Larken Rose

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Larken Rose is a libertarian activist and tax protestor who was sentenced to 15 months in prison for willful failure to file income tax returns in five years in which the government alleged he earned approximately $500,000 in income.[1] He was released from prison in December 2006.[2][3] Rose has spoken out against the tendency of some libertarians to seek to expel from the liberty movement those libertarians who make controversial remarks that might attract criticism to the movement, even if the libertarian in question did not claim to be speaking on behalf of the movement. He argues that libertarians should instead use reasoned argumentation when they have disagreements.[4]


  1. See U.S. Dep't of Jusice news release at [1]. See also rejection of Rose's request for release pending appeal, at United States v. Rose'', 96 A.F.T.R. 2d 2005-7276 (E.D. Pa. 2005).
  2. See Federal Bureau of Prisons web site, at [2].
  3. See also Daniel B. Evans et al., "Larken Rose," from Tax Protester Dossiers: Gurus and Other Big Fish, at [3].
  4. "FSP: Organized Cowardice?". YouTube.