America: Freedom to Fascism

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America - Freedom to FascismFormer rock and roll promoter and manager - turned - political activist, Aaron Russo, sets out to discover the truth behind the Internal Revenue Service in an eye-opening documentary filmed to find out if there is any existing law that requires Americans to pay an income tax.

What Russo claims to uncover in his nonpartisan investigation is a systematic erosion of civil liberties implemented by wealthy bankers in the early 19th century and subsequently proliferated by a government more interested in ruling the people than serving them.

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60 Comments / User Reviews

  1. MrTopSecret

    I believe this is one of the best Federal Reserve documentaries out there. Very informative. I wished Aaron Russo was still around. He is a big asset towards the fight for truth.

  2. Sothis

    This is one of the most important documentaries ever.

  3. Dnyce721

    WOW Thank you 4 this site Very very imformative

  4. Dnyce721

    Vlatko this site is so full of knowledge,and insightful discussion.Ihave watch alot of your docs ty once again

  5. Vlatko

    Thanks Dnyce721.

  6. WTC7

    Truly, an extraordinary documentary. The thing is that most people love their current comfort and will not engage in any kind of resistance for as long as they don't personally feel consequences. But, by the time they do......... it may be already toooooooooo late. And that's why I believe that the darkest predictions of the future, one of which we just saw in this documentary, will actually come true.

  7. Jason

    Great documentary, so far one of the better ones i've watched on this subject, most just talk and talk but never really deliever any proof of what they are trying to say, the interviews in this film were a great addition.

    However, the very end of this film, in my vue demonishes the point, after the credits end, the film, don't try to sell me a DVD for $1, oh but wait i have to buy 100 of them, minimum, so thats $100 for the DVDs and $9 for the postage, a hundred and nine dollars to "spread the word" get real, no thanks, i'd rather just use screen capture softwear to copy the doc from my screen and then just burn my own DVDs to hand out to people, for FREE, i haven't checked yet but does your web site charge to join?, i bet it does, and is it a one off payment or a monthly or annul fee? The point of documentaries like this is to inform the people, not profit from them.

  8. scoot

    Very important documentary! I'm so grateful people put sites like this together. Vlatko, I'd also like to thank you personally. I had yet to comment on your site, but I visit and watch on this site probably more than any other site online. I truly believe that documentaries are and will be more and more valuable as educational tools. Thanks again!


  9. Chief

    It is unfortunate that an appeal has to be made, even if the cost is nominal. The control of and need for money works both ways. To support what you believe in a capitalist system requires some form of donation. In this case, since topdocumentaryfilms provides access to this documentary, it also provides internet links that can post this information. If America is to have a future as a sovereign nation, We The People must decide if it is worth saving. Knowledgee is power only if knowledge is disseminated and digested.

  10. whatistruth

    Wow! Never have I seen a documentary this griping. Move over Michael Moore... Enough said

  11. brandon

    Vlatko, Why didn't you put up my comment on the other Aaron Russo film "Mad as Hell"??

  12. brandon

    Sorry, once I reloaded the page it said I was still awaiting moderation.

  13. Cobar123

    Have you ever just took a minute and realized that even though we have these severe issues with our governemnt the only way to over ride our governement is to create a new one. otherwise people who sit here and argue over facts thats are irrelevant in these documentaries. My point is that we obviously have something wrong with our government....and no none of us know the 100% truth we like to think we have an idea of it but we need to take control of our government and get back to our honest way of life and having the real america. The only way too create a new governement is too take over the one we have now and make them do their jobs correctly as they were made to be.....besides it may not hurt too teach a few people the real deal. And we definately need to decrease the size of our government.....pardon me for some mis spelled words/typos.....i dont need you to fix any of them for me im pretty sure everyone gets my point.

  14. DethJunkie

    Hey guys. This site rocks! I think that we all do not change until something drastic happens. I think that we all are going to be facing a choice very soon, that could be "The" deciding factor for our futures. I am concerned for the peoples of this world, the real people. I choose Liberty over tyranny, life versus a slaverous death. We are on a domestic watchlist for even being here on this site, so we are already marked. All choices made have consequences. In this case, I think choosing liberty over tyranny will definitely be choosing death over life. In this circumstance, I will gladly give up my life for my kids, will you?

  15. Matt

    This has to be one of the best vids I've seen yet on this awesome site. The more I learned about politics in my undergraduate studies and continue to learn, the more I realize how screwed up the system really is. When I watch documentaries such as these, I try to refrain from being biased as much as possible and like to hear both sides of the story. But I believe that this is the real, true side of the story. It coincides with everything I've ever learned about how the function of the government has changed after the Federal Reserve Act was enacted (so they say). I only wish more people would took the time to research these topics themselves, and not depend on the idiot box to get their information.. And if it ever comes down to National ID Cards, they can shove it.

  16. YM

    Americans are just discovering what most of the rest of the world knows. That tax money fuel the engines of your war pigs (NewCons, bankers etc.)

    Americans are generally the less informed people and they believe what the media serves to them...

    Look at how many deaths all over the world on wars your country has made. For what? So that your war pigs fulfil their megalomaniac "visions" and bankers get richer and richer and more powerful. Antiamericanism is getting stronger and stronger.

    Shame on you Americans...WAKE UP!!!

  17. Ron Neil

    This video is now available on DVD for a dollar or two.

    The OneDollarDVDProject (com) has many truth movement DVDs
    for patriot activists to pass along to friends and neighbors.

  18. stevieb

    I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary. I am Canadian, but I highly recommend it anyways.

    This is truly an eye-opener, and I really liked the non-biased approach. Some documentaries leave you in a state of wonder upon conclusion, but this one is pretty cut and dry... either there is a law in existence, or there isn't.

    Fantastic documentary... absolutely one of my favourite three I've ever seen on this site, and elsewhere.

  19. Philosophocles

    Hey Vlatko, shouldn't this be under economics not conspiracy? Its all facts in this movie, no conspiracy here. Meltup and Fiat Empire are basically the same movie as this. Just wondering...

  20. Ron Neil

    Put a calculator to it, there is little or no profit at a dollar per DVD.
    My project is a ministry. Many of us in the movement are putting our souls into waking the masses before the boot comes down. Besides, why is a little profit a bad thing. Profit allows me to buy another printer making the operation more efficient.

  21. Ron Neil


    Philosophocles makes a good point.

    Maybe some titles should be in multiple categories.

    Just a thought.


  22. light

    It is the 99 year plan! By 12/13/2012 the dollar will be dead. This is based on current debasement of the dollar. 1% point a year> 2years to go

  23. proudtobecanadian

    ever think the gorvernment murdered aaron russo..i dont think he died of bladder cancer.. notice how every conspiracy guy who starts to make changes some how dissapears..

  24. M

    alas ... silenced.

    RIP Aaron

  25. chris

    This is one frightening video. I wish it had mentioned more about other countries. I'm Canadian but can see the calm before the storm too.

  26. M

    btw ... just wanna put this out there ...

    Why aren't those super democracies of warmongering profiteering thugs that have been invading countries under the guise of liberating peoples from tyranny and injustice in order to install their bogus DEMOCRACY doing something about the massacre in Lybia ?

  27. Blockade

    rest in piece Aaron and thank you for caring :) this is one of the 100's of docs ive watched on globalization and Fascism.. as well as military docs and i must say everything you said is as plain as day we are even imposing this on other nations and changing their governments till they do comply in fact because of wiki leaks i now have a way better understanding what happened on 9/11 and why we went and attacked Iraq and afghan it had nothing to do with terrorism it was a false flag mission the united states government did to the ppl to start a theater of war in those nations and a very clever way to get the ppl to hand over their nation and god given human rights an if you are going to reply to this accusation then plz research this before you do to save both of our time .. we are murdering more civilians then militants to achieve complete tyranny and control of not only other nations but ourselves and for what to turn a profit and to manipulate and conquer the world.. we need to stop supporting our governments and start supporting our country and the ppl .. no matter where you live or who you are this will effect you and yes in this lifetime .. we need to preserve a world for our children not let it get so bad that there is nothing for them or no future or freedom for them to call home.. if the gov have it their way only the rich would be educated and nurtured by a health system and or be able to afford medication for life threatening ailments ..the poor work ,pay taxes and die to support them not ever knowing that they have been had by their own......... i think im 20 years to late thats why we have to start now even if its just talking to the ppl you know encourage them to do the same to save our liberties and other nations lives and human rights or even post your patriotic / anarchist views online.. yes i said anarchist because thats what you will be called for wanting to be free ... its started long before Nazi Germany and it has to end in north America .. plz watch a lot of docs on this site you will see what is happening to good honest ppl from our government and how very little ever gets done that is promised from our leaching government.... i am from Canada but im smart enough to know that this will effect everyone not just USA or Canada.. just not smart enough to care about punctuation lol

    your patriot canadian regard :)
    love the ppl love the man woman and child to your left or your right but forget the enslaving government that tries to tell you everything is ok.. cuz it is only ok to the ppl who have got something to gain from this sh!t

  28. marty

    AMAZING! what eles can you say except the american people need to start fighting back! when? where? and how? can we fight back?

  29. beatz1111

    great documentary ...people dont believe and r scared not to ay their incom e tax

  30. Liam Jones

    It's a conspiracy!

  31. insert name here

    I've never heard any of this!!!
    Make's me feel i've been so ignorant in working for money so i can live....thats how they want it obviously

  32. james

    the first hour was excellent, but the last half or so was mainly speculation. the real id act never happened, microchipping never happened. like so many other docs, it devolves into paranoia sooner or later. if only i could find a succinct doc. that just states the facts about the fed/ irs/ gold standard conspiracy...

  33. Ms V

    My mother was a substitute teacher about 10 yrs ago, they didn't properly file her w2 form or some bull-crap excuse so my family whom is lower middle class has had to pay out 50G in back taxes! Guess what, they're still paying out their nose for it, and every year it impacts with an interest rate. Great way to sink a middle class family, oh yeah and they are divorced now.

  34. soros soria

    The only ruler i ever read about who was interested in serving his people was Germany's Frederick the Great. His monuments and civic institutions survive in Berlin despite 12 years of fascism since he was in his heyday. We can learn from history if we take the time to do so.

  35. Jellybean

    This is a MUST watch..i have shared the link to this Top Doc many,many times on Yahoo Financial news stories..i encourage everyone who watches this to do the same..the few seconds it takes to do this could change someones life view forever..thanx V!!!

  36. Wisconsin Law Reform

    Since there is no law... why do we keep paying? They can't house all of us in prison... so if we all stop what is their 'remedy'?

    We the People have ALL the power... we just need to remember that we have it.

  37. Lucy Saw

    But you don't have any power never mind "all" the power. You don't control the the courts, the military nor police nor the government or the mainstream media; all that is owned by corporate banking interests and all of those agencies work for the corporate banking interests. In effect you lost your democracy a long time ago...its just that now you are waking up to that affect. To say 'the people have all the power' is like a serf or a slave naively believing they own the land and control their master when it isn't true except in some victory fantasy. Those institutions can change of course but that doesn't usually happen over night, nor blood-less nor without acknowledgement that the institution actually exists and today you have americans who are unaware that this is happening to them in the present. I challenge you to go to any community meeting or town hall or even the street corner and tell people that they are serfs to a system. That their two candidate system is a pretense, a lie to give them a sense of freedom, that they live in a plutocracy they cannot even see, serve masters whom they don't even know, people who are so wealthy they cannot be named nor their privileged lifestyles even imagined and see how you are fought and scorned. Just try it.

  38. gaums

    26 U.S.C. § 1 There is hereby imposed on the taxable income of every individual . . . who is not a married individual a tax determined in accordance with the following table: (the table shows all of the? tax brackets) It goes on to define taxable income:
    hansenusmc 1 week ago

    26 U.S.C. § 61 [G]ross income means all income from whatever source derived, including (but not limited to) the following items: (1) Compensation for services, including fees, commissions, fringe benefits, and similar items; (2) Gross income derived from business; (3) Gains derived from dealings in property; (4) Interest; (5)? Rents; (6) Royalties; (7) Dividends; . . . And also states that everyone has to file a return (unless yearly income is below $2000 as with many students):
    hansenusmc 1 week ago

    26 U.S.C. § 6151 [W]hen a return of tax is required under this title or regulations, the person required to make such return shall,? without assessment or notice and demand from the Secretary, pay such tax to the internal revenue officer with whom the return is filed, and shall pay such tax at the time and place fixed for filing the return (determined without regard to any extension of time for filing the return).
    hansenusmc 1 week ago

    The United States Code (U.S.C.) is LAW!!! If it weren't? then it would be illegal to commission U.S. Military officers (10 U.S.C.) or own property (15 U.S.C) among many, many other things. Wether or not the 16th amendment was "officially" ratified is a useless argument for several reasons:
    hansenusmc 1 week ago

    The amendment was ratified by the appropriate number of states? regardless of any typo's or errors in the copies of the amendment distributed to the states ( i.e. Oklahoma's copy said "income" rather than "incomes"). None of the ratifying states petitioned congress to change the amendment meaning that it was their intention, in good faith, to ratify the amendment, NOT to block it.
    hansenusmc 1 week ago

    The constitution (not the amendment) clearly states that congress can levy taxes on income in an apportioned manner based on a? census. This means that the framers of the constitution allowed for income taxes and collected them based on the citizens state of residency's population. Until the 16th amendment, only direct, un-apportioned income taxes were unconstitutional and therefore illegal.
    hansenusmc 1 week ago

    The 16th? amendment did not give congress new taxing powers, only lifted the restriction on direct taxes.
    hansenusmc 1 week ago

    There is a substantial body of cases holding up the 16th amendment (US V. Benson, US V. Shawlick? Glass Co. and too many others to list here) all the way to the supreme court. This means that even if the amendment was not ratified due to technical errors in the state ratification copies, it is still law due to the courts upholding it (unfortunately this is how the US legal system works).
    hansenusmc 1 week ago

    I hate, absolutely hate, one more time for the kids at home: HATE!!! The fact that I, as a citizen of this country, have to? pay 30% of my income to the IRS (private corporation) of which 100% goes to the Federal Reserve (private bank) to pay loans I didn't take out!!! Unfortunately, this is the only part of this video that is true.
    hansenusmc 1 week ago


    You got everything right except where the money goes. The IRS is part of the Treasurt Department and income taxes don't all go to the Fed, it covers about half of? the entire Federal budget.
    RetSquid 1 week ago in playlist Stupid tax arguments

    We should not be asking whether or not income taxes are legal, but rather if our income taxes are being spent legally. Not paying your taxes is playing with fire! You may get away with it for awhile but the tax man will come knocking eventually? and will most likely be accompanied by armed police.
    hansenusmc 1 week ago

    Think about? it and then take action to change what is really wrong with our current income tax system: all income tax revenue goes to interest payments on loans from the Federal Reserve.
    hansenusmc 1 week ago

    None of it goes to paying for the services that it is suppose to pay for! The? scary part is that as long as our currency is issued by the Fed along with interest, the government will never be able to make non-interest, principle payments to their debt.
    hansenusmc 1 week ago

    Meaning there is? no solvency in our country and ALL (even yours and mine) wealth only exists on paper (i.e. Legal tender of the Federal Reserve). WE ARE ALL BROKE AND 99% OF US DON'T EVEN KNOW IT!
    hansenusmc 1 week ago

    The outlawing of the central banking system and Federal Reserve is the only TRUE way to buy our country back! I'll end with this fact: The last man to take on the Federal Reserve? and suggest their dismantlement and outlawing, had his head exploded in a public square in Dallas, Texas. HIS NAME WAS JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY!!!
    hansenusmc 1 week ago

  39. gaums

    Got this from youtube.

  40. uboat863

    Give the Federal Government another 25 years to do as they dam well please and they will have such control over the people that revolution will be impossible by any means. They will not use the word citizens when referring to Americans, but will defer to the word Sheep !!!!!

  41. Jamie

    America and its allies are far more evil and money hungry than any country in the history of the world.I really belive its past the point of protesting,its come to the point were we stand against the governments involved no matter how it has to be done including violence.The government will fire the first shots thats 100%,and we will have no choice and the right of self defence.It's very unfortunet it's got this bad right infront of us but we can't change whats already happened.I belive when everyone wakes up not just groups of thousands but every able body American and Canadian and the other people of the world witch would consist of billions we will win,and most of all militarys will stand with the worlds people.After all they are not part of the ellite and will not be treated as such,once there usefullnes runs out they will be like everyone else including their famillys and children.They are smart and I would be sure they know it.The corrupt ellite failed to realize 1 thing that billions have alraedy died for freedom and it will happen again if needed.People will willingly give their lifes for freedom for them their children and future genterations.We are 7 billion plus they will lose badly and we can stop the hateterd and seperation they use to make it easyier to controll us.We will eather win our all die in a nucular armagendone type war,but freedom is worth life.I'd rather die and everyone I care for then be inslaved by evil people that if lucky have 1 million of them.And they will tell on each other,and tell us everything needed to jail them our give them the death penalty.But we as humains need to turn over a new page were race and religion don't seperate us and we are FREE to think and belive what we want,with no reason to fear each other.No country has took over the planet and will never happen,but this time life itself was at risk,we need full and real change world wide not to live how others tell use but to respect each others choises.Start a green earth were oil will slowly be used very little and will never run out.With all this info expecially in most countrys how is it that all are not awaken to the truth of the worlds most evil corrupt coperations and famillys like the Rockefellers the rothchilds and the Bushes and the queen.Along with religions that hide behinde lies and are only out foe wealth not real faith.We will be truly free our dead and if not free I don't want my child and others to be slaves so bring death if you can.Remember sooner than latter 7 billion will stand against the worlds very small ellite scum.Thats my rant and hope we do what was mentioned .

  42. Jamie

    Ron Paul is now doing the same ,but not as president.If all the people meaning all able body citizens demanded it closed and to make there own greenback they would have 2 choices kill evveryone our close.And thats if the military did not follow the constitution they swore to uphold.

  43. Jamie

    It is like you say but many no the facts and more learn everyday.We need things like this and live talks in every citys starting in western nations whitch are the most corrupt and evil no matter how much they lie and brainwash people.The internet is great for information but we need word of mouth and as many other ways we can think of.

  44. Jamie

    I'm Canadian but the American constitution gives not only the right to replace a tyranicle government,but says it's a duty.The constitution is the law and because the greatgranparents and beofe are reponsible for the problem we now face withch is much harder then what they would have.But without the military and police that are citizens and bound by the constitution they will be like swating a fly.When in just America 350 million people stand togeather as one against tyrany the police and military will see they can't win not that they would not stand with the law witch is the constitution.Not only would they face there people but many of the worlds countrys,and would be immpossible to win.There only choice would be to nuke the entire world killing everything.

  45. Jamie

    If this is your site with all these documentarys you are doing a great thing and need to be proud.You are a person I could look up to.I wish you and your familly the best,and keep up the great work.

  46. jbone32

    wait...? ya had me until 1:17.19 wheres my "real id card" from 2008?

  47. Kansas Bright

    jbone, "We the People" fought against it, and though we did not get RealID stopped, they did postpone it (again) until - I think - September 2012.

    “Uncontrolled search and seizure is one of the first and most effective weapons in the arsenal of every arbitrary government. Among deprivations of rights, none is so effective in cowing a population, crushing the spirit of the individual and putting terror in every heart.” Justice Robert Jackson, Chief U.S. Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials

    Want proof? Go read the "Opening statement by Justice Robert H. Jackson, Chief of Counsel for the United States"

    "Secret arrest and indefinite detention; without charges, without evidence, without hearing, without counsel, and no court could issue an injunction, or writ of habeas corpus, or certiorari. The German people were in the hands of the police, the police were in the hands of the Nazi Party, and the Party was in the hands of a ring of evil men who wanted a to run the world" (Sound familiar?)

    The concept then was to control the world; the concept now is to make a one-world “government”. Tell me, what is the difference?

  48. Kansas Bright

    True, the language that is used matters. That is why Billions is spent on propaganda of all types - look at commercials - do you think corporations would willing spend Billions if they did not work?

    But educating the people about what our government is, what they can legally do is important. It is not truly taught in schools anymore.

    Are YOU aware that any thing that weakens or goes against the US Constitution is "null and void" - NOT LEGAL. That those who are doing the enforcing are made criminals, all unknowingly? That if we DEFEND our legitimate government from the Domestic enemies trying to destroy it, they might be prosecuted. Yea, prosecuted for following UNlawful orders.

    "Domestic enemies pursue legislation, programs against the powers of the US Constitution. They work on destroying and weakening the Rights of the People guaranteed by the Constitution. Plus they create laws, amendments, etc that goes against the restraint on the three branches of our government by the Constitution"

  49. Kansas Bright

    George Washington turned down being made King of the USA, and was angry with those who suggested it.

    He believed in everyone's natural rights, and in creating a limited government whose primary job was foreign affairs - the states were to be in charge of everything else.

  50. Kansas Bright

    This stuff you say never happened - you are incorrect. You have heard of Obamacare? Did you bother to read it? In the first draft all who were under Obama's "healthcare bill" were to be microchipped "to make it safer for the people who had emergencies happen and their entire health history would be immediately available to the emergency team". Of course there were to be other stuff put on them.

    "We the people" fought, and Ron Paul led the way, and the microchipping (at least on paper) was taken out of it. RealID is still there, it was postponed because so many of us fought against it (comes up again soon - I am sure that will not be made public knowledge so watch all the bills coming out).

    So YOU, and others owe Ron Paul a Thank You for standing up for America and the US Constitution. He is against RealID also.

  51. Kansas Bright

    How? Write, call, etc ALL representatives and tell them that you want all Domestic enemies who have not kept the oath as they are required to arrested and held for prosecution. This will make them start to wonder if they are "backing the wrong horse".

    Remember, America is seen by all, as a land of guns. Enough write in and tell them that they are NOT representing America, and that you want them arrested and prosecuted - they will pay attention.

    At the very least they will make actual moves on America itself in the open - though since we now have Russian and Chinese troops on American soil "training" they may already be doing that anyway.

    I have sent the Oath they all take to each one of them, and what OUR Actual Constitution says - also to all law enforcement agencies (federal and major city). I have also let them know the choice is aiding and abetting those taking over OUR legitimate government from within; or keeping their Oath and defending the US Constitution.

    Look up Oathkeepers (org)

  52. Nwttp

    Lovely, there are plenty out there like us my friend. Question is how do we gather without being killed or imprisoned before we can get anything done?

  53. Nwttp

    How much dumber can the population even get?

  54. Terry "OldFox" Seale

    Good film. I prefer more narration to the excessive scrolling text, though.

    Unfortunately, I see no way to avoid the national ID card because it IS now your driving license, packed with digital data. I'm not giving up driving or my passport, though, which are necessary to escape and to exercise freedom of movement.

    I certainly do not want to accept the "mark of the beast" but it was issued to me when I first requested a passport without informed consent. I put all my trust in Jesus.

  55. Joey DeLong

    Impressive that some of those blogging here have apparently done a lot of research on this subject. However, what all of you are missing is to notice that any correspondence you receive from any government agency, including but not limited to the IRS, has your "name" written in all capital letters. Instead of debating whether a law exists that "you" file an income tax return, you should investigate Capitus Dimunitio Maxima and learn about the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and contract law. Go down that rabbit hole to find the TRUTH and true freedom. It negates all the arguments here. You are watching the magician(s) distract you with slight-of-hand.

  56. Bob_Striffler

    Actually some of are aware of the Uniform Commercial Code but to get into all of it the documentary would have been a mini series don't you agree?

  57. John W Tobin

    "Unwittingly"??? BS! He knew exactly what he was doing.

    "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way."
    Franklin D. Roosevelt

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