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Meet Your Straw Man

Updated: Dec 23, 2021


As a child, you have had an imaginary friend. You may be surprised to learn that evidence exists

that you have had a make-believe twin from the time your mother and father permitted a Birth

Certificate to be filed for you. This make-believe friend is not real, but artificial. It is a straw

man, an artificial entity that has a name very similar to yours. Here is a definition of straw man:


“A ‘front’; a third party who is put up in name only to take part in a transaction. Nominal party to a

transaction ...” [Black's Law Dictionary, 6th Edition]


“The term is also used in commercial and property contexts when a transfer is made to a party,

the straw man, simply for the purpose of retransferring to the transferor in order to accomplish

some purpose not otherwise permitted.” [Barron's, 3rd Edition]


So, in layman's terms, what is a straw man? The straw man is an artificial person. The straw man

was created by law shortly after you were born via the registration of the application for your

birth certificate. The name for the straw man is your name in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. You

will notice that the inscription on the birth certificate is your name in all-capital letters. The

English language has precise rules of grammar that make no provision for writing proper nouns

in all-capital letters. So, your name spelled with all-capital letters is a fictitious name. Your straw

man has a same-sounding name as your name, but is an artificial entity which exists only “by

force of or in contemplation of law.” The all-caps name is not your “true name” which consists

of the given (Christian) name plus the surname (family name), and appears with only initial

letters capitalized. The all-caps version of your name is a TRADE NAME, the name under which

you “do business.”



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