Irwin Schiff, dubbed by Forbes as “grandfather of the contemporary tax protest movement”, died last Friday, October 16, while in custody of the United States’ Federal prison system. Schiff was 87, and despite being legally blind and dying of cancer, he was denied compassionate release and was not permitted to die in peace among family members. If this does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment, I wonder what does?
Forbes contributor Peter J. Reilly writes that Schiff promoted a theory that the federal income tax was very limited in its application and that ordinary Americans are tricked into paying it. Over the years, Schiff wrote a number of books, self-published by Freedom Books, such as: How Anyone Can Stop Paying Income Tax, The Federal Mafia: How the Government Illegally Imposes and Unlawfully Collects Income Taxes, and The Biggest Con: How the Government Is Fleecing You.
Irwin Schiff was the father of Peter Schiff, a renowned American financial analyst, stockbroker and author. Host of the Peter Schiff Show, he is also Chairman of SchiffGold, a precious metals dealer based in Manhattan. He gained notoriety for having given early warnings of the 2007-2008 financial crisis.
In his obituary to his father, Peter states that Irwin Schiff died a political prisoner of the United States, “legally blind and shackled to a hospital bed in a guarded room in intensive care”, adding that “the free nation he was born into had itself died years earlier”.
The following piece from Fox 5 News was produced at an unspecified date and uploaded to YouTube on October 18, 2007, by Right2Petition. Watch as a famous tax attorney is unable to cite any law requiring average Americans to file or pay income tax.
I am leaving you with Peter’s closing remarks about his father – bold highlights are mine:
“Whether or not you agree with my father’s views on the Federal Income Tax, or the manner by which it is collected, it’s hard to condone the way he was treated by our government. He held his convictions so sincerely and so passionately that he continued to espouse them until his dying breath. Like William Wallace in the final scene of Braveheart, an oppressive government may have succeeded in killing him, but they did not break his spirit. And that spirit will live on in his books, his videos, and in his children and grandchildren. Hopefully his legacy will one day help restore the lost freedoms he died trying to protect, finally allowing him to rest in peace.” – Peter Schiff
Sources & Reference Material
- Irwin Schiff Famed Tax Protester Dies In Prison | Peter J. Reilly | Forbes, October 17, 2015
- The Death of a Patriot – Peter Schiff’s Father Dies in Prison, Shackled to a Hospital Bed | Michael Krieger | Liberty Blitzkrieg, October 19, 2015
- Death of a Patriot | Peter Schiff | Schiff Radio, October 17, 2015
- Pay No Income Tax | Website of Irwin Schiff, where you can download for free a PDF copy of The Federal Mafia – you should hurry while the site is still up and running.