The Sovereign Citizen Movement: An Empirical Study on the Rise in Activity, Explanations of Growth, and Policy Prescriptions

Brian S. Slater; "The Sovereign Citizen Movement: An Empirical Study on the Rise in Activity, Explanations of Growth, and Policy Prescriptions" Law enforcement officials have yet to determine how many Sovereigns are active in the United States, where they are concentrated, or whether the movement is gaining adherents. This thesis addresses the dearth of information … Continue reading The Sovereign Citizen Movement: An Empirical Study on the Rise in Activity, Explanations of Growth, and Policy Prescriptions

The Usurping Octopus of Jurisdictional Authority: The Legal Theories of the Sovereign Citizen Movement

Francis X. Sullivan, J.D. “The Usurping Octopus of Jurisdictional Authority: The Legal Theories of the Sovereign Citizen Movement” (1999) University of Wisconsin Law School, Class of 2000; M.A., University of Maryland, 1990; B.S.F.S., Georgetown University, 1987) This 30 page analysis is a great introduction into the historical context and origins of what is today a … Continue reading The Usurping Octopus of Jurisdictional Authority: The Legal Theories of the Sovereign Citizen Movement

The Lawless Ones: The Resurgence of the Sovereign Citizen Movement

The U.S. Anti-Defamation League, "The Lawless Ones: The Resurgence of the Sovereign Citizen Movement" (2012)  https://freemandelusion.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/lawless-ones-2012-edition-web-final.pdf . https://www.adl.org/sites/default/files/documents/assets/pdf/combating-hate/Lawless-Ones-2012-Edition-WEB-final.pdf https://freemandelusion.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/lawless-ones-2012-edition-web-final.pdf

The Sovereign Ascendant: Financial Collapse, Status Anxiety, and the Rebirth of the Sovereign Citizen Movement

"The Sovereign Ascendant: Financial Collapse, Status Anxiety, and the Rebirth of the Sovereign Citizen Movement" by Edwin Hodge (Department of Sociology, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada) As many scholars have noted, periods of economic or social unrest often bring about the growth or resurgence of extremist social movements on both the political left and … Continue reading The Sovereign Ascendant: Financial Collapse, Status Anxiety, and the Rebirth of the Sovereign Citizen Movement

Natural law v Positivism

Taking Rights Seriously | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano Judge Andrew P. Napolitano serves on the Board of Directors of the Mises Institute, and is the Institute's Distinguished Scholar in Law and Jurisprudence. He is Senior Judicial Analyst at Fox News, former Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, and is a graduate of Princeton University … Continue reading Natural law v Positivism

The principles of the Posse reemerge half a century later

US sheriffs rebel against state mask orders even as Covid-19 spreads Growing resistance is related to far-right movement that claims sheriffs must defy laws they believe are unconstitutional Sheriffs around the country are refusing to enforce or are even actively resisting Covid-19 mask laws and lockdowns, while others have permitted or encouraged armed vigilantism in … Continue reading The principles of the Posse reemerge half a century later

Sovereign characters

Ernie Tertelgte is an interesting OPCA character. He was initially only charged for fishing without a fishing licence, but was notably passionate in his in-court responses. As is often the alleged conclusion with OPCA mentions, he “dismissed the matter” and walked out, after the magistrate allegedly “abandoned ship, leaving him the highest sovereign in the … Continue reading Sovereign characters

David Wynn Miller

David Wynn Miller, (or Judge: DavidWynn: Miller as he prefers 1) was another prominent guru of the sovereign citizen movement, and had capitalised to the extreme on the existing concept that uppercase lettering in peoples names implies a dead corporate entity. He asserted the government is seeking to control the population by controlling grammar, and … Continue reading David Wynn Miller

Winston Shrout and Jordan Maxwell

Winston Shrout One of the most prominent sovereign citizen gurus in the United States, 1 a man whose videos and seminars have attracted thousands of people, and has been one of the most influential leaders of the Redemption Movement, is Winston Shrout. He expanded on Elvic’s redemption theory, creating the A4V money-for-nothing technique, while maintaining … Continue reading Winston Shrout and Jordan Maxwell

The Montana Freeman

Another notable Sovereign Citizen group were the Montana Freemen an anti-government Christian Patriot movement group based outside the town of Jordan, Montana. The members of the group referred to their land as "Justus Township" and had declared themselves no longer under the authority of any outside government. They became the center of public attention in 1996 … Continue reading The Montana Freeman

The Posse Comitatus and Roger Elvic

This section attempts, among other things, to construct what in biology is called a phylogeny: a family tree of related existing species and their ancestors. This tool helps explain the interrelationships of those organisms and the selective pressures that led to their appearance, divergence, and extinction. This OPCA phylogeny traces the development of groups, false … Continue reading The Posse Comitatus and Roger Elvic

The United States Response

Sovereign Citizens: An Introduction for Law Enforcement 1 The U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Domestic Terrorism Operations Unit II, November 2010 Bulletin https://freemandelusion.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/sovereign-citizens-an-introduction-for-law-enforcement-2010.pdf Sovereign Citizens: A Growing Domestic Threat to Law Enforcement 2 The U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Domestic Terrorism Operations Unit and Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit, September … Continue reading The United States Response

The white supremacist foundations of modern OPCA thought.

Sovereign Citizen ideology, and therefore modern OPCA thought, is based on the white supremacist Christian Identity sect just as surely as Richard Butler's Aryan Nations and Thom Robb's Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The importance lay in its particular mix of racism, the Constitution, religion and common law, and it is these concepts that … Continue reading The white supremacist foundations of modern OPCA thought.