altogether
    abolished. It is irredeemably evil.

    The State represents a terminal disease of human consciousness that is
    anti-life, anti-ethics, and suicidal for the human species. It is a
    sick addictive co-dependency between its citizens and parasitic lying
    murdering psychopathic politicians.

    Blind obedience to incompetent, deceitful, violent and morally
    depraved authority is a clear case of mental disease. Eckhart Tolle,
    Gopi Krishna and other morally advanced beings have diagnosed the
    United States government as pathologically criminally insane.

    All political authority is arbitrary: arbitrary as to the form it
    takes; arbitrary as to the boundaries it establishes; arbitrary as to
    the limits of its jurisdiction; and arbitrary as to the taxation it
    collects. If one refuses to bow, to obey, to pay one's taxes, to use
    Government travel documents, one will ultimately be placed in jail, or
    die resisting arrest.

    Even in its most equitable form, it is impossible for government to
    disassociate itself from evil. The State has been conceived in
    violence and is maintained by lies and violence. Its every act can
    only be criminal. Unless the right to ignore the State is recognized,
    its citizens become tainted accomplices in its deeds.

    From the most democratic to the most totalitarian form of government
    there is ultimately no difference among the powers they exercise. The
    essence of the State is the threat and use of deadly force against
    those who choose not to comply with its edicts.

    No Government rightfully owns the territory its monopolizes. It has
    stolen possession of whatever land it lays claims to. Everything it
    has, the State has stolen or plundered. It prevents peaceful people
    from establishing their own voluntary cooperative economic and social
    relationships. The purpose of assigning nationality is to control a
    mass of captive taxpayers in order to maintain the large military
    establishment required to keep a citizenry in a state of fearful
    submission to the Power Structure of money.

    Why should a system of structurally compulsively violent political
    authority be preferred to a cooperative system in which human beings
    live according to the Natural Law of equal liberty? A coercive
    government has no legitimate authority over me. None. Its only
    authority comes through the barrel of a gun.

    Is the arbitrary "legal" construct of the Corporate State more
    precious than life? Is this guns-and-steel lifeless structure more
    precious than living, breathing beings? This killing machine
    fabricated of cunning deceitful words of legally piggily on corporate
    parchment... Are we living beings or abstract symbols to be
    manipulated by the Money Power? What is the "National Interest,"
    other than the transfer of wealth and influence to the power elite?
    What about humanity's interest?

    I write against the oblivion of humanity. I act in quest of goodness,
    beauty and truth, that we may yet live.

    I am not Government property. I bid farewell to the United States
    Government and to the citizenship it has imposed upon me against my
    will. I love life too much to be forced to participate in its murder.

    The United States government is a stain upon humanity. It is a
    grotesque distortion of human relations and the human conscience. It
    is ugly beyond the power of words to describe. Only its end product
    speaks clearly for what it is and what it does. "Shock and Awe" death
    raining from the sky. Children's blood flowing in the streets. Body
    parts strewn across wedding festival grounds. A human genome
    corrupted by depleted uranium and agent orange. Hiroshima. Los
    Alamos Lab. The science of death versus the art of life. Torture.
    Rape. Ecocide. Endless heinous crime. The most terrible Merchant of
    Death in human history. Human species suicidal.

    If you, people of the world, wish to support Government, then so be
    it. But leave me alone. As a peaceful individual I reject your
    authority imposed by violence. I reject all Government claims of
    legitimacy. You and your Government do not have the right to do the
    things that you do. Foremost among these tax-and-public debt financed
    activities are the waging of war; the conscription of soldiers; and
    the expenditure of citizens bread labor upon armaments which by now
    can destroy our earth many times over. I call for an end to these
    activities. I will not support such activities with my life, my
    money, or my energy.

    The laws of our natural world, the laws of the Great Spirit, the five
    precepts of the Buddha, are morally and practically superior to
    political laws. You must not kill and I must not kill. We must not
    support killing. We must love our neighbors as we love ourselves. As
    the Hopi have said, "From this one commandment, to respect and revere
    life, come all the other commandments: to tell the truth, to share
    with others, to life together in mutual support, to take care of our
    children and old people, the sick and strangers, friends and enemies,
    to abstain from intoxicants and adultery, not to cheat, steal, or

    It is up to the individual to discern his duty to his fellowmen and to
    act accordingly. No other can know my moral conscience, let alone
    "represent" it in decisions of war and peace. How can another
    "represent" me in voting to murder children? The first duty of love
    is to do no harm. Therefore my duty of love is to renounce the State,
    to withdraw from it, to quit it, to abandon it, to refuse to pay its
    taxes, to refuse participation in its charade of corporate money
    controlled elections, and to live my own life in search of truth and

    What do you do when you awaken to the awfulness of the lies of the
    State and the State of the lie? How does one negotiate with
    pathological liars? How does one come to peace with his tax payment
    hiring of cold blooded murder for oil and money?

    Against whom, then, shall I commit treason? The brotherhood of man?
    My rational mind and common sense? My moral conscience? Or the
    United States government? I prefer treason against the arbitrarily
    imposed rule of an organized crime syndicate to treason against
    humanity. To suffer in tax compliant silence the heinous crimes
    against humanity perpetrated by the United States would be to negate
    whatever is within me that can be called human.

    The shredding of my government permission-to-exist documents is
    offered as a prayer that the government of the United States --
    perceived to be a criminal organization of incomprehensible scope --
    may be without bloodshed dissolved and abolished from this earth

    I no longer have a Government name; I have no country, no travel
    papers, no passport, and no Government identification. Under the law
    of every Government, I am an illegal human being. Against this
    arbitrary "illegality" I claim my right to exist as a free and
    sovereign individual.

    What man -- or group of men -- can declare another to be "illegal?"
    Such men, who cannot give life, would yet take it, as lying murderers
    in God's own temple. For Power, there is no tomorrow. There are no
    grandchildren. Of the good earth, there is none. There is only
    Power. Persons who aspire to this are degraded, deranged, diseased.
    We are insane to submit to rule by the depraved.

    What shall be done with me?

    If deported to the United States, the Government will subject me to
    draconian penalties. Having destroyed my passport, having renounced my
    citizenship, having made this Declaration, I have become a seditious
    rebel to the United States Government. The United States will have no
    choice but to harass, persecute, and ultimately jail me for speaking
    truth to power.

    On the one hand, the natural wish to live, to grow, to move about, to
    be free, to act as a man. On the other hand, in order to live in this
    manner with the ordinary amenities of livelihood, I am forced by
    taxation to finance the murder of children who have a sacred right to
    life -- innocent small children who cannot conceive of the wish to
    harm me.

    There comes a time when the abuses are so great, the mindless
    destruction so wanton, the suffering so stupidly unnecessary, that one
    must resist the Power of rulership with his life. I love Life too
    much to participate in its murder.

    I bid you farewell, those who would remain in voluntary bondage. Go
    about your life peacefully, respecting yourself, all others, and the
    earth upon which we live. Remember that means is to end as seed is to
    tree. A violent means can never produce a good end. The truth shall
    set us free. My efforts shall not have been in vain. Right always
    overcomes might, even though I may not live to see the day.

    Whatever happens to me, may you remember my message: Awaken from your
    slumber. Realize that Government depends upon your consent. You
    control yourself. You can withdraw your consent.

    We must recover Respect -- for life, and for each other.
    Civilizations that get off the Path of Respect do not last, because
    when a people get off the path, they also remove themselves from the
    circle of life.

    My prayer is to love and to serve. From my heart I seek to act in a
    good way, in a sacred way, for the benefit of many, in support of
    life, that the seventh generation of children may yet live and be happy.

    The "why" of what I do is put completely to rest by the statement, "I
    love." The final answer to any question about my actions is "I
    love." What is the value of human life -- this is the real question.

    Executed at New Delhi this 19th day of June 2009

    Jeff Knaebel

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