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Would you try another book from Larry R. Williams and/or James C. Lewis?
I was excited to listen to this book as someone of left-leaning persuasion in the hope of understanding how the other half lives. While I enjoyed portions of the book, it was ultimately unsatisfying.
There are three components to this book: the author's personal experience being prosecuted for tax evasion, some background on 'tax resister' arguments and the author's personal views regarding government and taxation.
I found the personal experience the most compelling, although I remain skeptical to its honesty. Williams expresses EXTREME paranoia about lawyers, accountants, the IRS, Judges and government. Yet, his trial defense was that he was duped by tax resisters, lawyers, accountants and fraudulent investment schemes. Williams shows his naivety regarding the court system which is particularly evident during discussion of speedy trial rights. Despite my skepticism, I couldn't help wanting to hear what happened next.
The second topic, background on tax resister arguments and schemes, is ultimately unsatisfying. Williams lays out the various arguments of tax resisters and simply urges listeners to ignore them because they have never successful in court. Williams never says WHY the arguments are wrong (which they objectively are) with the possible exception of the pure trust, which is briefly explained. Are we to infer that Williams agrees with the nonsense he used to espouse and simply discourages the use of these techniques because they have been unsuccessful?
The final topic, Williams extreme personal views on taxation and government, is downright cringe worthy. It is difficult to listen to so many lies, half-truths and my-opinion-is-fact statements in such rapid sequence. Perhaps this book is intended for an already agreeable audience but it is shockingly wrong if you have not already drank the kool-aid.
What about James C. Lewis’s performance did you like?
Narration is generally excellent with only a few gross mispronunciations of words. Dialect, timber and cadence are appropriate to the tone of the material and the author's background.