You Can Make Your Kids Invisible to the US Government. But Should You?
By Joe Jarvis - March 02, 2018

Do you ever wish the U.S. government didn’t know you exist?

Faith doesn’t exist, according to the U.S. government.

Her parents thought it was wrong for the government to assign children a number. In a sense, they thought they could keep their children free by keeping them out of all records.

All nine children were born at home using midwives who agreed not to file any paperwork. They all had no birth certificates and no social security numbers.

They were all homeschooled, and while their parents were not abusive, they were strict. Even after their children turned 18 the parents kept them from using the internet, working, or having a phone without permission.

And the siblings were trapped because they couldn’t go out on their own without government documentation. They couldn’t open a bank account, get a job, or even sign up for a library card.

The government controls your entire life based on the number they assign you at birth. If you don’t have government documentation, the government prevents you from going about your daily life.

Of course, it is wrong for the government to do this. You should be able to enter into agreements with employers without government approval. You should be able to open a bank account, sign up for private classes, and get on a plane without government paperwork.

But that didn’t change the fact that Faith was stuck. The government ended up being an unwitting accomplice to trapping Faith under her parents’ jurisdiction. Instead of being a slave to the state she was dependent on her parents.

Faith convinced her grandparents to take her with them when they visited her family one day. By this time, Faith was over 18 so there was nothing legally her parents could do. She felt like she had escaped her oppression.

But then what? What could she do? The government would continue to prevent her from working, traveling, driving, getting her own apartment, and so many other things. To the government, you are just a number. Without her number, to the government, Faith was no one.

A Blessing in Disguise?

Some people argue that Faith’s parents gave her a gift that she doesn’t realize. One podcast host criticized her for actively seeking to become a slave. Her parents seemed to legitimately believe that they were helping her and her siblings live freer lives.

Maybe philosophically or in theory that is true. But in practice, it just means Faith is prevented from doing almost anything. How exactly is she supposed to use this “freedom”? She would still be arrested for driving without a license. She would still be denied from getting on an airplane. She and any employer could still get in trouble is she works and is paid under the table. She couldn’t even go into a liquor and buy alcohol.

I have yet to heard how you actually benefit in the real world from not having a social security number. Again, this doesn’t make it right that the government destroys freedom in such a way. But I am hard pressed to put the blame on Faith for wanting to join society. What else can she do? Live off the charity of other people for her entire life? Become a hunter-gatherer?

Faith got some help from a Texas lawmaker to pass a bill that at least allowed Faith to get a birth certificate, and therefore a driver’s license. But her future is still very much in limbo without her government identification number.

In an Ideal World…

There would be 7.4 billion sovereigns individuals on Earth in an ideal world.

Unfortunately, this is not an ideal world. I love the people who are trying to make it better. But there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it.

If you choose to become a sovereign citizen, great. I’m not sure how effective it is at actually achieving individual liberty. It seems to put a target on your back, guarantee confrontations with the state, and limit your ability to travel.

But it is a form of protest, an attempt at sovereignty, and produces some informative case studies I suppose. I’m the type of guy who thinks individuals should do whatever they think is best for themselves, as long as they aren’t hurting anyone.

But I don’t think you should choose that life for someone else. Some people argue philosophically that it is wrong for the government to require a social security number and birth certificate to be considered a real person.

And philosophically I absolutely agree. All Faith’s problems would have been avoided if the government was not oppressive. The state shouldn’t assign people numbers. The state shouldn’t require its approval for a drivers’ license, to work, to travel, and for every other facet of life.

There’s a lot about this world that shouldn’t be. But we are born into the world the way it is. Yes, we should change it for the better. But we shouldn’t use others as pawns in our fight against oppression.

So were Faith’s parents doing her a favor? No. Maybe they thought they were. But they ended up limiting her freedom to live a normal life. They set her up so that every day of her life would be a struggle against the government.

They were protesting. But they were using their child to protest, without that child’s consent.

As far as anyone can tell, we might only get one shot at life here on Earth. Some people choose to use their life to protest the unjust powers that be. They fight the good fight for freedom.

But it is not wrong to take another approach. Failing to confront the government beast does not make you a coward or complicit.

There are other ways to live a free life without painting a target on your back and fighting fights you can’t win. Live your life as you see fit, peacefully and productively. You make the change at the individual level, and you have done your part to free this world.

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  • NobodysaysBOO

    silly let her do BETTER as an ILLEGAL ALIEN !!!!
    “Man exists for his own sake and not to add a laborer to the State.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
    easy way to get this crap cards is to BUY some from the MEXICANS!!!
    LIVE like a PHONY DACA !!!
    move to CALIFORNIA and TAKE the MONEY they will GIFT YOU.
    OR go to a grave yard and steal a dead baby’s NAME, from this springs all things. Always have a FEW passports!!!

    • MarEng

      Before the above is viewed as a joke it is absolutely true. In TX ask for the DL-13 and get your DL without an SSN. An acquaintance was told she could not have the form – “it’s only for Mexicans and you’re white.”

      Another aquaintance is a licensed A/C tech and owns his own business with no SSN. Research the power of trusts – the Rockefellers used them.

      Is freedom easy? No. Worth it? Yes. She was given a gift, even if her parents were abusive.

      Hint – start with a passport for a newborn. Gov ID, accepted anywhere, no SSN required.

      It took us generations to get into this mess it will take time to get out.

      • NobodysaysBOO

        all true US CITIZENS have NO IDEA how DEEP the ALIEN TERRORIST MEXICANS are dug in here , the WALL will never be build Trump is a the JOKE,(well the US CITIZENS ) not my comment.
        You can hide out as a MEXICAN in many states not just SAD Texas aka MEXAS.

  • Samarami

    The first and most essential step anybody can make — whether already enslaved (by having that serfdom number attached) or not, is to come out from under that most dangerous of superstitions — “authority”. Read:

    The next step is to resolve to cease feeding the beast: Abstain From Beans ( )
    I can be free. Here. Today. Where I’m “at”.
    So can you. So can Faith.

  • Robert Brooks

    This is a very important issue for many people. My wife is a midwife who has delivered thousands of babies over the past 40 years. There have been many incidents where parents did not complete the paperwork for birth certificates for their children and then have to go through all kinds of trouble to try to get them when they are teenagers or later. Even though the state puts a lot of barriers into this process when you don’t have your children delivered by doctors in hospitals, it is generally still possible to do. Parents who don’t do so make lots of trouble for their kids. Your essay highlights the difficulty of trying to maintain a theoretically pure position regarding personal freedom while operating in a world where there are both personal and social responsibilities. Sometimes you just have to be pragmatic, especially when you are making decisions that affects the lives of others, particularly children who aren’t old enough to make decisions for themselves, but will be affected by those that you make.

  • lois

    My thought is the SS# is a slave number. We live in a communist nation with a lot of satan’s work. The I.R.S. is another way to trap a person. The list goes on and on.

  • Sopater

    The entire world conspires to ensure that living in true freedom and liberty is as difficult and uncomfortable as possible.

  • Anon.

    There are thousands of people who live life without SS numbers. There are legal processes in place already.

    But if you knew of them you wouldn’t obey the dictators every whim.

  • John Hankinson

    Sales pitch anybody?

  • Praetor

    More normal than most. Throughout history most if not all people had no birth certificate or SS#. Here in the U.S. Started issuing SS#’s 1935 and around 1900’s Birth certificates became the standard practice. She seem to be in the bigger crowd of people, historically. We all now its about control.!!!

  • LawrenceNeal

    Where it says, ‘Government’, substitute the word, ‘Elite’. The .001% Elite ARE the so-called ‘government’. They are our defacto feudal Lords. Either you’re a part of their system, or not. If you don’t want to be a part of the Elite System, then you have to have your own system with others like you, or live on the fringes. Some people have organised into communes. Numbering people isn’t the only system. If you want to do banking, you have to be part of the World Banking System and function by it’s rules, or it closes you out. Then you can’t engage in trade, credit exchanges, all those things. The ‘system’ isn’t fair. It was designed by the Elite for their benefit and control. It’s their system, and we’re allowed to participate under their patrimony. Feudalism didn’t go away, it just changed names.

  • Neo

    Virtually all parents make decisions for their children which do not benefit them,
    like sending them to a public school system that indoctrinates them into being good little slaves of the state and the corporations rather than educating them, forcing them to take vaccines and pharmaceutical drugs which have the potential to cause them irreparable harm, just to name a few. Most of us don’t do these things out of malevolent intentions…we do it because we’re ignorant of the realities of the world we live in. It may be that it was wrong of Faith’s parents to make that decision on her behalf but at least they were sufficiently informed to understand that “government” was not in her best interests.

    Since a driver’s license was one of the particulars mentioned it is a perfect example
    of how government is not in the best interests of any of us. They have taken our natural right to travel, by any means we choose, and turned it into a government privilege via driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations. If anyone can explain to me how those things benefit us I’d love to hear it. But don’t expect me to agree with
    you because I can only see how it benefits their agenda at our expense.

    Bottom line, if enough of us had the balls to stand up to them government would cease to exist and we would all be truly free for the first time in our lives. And none of us would have any use for birth certificates, social security numbers, driver’s licenses or anything else government manufactures to control us.

  • Myron Goodrum

    You are either out of the system or you’re a part of it, period. You cannot be against the system and serve the system at the same time. You are either part of the solution or part of the problem. You cannot proclaim it is a corrupt and morally bad system and then advocate a need to be a part of that same bad and morally corrupt system in order to live your life…selling out yourself into a slave system only makes you a slave to the system. Being free has its costs. Being a slave has its costs. Do you wish to be a slave or do you wish to be free. You are not going to change a corrupt and morally bankrupt system by being part of it, or by supporting it with your time, energy or money. You can only destroy such a screwed up system through boycotting such a horrible and inhuman thing!

  • Myron Goodrum

    You cannot possible free the world by showing it how to live like a slave! You can only show the world how to live free by living free!