A declining economy can be fertile ground for fringe movements. Perhaps as many as 30,000 people worldwide are part of the expanding group called Freeman-on-the-Land. Primarily, they believe that governments do not have jurisdiction over them. They sometimes refuse to pay taxes, carry driver's licenses, repay debts or otherwise accept restrictions on their legal "person". Here at home, the movement has caught the attention of Canadian police because of the violent activity of associated groups in other countries. Some call the Freemen a harmless fringe movement. However, as The National's Adrienne Arsenault reports, the group may be larger and more worrying than it appears.