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The Solutions to Ferguson And All The World's Problems Lie Within You

4 hours 46 min ago

[The following post is by TDV Editor-In-Chief, Jeff Berwick]

On this day, Thanksgiving, which is a celebration of a day centuries ago where Americans welcomed and fed undocumented immigrants... and then those undocumented immigrants went on to wholesale slaughter the early Americans... and with so many problems in the world today from Ferguson, to Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria (note which government is intricately involved in all these and many more conflicts) we thought we'd make today's communique short and sweet.

Remember that government is mind control... even the word itself includes "govern" which can be interpreted to mean "control" and "ment" which can be disputed as to its real root meaning but in many languages, including Spanish, "ment" or "mente" means mind.

The way to change the world is to free your mind.  Once your mind is free the way to change the world is to help other's free their minds.  Once there are enough free minds they cannot govern us.  And then almost all the major problems in the world just... disappear.

Prince Ea said it best right here... We hope you watch.

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Jeff Berwick

Anarchast: Africanus Kofi Akosah

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 14:18

Jeff interviews Africa Youth Peace Call president Afrikanus Kofi Akosah Adusei from Ghana, topics include: Libertarianism in Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Anarchism in line with traditions, Libertarianism seen as African rather than colonial, US trying to get into Africa, Skype bringing education, the black market is a free market, Ebola is a conspiracy to destablise region and gain access to resources, one of the biggest lies of the century, Africa is poor because of a lack of economic freedom.

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In Praise of Political Corruption: My Dinner with Marion Barry

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:55

[The following post is by Liberty.Me Chief Freedom Officer, Jeffrey Tucker]

Marion Barry, former mayor of Washington, D.C., has died, and it causes me to recall a dinner I had with him. I was at a restaurant long after he had been tossed out of office after having been caught on camera smoking crack.

Only a few months after leaving office, he was sitting at a booth with a few friends, and I decided to introduce myself.

I can tell you this: this man had astounding star quality. You could never tell it from television images but in person, matters were different. He lit up the room with a kind of aristocratic ambience. That night, he was wearing some tribal African hat that looked great on him. (I sort of wanted one myself but didn’t think I could pull it off as well.)

He just glowed with a sense of authority and friendliness. It was a genuine pleasure to be around him. He smiled warmly and welcomed me to the table and asked me to sit down at the booth.

We had a wonderful time. He was quick to laugh. He had a superb wit and buckets of charm that never stopped pouring. We talked about everything, mostly trivial things. Sitting with him and talking about anything made you feel like you were with the most wonderful person in the world. He was a good listener in every way, and took genuine interest in other’s opinions. He made you feel valuable.

And the truth is that I really admired him. Always had.

You see, Marion Barry never believed in the myth of “good government.” On the contrary, he was a strong believer in political corruption. He was entirely correct to hold this view.

Let me share a quick anecdote to make the point. After his first successor as mayor came to power, I was visiting with a bar owner in D.C.. I asked what he thought about the new mayor, who had won on a campaign of cleaning up government. He said: “she is terrible.”

Why?

“We have a fire code in here that limits the number of people we can have in here. I would never make any money if I enforced that code. In the old days, with Marion Barry, it was simple. The fire code enforcer would show up once a month and I would stick $100 in cash in his hand and he would go away. Now that is considered corrupt. The fire code enforcer shows up and I have to push my paying customers away. It’s terrible. If all the laws were enforced, I would go out of business!”

And so it was throughout the whole of D.C.. Under Marion Barry, business thrived. Public officials were paid to stay away and do something else. This was true for trash collection, labor law, environment regulations, taxes, you name it. It was 100% corrupt and gloriously so.

Everyone won under those arrangements. So long as there is government, the only real way to make the economy and society function properly is for government to be corrupt. The best form of government is no government. The second best form of government is corrupt government. But the absolutely worst form of government is that which pretends to be clean and good. That form of government does the most damage of any.

Marion Barry never took all this government stuff seriously. Laws were dumb, meant to be broken. He broke plenty. He encouraged others to do the same. He drove without a license, used faked car tags, didn’t pay his taxes, was often stopped for DUI but never arrested, and was accused and probably rightly of nonstop accepting of bribes.

To him, his job was to make things work better in the city, which meant very normal and natural arrangements between the rulers and the ruled: graft, bribes, payoffs, payola, corruption, and so on. This was the rule and it worked for everyone.

The people of the district understood this, and after his unceremonious dethronement, he was reelected only four years later, with the widespread support of the merchant class and the people. Everyone had just about had it with good government.

He was a beloved figure. Above all else, he taught the world the first principle of politics: there is no such thing as a government that is good that governs well.

[Editor's Note: We have long stated that if you are going to have a government, which we highly advise against, then the more corrupt it is the better.  It is for this reason that many TDV subscribers - see a list of many of them here - are fleeing the US federal government - which is highly corrupt but only for the very connected - and expatriating to places around the world where government is more of a nuisance than an iron fist... to see how an area with very little government and highly corrupt, come check out Anarchapulco this February 28th to March 1st.  

Questions or comments? Join us at TDV!

Jeffrey Albert Tucker (born December 19, 1963) is CEO of Liberty.me and publisher of Laissez Faire Books. Tucker is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and an Acton University faculty member. He is past editorial vice president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and past editor for the institute's website, Mises.org.

A Message to Ferguson: You Are Fighting The Wrong Battle

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:31

[The following post is by TDV Editor-In-Chief, Jeff Berwick]

Tensions in the US are high.  Hundreds of millions of people have been extorted and many have been kidnapped and beaten. People are frustrated and demanding answers, and to find them they are looking to.... authority figures?

They've been well-trained. But it is not with these authority figures true liberation lies. It would be better for us all, as individuals, to look deep inside ourselves and find an inner calm that runs in all living beings and recognize the true terrorists. 

For now, it seems, we are not at that point, still obsessed with poking holes in each other with guns and burning and stealing other people's stuff. Reason and calm, collected minds are needed in the US more than ever. Unfortunately, the people there have been under seige for decades and brainwashed in public indoctrination camps.

The "decision" was announced last night regarding the investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown by a man on welfare, Ferguson police overseer Darren Wilson. According to St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, another man on welfare, "They determined that no probable cause exists to file any charge against Officer Wilson, and returned a ‘No True Bill’ on each of the five indictments.”

Michael Brown's parents stated, “We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.”

A small tip: you can't "fix" the "system".  Either you bow to your enslavement or you rise up, mentally, and disavow anything to do with it.

The panel met for 70 hours, hearing from 60 witnesses and were ultimately “the only people who heard every witness … and every piece of evidence.”  As soon as the decision was made public, anger erupted. 

Nobel Peace Prize winner, Barack Obama, pleaded for calm in the districts.  Still, "rioters overtook streets in the St. Louis suburb and cable TV broadcasts showed them setting fires and attacking police cars." Obama said anger is an "understandable reaction" from people who think "the law is being applied in a discriminatory fashion."

Of course, when you are upset and angry over being owned by sociopaths the natural reaction, if you've been indoctrinated into communism and fascism is to burn other decent people's stuff.  

"What we need to do is try to understand them," el Presidente said. "There is no excuse for violence...Those who are only interested in violence and just want the problem to go away should realize that we have work to do here."

Laughable from one of the most murderous people on Earth...

The events which unfolded overnight gave birth to numerous images from a new Amerika, very different from the America everyone has historically been told exists:

Some men in the street said the scene reminded them of a third world banana republic. 

Many looters burned property, which surely had no chance of bringing justice or Michael Brown's life back:

It was not merely cars they were burning:

Overnight, the drama increased. In Oakland highways and streets were closed:

Those who are partaking in any semblance of a debate are talking about rampant racism in the US... that's what they want us to think.  The government isn't the problem, it is people with different colored skin.

But what happened in Ferguson had a lot less to do with race than many think. Instead, it had to do with a different sort of "Ism" - statism. Statism does not care about whether you are black, a woman, a white male, a cat, it will kill you, steal from you, lie to you in a truly equal manner. In that way, the government is great at equality. 

But without government it would be disorder and chaos... right?

Questions or comments? Join us on TDV! 

Jeff Berwick

Now The British Are Fleeing America

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 16:19

[The following post is by TDV Editor-In-Chief, Jeff Berwick]

Remember when Americans fled Britain and the monarchy? Well, now the British are fleeing from America and its modern tyranny...

Take London Mayor Boris Johnson, for instance.

Johnson has been London’s mayor since 2008 and is even planning on running for Parliament.  His big mistake was being born in New York, though. Even though he moved at age 5, the US government wants him to pay capital gains taxes owed by American citizens earning income abroad.

Johnson has not been quiet about this perceived injustice. In 2006 he wrote a column in which he stated he was “getting a divorce from America” and would renounce his citizenship, writing “for years I have travelled exclusively on a British passport.” Johnson never did renounce, and he is probably regretting this now. As he told NPR,

“It is very hard but I will say this: the great United States of America does have some pretty tough rules, you know...You may not believe this but if you’re an American citizen, America exercises this incredible doctrine of global taxation, so that even though tax rates in the UK are far higher and I’m Mayor of London, I pay all my tax in the UK and so I pay a much higher proportion of my income in tax, that I would if I lived in America.”

He comes across as perplexed...

“The United States comes after me, would you believe it, for the - for capital gains tax on the sale of your first residence which is not taxable in Britain, but they’re trying to hit me with some bill, can you believe it?” Johnson rhetorically asked. If you’ve been reading the TDV Blog, then yes, perhaps you can believe it. Will the mayor ultimately pay the bill?

“Well, I’m - no, is the answer,” the mayor admits. “I think, it’s absolutely outrageous. Why should I?”

“I could but I pay -- I pay the lion's share of my tax, I pay my taxes to the full in the United Kingdom where I live and work,” Johnson added.

Johnson could renounce his citizenship, and if he did he would not be alone as increasing amounts of people renounce their  US citizenship. They’ve simply been left no choice.  As Robert Wood writes for Forbes, Johnson has already made some mistakes.

“When you exit you must certify five years of US tax compliance to the IRS. And any tax for the current or prior years must be paid. So, maybe Mayor Johnson should have renounced when he threatened to in 2006,” Wood wrote.

Approximately 2,353 Americans have renounced their citizenship since the start of 2014, and the current trend is on pace to shatter last year’s record-breaking statistic of 2,999.


FATCA OVERREACH

We have not heard the end of FATCA. In fact, the opposite is true. More stories will come in regarding the lives FATCA is destroying. It is already tearing families apart and impoverishing people abroad. 

We've already reported on a survey called "FATCA: Affecting Everyday Americans Every Day”, conducted by Democrats Abroad, in which many respondents stated they felt like "second class [citizens]" or even criminals because of FATCA. 

“I faithfully meet my tax obligations every year but this nonsense is forcing me to actually consider expatriation,” replied one respondent.

The details on what FATCA has done is stupefying. 

US citizens abroad report that they are not being promoted (5.6%) thanks to FATCA, and that employers don't want to deal with it at all so they are not hiring Americans. 

Americans abroad cannot open businesses.

“I cannot open a business without local partners and no one is foolish enough to go into business with an American given the privacy issues and the unwarranted access the IRS wants to their finances,” one respondent stated.

“[I was] told they did not want an ‘American person’ and refused to recognize my EU citizenship. Too costly, complicated and dangerous, they said,” another one added.

2% of respondents reported that relationships have even ended over FATCA.

“My German ex refused to marry an American because of filing requirements. So we split up,” said one expatriate.

“FATCA has caused enormous friction in my marriage. My non-US spouse is refusing to let the US government know about his salary/earnings/savings … and I therefore cannot fill out all the necessary paperwork. Moving to separate bank accounts would leave me very vulnerable as I have no income of my own and according to Belgian law would have no right to access my spouse’s accounts. It is very stressful to be so beholden to my husband as well as not in compliance with my own government,” an unemployed stay-at-home mother lamented.

TIME TO BREAK THE CYCLE

So, as you can see, FATCA is devastating individuals and families. Even politicians in other countries who had the great misfortune of being born an American are considering renouncing their US citizenship. 

There is hope, though. With TDV Wealth Management our experts can give you the tools you need to plan for your future and retirement in the post-FATCA world. All of our techniques and portfolios have been audited by experts and will increase your international exposure. This is fundamental to surviving The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI). 

As some of you know, I have sworn off the United States. Never again will I go there! I find it too dangerous and creepy. 

So, if you still would like to see me speak, meet me and share some great conversation, then an upcoming conference in Cancun is the perfect solution.

From January 15th to 17th in Cancun, I'll be making a special surprise appearance at the Passport to Freedom conference in Cancun.

If you are interested in internationalization then the Passport to Freedom conference is the place to go.

It is three days jam packed with information on offshoring and internationalizing yourself (residencies, passports, expatriating) and your wealth (offshore companies, bank account, trusts, tax avoidance and investment strategies) and more. I highly recommend that Boris Johnson head down to Mexico for the conference. It will be much warmer than Britain, anyway. 

I will be talking about all our internationalization solutions including second passports, offshore banking and incorporation, self-directed IRA's and our FATCA proof internationalization solution for Americans that is the only 100% legal way to get around FATCA if you are an American who wants to internationalize.  Many of these solutions are new and haven't been announced publicly anywhere.

Instead of ending up like Boris Johnson - the totally unprepared London Mayor who now risks being thrown in a cage because he won't pay his taxes - be prepared. There are steps you can take TODAY to ensure your FREEDOM tomorrow. It's simple, really. 

Questions or comments? Join us at the TDV Blog!

Jeff Berwick

Anarchast Ep. 176 The Martin Family: Radical Unschooling in Anarchapulco!

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:18

Jeff interviews Dayna Martin and the Martin Family about radical unschooling and the upcoming workshop on unschooling at Anarchapulco, topics include: living life as if school didnt exist, growing up with freedom, the young entrepreneur, making money from what you love, school is not natural, my homeschooled child will be the boss of your honor student, Wife Swap episode,punitive authoritative parenting vs peaceful parenting, upcoming homeschool workshop at Anarchapulco.

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This Woman Is Revolutionizing The Way Precious Metals Are Traded

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 13:57

Originally appeared on GoldSilverBitcoin

Ruth Crowell is modernizing the precious-metals industry. She oversaw the update of the silver fix, which had been around since 1897. Shortly thereafter, she was on to changing the way the world sets the gold price, which had been done the same way for 95 years. The 34-year-old American, who had spent seven years at the London Bullion Market Association after coming on as a temp worker, has become the international trade group’s first female chief executive.

“When something that’s been around for over a century decides to stop, it’s going to catch people by surprise,” Crowell said in an interview Oct. 1 at the LBMA, which sits across the street from the Bank of England. “We were going to be on the time line pass or fail, and I was damned if it was going to be fail.”

While the LBMA does not set prices, its 77 members and 69 associates from 30 countries comply with standards on physical delivery and vault storage. One of Crowell’s biggest concerns is ensuring buying-and-selling velocity remains strong despite stricter regulations in Europe and the US on cash transactions.

Frankfurt-based Deutsche Bank AG and London-based Barclays Plc are decreasing their commodity activities due to scrutiny by regulators on how the market’s benchmarks are set.

“There are entities, particularly on the physical side, big refiners and industrial players, who see the liquidity and advantage of trading in London, who wouldn’t be able to afford to get at the same level of compliance that you have at the large banks,” Crowell said. “That could be a game changer.”

The LBMA is also adapting to the role Asia has played as late in the precious metals-market, according to Crowell. China has recently overtaken India as the world’s top buyer of gold. The Shanghai Silver Exchange started bullion trading and then the Shanghai Gold Exchange began trading in the city’s free-trade zone in September and exchange have added or plan more Asian gold contracts. The volumes for the benchmark spot contract on the Shanghai GOld Exchange surged sixfold from 2008-2013.

“We’re not done with Asia,” Crowell said. “It’s a long-term story. It’s not about dividing up the pie, it’s about trying to grow that market.”

The most recent banks overseeing the 117 year old benchmark were HSBC Holdings Plc, Bank of Nova Scotia and Deutsche Bank. Deutsche Bank tried to sell its daily gold and silver fix seats, and from there the fixes began falling apart. Nobody would buy the German lenders price-setting seats, and then the three banks gave 13 weeks’  notice for the silver market to find a new method of pricing.

The new electronic silver auction, administered by CME Group and Thomson Reuters Corp came online August 15.

“Given three months to reorganize a major benchmark was fairly difficult and I don’t know that many people thought it could have been done in such a short space of time,” David Gornall, the head of metals trading at Natixis SA in London and LBMA chairman from 2011 until 2014, said. “Most people in the market hold her in high regard for protecting the daily silver price. She was very focused on it and was never going to be derailed.”

Before Crowell’s time of the LBMA, she worked with United Nations Watch. According to the organization’s website,

UN Watch is a non-governmental organization based in Geneva whose mandate is to monitor the performance of the United Nations by the yardstick of its own Charter. UN Watch was established in 1993 by the legendary civil rights activist Morris B. Abram, the former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva. UN Watch participates actively at the UN as an accredited NGO in Special Consultative Status to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and as an Associate NGO to the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). It reports regularly to both.

What are some of the main differences between the silver fix and the new way of doing?

“The major differences are that there is an independent third-party administrator as well as additional price participants and increased transparency. The information, which is displayed across multiple platforms, shows the live auction rounds, which mirrors what an actual participant sees while taking part,” said Crowell in an interview.

Since the change, not much has changed in the precious metals market. Silver has flirted with the $15 handle numerous times in recent months. Nonetheless, there is much detailed information hinting that demand from gold and silverbugs is robust. Silver has definitely tightened not only in the US, but in Germany as well, where coin dealers have sold out of silver inventory.

Originally appeared on GoldSilverBitcoin

Justin O’Connell is the Chief Executive Officer of GoldSilverBitcoin.  He is also the author of the bitcoin book, Bitcoinomics, and administrator of the Bitcoinomics website. Justin is also a co-host at Our Very Own Special Show, a lifestyle podcast about music, news, life and other topics, and head researcher at The Dollar Vigilante.  He lives in San Diego, California.

 

 

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Monday November 17

THEY NEVER THOUGHT THAT THIS WOULD HAPPEN WHEN THEY SENT THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL

TDV Chief Jeff Berwick on sending your kids to school.

Have you ever noticed that if something is really of value or interest to people that you don't need to advertise it?  Bitcoin, for example, had no paid marketing campaign yet it rose from a total value of $0 to $13.9 billion in less than four years.  Why?  Well, obviously, some people felt it had value.  The same can be said for plants like cannabis.  For decades there was no television advertising of cannabis or marijuana and yet, despite the risk of being kidnapped and put into a cage just for acquiring it, millions did... including pretty much every President of the US.  Why?  Well, obviously, some people enjoy it.

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Tuesday November 18

THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERIKA

Director of TDV Offshore Paul Seymour on Chuck Schumer.

I'm coming to you this week from the banks/beaches of the Rio Plata between Montevideo and Punta del Este, Uruguay. 

Crossing the Rio Plata from communist leaning Buenos Aires to libertarian leaning Uruguay was an incredible contrast that everyone should experience one day.  Seeing the sharp contrast is an eye opener.  It was while I was tossing around those sharp contrasts, that I came across even more information about my “home” senator, Charles E. (Chuck) Schumer, (Fasco-Communist - NY).  It seems like this guy is on a one man crusade to make my analogies of current Amerika and 1930’s Germany a reality.  I finally got so angry that I became inspired to start doing my part to expose, who I think, might well be the most dangerous man in the Amerika.

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Wednesday November 19

IS SOMEONE IN YOUR LIFE A SPY? IF YOU LIVE IN THE US THIS MAY BE THE CASE.

Heck, maybe you're a spy and you don't even know it...By Jeff Berwick

The United States is a textbook tyranny. The techniques it has used towards governing (controlling) its people are essentially the same used by the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany and East Germany. For instance, in the Soviet Union, those clergymen allowed to practice were oftentimes undercover spies, spying for the Communist Party. Here is a long list of secret police agencies in the Soviet Union. The US borrowed former Nazis (and put them back in power) for what historians write-off as "practical" purposes at the end of World War II and onset of the Cold War.

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Thursday November 20

THE UK GOVERNMENT PLANS TO STOP THIS UNFORTUNATE FACT OF LIFE

Jeff on the banning of knives.

"It's an unfortunate fact of life," said Les Gray of the Scottish Police Federation on knife crime. His focus was to deter it, but others in government had bigger ideas. The UK government plans on getting rid of knife crime altogether.

While in the US, Second Amendment advocates lament the gun control efforts of their government, Britain is even more advanced in making the world a safer place by quickly implementing so called “knife control.” First, its voluntary.

A new “Save a Life – Surrender Your Knife” program is in full effect in Britain and police are working to ban “pointy” knives.  Lancashire Police reportedly have an “amnesty” program in place which started at the end of August in which “more than 800 knives have been handed in across the country - including swords, machetes, and commando knives.”

 

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Friday November 21

THE INTERNET IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF HOW A FREE MARKET WOULD AND DOES WORK

Jeff on the internet.

Eleutherophobia is the fear of being free.

Some people, apparently, still have a fear of being free (they fear not having violent owners).  It's a fear I've never understood... but whenever you mention to them how much better a free market would be than the statist crapitalism we have today they like to say, "Show me one example of a truly free market that works!"

OK... the internet!

While governments do try to stifle it whenever they can they still, really, have no control over the internet in any meaningful way.  It is almost completely anarchic.

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Anarchast: Maciek Ziolkowski

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:04

Jeff Berwick in dangerous Anarchapulco interviews Polish bitcoin evangelist Maciek Ziolkowski, topics include: the desire for liberty, liberty in Poland, the Polish Zloty, Russia and Ukraine as neighbors, Jeff's wake-up call from a beautiful Polish girl in a castle, What's up in Poland, the Bitcoin Embassy, smartphones and ATMs legitimize Bitcoin, expected Bitcoin price rise, the power of Bitcoin is in its community, Bitcoin at Anarchapulco.

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The Internet Is A Perfect Example of How a Free Market Would and Does Work

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:19

[The following post is by TDV Chief-Editor, Jeff Berwick]

Eleutherophobia is the fear of being free. 

Some people, apparently, still have a fear of being free (they fear not having violent owners).  It's a fear I've never understood... but whenever you mention to them how much better a free market would be than the statist crapitalism we have today they like to say, "Show me one example of a truly free market that works!"

OK... the internet!

While governments do try to stifle it whenever they can they still, really, have no control over the internet in any meaningful way.  It is almost completely anarchic.

When was the last time you saw someone come into a restaurant looking stressed and irritated saying, "Goddamit, I HATE the internet!"

Perhaps one or two... Bill Cosby probably isn't a fan.

But almost everybody else loves the internet.  That's because, since it is a free market, the amount of innovations are incredible.

Even simple things like Skype are a great example.  I may be dating myself here but when I was younger a phone call from Kanada to the USSA was a few dollars per minute!  Now, however, worldwide videocalling is totally free!  That's the market at work.

Putting your videos on the internet used to be next to impossible but now with things like Youtube it is easy... and free!

Internet and computer related technologies show the same progress.  Again, dating myself, I remember when a 5 gigabyte hard drive was the size of a small cupboard and cost $5,000 or more.

Today, a 128 gigabyte memory card is about the size of a fingernail and costs about $20.

Further, thanks to the internet, you can get free cloud storage of multiple-gigabytes from places like Google Drive or Dropbox for... you guessed it, free.

TSU

Even with things like Facebook, it is a tremendous tool for keeping up to date with friends and family all around the world with the greatest of ease... free!

But now the free market internet has begun to get even better!

There is a new social networking site called Tsu.  It is almost identical to Facebook with one big difference.  Tsu shares a portion of its advertising revenue with the people who are actually sharing and creating the content.

In other words, you get paid to use a useful site!  This is what free markets engender!  Constantly declining prices and constantly increasing service!  

I joined Tsu a few weeks ago and only have a few hundred friends on it (compared to my 5,000 friends on my personal FB page, and thousands more in followers... plus pages such as The Dollar Vigilante Facebook page that has nearly 60,000 followers).

Yet, on Tsu, I have already apparently earned $2 and it seems to be going up now at about $0.30/day.

Doing the math on if I had the same amount of followers on Tsu as on Facebook it appears that I'd be earning around $80 per day just for using their site!

While $80 per day isn't something that would change my life you can just imagine how excited many people would be if just by using a social networking site (which they want to use anyway) they could earn $10, $20, $30 or much more per day.  I know my 8 and 10 year old kids would lose their minds thinking about how to grow that amount just by having more friends and creating or sharing more good content!

Heck, many adults would love to earn an extra $30 per day... that pays most people's rent!

That is the power of the free market when allowed to function... imagine just using a site like Tsu to keep in touch with friends and family and having your rent paid in return!

I am no expert on Tsu and don't know if my numbers really work out nor how they distribute income but if it is anywhere near the ballpark of my estimations it makes a lot of sense to move from CIA and NSA backed Facebook to a nearly identical site like Tsu and actually get paid to have the government track the day-to-day details of your life.

You need an invitation to join Tsu, I believe, and so you can do so by going to this page and adding me as a friend if you wish.  

Now if we can just create freer markets outside of the internet imagine the bountiful and beautiful world we could have!

THE INTERNET WILL REMAIN FREE

The internet will remain free and will become an even stronger tool than it already is today. This despite all the attempts government makes to hinder it. China recently tried to get attendees at a world internet conference to sign onto a worldwide governance of the internet. Here is an excerpt from the document:

“Participants in the Conference acknowledge that the Internet is increasingly becoming a leading force of innovation-driven development and is powering economic and social progress. The Internet has turned the world into a global village and made the international community a highly interdependent community of common destiny. While enjoying rapid development, the Internet has posed new challenges to national sovereignty, security and development interests, which requires the international community to meet urgently and seriously expand consensus and strengthen cooperation.

We call on the international community to work together to build an international Internet governance system of multilateralism, democracy and transparency and a cyberspace of peace, security, openness and cooperation.”

The internet is posing a challenge to national sovereignty?  Good!

This would be funnier if governments all over the globe were not censoring the world wide web. Ultimately though this does not worry me too much because I know the free market will only develop even better ways than the current internet to bring freedom to communication. This is something we write about in the TDV Newsletter

It's all quite wonderful... you receive a ton of value from the internet and now can even get paid to use it.  No wonder governments are worried about it... they are hoping no one realizes that it is because it is a free market unbridled by government intervention that it is so wonderful.  If people begin to realize that then maybe they'll want free markets outside of the internet.  

That must be why they consider it a "new challenge to national sovereignty"!  

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Jeff Berwick

Anarchast: Tom Woods

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:21

Jeff interviews Austrian Economics powerhouse Tom Woods, topics include: Murray Rothbard, US court system, private arbitration, Ron Paul homeschool, Liberty Classroom, currently taught history is misleading, real history courses, state schools are child abuse, Toms new book Real Dissent, no debate on major issues, replying to criticisms of Libertarianism, introducing Anarchism gently, the power of analogy, the joys of self publication.

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The UK Government Plans To Stop This Unfortunate Fact Of Life

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:40

[The following post is by TDV Editor-In-Chief, Jeff Berwick]

"It's an unfortunate fact of life," said Les Gray of the Scottish Police Federation on knife crime. His focus was to deter it, but others in government had bigger ideas. The UK government plans on getting rid of knife crime altogether. 

While in the US, Second Amendment advocates lament the gun control efforts of their government, Britain is even more advanced in making the world a safer place by quickly implementing so called “knife control.” First, its voluntary.

A new “Save a Life – Surrender Your Knife” program is in full effect in Britain and police are working to ban “pointy” knives.  Lancashire Police reportedly have an “amnesty” program in place which started at the end of August in which “more than 800 knives have been handed in across the country - including swords, machetes, and commando knives.”

The department says that “officers have now given their backing to a national initiative designed to raise awareness of knife crime and encourage the surrender of dangerous weapons.”

Slaves Marching For Less Freedom

In the US gun buyback programs are a favorite of local governments to coax its citizens into giving over their guns.  And, in some states, the police stake out funerals and then go to the deceased person's home afterwards to search for and, if found, confiscate their guns!

Back in the UK, "The Home Office is looking for ways to reduce knife crime. We suggest that banning the sale of long pointed knives is a sensible and practical measure that would have this effect."

BAN ALL THE THINGS!

Does anyone but me not find this to be complete nanny statist insanity??!!

We've taken away, by force, people's guns... now they are killing each other with kitchen knives!  The solution: we must use our guns to take away their kitchen knives!

Clearly, if we can remove all knives from the world then no one will ever try to kill each other again.  The knives are obviously the problem!

After all, when Lester gets home to Manchester after a weekend of drinking himself silly to watch his incredibly boring sport (soccer) and his team has lost and he is frustrated, drunk and angry and walks in on his wife in bed with Stuart from the coal mine... if there were no knives in the house the situation would just work itself out non-violently.

Right?

Well, if you are a government official or one of the pandering slaves who think that life would not work without being owned by someone and having them tell you what to do, then you would think that, yes, that should be the end of it!

That is, until Lester finds a hammer!

No problem, says the government.  Then we'll just ban hammers.

Then people begin killing others with screwdrivers.

No problem, ban screwdrivers.

You can see pretty quickly where all this leads.  By the end of it all, people in the UK will be eating meat with their hands in order to be able to chew it into edible pieces while living in cardboard shacks because tools of all makes have been banned.

But then people will start killing each other in fits of rage/passion with rocks.

Surely there must be a way to ban rocks in the UK... despite the fact that the entire country is just one big rock.  Perhaps all hard objects will just have to go.  After all, if we can get rid of hard items then there should be no more murder and crime.

Except, suffocation by plastic bags!  No worry there, though, as those are already mostly outlawed under the population-control, genocidal United Nation's Agenda 21.

 

Sadly, this is not the first time I've written about the anti-knife initiative in the UK.

I wrote the following in 2009 during a similar drive to ban pointed culinary devices in my now retired personal blog:

BBC: Deaths up during anti-knife drive

According to the report, the number of knife deaths in areas targeted by an anti-knife crime scheme have risen, the Home Office has said. (they even call it the Home Office… can it be anymore obvious it is the exact same concept as the Stazi!)

If you don’t already get why this is so hilarious you really need to take some time to yourself and think about life and how you are missing out on what is going on.

I mean, a bunch of people were killed in the UK last year and a weapon of choice was knives. Sounds like a job for government!! Anti-knife campaign!!! That’ll stop people who have been so hurt by someone that they are infuriated and want to kill the person whom they deem responsible! Now, perhaps, thanks to this anti-knife campaign by the government, when this next happens, perhaps that person will think, hey, wait a minute. The government told me that knives are dangerous and bad. Perhaps I should use, I don’t know…. my car? a rock? my hammer?

However, if this campaign actually did work (impossible) and people started using hammers to get the revenge they are seeking, then we’ll have to sit through 2010’s UK anti-hammer campaign.

Possibly the funniest statement in this entire article is the final paragraph… a coup de grace!:

“Police stepped up searches and patrols in crime hotspots and ran courses to highlight the dangers of carrying knives. The results are mixed.”

Hahahahhahaa. I am so surprised that these courses aren’t working! I mean, if we can’t sit people down in a classroom for 2 hours and get them to realize that knives can kill people, what else can we do! I just hope the old saw about “running with scissors” doesn’t get forgotten in all this! And how exactly are the results “mixed”? The gov’t actually ran an anti-knife campaign and knife deaths went up. If this reporter was anything but a propagandist he would, based on the evidence, have to state that “the apparent result of the government run anti-knife campaign is to increase knife related incidents, perhaps due to raising awareness of the usefulness of knives as weapons to people who otherwise may not have considered it”.

Adding insult to injury, this NEWS about the knife program was offered up by the government news agency, BBC. If this wasn’t a government run news agency AND/OR a big media company (who owns the government) keeping the masses pacified then the headline should have obviously been, “Ridiculous Government Program Fails for 1,000,000th time in History”.

THE MORE THINGS CHANGE

As you can see, the more things change the more they stay the same.  This is just the latest salvo in an anti-knife campaign that has been going on in the UK since at least 2009 with "mixed results".

It's good that in the colonies (the USSA), things aren't quite as bad yet as they are in the UK in terms of banning inanimate objects.  In the US the socialist collective are still trying to get rid of guns out of the hands of "civilians".  They still have the ridiculous idea of banning guns by having people on welfare (government employees) with guns go around and try to steal guns from productive people.

But, no matter the case, we must be close to approaching peak-statism.  How much further can the state have control of people's lives before they finally reach their breaking point?

Especially in light of the fact that almost all state programs have the opposite result of their intention.  The war on drugs?  There is more drug use.  The war on poverty?  There is more poverty.  Banning guns in places like Chicago?  There is more gun related deaths.  Trying to raise awareness about knife crime in the UK?  Knife crime rises.

Wake me up if people in the West ever figure this all out.  In the meantime I'll be eating steak with a beautiful, stainless steel serrated blade and polishing my guns in Anarchapulco.

Questions or Comments? Join us at TDV.

Jeff Berwick

Is Someone In Your Life A Spy? If You Live In The US This Might Be The Case.

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:22

[The following post is by TDV Chief Editor Jeff Berwick]

The United States is a textbook tyranny. The techniques it has used towards governing (controlling) its people are essentially the same used by the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany and East Germany. For instance, in the Soviet Union, those clergymen allowed to practice were oftentimes undercover spies, spying for the Communist Party. Here is a long list of secret police agencies in the Soviet Union. The US borrowed former Nazis (and put them back in power) for what historians write-off as "practical" purposes at the end of World War II and onset of the Cold War.

The story of Reinhard Gehlen, a Nazi recruited by the US to spy on the Soviet Union, attests to that. This method is being used today in the US. First and foremost on the list is catching would be tax evaders. As The New York Times writes

Within the Treasury Department, undercover agents at the I.R.S., for example, appear to have far more latitude than do those at many other agencies. I.R.S. rules say that, with prior approval, “an undercover employee or cooperating private individual may pose as an attorney, physician, clergyman or member of the news media.  Across the federal government, undercover work has become common enough that undercover agents sometimes find themselves investigating a supposed criminal who turns out to be someone from a different agency, law enforcement officials said. In a few situations, agents have even drawn their weapons on each other before realizing that both worked for the federal government."

Recognizing the usefulness of such techniques, the US federal government is ramping up such operations.

WASHINGTON — The federal government has significantly expanded undercover operations in recent years, with officers from at least 40 agencies posing as business people, welfare recipients, political protesters and even doctors or ministers to ferret out wrongdoing, records and interviews shows.

The methods being employed are diverse.

At the Supreme Court, small teams of undercover officers dress as students at large demonstrations outside the courthouse and join the protests to look for suspicious activity, according to officials familiar with the practice.

At the Internal Revenue Service, dozens of undercover agents chase suspected tax evaders worldwide, by posing as tax preparers, accountants drug dealers or yacht buyers and more, court records show.

At the Agriculture Department, more than 100 undercover agents pose as food stamp recipients at thousands of neighborhood stores to spot suspicious vendors and fraud, officials said.

Undercover work has been a mainstay among US law enforcement agencies, from your local police department to major institutions. It is, in fact, a truism that such espionage is paramount to modern governance. 

Undercover work, inherently invasive and sometimes dangerous, was once largely the domain of the F.B.I. and a few other law enforcement agencies at the federal level. But outside public view, changes in policies and tactics over the last decade have resulted in undercover teams run by agencies in virtually every corner of the federal government, according to officials, former agents and documents.

Some agency officials say such operations give them a powerful new tool to gather evidence in ways that standard law enforcement methods do not offer, leading to more prosecutions.

“Done right, undercover work can be a very effective law enforcement method, but it carries serious risks and should only be undertaken with proper training, supervision and oversight,” said Michael German, a former F.B.I. undercover agent who is a fellow at New York University’s law school. “Ultimately it is government deceitfulness and participation in criminal activity, which is only justifiable when it is used to resolve the most serious crimes."

As with most government work, undercover agent comes with high costs and poor management. 

Oversight, though, can be minimal. A special committee meant to oversee undercover investigations at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, for instance, did not meet in nearly seven years, according to the Justice Department’s inspector general. That inquiry found that more than $127 million worth of cigarettes purchased by the bureau disappeared in a series of undercover investigations that were aimed at tracing the black-market smuggling of cigarettes.

Undercover police pose a direct risk to your safety. They are notorious for raiding homes in the middle of the night and taking away generally peaceful people, many of whom historically have had a problem conforming to the standards of the time. As Wikipedia accurately describes, "While in detention, arrestees may be tortured or subjected to inhumane treatment. Suspects may not receive a public trial, and instead may be convicted in a kangaroo court-style show trial, or by a secret tribunal."

In many ways the USSA is much more invasive in the private lives of citizens than even East Germany.  Last week marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and some Americans looked back on it to celebrate the end of a tyrannical government... all from the confines of their even more invasive tyrannical government.  The Stasi, in East Germany, could only wish to have 1/100th the ability of the US government and NSA to spy on its own citizens.

Even looking back at the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon was forced to resign for wiretapping his political opponents.  Today the NSA wiretaps every single person in the United Spies of America and beyond without much of a murmur from the indoctrinated sheeple.

Today, it is well known that not only does the US government spy on and try to entrap Americans inside the US but outside... like in Panama where the IRS has a large office of spies who attempt to go to bars and restaurants in Panama to overhear the conversations of Americans who may not have filed the proper permission forms to have undeclared bank accounts or assets in the country.

Our advice for Amerikans, who are the most globally oppressed people in the history of the world at this point, unable to open bank accounts, brokerage accounts or have undeclared assets outside of the US, is to try to sever yourself as much as possible from your oppressor.

If you have the ability we highly recommend leaving the US and getting a citizenship in a much less oppressive country (which is nearly every country on Earth with the possible exception of North Korea and Cuba) where they simply don't have the will or capability to monitor your every move (contact TDV Passports for more information on escaping).  And get a significant portion of your assets outside of the US including your IRA (self-directed IRA's are one way to internationalize IRA assets).  If you have significant assets over $1 million we suggest you call for an immediate consultation with TDV Wealth Management on how to internationalize and protect your assets in this time of FATCA.

We also recommend moving outside of the US borders while they are still open.

I'll be at "Passport to Freedom" in Cancun this January where there will be three entire days covering these topics from numerous experts (you still can get $500 off that conference by registering now).  And, at Anarchapulco, this Feb 27th to March 1st in Acapulco, Mexico where we'll also cover many of these topics on freeing yourself in a less and less free world... especially if you were unfortunate enough to be born in Amerika.

In fact, I will not be going to any more conferences inside the US due to how bad it is getting there.  If you are interested in learning how to de-slave yourself from the tyrannical US government I recommend you come down to Mexico this winter to find out that there is a world of options out there... but for how long those options exist for Amerikans is the only question.

Ask anyone who has had to flee a tryannical, oppressive state and they will tell you that it is better to be a year early than a day late.

Comments or questions? Join us at TDV.

Jeff Berwick

The Most Dangerous Man in Amerika

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 20:42

[The following post is by Director of TDV Offshore, Paul Seymour]

I'm coming to you this week from the banks/beaches of the Rio Plata between Montevideo and Punta del Este, Uruguay.  

Crossing the Rio Plata from communist leaning Buenos Aires to libertarian leaning Uruguay was an incredible contrast that everyone should experience one day.  Seeing the sharp contrast is an eye opener.  It was while I was tossing around those sharp contrasts, that I came across even more information about my “home” senator, Charles E. (Chuck) Schumer, (Fasco-Communist - NY).  It seems like this guy is on a one man crusade to make my analogies of current Amerika and 1930’s Germany a reality.  I finally got so angry that I became inspired to start doing my part to expose, who I think, might well be the most dangerous man in the Amerika.

Although my home now, and going forward, is in South America, and has been for 11 years after living several years in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, I remain interested in my birthplace politics.  Why?  Because I’d greatly prefer that the spread of Amerikan fascism be nipped in the bud, before it has a chance to morph like cancer around the world, and possibly creep back into my life after I successfully extracted myself from behind the curtain.

In that regard, over the past few years, I’ve continually run across his name in association with his attempts to spread said fascism, and it seems that the time has come to shine a light on this Nazi poster boy for term limits in Congress.  

Without going to very much trouble, I’ll quickly compile an extremely short list of very recent activities in order to support my statements.  Keep in mind that these few examples date back only to May of 2014, and this menace to personal freedom has somehow managed to remain a US Congressman for 34 years, doing untold amounts of damage….  

Last month, for example, he spearheaded a movement to further enhance airport screenings under the guise of protecting citizens from Ebola... as though the current iron curtain like treatment isn’t already egregious “screening”.  It’s an obvious ploy by the fascist leaning Senator to impose even further restrictions on your ever-dwindling personal freedoms.  Another step to see just how far the sheeple will let their public servants go while setting the stage for an easy transition to martial law.  

Even the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Senator Tom Carper, a Delaware Democrat, criticized fellow members of Congress for using political “scare tactics” over the spread of the Ebola virus.  According to Bloomberg he was quoted as saying  “Some of my colleagues have been shameful in the way, frankly, they’ve manipulated this for purposes that I think we can all understand.  The way people have just been playing the scare tactics is just, I think, shameful.”  

Then, two months ago in September, Schumer led the charge to try and entice companies to stay in the US, and pay higher than necessary taxes, by introducing a bill that would further financially punish companies for making the prudent business decision to move offshore.   Way to go Schumer.  Make it obvious that they made a huge mistake by ever incorporating in the USA to begin with.  

Even more laughable, his proposed bill would have effected these penalties on a retroactive basis.  Thereby penalizing companies like Tyco, Ingersoll Rand, Eaton and Lucent Technologies (AT&T Bell Labs), who all moved offshore more than a decade ago.  Who has ever heard of imposing penalties on a retroactive basis?  In fact, the US Constitution states, in Article I, Section 9, Clause 3—“No Ex Post Facto Law Shall be Passed".  And this tyrant has several times sworn an oath to protect and defend that Constitution.

The kind of message that proposal sent to the business community, regarding the stability of the US as a business friendly nation, is just staggering in its potential implications.  I won’t even get started on what it implies about Schumer’s feelings towards the basic rights of both natural persons and legal entities to live where they want to.  

It should come as no surprise then, that just a few months prior in May of 2014 he said, to paraphrase him, “Either stay in Amerika, or we’ll exile you”.  

Just six months ago he made another swastika waving proposal to change the laws of the US.  This was just after a highly successful dual US-Brazilian citizen, born and raised in Brazil (where I’ll be travelling to next), decided to move to Singapore, and renounce his burdensome US citizenship. Soon afterward, this Constitution and freedom-hating fascist sponsored a bill to punish such US citizens who have made the choice to flee from, and then cut legal ties to, the Amerika.  He actually thought it somehow patriotic to sponsor legislation barring one who renounces US citizenship from ever returning to even make a visit to family members.  Nor even if one day in the future, after say, a successful and hopefully bloodless revolution, the country becomes worthy of ever visiting again.  

As a result of this proposed legislation, the Washington Examiner correctly characterized him as totalitarian, and Grover Norquist, the head of Americans for Tax Reform, correctly pointed out that Schumer’s proposed legislation was similar to laws written in 1931 Germany, in order to make Jews pay to leave the country. "He probably just plagiarized it and translated it from the original German," said Norquist.  

How did Schumer respond?  He actually said in front of Congress “The law that Norquist refers to in Nazi Germany was purely discriminatory.  It targeted a particular race of people. The Jewish People.  And punished them for nothing other than being Jewish, and exercise freedom of movement.  It was meant to constrain their freedom, by forcing Jews to reside in Germany.  Our proposal targets no single race, creed, or class.  It doesn’t punish you for factors beyond your control like who your parents were.  It applies based on actions you take.”

Could he possibly be any more self-contradictory?  Is he saying that he’s not trying to constrain our freedom? Unless he’s trying to say that only Jewish people have the right to “exercise freedom of movement”, he lost me.  Isn’t his bill intending to force people to remain citizens of the USA?  Just exactly like he said was the case in Nazi Germany with the Jews?  Aren’t people who choose to leave the US a particular class of people?  Even though he states out the other side of his mouth that he’s not discriminating against any particular class?  

I had no choice of who my parents were either.  As a descendent, on both sides of my family, of the founders of the former America, I feel extremely discriminated against, in that I’m in a particular class of people which are genetically predisposed to respond very poorly to tyranny.  Such people are clearly being targeted by the Amerikan government in general, and by Nazis such as Schumer in particular, and it’s time it stopped.

Not one to pause from his fascist oppression Schumer is now out to implement dangerous laws to “regulate” the internet.  In this recent article it’s noted that Schumer “has called for a crackdown on the dark web (Nazi style smear campaign terminology, evidently) following reports that illicit marketplaces are thriving even after the government shutdown of Silk Road (surprise, surprise!).  

In an open letter addressed to Attorney General Eric Holder and published by Schumer’s office on 27th October, the senator pledged to both secure additional funding for anti-dark web activities and continue pressing for increased oversight of technologies that facilitate such activities. The letter cited the Tor network and bitcoin as mechanisms used by criminals to help conceal the global drug trade.

Of course, that’s not discriminatory either... attacking those who favor freedom as expressed on an open, uncensored internet.

The article also noted that “The senior senator from New York has sent mixed messages to date to the digital currency industry. For example, Schumer has voiced opposition to bitcoin, once calling the technology a tool for money launderers (but still a tiny percentage of the amount of money laundered using US Federal Reserve Notes). Yet nearly a year ago, the senator said on Twitter that the technology held promise ahead of a then-upcoming hearing on digital currency.”

Apparently his opinions fluctuate based upon the level of control he thinks he and the government can exert over digital currency transactions, and their ability to monitor same and capture data to achieve statist goals.  He went on to say in his open letter, “These websites, by allowing users to rate the delivery services of sellers and by offering any drugs imaginable under the sun, are nothing less than an all-you-can order buffet of contraband that need to be investigated and targeted with more intensity". Schumer’s office said in its statement that the requested funding would go to hiring more cybercrime experts at the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as state-based agencies in New York. These funds would address what Schumer called a chronic staffing issue that he says further encourages would-be substance traffickers who frequent dark web marketplaces.

“Currently, there are not enough people to target these websites,” the office added.

Certainly sir. Get more cops.  We wouldn’t want a free market operating at any level whereby consenting adults engage in commerce without outside interference.  I think Schumer in the US, and Queen Kristina in Argentina have more in common than they might think.  Both fascists and communists have the same ultimate objectives.  Control, power and money, which both require totalitarianism in order to maintain that power, as no group of people, except possibly current Amerikans, would ever just roll over and accept it without coercion of some sort.

Therefore, your best options are to implement strategies to counter fascists such as Charles Schumer, and his like-minded cronies in Congress on both sides of the aisle.  Your feeble and gutless countrymen will see to the continuance of the status quo.  

Do you really believe these people won’t confiscate your IRA or 401(k)?  Not continue passing laws to further enslave you?  If so, good luck with that.  If not, start taking steps to free yourself before it’s too late.

[Editor's Note: For more information on getting a self-directed IRA which enables you to get your IRA and 401k funds outside of the US without withdrawing them from your plan, or for any offshore banking, corporation or FATCA-proof trust needs you can contact Paul at pseymour@tdvoffshore.com or to TDVOffshore.com for more information.]

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Paul worked for several years with Big 4 CPA firms in both the US and Saudi Arabia, and then spent many years as a multi-national corporate Controller and CFO in places like Florida, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, and Medellín. In his second, more free life, he has found a natural home in the offshore industry following almost 2 decades as a permanent expat from the former America. Contact him to learn more about the realities of economical offshore asset protection pseymour@tdvoffshore.com

Anarchast: Ernest Hancock

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:14

Jeff in Anarchapulco interviews Ernest Hancock of Declare Your Independence and Freedom's Phoenix, topics include: freedom good government bad, The Freedom Summit, generation next, voluntarism and anarchism, Bitcoin darkwallet and real solutions, getting out of the US, Russell Brand, the left turning to libertarianism, declaring your independence, self reliance, independent living, SpaceX, the upcoming Anarchapulco event...

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An Invitation to a Special, Secret Offshore Appearance In Cancun

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 23:21

[The following post is by TDV's Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick]

I announced in this week's "Weekend Vigilante", that I officially will never visit the US again until after the collapse as I find it far too unfree, uncomfortable, unenjoyable and an outright police state to even go through the trouble of going anymore.  Plus, as things get worse, I am expecting future events to shutdown the borders at some point and have no intention of being on the wrong side of the Mexican border when that happens.

I'm not the only one either.  Almost daily I hear from TDV readers and subscribers who have told me they have left the empire and have no intention of going back.

Of course, many well known Austrian economics and libertarian grounded people have left the West long ago.  People like Doug Casey, Marc Faber, Jim Rogers, Jim Willie and numerous others.

This means that I will be going to far, far fewer conferences than I have in the past.  In fact, the only two upcoming conferences on my schedule are both in Mexico and one is somewhat of a secret.

Of course, I'll be hosting a libertarian event, Anarchapulco, in Acapulco from February 27th to March 1st.  

But prior to that, from January 15th to 17th in Cancun, I'll be making a special surprise appearance at the Passport to Freedom conference in Cancun.

I've been invited to be their special surprise guest at a fireside chat to be held at the end of the conference on Saturday night that will be a lot of  fun.

The conference organizer, Andrew Henderson, also has decided he will not be going to the US anymore either and that's why after hosting the conference in Las Vegas last year, this year's conference will be held outside of the District... on the beach in Cancun... a perfect time to get away from the brutal winter that has already begun up North.

Andrew puts on an excellent, very informative, unique and useful offshore and internationalization conference.  In fact, after a few years of going to other offshore conferences and seeing some very slimeball people and tactics his is one of the only ones I will now attend.

This conference is very different than Anarchapulco.  Anarchapulco has its own value and will be a tremendous event for the freedom minded but if all you are interested in is internationalization then the Passport to Freedom conference is the place to go.

It is three days jam packed with information on offshoring and internationalizing yourself (residencies, passports, expatriating) and your wealth (offshore companies, bank account, trusts, tax avoidance and investment strategies) and more.

I'll be there, of course, and will be talking about all our internationalization solutions including second passports, offshore banking and incorporation, self-directed IRA's and our FATCA proof internationalization solution for Americans that is the only 100% legal way to get around FATCA if you are an American who wants to internationalize.  Many of these solutions are new and haven't been announced publicly anywhere.

I'll leave it up to anarcho-capitalist and world traveler, Andrew Henderson, to tell you more about the conference.

As you'll see below, he has offered a special $500 discount to the conference if you register in the next 48 hours for TDV readers and subscribers.

I'll hope to see many of you down here for some fun, sun, great information and usable advice in the freest country, by far, in North America, Mexico.

An Invitation to The Passport to Freedom Conference

I am pleased to offer The Dollar Vigilante readers and subscribers a special invitation to our Passport to Freedom conference this January 15th to 17th in Cancun, Mexico.  This special $500 discount for Passport to Freedom, however, is ending in LESS than 48 hours.

Once we end the early bird special, the $500 discount will be gone forever... 

If you wait any longer, you’ll pay more. 

Why?

It’s actually pretty simple. It's really, REALLY expensive to put on this event!

The bigger and better we make it, the more expensive it gets. I've been going back and forth with our A-list speakers to finalize our agreements. That will be happening any day now, and I'm still adding speakers who will add MASSIVE VALUE to your life if you attend.

In short, I can't keep tens of thousands of dollars of top-shelf knowledge selling at early bird prices any longer.

So yes, the price really is going up by $500 in LESS than 48 hours……and it will jump again as we get closer to the event.

I guarantee that if you attend Passport to Freedom, you will find it time and money well spent. That's my promise to you.

If you attend and aren't happy, I will personally make it right. Guaranteed.

But based on feedback from last year, I know you WILL be happy. This is the ONE event to attend if you want to:

...Meet the "Who's Who" of the offshore world

...Get free advice from guys who charge big money to set up offshore corporations, offshore trusts, and asset protection structures

...Learn the latest 100% legal tax strategies to pocket an extra $10K or more

...Drink tequila on the beach with other Members and attendees running million- and mega-million dollar businesses in the US, Europe, and Australia

...Discover ways to earn 10%, 15%, and even 30% returns in passive, stable investments in growing markets

...Hear my 7 "New Safe Havens" for 2015 

...Get started on your second passport or second residency in person

...Have my "Offshore Concierge" personally set up meetings with the speakers you want to learn from... free

For much more information including a video featuring Jeff Berwick, Peter Schiff and others from our last event in Las Vegas and receive your $500 discount click here.

As Jeff mentioned above, time is literally running out to internationalize your affairs.  I suggest if you haven't gotten your financial and personal affairs in order, at this point, that you do so as soon as possible.

Passport to Freedom

They Never Thought That This Would Happen When They Sent Their Kids To School

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 06:29

[The following post is by TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick]

Have you ever noticed that if something is really of value or interest to people that you don't need to advertise it?  Bitcoin, for example, had no paid marketing campaign yet it rose from a total value of $0 to $13.9 billion in less than four years.  Why?  Well, obviously, some people felt it had value.  The same can be said for plants like cannabis.  For decades there was no television advertising of cannabis or marijuana and yet, despite the risk of being kidnapped and put into a cage just for acquiring it, millions did... including pretty much every President of the US.  Why?  Well, obviously, some people enjoy it.

This should be your first clue of why public schooling is not something of real value or interest to most people.  The state is constantly trying to drive it into people's heads to "stay in school".  

But the fact of the matter is that, as far as humanity is concerned, the entire system of 12 years of government schooling is inherently anti-individual.  If we want the world to be a wonderful place then we should desire independence and individuality.  We should encourage non-conformity.  We should encourage each human being to be their true selves.

Government schooling does the exact opposite.  Central planning of "school" is a communist idea and is meant to turn all of society into an unthinking, dependent, amorphous blob.

The state has now even resorted to scare tactics to force conformity to the memes propagated from the ruling class.  The following commercial played on British TV shows just how bloodthirsty the ruling class is to making children conform to the bad ideas of the day.

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But even if you accept the idea that government education is a good thing the latest meme is that government schools are targets for predators who want to kill the kids.  Whether it be an outside person or the kids themselves... they snap and try to kill others.

Even if that were a real fear the question needs to be asked, "What is it about this system that makes some people go insane?"

The answer is quite simple, really.  Humans are not meant to be cloistered, farm-raised and treated not as individuals but as part of a collective.

Yet, now, many publicly indoctrinated parents are calling for even more oppression and government involvement to "protect their kids" from people who can't handle being oppressed anymore.

The results, if they weren't so sad, would be absolutely hilarious.

BRING IN THE POLICE

In response to the outcry about the worry of children being killed in public schools the schools have been trying to bring police (centrally planned armed people on welfare with costumes that grant them extended rights and privileges) into the schools to show kids they are safe.

In the UK, a seven-year-old girl was shot by a police officer in front of a group of children while she was on a school trip to the Nottinghamshire Police Department. According to the BBC, the girl suffered “a minor injury to her lip.”

But don’t worry, the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping told BBC that, “I’m shocked, concerned and alarmed at this serious incident. I have received assurances from the chief constable that it won’t happen again.”

The poor seven year old girl was actually sent to the police station as a "reward" for her conformity to the system!

This is not the first time law enforcement has accidently shot children or even shot themselves in front of children. Lee Paige, a DEA Agent and demotivational speaker, was talking to high school students about gun danger when he accidently shot himself in the foot right after telling the children that he is the only one in the room qualified to handle the gun.

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Funnily enough, after he shot himself he tried to continue on but was restrained by the school children from touching another gun!

Another incident in Wales entailed children as young as 4-years old being “accidentally” pepper sprayed by police officers from the Gwent Police Department. Technically, it wasn’t “pepper spray” but the new and improved “riot” spray called “PAVA.” (pelargonic acid vanillylamide) The chief of the force apologized for the “error.”

In another episode in Florida students, teachers and parents were scared for their life when an “active shooter drill” brought armed officers bursting into classrooms with weapons drawn.  Students said they were terrified. One seventh-grader, Lauren Marionneaux said she feared for her life.

“We actually thought that someone was going to come in there and kill us.”

Police say the drill was good for the children.

“These types of drills are vital in order to evaluate not only law enforcement response, but more importantly to educate the students and school officials in case an actual event were to occur,” Chief Charlie Bird said in an e-mail.

“Unfortunately, no one gets an advanced notice of real life emergencies,” Polk County Public Schools spokesman Jason Gearey said in an e-mailed statement to The Washington Post. “We don’t want students to be scared, but we need them to be safe.”

In Florida, a school bus driver called the cops on two students who brought a colorful confetti gun onto a bus.  School administrators applauded the bus driver for calling the cops even though he immediately recognized the toy as not a real gun.

According to myfoxorlando.com:

Once he heard the pop, even though it may be wasn't exactly the sound of a gun he just wanted to be precautionary and so he called for backup,” Townsend said. “He did the right thing.”

Flagler County deputies quickly established there was no threat on the bus and the students from Buddy Taylor Middle School continued on the route to the school. Fox 35 showed parents a picture of the party favor, which the district considers a toy gun.

The system itself often causes some kids to lash out against the oppression.  This is what happens when they do in the US:

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This was actually played on US TV.  A thirteen year old boy who has had some troubles is not dealt with kindness and love but instead intimidated, physically assaulted and scared to death by adults.

GET YOUR KIDS OUT OF PUBLIC SCHOOL

I've said it before and I'll say it again... sending your children to public school in the US is a form of child abuse.

Beyond all the risks of being in the school is the basic fact that they are being trained to conform, to lose their individuality and to have their creativity sucked out of them.

There are other options... plenty of them.  If you are of the belief that a regimented school structure is a good thing (which I advise you to reconsider if your main goal is to see your child develop into a vibrant and free individual) then at least look at homeschooling (Ron Paul has an excellent curriculum for this for all age groups as does Tom Woods with Liberty Classroom).  Or if your child actually wants to go to a school at least look at schools such as Montessori which attempt to peacefully bring out the most in what your child wants and desires rather than beat them into a one-size-fits-all curriculum.

The main arguments many will have is that they don't have the time or money to be able to do things like this.  They probably don't have the time or money because the US government and the Federal Reserve are bleeding them dry.  In that case I highly suggest just getting out of the US.  Nothing good is going to come out of that region over the coming years as its collapse accelerates.

As one example, in Acapulco, Mexico, our 8 and 10 year old children actually want to go to school... the Montessori school here.  After having visited last week I can totally see why.  It is a wonderful environment that encourages fun and creativity.  Most things that are taught are what the child wants to learn and are taught through games and other creative and fun ways of teaching.

I went last week to watch "sports day" which is held every Friday where they play all sorts of sports for the entire day and parent's are welcomed to come and support their kids.  On this day they had a mini-triathlon in the outdoor olympic size swimming pool.

The cost to attend this school?  Less than $400/month.

At our upcoming Anarchapulco conference at the end of February we will have numerous speakers and workshops on peaceful parenting and even the most radical idea in "schooling", Unschooling!  Dayna Martin is the world's foremost expert in removing school from your kid's lives altogether.  The result?  Vibrant, creative, independent, entrepreneurial children. Dayna  has a favorite saying, "My unschooled child will be the boss of your honor student". 

I'll be attending with my family to learn more along with many other families looking at new, liberty minded ways to live.  You can read more on her workshop here (it is only $95 currently for an entire family to attend but that price will go up to $145 at the end of this week).

Definitely, whether it be homeschooling, a private Montessori school or even radical unschooling there is little to no chance of an active shooter event breaking out! And certainly no need for the police to come to your home, by surprise, and scare your children by faking an active shooter drill because "we need them to be safe".

There are other ways to live.  Sending your kids off for twelve years of soul-sucking government indoctrination and risking them being shot or gassed by the police in the process should be the very last thing you consider.

Questions, comments or experiences? Let us know in the comments...

Jeff Berwick

Anarchast: Peter St Onge

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 02:07

Jeff interviews Peter St Onge, topics include: Austrian vs Keynesian economics, Paul Krugman, the coming recession, is Japan really in bad shape?, Abe vs the Bank of Japan, entrepreneurship, getting better at business, the internet brings opportunity, its never been easier to start a business, Anarchapulco! Peter St. Onge will be one of many Anarchast guests speaking at the Anarchapulco conference on February 27th to March 1st.

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Could Quantum Physics Destroy Bitcoin?

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 16:35

 

[The following post is by TDV Chief Researcher, Justin O'Connell]

[Editor's Note: Be sure to view TDV Week In Review, November 16, 2014, below this week's Wrong Place, Wrong Time Notes.]

Quantum physics and quantum computing have been trendy topics for more than a decade. So trendy, even The Onion, an online satirical magazine, seemingly mocked the rate at which online magazines were publishing articles on the topic in 2001:

At a press conference Monday, Haggar physicists announced the successful development of "Quantum Slacks," attractive, wrinkle-free pants that paradoxically behave like both formal and casual wear.

By exploiting a rare duality in "Schroedinger's Pants," according to The Onion, the non-Newtonian pants could simultaneously behave like formal wear and casual wear.  But is the portrayal of quantum computing in most published articles accurate? As Scott Aaronson wrote in Scientific American:

A common mistake...is to claim that, in principle, quantum computers could rapidly solve a particularly difficult set of mathematical challenges called NP-complete problems, which even the best existing computers cannot solve quickly (so far as anyone knows). Quantum computers would supposedly achieve this feat not by being formal and casual at the same but by having hardware capable of processing every possible answer simultaneously.

It has been more than thirty years since physicist Richard Feynman was the first to theorize about quantum computers. One of the first things that comes to mind in terms of what quantum computers could do is their cryptography-breaking abilities. But major obstacles remain in order to harnessing this technology, and in the end, it is unclear if quantum computers would be that much quicker than classical computers at many functions. One considerable obstacle for a quantum computer would be preventing it from interacting with its environment, which would introduce errors. 

One-Shot Memory Devices

Many bitcoiners wonder if quantum computing would undermine Bitcoin, which depends on SHA-256, a system of encryption. There is truth to the notion that quantum computing could offer benefits to crypto-assets.

For intsance, research conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Yi-Kai Liu has recently led to a way to make a security device that has proved difficult to engineer: "a 'one-shot' memory unit, whose contents can be read only a single time."

Liu presented the research at this week's Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science conference, demonstrating how the laws of quantum physics might allow for the development of one-shot memory devices, which provide a wide-range of possible applications like protecting the transfer of large sums of money electronically, including via crypto-asset transfers. As phys.org explains:

A one-shot memory might contain two authorization codes: one that credits the recipient's bank account and one that credits the sender's bank account, in case the transfer is canceled. Crucially, the memory could only be read once, so only one of the codes can be retrieved, and hence, only one of the two actions can be performed—not both.

"When an adversary has physical control of a device—such as a stolen cell phone—software defenses alone aren't enough; we need to use tamper-resistant hardware to provide security," Liu says. "Moreover, to protect critical systems, we don't want to rely too much on complex defenses that might still get hacked. It's better if we can rely on fundamental laws of nature, which are unassailable."

There is currently no way to build tamper-resistant chips. Scientists have attempted to use quantum mechanics so that information that is encoded into a quantum system acts differently than the classical system.

Liu is exploring an approach which stores data using quantum bits, called "qubits," which take advantage of quantum properties like magnetic spin to represent digital information.  Utilizing a technique called "conjugate coding," two secret messages - like separate authorization codes - can be encoded into the same string of qubits so that a user can retrieve either one of the two messages. But as the qubits can only be read once, the user cannot retrieve each.

This approach in part stems from the quantum phenomenon known as "entanglement," in which two particles can affect each other even when separated by great distances. 

Liu has noticed in specific kinds of physical systems it is difficult to create and use entanglement. He shows in his paper via a mathematical proof that if an adversary is not able to use entanglement in its attack, that adversary will not be able to retrieve both messages from qubits. Thus, when the right physical systems are used, the conjugate coding method becomes secure in the end.

"It's fascinating how entanglement—and the lack thereof—is the key to making this work," Liu says. "From a practical point of view, these quantum devices would be more expensive to fabricate, but they would provide a higher level of security. Right now, this is still basic research. But there's been a lot of progress in this area, so I'm optimistic that this will lead to useful technologies in the real world."

How They Work

Conventional computers process binary code - an information currency existing in one of two states: 0 or 1. Quantum computers do not use the two-state contraint, instead using quantum mechanical theories like angular momentum.  In a quantum state, an atom maintains a condition known as superposition, holding the value of both zero or 1 or both values simultaneously.

"This juggling trick holds out the possibility of parallel processing on a massive scale." As phys.org writes, "An algorithm that a conventional supercomputer might take years to break could be cracked by so-called qubits, or quantum bits, in a fraction of the former time.

"The special properties of qubits qill allow quantum computers to work on millions of computations at once," says IBM. "For example, a single 250-qubit state contains more bits of information than there are atoms in the universe."

Still, there remain engineering roadblocks to reach that end, like that, in order to achieve the quantum state, "a cloud of atoms has to be cooled to near absolute zero and controlled by pulses of laser."  All of this is expensive. Very much so, with highly protective labs representing "an enormous practical challenge."

Bitcoiners are well-aware of the technology and, at least, some of its implications.

The Bitcoin Wiki writes:

While ECDSA is indeed not secure under quantum computing, quantum computers don't yet exist and probably won't for a while. The DWAVE system often written about in the press is, even if all their claims are true, not a quantum computer of a kind that could be used for cryptography. Bitcoin's security, when used properly with a new address on each transaction, depends on more than just ECDSA: Cryptographic hashes are much stronger than ECDSA under QC. Bitcoin's security was designed to be upgraded in a forward compatible way and could be upgraded if this were considered an imminent threat.

See the implications of quantum computers on public key cryptography here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_computer#Potential

The risk of quantum computers is also there for financial institutions, like banks, because they heavily rely on cryptography when doing transactions.

The same is true for all sensitive internet data. It all relies on cryptography. What we are seeing is something that is common to systems. Darwin's theory of evolution posits that within a closed system an arm's race of sorts transpires. Duck genitalia is a good example of this. Male ducks and female ducks have such a sordid sexual history their genitalia has spiraled off into an arm's race of defenses and offenses. Presumably, in order to stave off would be rapists, female ducks genitalia became corkscrew-like. The male penis followed suit, then becoming corkscrew like. Technology is in a similar feedback loop. While quantum computing might undermine modern cryptography, one can only expect a more robust and securer field of cryptography to respond. This is a qualitatively good thing.

  Originally appeared on Bitcoinomics.Net

Justin O’Connell is the Chief Executive Officer of GoldSilverBitcoin.  He is also the author of the bitcoin book, Bitcoinomics, and administrator of the Bitcoinomics website. Justin is also a co-host at Our Very Own Special Show, a lifestyle podcast about music, news, life and other topics, and head researcher at The Dollar Vigilante.  He lives in San Diego, California.

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On to the review…

Monday November 10

WHY THIS IS NOT YOUR EIGHTIES' BEAR MARKET IN GOLD

Senior Analyst Ed Bugos on the gold market. 

Third Longest Bear Market in Gold Stock History

We are midway through the fourth year of a bear market in precious metals shares that began shortly after April fools day in 2011. The correction didn’t surprise us; at least not until it continued past 2012.

 

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Tuesday November 11

WHY I NO LONGER WEAR A POPPY

TDV contributor Mark Jeftovic on war. 

It's that time of year again where we are all encouraged to "Remember the Fallen". The words "Lest We Forget" adorn everything from bus shelters to fast food wrappers. What is it we're not supposed to forget? Ostensibly, we're not supposed to forget those who killed and were killed by, other people (usually "over there") in the course of "defending our freedom".

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Wednesday November 12

OPERATION ONYMOUS TAKES DOWN TOR SITES AS WE WARNED: WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF DARKNETS?

Jeff Berwick on a TDV warning come true.

Online anonymous marketplaces create a wonderful place for people to engage in as close to a free market situation online as they can get. It's not perfectly free, of course, because in a truly free market these players wouldn't have to worry about people in costumes with guns (police) coming after them and throwing them in a cage. As the world has seen, there is incredible demand for online anonymous marketplaces.

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Thursday November 13

THE UN TO US POTSMOKERS: YOU CAN'T SMOKE THAT

Legitimately be sovereign is yourself, but let's save that nugget of wisdom for another day.

That aside, the United Nations (UN) was setup in the wake of World War II. The first iteration of a global governance tool was proposed in the wake of World War I, as the League of Nations, but the US rejected it.

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Friday November 14

AN AUSTRIAN GROUNDED WEALTH ADVISOR ON THE SAD STATE OF THE MARKETS & INDUSTRY

An interview with Chris Casey of Windrock Wealth Management.

The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI) has never happened before on such a global basis and therefore it will be fraught with all manner of unexpected consequences.  Even someone who is well aware of the impending collapse of fiat currencies can still make massive, wealth-destroying errors.  Yet, when it comes to investment management, likely not 1 in 100 wealth managers is even aware of TEOTMSAWKI as even a possibility much less are taking active steps to guard their clients from the massive volatility and crisis' to come.

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Saturday, November 15

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING: WEEKEND VIGILANTE, NOVEMBER 15, 2015

Jeff on his newest realizations...

As you've noticed I haven't been writing regularly on the weekends for the last few months.  I alluded to my intention to do this a few months ago when I said that I wanted to spend more time with my family and find a more balanced and connected/deep/spiritual lifestyle.

As with almost everything I write about I don't just talk about it but I do it and I have been exploring this lifestyle for the last few months and have discovered many insights that you might find interesting.

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The Importance of Being: The Weekend Vigilante November 15, 2014

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 18:42

Hello from Anarchapulco,

As you've noticed I haven't been writing regularly on the weekends for the last few months.  I alluded to my intention to do this a few months ago when I said that I wanted to spend more time with my family and find a more balanced and connected/deep/spiritual lifestyle.

As with almost everything I write about I don't just talk about it but I do it and I have been exploring this lifestyle for the last few months and have discovered many insights that you might find interesting.

A STATE OF BEING

We often write about our Five Killer B's to survive and prosper during and after The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI).  They are bullion, bitcoin, bullets, bud and "being".  The "being" part is a fairly loose term but, in general, what it means is being physically, mentally and spiritually prepared for what will be a tumultous time.

After years of living on airplanes and in hotels as I travelled to countless conferences to speak and numerous business meetings as I set-up ventures to survive TEOTMSAWKI worldwide I found I had burned out somewhat.  This all led to a massive amount of stress that led me to drink quite a bit to deal with the stress... which, of course, didn't really help out much and actually further increased my stress and exhaustion.

By the summer it began to come down to a choice.  Do I keep up my 7 days per week, 18 hours per day of work including many evenings drinking with business associates and clients until I eventually collapsed?  Or take a step back, rebalance and discover new ways to live and work that are even more enjoyable and productive?

I chose #2 and so far I couldn't be happier with my choice.

Less Booze

I stopped drinking for a number of months just to get started and that was very enjoyable forcing myself to find new ways to get over my discomfort of large social gatherings (such as the many conferences I was attending) and to find ways to be creative with my writing without the help of a few glasses of wine.  I have since been on and off on drinking but am currently in a stage where, at maximum once per week, and only when out with friends or clients, do I have a few drinks.

But, as I'll explain to you, it is the other things I have been doing that have made me barely want to rarely have a drink at all and still feel like I can be outgoing and creative.  I've discovered some amazing things in the last few months.

Organic Supplements

The next thing that boosted my overall vibrancy level was a few natural substances that I had never heard of but came about during my research and from some very knowledgeable friends (a TDV subscriber who was visiting Acapulco from China introduced them to me) in the area of natural health.

One is called MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), an organosulfur compound, and the other was an enzyme called Wobenzym N.  I am no expert in any of these things and so I won't get into the reasons why they may or may not work but I tried them and noticed a definite uptick in my energy and feeling of overall health.  MSM, in particular seems to have a very vague history and many people are not even sure why it works... but many say it does, to cure yourself of countless ailments.  Just knowing that MSM has not been approved by the US government for medical use was reason enough for me to try it though!

Less Travel and Never Again to the USSA

The next step in rebalancing my life was turning down the countless invitations I get to speak at conferences.  In the past few years I accepted almost every request to speak at conferences worldwide.  However, last month I reached my breaking point on that.

It all started when I was thrown off a plane headed to a conference in the US when I made a joke about ebola.  After being interrogated for hours over what was clearly a joke and having the airline cancel all my flights I realized a few things.  The first was that constant travelling was very stressful and tiring.  And, the second was, that every time I go to the US it is never enjoyable and always left me in a very foul mood (if not in handcuffs numerous times for absolutely nothing).

And so, after saying I was going to do it for years I have finally decided: I will never go to the USSA again until after the Empire has collapsed (which shouldn't be too long now).

Just making this decision alone made me feel much better.  It felt like a huge weight off my back.  And once I did I reconsidered whether going to any conference anymore was even worth the trouble... no matter where it was.  I then decided to cancel my upcoming appearance at Bitcoin South in New Zealand (partly because the only reasonable way to get there from Mexico is via the US) and cancelled my appearance at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference in January as well.

My normally cramped appearance list only has two upcoming conferences and they'll both be in Mexico... a place where I feel comfortable, happy and most at home.

In January I will be returning to Andrew Henderson's the Passport to Freedom event.  I spoke at his last conference in Las Vegas but this one will be held in Cancun... Andrew also is trying to never return to the US again either... that's actually something I hear nearly daily now.  Not only are people leaving the US in droves but many of those who leave have no intention of going back until after the collapse.

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Passport To Freedom is meant to be a three day "one stop shop" for anything and everything to do with internationalizing your wealth and your self.  There will be a lot of information on offshore banking, incorporation, trusts, expatriation and second passports.  I'll be there speaking on all those topics as well as hosting a special "Fireside Chat" on the final evening with a glass of scotch and a cigar that should be a fun way to end a few days jam-packed with information and insights on how to internationalize yourself and get your ass and assets out of dodge.  (if you register in the next 48 hours you receive a $500 discount off of the price of the event by clicking here)

And then, in February, I'll be staying even closer to home as I host Anarchapulco 2015.  If you haven't been to the website lately you should check it out as we have added a ton of new workshops, speakers and events at what will be an incredible event.  There will be a two day entrepreneurship bootcamp run by Exosphere, a one day Unschooling and Peaceful Parenting workshop run by Dayna Martin and a one day independent media workshop by Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change and Dan Dicks of Press For Truth (see video here for more)... and that's all before the conference starts.  There will be world renowned speakers on cryptocurrencies, bitcoin, bitcoin 2.0, expatriation, entrepreneurship, Austrian economics and much more.  That will be from February 27th to March 1st.  The first 100 people who register get $50 off the conference (which is only $145) and off each workshop as well.  We are close to 100 now and it will likely surpass that this week so if you want to get the discount I suggest you register now.

Yoga and Meditation

But probably the changes that have most added to my sense of well being in the last few months has been getting into yoga and meditation.

I had done yoga in the past but mostly for exercise and never explored it further than that.  What I have discovered is that I was missing the point entirely with yoga.

I have been spending time in the last few months searching out information and kept getting drawn towards meditation.  As I continued to search I came across great and fascinating information from people such as Eckhart Tolle who has a wonderful view on life and living in the now.  I then came across this video with Jerry Seinfeld who has been doing transcendental meditation for over forty years and claims it is what gave him the ability to do so much great work.

Then I came across this of Jim Carrey giving a commencement speech at the Maharishi University of Management where he also talks about how important meditation has been for him.

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And so, after months of reading and researching on various topics of spirituality, state of mind, energy and more I decided it was time to at least try meditation seriously.  I took advice from numerous people I know who have years or decades of positive experience with meditation and tried it out.

It actually was really strange to do at first.  I think that is because my entire life I've always thought that most of the ways to improve yourself were external.  Reading, learning, working, going to the gym, etc... They are all great, of course, but the thought that I could improve myself by, essentially, not doing anything at all (ie. shutting the mind off and sitting in a state of silence) seemed very foreign and I was skeptical.

Well, I am skeptical no more... in fact, after just a few weeks the changes have been dramatic.  I only wish I knew about the power of meditation and yoga decades ago!

I won't go into all the reasons why it is so great here... especially as I am still very early in the learning curve... but I suggest you watch this presentation from Harvard trained quantum physicist John Hagelin to get a taste.

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In fact, many high level theoretical scientists are starting to speak more and more about these things... it is actually utterly fascinating and more than I can write about here.

But, after a few weeks of twice or three times daily yoga and meditation it has already brought a great amount of change in my life.  At the most basic level I have boundless energy for the first time in years, if not decades.  There are scientific reasons for this that have been studied quite heavily that show that meditation gives your body and mind a more meaningful rest than even the best night's sleep.  That is because you can attain, very easily, an even more restful state through meditation than through sleep.

After just a few weeks my sleeping patterns have changed dramatically.  I used to stay up quite late and never really felt like I had very many good sleeps.  But now I have been going to sleep before midnight and even today I woke up at 5:30am (about 5 hours earlier than I used to) and felt totally refreshed (even after going out last night for dinner and drinks with some friends who just moved to Acapulco).  I have never, in my life, woken up at 5:30am under any circumstances and felt totally refreshed and ready to tackle the day!

I've felt incredibly focused when I am working and find that I get much more done in much less time... leaving more time for yoga and meditation which I do out on my balcony overlooking Acapulco Bay (which I have to admit makes it even more easy and enjoyable) twice per day... once in the morning and once in the late afternoon.  I do it for about 30 minutes each time and come out of it every time feeling relaxed, energized and balanced.

Don't Worry Be Happy

Along with all the great effects on my energy levels and overall health I've also been delving into all facets of consciousness and ways of living life.  It's truly been fascinating and perhaps I'll write more on it as I learn more.

But, one of the things I've noticed from many readers and subscribers, especially when I have met them at conferences, is an almost palpable sense of fear and worry about the future.  

I've always said that I don't worry much and don't even think too much about the future other than a general sense of planning when it comes to business and things of that nature...  but I didn't realize until recently just how important it is to live that way.

Eckhart Tolle really opened my eyes further to the importance of this... Here is a brief video explaining it here.

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A lot of this sort of thinking used to be in the realm of what people think of from "hippies".  But more and more, people from all walks of life including theoretical physicists, biologists, business people and even athletes are finding the power of all these concepts... and that now includes myself also.

It gets really deep, and seems a little crazy, the further you delve into these things but I think it is important for everyone to explore these concepts and put them into action... especially those who are fearful of the changes about to happen as The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI) continues on.  Of course, I made up that acronym from the widely used, The End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI) and the more that I think about it, TEOTMAWKI may be a better acronym for what is happening and moreso for what will happen in the coming years.

In short, everything will change.  The pace of change, as well, is going exponential too (my topic in this weeks TDV Homegrown).

That's why "being" is the most important of the 5 B's.  If you are not physically, mentally and spiritually prepared for what is going to be an epic period of change then all the other B's are meaningless.

We'll be talking about all the B's, in depth, at Anarchapulco of course... but each day (optionally) starts with Hatha yoga and astral travel meditation right on the beach.  And, rather than sluggishly getting out of bed and missing it after what I am sure will be a fair amount of drinks each evening as we celebrate, I'll be there, bright and early thanks to this new source of energy I've found which tops anything I've ever tried.

Who knew, it was right there inside of each of us the entire time, we just have to tap into it.

Jeff Berwick

An Austrian Grounded Wealth Advisor On The Sad State of the Markets & Industry

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 14:36

[The following post is an interview conducted by TDV Chief Editor Jeff Berwick with Managing Director of Windrock Wealth Management, Christopher Casey]

The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI) has never happened before on such a global basis and therefore it will be fraught with all manner of unexpected consequences.  Even someone who is well aware of the impending collapse of fiat currencies can still make massive, wealth-destroying errors.  Yet, when it comes to investment management, likely not 1 in 100 wealth managers is even aware of TEOTMSAWKI as even a possibility much less are taking active steps to guard their clients from the massive volatility and crisis' to come.

Moreso, your average advisor for firms like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley not only are drinking the Keynesian Kool-Aid but are actually incentivized by the system itself to keep putting people into the worst possible investments at the worst possible time.  How else can you explain advisors and fund managers buying 10 year US Treasury Bonds at 2.3% at a time when actual monetary inflation is near 10% almost guaranteeing a loss of nearly all of your buying power during those ten years?

The answer is that they don't even know that they don't know what is really going on.  They actually still call Treasury Bonds "risk free" assets when what they really are is return-free risk.

We recommend managing your own funds if you have the skill, ability or time... but many people simply don't have one or all of those attributes and they look for an investment manager.

The trick is, however, finding one that has the same level of knowledge (or hopefully more) on what is really going on in the economic, financial and monetary system.  

So, when on rare occassion I do find an investment manager or firm that understands TEOTMSAWKI is well in process, that Keynesian economics is "economics" in only the most egregious use of the word and they also have solid groundings in anarcho-capitalism my ears perk up.

In this particular case, it is Chris Casey, who also is a contributor to TDV and a longtime subscriber.

I had the pleasure to sit down with Chris and pick his brain on his investment philosophy and what he is currently seeing in the markets from his institutional side viewpoint.  I think you'll find many of his comments very insightful on the state of the market and wealth management today.

Jeff Berwick: Although WindRock Wealth Management is a US-based Registered Investment Advisor which manages money for wealthy individuals, you certainly seem different from other firms out there. One of those differences is your adherence to the Austrian school of economics which we at TDV obviously believe in. Why is that important to WindRock?

Christopher Casey: We think it’s a tremendous advantage. And you’re right – as far as I can tell, no other wealth advisory firm believes in and utilizes Austrian economics. We think it’s vitally important in designing portfolios. Austrian economists, unlike the mainstream Keynesian economists, understand what truly causes inflation and recessions – the artificial expansion of the money supply by central banks. Since these are the two greatest threats to anyone’s investment portfolio, this understanding is critical. This is why other wealth advisory firms herded their clients right over the cliff with the crash in technology stocks and later with all equities in 2008. They could not foresee these events, along with the collapse in housing prices, because they don’t comport to their flawed models and theories. As of now, it is only a matter of time before the US equity markets experience some significant declines. By using Austrian economics, we have a time-tested tool to guide our decisions.

I should make one more point about economics and other wealth management firms. As I said, many adhere to Keynesian economics - they basically parrot what the Federal Reserve and other mainstream organizations predict. And the Federal Reserve in particular has a horrific track record in this regard – having completely missed the 2008 recession, the housing crisis, and the collapse in tech stocks. But perhaps just as amazing, many wealth advisory firms have no view on the economy! I cannot tell you how many times I have asked a Chief Investment Officer of a major wealth advisory firms what causes recessions, and their response is either “we don’t know” or “we’re agnostic as to the economy” – whatever that means.

JDB: Recessions pop asset valuations, and are thus a threat to anyone’s portfolio, but what about inflation? What do you see going forward and how do you position clients accordingly?

CPC: I think our thoughts and those of TDV are very similar. The actions of the Federal Reserve since August 2008 – and shockingly all central banks in the developed world – are truly unprecedented. Depending on how you measure it, the US money supply has more than quadrupled since the Great Recession. Increasing the money supply to this degree will inevitably cause significant price inflation. It may not show up in early 2015, it may even be preceded by a brief asset deflation if we have a significant recession and asset values collapse, but it will develop. When this happens, stocks will, at best, be flat in real terms. And bonds will be decimated. The only way to protect one’s wealth is to invest in precious metals, crypto-currencies like bitcoin, and certain types of real estate – mainly farmland and rental real estate. Positioning one’s portfolio as such will not only offer protection, but great profit. And this isn’t just based in theory, but in experience. The historical performance of these investments in the 1970’s in America offers great guidance – while the price index more than doubled in 10 years, farmland and gold provided tremendous appreciation.

JDB: So how do you use Austrian economics in designing your portfolios?

CPC: Our clients’ risk profiles and liquidity needs are integrated with our projections of real economic growth and price levels over the next twelve months. We then combine this with our judgment as to overall asset valuations in the equity and debt markets to determine the allocation between stocks, bonds, and hard assets such as real estate and precious metals. After determining these broad allocations, those same assessments dictate the constituent parts of each allocation. For example, if we are in equities, how much is in emerging markets versus the developed world? How much is defensive versus aggressive, etc.?

One additional item I should note about portfolio construction, we do not believe in “putting all of your chips on red” and waiting for the big payoff. By that I mean we select investments we expect to do very well when the economy plays out the way we expect, but they will also do well in the interim due to the compelling risk and return profile the investment itself offers. As an example, we believe multi-family rental real estate will do quite well in the US when a housing decline unfolds due to rising interest rates. The multi-family rental real estate vehicle we utilize is projected to almost double a client’s money in three years – even without a housing market decline. We did not go out and buy a publicly traded rental real estate vehicle (they are currently overvalued) which may do well in a housing decline – we found an investment which will do well regardless since it is building a new type of multi-family housing community.

JDB: What else differentiates WindRock from other wealth advisory firms?

CPC: It’s not just about having a different view on how economies work. It’s about what you do with that knowledge. It’s about having an entrepreneurial mindset to act on these opportunities - to seek out and vet investment vehicles which the mainstream wealth advisory industry won’t touch. I think we describe this well on our website where we wrote:

Conventional wisdom associates the word “entrepreneur” with the assumption of risk.  While risk can never be fully avoided, what actually makes entrepreneurs unique is their understanding of risk. Our unique insight of the risks posed by governmental interference in the economy serves to protect our clients’ wealth.  As entrepreneurial-minded advisors, we emphasize independent and creative thought to boldly seize opportunities while minimizing key risks.

Farmland is a great example. There are very few public farmland vehicles – Real Estate Investment Trusts – or REITs, in the US. Accordingly, there are no investment benchmarks for farmland to be considered by mainstream wealth advisors (because the sample size is too small). Therefore, mainstream wealth advisory firms will not consider an investment in farmland. Mind you, it’s not because the investment opportunity isn’t there, but because they cannot be viewed as performing out of sync with the commonly used real estate investment benchmarks. To do otherwise will entail risking their careers. This is a real problem in the wealth advisory industry – advisors are worried about losing clients, not with losing clients’ money. The mainstream wealth advisors are happy tracking what everyone else is doing – because in so doing, they believe they are preventing their clients from switching to another firm. This “career risk” syndrome forces wealth advisors into short-term outlooks with a herd-like mentality.

JDB: It truly has become a market of lemmings.  Besides the lack of an economic viewpoint (or an incorrect one), besides the “career risk” mentality, what other problems exist within the wealth advisory industry?

CPC: Misaligned incentives. Many firms lack independence, meaning they create and market their own investment vehicles. So oftentimes they’re not just advising clients to own a particular type of investment – they’re advising clients to own their investment. Which certainly means additional fees and probably a sub-performing investment vehicle. I cannot tell you how many times I have reviewed a prospective client’s investments only to find they are heavily invested in their advisor’s funds. Is it really that likely that the best emerging market equity fund just happens to be owned and run by the advisor’s firm? That the very same advisory firm has the top currency fund? What are the odds?

JDB: So the Goldman client owns Goldman funds while the JPMorgan client owns JPMorgan funds . . .

CPC: I think common sense and anecdotal evidence suggests that if you examined client statements from all wealth advisory firms, you will not find the ownership dispersion you would expect if wealth advisors truly provided independent advice. This Wall Street sales culture permeates many firms. Unfortunately, the more wealth advisors serve as salesmen, the less they act as a trusted advisor.

JDB: With all of these problems in the industry, why should investors even consider using a wealth advisor?

CPC: Doing it yourself can be an option. And perhaps a fairly viable one when compared to the alternative of using many of these firms. But there are still compelling reasons to use a wealth advisory firm. For example, since wealth advisors possess buying power by representing numerous clients, we can have access to certain investment vehicles which may simply be unavailable to the individual investor. In addition, we can negotiate lower fees and minimum investments with the funds we utilize. Specifically, with our main farmland fund, we negotiated a 50% reduction in management fees and minimum investments of $100,000 instead of their standard $250,000. But in a greater context, maximizing returns and minimizing risks for any investment portfolio requires time, research, money, judgement, and knowledge. It’s a full-time job, especially in today’s world of massive government intervention in the economy and the financial markets, to manage a portfolio. This is why we created WindRock, because wealth advisory has its place – it just needs a different economic viewpoint, a unique investing mindset, and greater independence.

JDB: How can anyone interested contact you to learn more about WindRock’s services?

CPC: Of far greater importance than what we do is what we believe. All of our marketing is driven by thought-leadership, so I encourage any interested parties to visit our webpage at www.windrockwealth.com to read about our philosophy as well as our regularly posted research and analysis. I also suggest interested parties to sign up for our mailing list.

Questions or comments? Join us at TDV.

Jeff Berwick

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