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Liberland: A New Libertarian Micro-Nation Has Just Claimed Sovereignty

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:56

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

A Czech man has created a new country. He's calling it Liberland to celebrate the sort of liberty-based ideals championed by libertarians. But, his project is much more than just a libertarian enclave. Rather, it's a big step forward for freedom on Planet Earth.

Liberland is a new European country founded upon the principles of freedom, and that’s why I’ve applied for citizenship just three days after its founding.

Vit Jedlička is a member of the conservative Party of Free Citizens in the Czech Republic and is the self-appointed President of Liberland, which sits on unclaimed terra nullius territory between Serbia and Croatia. The 3 square miles is a place where taxes are optional and military does not exist.

“The objective of the founders of the new state is to build a country where honest people can prosper without being oppressed by governments making their lives unpleasant through the burden of unnecessary restrictions and taxes,” reads a statement announcing the new country. “To live and let live” is the country’s motto, and that’s one of many reasons I have to support such an effort.

“It started a little bit like a protest,” Jedlička, who is 31 years old, told TIME. “But now it’s really turning out to be a real project with real support.”

30,000 applications have been submitted for citizenship, and mine is one of them.

“We have the busiest immigration office in the world,” Jedlička  quipped.

The country can be found on the west bank of the Danube between Croatia and Serbia, land which has long been unclaimed due to a border dispute.  

Jedlička  is writing the constitution, which will “significantly limits the power of politicians so they could not interfere too much in the freedoms of the Liberland nation." 

Liberland is currently accepting applications for citizenship from applicants who: "Have respect for other people and respect the opinions of others, regardless of their race, ethnicity, orientation, or religion, have respect for private ownership, which is untouchable, do not have communist, nazi or any other extremist past, and were not punished for past criminal offences."

Jedlička has even intonated that Liberland is considering creating its own cryptocurrency, and that the nascent nation accepts all currencies, Bitcoin included. 

Jedlička says that under terra nullius, which is a Latin expression derived from Roman law meaning “nobody’s land," he has legitimately claimed the unoccupied territory by international law standards. Sovereignty over territory which is considered terra nullius may be acquired through occupation. Whether or not this is the case in Liberland remains to be seen. 

THE VIGILANTE VIEW ON LIBERLAND

At three days old, Liberland is certainly not a sure thing... at all!  But whenever a movement like this occurs we support it fully.

Will it work?

That all depends on what the meaning of the word "work" is.  

Do I think it will truly become a sovereign country, not get taken over by other states, become recognized by other states and turn into a 3 square mile Singapore?   Well, that's a long shot to be sure!  And, at the very least, will take a long time.

Numerous other attempts at doing something like this have occurred in the past with fairly poor results.  Sealand, which proclaims to be a sovereign nation built upon an old oil platform in the North Sea is probably one of the most well-known.  While it has an incredibly interesting history, even having been tried to be taken over in a failed attempt, it still is not recognized internationally.  And so, while you may have a Sealand passport, good luck travelling with it and also good luck proclaiming that you are a citizen of it and therefore do not have to pay tax in your country of birth should you wish to proclaim residency there.

That will also be the main struggle for Liberland.  Other states are not wont to recognize new nation states that have no taxes and no major regulations.  It makes them look bad in comparison!

Liberland, at least, has an advantage on Sealand in that it actually looks like what people are used to a country looking like.  It's actual land and so far the founders of Liberland are trying to make it look like what people are used to a country looking like with a flag and a constitution.

Why did I apply for citizenship?  Why not?  It's easy and free.  When I applied yesterday you just needed to send some basic information about yourself to their email address.  But, in this fast moving new micronation, they appear to already be building an online application form on their site which says, at the time of this writing, that it will be ready in a few hours.

While they had over 30,000 people already apply for citizenship they say they will likely only accept 5,000-10,000 due to the small size of the country.  And so, I figured, why not apply just in case it works.

For those looking to get a second citizenship in order to disentangle yourself from the country which currently purports to own you, is this a real solution?  Obviously, at this time, no.  They currently do not even have passports.  If they do it is unlikely other nations will recognize it (making it impossible to travel with).  As for using it as a banking/financial passport we'll just have to wait and see if it is recognized in the future. (to get a second citizenship in countries that are currently recognized go to TDVPassports.com)

But, for now, we wish Liberland all the best in its pursuit of independence.  We are in favor of separation and secession in any and all ways.  The more governments in the world, the better.  Decentralization of political power is the key to peace and prosperity on Earth.  Centralization of political power, which at its extreme means a one world government, is the key to tyranny and impoverishment... Hell on Earth.

We'll definitely be watching the development of this new libertarian micronation.

Liberland über alles!

Thoughts on Liberland? Join us at TDV Blog to discuss...

Jeff Berwick

Where do Precious Metals Go From Here?

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 14:07

[The following post is by TDV Senior Analyst, Ed Bugos]

I urge you to consider my arguments for investing in gold and silver, and the miners that extract it.

I am holding on to my post 2008 forecast for gold reaching $3-5k per ounce by 2017 (and silver reaching $100) because the world’s largest governments continue their plunge into default, and cannot afford to let interest rates normalize if they don’t want to be forced into a rationalization.

It may be arguable at what point it became unfeasible in the US to allow the market to drive interest rates.  Admittedly, it would be unusual for the market to determine interest rates without interference from the all-knowing bureaucrat at any time, trained as they are in the art of spinning infinite financial verbiage.  Yet, since Volcker’s day, it has also become increasingly less feasible even if they wanted.

It seems so obvious to me that the bureaucracy is not only taking the path of least resistance – cheap money – but that it is also trapped in this policy, i.e. trapped in a lie to the public about the state of the government, and of the malinvested economy.  This can only lead the world into another stagflation.

In my original (2000-01) call for the bull market to end in 2013, it is true that I expected stagflation to have already occurred.  I hope you forgive me for not being prescient enough.  To my credit though, it is hardly arguable that we got the “stag.”  If that were not true the Fed would have long exited from its zero interest rate policy and likely would not have coordinated a global alliance to do the same thing.

As for the ‘flation’, or lack thereof, I failed to anticipate such a large demand shock in 2008, or the persistence of deflation fears, and other factors that encouraged cash hoarding by both individuals and businesses.  On the other hand, though, many economists underestimated how much money the Fed created in the post 2008 period.  This was because on the one hand they monitored the Fed’s own haphazard categories of money (hurray for transparency) and on the other they really just have no idea what they are talking about.  Think what you want but I know it is true when they pull out tired old phrases like “velocity of circulation”, or if they claim that while the central bank has created high-powered money it hasn’t made it out into the economy.  It is sitting there piling up in bank vaults, or so goes the lore  – and meanwhile the stock market averages are making new highs every other week.

Finally it is easy to forget that before the last tightening (2004-07) precipitated the 2008 financial and economic crisis prices were accelerating, especially for food and energy.  You can be sure that if there was no tightening and no demand shock the ‘flation’ part would have become a bigger problem.

But Its Postponement Is No Reason To Get Complacent About It

After all, among some of the other things that I did not anticipate was the Fed’s post-2008 policy.

I would have never believed back then that after being widely persecuted for causing the tech, real estate and commodity bubbles of the 1999-2008 period, the public would have let it get away with even more monetary chicanery –including the blatant bailout of its crony friends in broad daylight.

The justification – to save the economy – is about as bankrupt as it can get but the nearly $5 trillion manufactured by the banking system since 2008 is motivational, thanks in part to your deflation fears.

They just laughed in our face and stepped on the gas pedal, driving stocks to highs that I did not imagine because I could not imagine them throwing caution to the wind like that, at least not back in the Y2K years when “The Greenspan Put” itself was still relatively new.  The Fed wasn’t that bold yet.

But all lies start small.  Just a little bubble!  C’mon, mummy, just a little one??

Now they have to do it to cover up the biggest lie of all: that the world’s largest governments are insolvent today.  They are covering this up by having pushed interest rates on the least sound of sovereigns to near zero through various unsustainable inflationary schemes involving a global alliance of central banks and governments.  If economic law exists, the attempt to coercively suppress interest rates for so many years, and down to 50 year lows, is going to bring about unwanted consequences.

One thing that low interest rates will not bring about is more saving, which ultimately fuels investment.

Another thing they won’t bring about is less debt and more financial discipline.

Those are just a couple examples of the harm of the policy –all you have to do is keep thinking.

Significant Bottom at Hand?

I believe that gold and silver prices have bottomed; or if not, are close to it.  Granted, I have believed this for two years now and have been both right and wrong.  Wrong in that my number was $1350, but right in that it is not down a lot from there so far.  With silver I was more wrong, expecting it to bottom at $20-ish.  I am also a lot wrong about the gold shares, which I thought bottomed at the end of 2012.

The bottom in gold – modeled on a 1975 retracement scenario – would be $1050.

I cannot rule it out; I am just more bullish than that.

The more bearish projections out there are calling for between $800 and $1000 per ounce.

I think that assumes a secular bear – like the one that began in the eighties – which lasted 20 years.

That scenario has powerful implications but it is also based on rising real interest rates - which was only able to occur in the 1980’s because the Volcker Fed abandoned the cheap money policy.  The recent occurrence of rising real rates I don’t believe is very sustainable.  So I have ruled out this scenario because it does not fit the precedent historically or theoretically.

Likewise, I have long ruled out the debt deflation scenario conjured up by professor Fisher, one of the chief proponents of the Fed in its early days.  That scenario is not likely at the moment because there is nothing to restrict a central bank from printing money (that’s why they killed the gold standard) other than public opinion and political will, and incentives favor it neither politically nor commercially.

Either preceding scenarios ( a gold price under $1050) are possible if the Fed were to stop printing and let interest rates normalize.  But we are arguing that it can no longer do this, and that it knows it can’t… not for long.

The only other way I believe you will see gold below $1000 again or silver close to $10 is if the Fed announced QE4 –but at the right time!  What would be the right time?  Hindsight knows best, but it is not here.  The ideal time might be after a little rally in gold and a 20% correction in the S&P 500.

If your investment time horizon is longer than a year the case for gold and silver is a no brainer, whether or not they fall a bit more in value first.  Technically, we are at another crossroads where it can go either way for the next $100 or so.  I would not try to outsmart the market at this juncture.

It is easy to be out right now.  And it was easy to be long in 2011.  Don’t do what’s easy.

I don’t want you telling me you wished you listened to me; I want you thanking me that you did!

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Thoughts? Join us at TDV Blog.

  Ed Bugos

Anarchast: Judge Napolitano: A Rothbardian Anarchist on Rand Paul and The Future of America!

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 00:24

Jeff Interviews famous TV personality Judge Napolitano, topics include: First principles, the individual is greater than the state, the inviolability of the non aggression principle, getting America back to freedom, the 8th amendment, Rand Paul, is he as libertarian as his father? The popularity of private judges, serious libertarian views entering the mainstream thanks to Ron Paul, the excesses of presidency, Suicide Pact - the book.

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Europeans Waking Up To The Evils Of Central Banking

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:14

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

Just hours ago, this happened:

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Mario Draghi, Chief Bankster of the European Central Bank (ECB), was trying to give a press conference when a woman jumped up onto the table in front of him shouting "End the ECB dictatorship", or as she spelled it on her shirt, "Dick-tatorship".

Here was a photo of her being carried away.

This comes on the heels of last month's riots in Frankfurt, Germany, at the opening of the ECB's new headquarters.

It has yet to be reported on the woman's motives but some speculation revolves around her being "anti-austerity" - another word for "anti-austerity" is "anti-stop-spending-what-you-don't-have".  However, the press conference was held in Frankfurt and she looks and sounds German and so she may just be against the central bank as an institution (and rightfully so).

In either case it is clear that the ECB is not very welcome by many in Germany.  In fact, the biggest protests against the US Federal Reserve central banking cartel are also based out of Germany as Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change reported last year.

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Whatever the motive for scaring the pants off of Draghi, one thing is clear, whether you are German or Greek, you are not happy with this centralized system of the Eurozone nor the Central Banks.

As with all things, the more centralized they get, the worse they get.  Trying to coalesce numerous countries in Europe under one central bank was doomed to failure from the beginning and will only get worse the longer it lasts.

The only issue is one of understanding the problem.  Hopefully many in the anti-Fed and anti-ECB movement in Germany realize that the whole problem is in having a centralized government and centralized central bank for the entire European Union.

In Greece many are also upset but many are upset about "austerity".  In other words, as I said above, they are against a bankrupt government stopping giving them things it doesn't have.  It's unworkable.

This is how all centralized/socialist systems devolve.  They always end up in flames and violence.

This photo from a recent protest in socialist Canada shows how these things always end up.

That is a photo of a socialist/communist student protesting government cuts to "education".  The man pointing a smoke grenade launcher at his face is a socialized police officer with a sticker on the back of his motorcycle helmet protesting government cuts to his pension!

And don't think they won't just shoot someone in the face with one of those either.

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Whatever the reason, people are waking up to the scam of central banking... some may have the wrong reasons for disliking them but almost everyone dislikes them.  Except for the people on Wall Street.

When "austerity" comes to the US, and it will come soon, expect the same sorts of violence and protests.  We are in the final days of this centrally planned financial and monetary system and it is only going to get worse from here.

Gold has played its role in protecting those with assets in places like the Eurozone, having risen from near 900 euros per ounce to over 1,100 euros per ounce in the next year.

Those in the US should look to hard assets such as gold and silver to protect themselves from the collapse to come.

As TDV's Senior Analyst, Ed Bugos, wrote in the latest issue of The Dollar Vigilante (subscribe here), there hasn't been a better time than now to buy gold and silver for Americans in a long time.  In tomorrow's TDV Blog we'll publish a selected portion of his commentary on why he is urging Americans to get into precious metals and selected precious metals stocks now... because what is happening in the Eurozone is coming to America.

Jeff Berwick

Tax Day Cometh: To Hold Or Not To Hold an IRA

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 10:30

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

Tomorrow in the US is the last day for tax slaves to pay their extortion fees.  It's a day, as a Permanent Tourist/Prior Taxpayer (PT), on which I remember how lucky I am to legally not have to pay income tax in any jurisdiction.  But, I realize it is a painful day for many.  In a way it is painful for me, also, to know that millions are being forced at gunpoint to hand over a large amount of their income to the biggest terrorist organization on Earth (the definition of terrorism being "the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes"), the US federal government.

Unfortunately, millions are still subject to this tyrannical organization and have to find any way possible to reduce their tithe.

One of the popular ways to lower your extortion (tax) burden is to roll some portion of your income into an IRA each year which then becomes tax deductible until it is withdrawn at a later date.

Based on your own personal situation this may or may not have been something reasonable to consider in the past.  But, in my estimation, people should stay away from putting more funds into an IRA.  The reason being is that the US government is now very close to complete bankruptcy and un-taxed funds in IRAs (some estimates have it over $18 trillion currently in IRAs) will become sitting ducks for the US government to seize or take-over to stay afloat.  Barack Obama made the first pretext to this earlier this year with the launch of MyRA which would be an IRA held entirely in government debt.

As well, the US government's fiscal situation does nothing but get worse year-after-year and if any attempt is to be made to continue to look solvent then tax rates will have to rise.  This means that you will have put the funds in at a lower tax rate only to withdraw them later at a higher tax rate.  Alternatively, and more likely, as the government becomes more insolvent they will likely demand that IRAs be invested in government debt to keep it solvent and then inflation, or hyperinflation, will erode away any paltry nominal gains made on the interest.

So, I suggest you think very carefully about putting your funds into an IRA at this time.

Now, for those who already have funds in an IRA, here are some options to consider:

Withdraw The Funds.  Why withdraw them?  For the reasons laid out above.  IRA funds are sitting ducks. Can you withdraw them?  There are differing rules on types of IRAs but you can usually withdraw them IF you pay the income tax due when you withdraw (which will be deemed as part of your income for that year) and usually a 10% penalty if you are younger than 59.5 years old.  If you are older than 59.5 there is no 10% penalty.

Self-Directed IRA.  If you don'tt want to or cannot withdraw your funds from an IRA then consider a self-directed IRA (you can get more info on a Self-Directed IRA here).  

In a regular IRA you are usually limited to owning only stocks, bonds or mutual funds.  Stocks are nearing the end of a bull market and if they do go higher it will be due to money printing... which means any gains won't be real gains as the price of everything will be rising.  

Bonds are a nearly sure-thing loser with interest rates in most Western countries near 0% and some even now into negative interest and as interest rates rise, the value of bonds falls.  And mutual funds usually just hold stocks and bonds.  With a self-directed IRA you can own a much wider array of assets... and, more importantly, they can be anywhere in the world and not just in the US.  

As example, you could buy an investment property anywhere in the world and hold it in your self-directed IRA.  With the US dollar up against almost every other currency at the moment it is a fantastic time to bargain hunt for foreign real estate bargains.

 As just one example, at AcaCondos, a company I founded nearly a decade ago, you can buy beach front condos in Acapulco for under $70,000 and it is 100% managed and rented out for you with ROIs often exceeding 5% per annum after all costs and would qualify to be held in a self-directed IRA.  Other things you can own in a self-directed IRA include almost any asset including precious metals stored abroad.

A Precious Metals Only IRA. A self-directed IRA is a bit more complex and so if you just want to put your funds into a specially designed IRA that is held in precious metals, check out the Hard Assets Alliance "SmartMetals IRA".  It is an all-in-one IRA that is fast and easy and can have your IRA converted into precious metals held offshore quickly and easily.  You can get more information on that here.

As I've said before, the coming years will be the most dangerous time in history for human capital.  Ignore pretty much everything you hear on CNBC and from most government registered financial advisors.  You are going to have to take control of your own financial future to have a reasonable chance of surviving the coming collapse.

Not many out there call a spade a spade as I do and pull no punches.  I'm doing it, to some extent, as a bit of "tough love" to those who still don't realize that what worked in the past few decades will NOT work in the next few decades... or more likely years... or even months.

Self-actualization is paramount and taking at least a modicum of control of your assets now will give you at least a feeling of empowerment.

Or, you can just let the government steward your hard earned capital.  We all know how that usually works out.

Join us at TDV Blog to discuss...

Jeff Berwick

Markets Versus Government: Hologram Protesting Sidesteps Government Edict

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 13:29

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

Last week we commented on how activists in New York had gotten around the government removal of an Edward Snowden statue by replacing his image with a hologram.

In the constant battle between the free market and its evil nemesis, government, the stakes were raised dramatically in Spain a few days later!

For those unaware, the fasco-communist government in Spain has been systematically destroying the economy and as its citizenry gets more unemployed (unemployment has been between 20-30% for the last few years) and upset the government has become incredibly tyrannical.

Taking tips on naming things the opposite of what they are from places like the US with its "Patriot Act", Spain has recently enacted its "Citizen Safety Law".  Here are just some of the things that the Spanish government has enacted to keep its citizens safe:

Since any form of protest has now been outlawed the market has, yet again, found away around their tyrannical overlords and the world's first holographic protest was held.

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Of course, the government will likely just add "holographic protests" to its list of illegal activities but this concept of a holographic protest brings up some interesting concepts on how our world is changing.

TECHNOLOGY AND GOVERNMENT

The first thought I had upon seeing this was that the government couldn't very well roll out its usual heavily armed riot police to "break up the protest".  And if they did they would look totally ridiculous.  Perhaps, instead however, electronic riot police will need to be trained to try to hack into computers and systems that project the hologram.  Or, maybe they make a hologram of riot police which is projected showing them tear gassing and beating the other hologram? 

The other thing this makes you consider is just how digital everything is becoming.  You really don't have to do much physically anymore and this is just another example.  We are, more and more, living in a totally digital world.  The Information Age has truly arrived.

But, aside from that, this also makes you wonder about the value of protesting.  After all, this virtual protest will likely have the same results as a real protest: nothing.

The people who portend to own you (the government) rarely change anything when met with people or holograms holding up signs.  Perhaps this hologram will make people realize the absurdity of even protesting the government.

The only way that we can live in a much freer world is to disavow anything to do with government.  Taxes?  Sorry, not paying.  Stupid regulations?  Sorry, not going to adhere to your arbitrary whims.  Central banks destroying the economy?  I'll use bitcoin and precious metals, thank you.

Edmund Burke said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing", and the government in and of itself is evil (evil being defined as being something that is profoundly immoral and malevolent), and by adhering to any of their arbitrary edicts and paying their extortion fees you are, in effect, doing nothing to stop it.

The world is waking up to the true enemies of mankind: the government and the central banks.  The only problem is that they haven't fully realized that with a cancer like government you can't just try to change it or try to restrain it.  It must be completely removed.

It's not going to be easy, at all, but it will happen and I am here to do everything I can to hasten its vanquishment from this planet. 

Watch this excellent short video to see what needs to be done to remove it.

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Questions or comments? Join us on TDV Blog

Jeff Berwick

Rebellion Against Time In Mexico - TDV Week In Review, Sunday April 12, 2015

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 14:43

In Mexico, time is governed by nature, not government, at least for many. We here at The Dollar Vigilante would like to pledge our support to the indigenous peoples of Oaxaca who have refused to observe government time.  Instead, they observe the time of their ancestors. As Mexico News Daily reports,

It could be said that time has stopped in some rural areas of the state of Oaxaca, but it certainly didn’t change last Sunday morning when most of the rest of the country advanced their clocks by one hour.

In San Pedro Quiatoni, for example, the church clock marks the hours, but the indigenous villagers prefer more traditional methods of keeping time and dictating their daily routines, such as observing the movement of the sun.

“The ‘King of the Sky’ comes out from the east and sets in the west, and when the roosters crow it is time for work,” says Gregorio Santos, a farmer in the village located in the Sierra of Yautepec, in the Tlacolula district.

“I have no clock, that’s only for rich people.”

Primary school teacher Ramón López says in rural areas nobody “can force the towns to observe government time, for the clock of the locals is biological.”

Members of Section 22 of the radical teachers’ union CNTE say their opposition to the time change has its origins in their historic struggle against the state, one that has carried on into strong opposition to education reform.

“The stance of the people isn’t a rebellion,” says López, “but rather the recognition of their own rights which have nothing to do with the governance of those above them. They are asserting the will of the people.”

The will extends to some 13,000 schools, where more than a million students attend class, that refuse to conform to the government-mandated Daylight Savings Time, or DST.

As part of an agreement reached by Section 22, over 1.3 million students returning to classes on April 13 will not be complying with DST, along with 81,000 teachers in 13,000 educational facilities, as well as 70% of the entire indigenous population of Oaxaca.

Instead, they will go by the clock of their ancestors.

For government spokesman Carlos Santiago, the actions taken by a significant number of municipalities against DST reflect the full autonomy awarded indigenous peoples of Oaxaca to live by their own rules.

He said municipalities and local businesses are searching for solutions to avoid problems arising from the two different manners of observing time.

Mexico first adopted DST in 1996 due to increasing economic ties with the United States. Until then, Baja California was the only state to observe it. The U.S. changed its schedule for DST in 2007, but only Mexican municipalities less than 20 kilometers from the U.S. border made the same changes.

We leave the comments to you, dear Vigilantes...

This month's TDV Newsletter is filled with information. First, Jeff discussed the great paradigm shift currently taking place and his big predictions for how to survive The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI), and then Ed Bugos detailed financial cycles and their human causes, and what this means for your investment portfolio. Then the TDV Team took you on a journey to Buenos Aires for a report on life there as an expat.  This week, there is much more, as TDV's HomeGrown is published to paid subscribers. For access, click here

THIS IS THE VIGILANTE ON AYAHUASCA - THE WEEKEND VIGILANTE APRIL 11TH, 2015

April 11, 2015

Well, it's been a few weeks since I dropped everything and flew to Monterrey, Mexico, to try Ayahuasca.  I've received dozens of messages asking me about the experience and I mostly wanted to take a few weeks to reflect on it before coming out with a comment on it.

As preface, and as I've said before, I like to try everything once.  I really dislike people who have never had a drink but hate alcohol.  Or who have never had a puff of marijuana but demand that people with guns, being paid with extorted money, go out and kidnap people caught with it.

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THE MASK OF GOVERNMENT IS FALLING OFF BOTH LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY

April 9, 2015

Post by TDV Editor-In-Chief, Jeff Berwick

Larken Rose once told me that the government can't continue to govern (for long) once they begin completely dominating by force without the approval of at least a sizeable amount of support from the citizenry.  Or, as he said, "once they remove the mask" that they are here to help us and show themselves for what they really are.

In more ways than one the US government is showing itself for what it really is.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Communist Party-Conn.) has been pushing the Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Education of our (SAFER) Streets Act.

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THE VIGILANTE STAND ON RAND

April 8 2015

Post by TDV Editor-in-Chief, Jeff Berwick

On Tuesday, Rand Paul announced that he was running for Misleader of the Unfree World... or, as they call it, President of the US.

This announcement has caused a rapacious debate in the libertarian community which, as an umbrella, includes anarchists and small government minarchists/constitutionalists.

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THE SNOWDEN HOLOGRAM: MARKETS VERSUS THE GOVERNMENT

April 7, 2015

Post by TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick

 

When people look back at the Soviet Union or Mao's China they can clearly see the misery that happens when a government is in charge of nearly everything.  Even in the now fasco-communist US soyuz you can see public housing areas that are similar.  Everything is grey, square, uncreative and devoid of any sort of color or life and the people there live mostly in misery.

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"HIDDEN INFLUENCE - THE RISE OF COLLECTIVISM" HAS JUST BEEN RELEASED!

April 6, 2015

Post by TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick

Richard Heathen's new movie (part 1 of 3) has just been released and is now on YouTube for free.

"Hidden Influence: The Rise Of Collectivism" may be one of the best films yet that gives proof of how nearly all of the problems of today have been planned for decades.  It gives an incredibly fascinating insight into the financial and social engineering that we have been subject to and how it is playing out in our lives today.

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ANARCHAST: AVENS OBRIEN: LIBERTARIAN LOVE AND LONELINESS!

Jeff interviews Libertarian blogger and social media activist Avens O'Brien, topics include: the NAP - what else is there? Feeling alone in a minority, a beautiful break up, being an excellent ex-girlfriend, Anarchism the norm outside the West, change in the Libertarian gender balance, no one wants to hear your problems when first meeting you, the sex drive, sexual frustration, learning to be attractive, self improvement, self actualization, public speaking techniques...

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ANARCHAST: CONNOR BOYACK: NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND!

Jeff interviews Libertarian author and founder of The Libertas Institute of Utah, Connor Boyack. Topics include: the logical flaws in minarchism, the failure of the statist model, government holding back progress, being gentle with new people, branding our movement for success, home schooling, unschooling, state indoctrination, common core, a childrens book based on Bastiat's 'The Law ', reaching outside the libertarian echo chamber, the Berenstain Bears are statists!

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TDV INTERVIEW: JEFF BERWICK ON ESCAPING AMERIKA - MOVING TO MEXICO AND BEING A PRIOR TAXPAYER

Jeff is interviewed by the inestimable Chris Cantwell for Some Garbage Podcast, topics include: police state savagery, victimless crimes, US foreign intervention, apalling state worship in the west, fight or flight with the US, expatriation, the Anarchapulco conference, police aggression not tolerated in Mexico, Mexico in an economic boom, mass support for capitalism in Brazil, feminism not prevalent in Mexico, men are men and women are women, race not an issue, some revealing facts about cartels, the power of community, getting out of the US, moving to Acapulco, will Chris Cantwell make the move? Stay tuned...

 

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TDV Interview: Jeff Berwick on Escaping Amerika - Moving to Mexico and being a Prior Taxpayer

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 13:50

Jeff is interviewed by the inestimable Chris Cantwell for Some Garbage Podcast, topics include: police state savagery, victimless crimes, US foreign intervention, apalling state worship in the west, fight or flight with the US, expatriation, the Anarchapulco conference, police aggression not tolerated in Mexico, Mexico in an economic boom, mass support for capitalism in Brazil, feminism not prevalent in Mexico, men are men and women are women, race not an issue, some revealing facts about cartels, the power of community, getting out of the US, moving to Acapulco, will Chris Cantwell make the move? Stay tuned...

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This Is The Vigilante On Ayahuasca - The Weekend Vigilante April 11th, 2015

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 21:30

Hello from Anarchapulco,

Well, it's been a few weeks since I dropped everything and flew to Monterrey, Mexico, to try Ayahuasca.  I've received dozens of messages asking me about the experience and I mostly wanted to take a few weeks to reflect on it before coming out with a comment on it.

As preface, and as I've said before, I like to try everything once.  I really dislike people who have never had a drink but hate alcohol.  Or who have never had a puff of marijuana but demand that people with guns, being paid with extorted money, go out and kidnap people caught with it.

For that reason I rarely comment on something I have no experience with.  When asked about Iran, as example, the first thing I will say is, "Well, I've never been there so I really don't have much of value to say".  Barack Hussein O'Bomber, on the other hand, has never been there either but he sometimes thinks about blowing it into oblivion with nukes... because... maybe, one day, they'll have nukes.

And, as I have mentioned in past Weekend Vigilantes, my own personal journey down the rabbit hole of what is really going on in this world has led me down many paths in the economic, financial, political and monetary world that I never thought existed.  And my further questioning and searching has led me to search for answers outside of even the physical and mental.  What they call the spiritual.

That really is the ultimate question anyway.  Who/What are we?  And why are we even here?  And how?  That takes care of the who, what, where and why... as for the "when", well, the more you think about it, time doesn't really exist so that question is moot.  Like Einstein said, "The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once".  

In any case, I'm an explorer.  A truth seeker.  I want to know the answers to these questions and I have not been finding them.  And the more I searched the more the words "ayahuasca" and "san pedro" and "DMT" came up.

Having never tried them and having no noticable fear I hopped on a plane nearly immediately to the closest place I knew of where I could find an Ayahuasca ceremony in Monterrey, Mexico.

MY FIRST AYAHUASCA EXPERIENCE

Not many people I know, when having just gotten interested in a medicinal, psycho-active plant concoction that can apparently instantly change your life would wake up, hop on a plane, and do it with the intention of doing it and flying home the same day.

What can I say... I'm busy... plus once I discover something it encompasses all my thoughts to the point that I must almost immediately try it.

And that's what I did.  I woke up at 6am in Acapulco, flew through Mexico City and then on to Monterrey.  The website said to show up at 5pm and I had arrived in Monterrey at 2pm.  So, I hit the Starbucks and watched a hockey game via wifi while sipping on one of those fruity teas and then took a taxi to the location.

It was a fairly non-descript house in a fairly non-descript part of town.  I showed up right on time, at 5pm, forgetting I was in Mexico, and no one was even there yet.  For a second I wondered if this was all just a hoax... but then I remembered I was in Mexico and I was a fool for showing up right when they said I should show up.

I waited for about an hour before a few people started to filter in.  The very first person who walked in said, "Hey, Jeff Berwick, you're that internet libertarian guy!"

I corrected him, "Anarchist, but yes, nice to meet you" and we chatted.  It turns out that he and his libertarian friends are really into Ayahuasca and I've noticed that the liberty community has been really getting into this type of soul searching... it may be the next progression for truth seekers.

For the next two hours more and more people showed up and around 8pm finally it appeared like things were ready.  Having not eaten for the last 24 hours, as is suggested, each hour that went by was a little harder and my anticipation grew also.  I just wanted it to get started.

Finally the shaman, who seemed like a nice guy, described to about 40 of us the process and then said to make ourselves comfortable in one of the rooms.

It was a big house with a lot of empty rooms and I ended up in one room, on the floor with just a thin sleeping bag I had brought.  It was quite cold and rainy in Monterrey and the house didn't have any heat... and my body is very acclimatized to hot, humid Acapulco weather so I was quite cold right off the bat... and the hard tile floor with my thin sleeping bag didn't offer much in the way of comfort.

All of the people in the room with me were from Monterrey and many had done it before and they all traded stories on it and said they were nervous.  A few hadn't done it before and they all said they were nervous/scared.  

But it was now getting close to 10pm and we still hadn't done anything and I didn't feel nervous/scared... I just wanted to get the show on the road.  I actually had this thought in my head that the ceremony would begin at 5pm and would probably end around midnight and then I thought I'd go find a chill lounge in Monterrey, smoke a cigarette, have a glass of wine and ponder on my experience before heading to the airport and heading home on the next flight out.  But since it was already 10pm and we hadn't even begun yet that wasn't going to happen.

Finally, one by one people began to get called for the ayahuasca ceremony and I was finally called near 11pm.  Many people say the taste of ayahuasca is disgusting but after not having eaten anything for 24 hours I was glad to just eat/drink something.  Maybe for that reason I didn't mind the taste at all.  It was definitely a flavor I had never tasted before.  Sort of like an earthy clay and a bit of a spicy taste to it.

I returned to my cold, uncomfortable room and began to meditate.  I was mostly relieved, after a long day of travel and waiting to finally have begun the process.

It was at least half an hour of not really feeling anything when I began to notice my face felt numb.  But that was about it for at least another 15 minutes.

The next thing I noticed was that I had forgotten why I was there.  I had come with the intention of experimentation and discovery and hopefully to feel/see something I had never felt before and see if it gave me any useful insights into life or myself.

I forgot all of that and I then felt like I wanted to lie down and as I did all kinds of geometric shapes began to form in everything and laser colored lights seemed to flow in and out of everything.  It was neat but certainly not life changing.  I then began testing it, which in hindsight was a mistake, but I like to test everything.  So, I'd look at something and it'd have all kinds of shapes and colors and then I would say to myself, "But, this is all just in my head, so can I turn it off?"

And, much to my surprise, yes, I could totally control it.  If I wanted it all to stop I'd just try to stop and it would stop.  I did this a number of times and then I got into a weird state of mind.

I said, to myself (or whoever/whatever else might be out there), "This is pretty lame.  I thought this was going to be a life changing educational experience!"

I then got deeper into that mindset for what felt like nearly 30 minutes, saying, "Is that all you've got, Ayahuasca?  You're a fraud... I could have taken mushrooms or LSD if I wanted to see some shapes and colors that weren't really there!"

The reason I say, in retrospect, it was a mistake to do this is because I should have just allowed myself to get into the experience.  Instead I got into this battle in my own head questioning everything about it.

That was when IT BEGAN.  And I don't mean it began for me.  Puking, crying, wailing, jabbering, groans of angst all around me.

Everyone appeared to be deep into some sort of intense, almost traumatic experience (which is what I expected and wanted).  It was then that the colors and geometric shapes pretty much went away and while my body was so relaxed that I couldn't really move I didn't really feel anything, at all.  I was completely, soberly awake... listening to the house of horrors all around me.

I could feel many people in deep pain (emotionally) and them crying and wailing and, constantly, puking (that's what all those buckets in the picture above were for).

I sat there, thinking as clearly as could be, that this is ridiculous.  I had left all the things I love (my wife, my family and my dogs) to come here to sit in a cold room full of puking and screaming people.  And, the worst thing about it is that I was pretty much paralyzed... I couldn't get the energy to move but I was wide awake.

I then even got angrier at Ayahuasca and I called it a total fraud... and I was really irritated that I wasn't puking and screaming.  I came up with really intricate concepts on how it is all a scam and how they just give people stuff that makes them puke and scream and they feel like they had an other-wordly experience.  I even began, inside my own head to call out Ayahuasca.  I said, "I know what you are doing!  It's B.S.!" and this continued for a while.

Then things got really dark.  Not in terms of light but in terms of thought and the environment.  It had been what felt like an hour of being in hell and not being able to leave and then every sound I heard was all torturous.  I'd hear a dog bark outside but it'd sound, to me, like the dog was in horrible pain.  Everything around me seemed to be in horrible pain.  And, still, the constant puking and crying around me.

Some people then really began to freak out... some were walking around and some had to be nearly restrained by the shamans... and I was still just lying there on the floor, freezing cold and unable to move but totally aware of what was going on around me but wishing I wasn't.

They, the shamans I think, began chanting/singing but to me it sounded like nails on a blackboard... for what seemed like hours.

I had a few insights during that time which told me that I needed to be with my family and they were the only thing that was important.  Now, if that came from my own brain or somehow was a message from "the universe" I don't know.

Upon hearing this I became even more unhappy and sad and said, "Then why the hell am I here?  Did I just make a big mistake leaving everything I love just to have a horrible night in Monterrey?"

There was no answer.

I then got even more unhappy/angry and demanded that Ayahuasca show me something/anything.  I even said, in my own head, "Show me the worst!  I can take it!"... but mostly nothing happened.  Just another hour or so of puking and crying around me while I lied there freezing and uncomfortable.

Then, I began to just let everything go.  I felt exhausted after what seemed like about 5 hours of torture.

And then, finally, I had a bit of a vision.  A voice said, "You have to let others help you".

I was sort of out of my head at that time so I didn't question it.. it just seemed real like I was having a conversation with someone although no words were actually spoken... it was just an understanding.  It was like a dream but I was wide awake and I couldn't recognize it wasn't a dream... it was just happening.

I responded, without speaking, "I can't.  I won't.  I must always be the strongest to be there for everyone else.  I won't accept help.  I am not weak."

Gently it said, full of a love and understanding I'd never felt in my life, "Let others help you."

And then I had a vision of me dying, right there in Monterrey.  The shamans were trying to give me water and I refused it saying I didn't need it.  "I can fight it on my own," I said to them.  And, in my vision, I went into a seizure and died.

At that point I think I essentially fell asleep.

Then, at about 4am, all of a sudden, I woke up and felt totally normal and was wide awake.  I could hear one or two others packing up their stuff and leaving and so after a few minutes I did the same.

I packed up my stuff and walked through the dark house to the door, opened it and walked out into the cold evening.

It was a weird sensation because I felt totally at peace.  If you just dropped me in some random neighborhood in Monterrey at 4am I would be a bit agitated and irritated.  But, I felt like I just wanted to go for a walk but feeling as sober (or even more-so than normal) as could be.

I walked for quite a while through dark, quiet streets and then decided I should get a taxi but none could be found.  I turned on my Uber app and could see Uber cars all around but I had forgotten that my credit card I initially had for Uber had expired and therefore I couldn't hail them.

Eventually I found a state permissioned and regulated taxi (which is always worse but in this instance was happily found) and went to the airport.  I found a flight out to Mexico City quite quickly and had the most calm trip home.  Normally in airports I feel irritated and want to have a drink to just calm me down from not wanting to be there but the entire way home I just felt at peace.

Upon arriving home I kissed my wife, kids and dogs with great happiness and my wife said, "So?  Did it fix you?"

I replied, "I'm not sure, let me think about it."

It took a few more weeks of thinking about it for me to have decided that it was definitely a net positive in my life that I did it.  At least I now know what it is.  And, possibly, it gave me a few insights that I hadn't quite solidified in my own mind... that my family is everything to me and that I should accept the help of others sometimes.

Now, after talking to a few people they said that the first experience can be quite a bit like mine.  If it is not in the right place that is comfortable and around people you trust it can be difficult.  And I totally recognize that now.  If/when I do it again it will be in a much more natural, calm, comfortable environment and preferably alongside my wife or with her, at least, nearby.

I've also been told by some people that San Pedro may be a better thing for me to do next as part of my journey.  Apparently, according to them, Ayahuasca is the "divine feminine" and San Pedro is the "divine masculine" and that I may not be ready for Mother Ayahuasca yet.

So, plans are being put in place for me to try San Pedro and I will go from there.

Until then, that was my first experience trying Ayahuasca and I hope it helps you with any insights/fears/information you had about it.

Jeff Berwick

Anarchast: Connor Boyack: No Child Left Behind!

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 16:12

Jeff interviews Libertarian author and founder of The Libertas Institute of Utah, Connor Boyack. Topics include: the logical flaws in minarchism, the failure of the statist model, government holding back progress, being gentle with new people, branding our movement for success, home schooling, unschooling, state indoctrination, common core, a childrens book based on Bastiat's 'The Law ', reaching outside the libertarian echo chamber, the Berenstain Bears are statists!

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The Mask Of Government Is Falling Off Both Literally And Figuratively

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 21:22

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

Larken Rose once told me that the government can't continue to govern (for long) once they begin completely dominating by force without the approval of at least a sizeable amount of support from the citizenry.  Or, as he said, "once they remove the mask" that they are here to help us and show themselves for what they really are.

In more ways than one the US government is showing itself for what it really is.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Communist Party-Conn.) has been pushing the Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Education of our (SAFER) Streets Act.

Essentially, what she is saying, is that she wants Americans to not have access to high powered weapons because they are "dangerous".

Yet, at the same, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has put in a request for 12 high powered semi-automatic rifles.

“Handguns and firearms are prevalent in the state of Nevada,” Deputy Administrator of the DMV, Sterling Nixon said. “We lean toward protecting the public with whatever means we have.”

So, what is the message here?  That the US is a "dangerous" place so we should take guns away from everyone and then make sure that the government has all the guns to protect us.  That's always worked out well in human history.

In most businesses if you have long lines and angry customers you hire more cashiers or find other ways to improve your service.  When it's a government business you buy machineguns in case someone gets a bit fed up with your "service".  Especially when that service is solely in extorting people for money and demanding they pay in order to get permission (permits) to drive a vehicle.

But, not only is the mask coming off the government and its intentions in that way... it appears to be literally showing its true face more by the day.

This is a photo of Rosa DeLauro who is trying to get guns out of the hands of the public.

Now, it is of course petty and backhanded to point out that someone is incredibly unattractive... But this thing isn't just unattractive.  It looks like it was spawned from hell itself.  And, I am wondering if these evil people aren't starting to more and more become the physical embodiment of their dark souls.

Take Harry Reid.  A perpetual liar and thief.  He said that some exercise equipment broke recently resulting in broken ribs, bruised jaw and losing sight in one eye.  The only way he'd have that kind of multiple injuries is if the exercise equipment broke and then continued to smash into him repeatedly... which he would have deserved.

Here is how Harry looks today.

Who knows what happened to him but the word "karma" comes to mind for all the lives he has destroyed.

Then there is Henry Kissinger, a man with so much blood on his hands that his little finger alone could feed the Queen of England for years.

He looks like he is melting back into his ultimate demonic form.

And, last but definitely not least, David Rockefeller who has spent decades trying to destroy humanity.

They say the "eyes are the window to the soul".  What are those "eyes" telling you?  He's even begun to grow fangs.

Their time of violence, theft, war and hatred is ending and not only are more and more people realizing what they truly are but they are, more and more, starting to physically embody what is inside their souls.

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Jeff Berwick

The Vigilante Stand On Rand

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 19:38

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

On Tuesday, Rand Paul announced that he was running for Misleader of the Unfree World... or, as they call it, President of the US.

This announcement has caused a rapacious debate in the libertarian community which, as an umbrella, includes anarchists and small government minarchists/constitutionalists.

Those who would like to see the US government return to strict adherence to the Constitution (which would mean closing almost every agency in the US government) were mostly gleeful.  Interestingly, many anarchists have come out in support of Rand running for President... and then there is a very vocal group of anarchists that are disgusted at any support for government or politicians in any way.

Name calling and angry arguments have been all over the libertarian web with some people calling others the worst thing you could possibly call someone, "You're not an anarchist!"  In fact, I am pretty sure I will be accused of this in the comments of this very article.

Before I give my take on this development I just want to say one thing, "Everybody calm down!"  Libertarians are a tiny percentage of the population in the Land of the UnFree and so infighting amongst ourselves is not very productive.

MY TAKE ON RAND

To begin, I love his father.  Ron Paul, also known as Dr. No (for virtually saying no to every piece of legislation put in front of him unless it was to reduce the size of government) is, in my opinion, an anarchist.

Let him tell you in his own words what he thinks about "this great idea" of anarchy.

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Some of the more extreme anarchists will retort, "He's not an anarchist!  He worked for/with the government!"

Yeah, so?  He, by all his actions, showed that he did so as a way to slow the growth of government as much as he possibly could.  The leader of the Libertarian Party of Canada, Tim Moen, is an anarchist.  You can be an anarchist and still work to reduce the size of government from within.

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Government isn't real.  It's just an idea. You can't point to any physical object and say it is "the government". Government is really just a bunch of people in costumes listening to other people in costumes, committing massive crimes.

And so, to get rid of this bad idea we have to change people's idea of government.

Ron Paul has proven, irrefutably, that you can change people's idea of government via the political system.  He may have created more libertarians than anyone else alive today.  And, of course, the only difference between a libertarian and an anarchist is six months.  Once you get 98% of the way down the path, if you just keep thinking, the other 2% will eventually go with it.

The US isn't ready for anarchy yet.  It's not even ready for small government libertarianism yet.  The people in the American soyuz have been so heavily indoctrinated into statism, with little kids in the government indoctrination camps forced to swear their pledge of allegiance to the state that two things are necessary for any form of libertarianism to prosper in the US.

The first is a major collapse of the current system.  That is already well underway and it is going to be messy.  The other thing, however, is to get our ideas out there so that when it all collapses and President Killary Clinton and Vice-President Michelle O'Bomber announce that the dollar collapsed and most people lost everything because of capitalism, we have enough people out there who will not fall for it.

For this reason I support anarchists in the political system.  And the anarchist movement may be the fastest growing movement in the world today.  Certainly libertarianism is.  In Brazil, as example, the Mises Institute of Brazil has over 100,000 likes on Facebook and anti-government rallies are full of hundreds of thousands of people, some with signs like "We Need Capitalism" and people wearing Rothbard and Mises shirts wanting to shut down the central bank.

As for Rand Paul, himself, I don't have any strong opinions.  I haven't followed him nearly as much as I followed his father.  I've seen him say numerous incredibly libertarian things... and I've also seen him say some very statist things.  I've also seen him wearing a yamaka at the Wailing Wall in Israel... which mostly just says to me that he REALLY wants to be President.  Because you can't win the Presidential selection if you don't get the approval of the Zionists.

Just like when Ron Paul ran for President my feelings are mixed.  Part of me just wants to see Killary burn everything to the ground so we can just start again without them.  But, another part of me wouldn't mind seeing a US President actually saying incredibly libertarian things on the television programming at night.  However, the US will see a massive collapse no matter what anyone does now so if he did win and the dollar collapsed and the US economy was decimated then many will blame it on his libertarian ideas.

In any case, he probably won't win.  He probably won't even win the Republican ticket as it is highly rigged as Ron Paul found out.  But in the process perhaps he can bring more people to the libertarian movement and that is nothing but a good thing.

My dream, crazy as it may be, is that Rand is an anarchist like his father and he, like every Presidential candidate, is lying about many of the things he says he wants to do and then once he gets sworn in he shuts down almost every single agency of the US federal government immediately.  And the ones he doesn't shut down immediately he phases out so as to cause the least amount of destruction possible until all 50 states in the US become their own sovereign state.  Then we work on getting rid of those until every city is its own sovereign state.  And then, ultimately, there are 315 million sovereign states in the geographical region known as the United States.

One can dream, can't he?

But, in reality, no matter what happens, the debt built up by the US government and the move away from the US dollar worldwide have already baked in the cake a collapse of biblical proportions.  For that reason it is best to focus on preparing for that collapse (subscribe to TDV here for more information on surviving and prospering during and after the dollar collapse) rather than focusing on the poor sucker who is sitting in the Oval Office when it does.

You can begin mudslinging in the comments section here

Jeff Berwick

The Snowden Hologram: Markets Versus The Government

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 17:26

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

When people look back at the Soviet Union or Mao's China they can clearly see the misery that happens when a government is in charge of nearly everything.  Even in the now fasco-communist US soyuz you can see public housing areas that are similar.  Everything is grey, square, uncreative and devoid of any sort of color or life and the people there live mostly in misery.

The market, on the other hand, when left to its own devices, looks a lot like Hong Kong whereas the government (the opposite of the free market) looks like prisons, wars and poverty.

This is seen over and over again in real life.  Take Singapore and Cuba, as example.  In the 1950s Cuba was a rolicking, free wheeling place that people from around the world came to for amazing restaurants, culture and nightlife... and famous for world class cigars and coffee.  Singapore, on the other hand, was a poor, sleepy backwater devoid of natural resources.

In 1959, Lee Kuan Yew assumed power in Singapore with a very free market bent.  In the same year, Fidel Castro took power in Cuba with a violently anti-capitalist regime.

Fifty years later and the proof of which one works better is in the pudding.

THE SNOWDEN HOLOGRAM

The US has moved dramatically away from free markets for decades now and the effects are being felt everywhere.

The NSA is making East Germany look like a privacy paradise and even when whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden try to expose what the US federal government is doing he has to defect to the former Soviet Union for safety.

This week in Brooklyn some anonymous artists placed a bust of Edward Snowden in Fort Greene Park... a park dedicated to prisoners of war.

It was a very nice bust and actually brought a bit of life and color to the typically dreary slate granite look of a park built by the government.  And, as with all things government related, the government's response was to throw a tarp over it!

And then, of course, the government removed it completely.

But, yet again, the market responded with innovation and as of yesterday the bust has been replaced by a luminescent hologram of Snowden!

The beautiful, glowing hologram stands in stark contrast to the government built "park" complete with a chain link fence and barbed wire!

Sadly, people today still live under the illusion that the government is a necessary evil.  It's not.  Unless you think evil is necessary.

Just as Singapore showed, even when given a limited amount of freedom the market creates prosperity and beauty.

Unfortunately many in the US have forgotten this and don't even recognize what freedom is anymore.  Also, unfortunately, it has now gotten to the point where there will have to be a very nasty collapse prior to any freedoms becoming vogue in the Land of the Free again.  

Recently the US federal government once again reached its debt target (they call it a debt ceiling but target is more apt as they always hit it) and has been using extraordinary measures to keep the debt under the debt target.  For 21 days now the debt has been reported at $18,112,975,000,000, which is about $25 million below the debt target.  Meanwhile, China has started up a non-dollar based international banking system called the China International Payment System (CIPS) that numerous countries have signed up for and just today Russia signed a $20 billion oil trade pact with Iran flouting the US government's sanctions.

The world is moving away from the US dollar and that will mean massive changes in the US and in the lives of Americans.

As always, our advice is to get your ass and assets outside of the US prior to the inevitable collapse (subscribe to TDV for more specific advice and analysis).

Jeff Berwick

"Hidden Influence - The Rise of Collectivism" Has Just Been Released!

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 16:46

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

Richard Heathen's new movie (part 1 of 3) has just been released and is now on YouTube for free.

"Hidden Influence: The Rise Of Collectivism" may be one of the best films yet that gives proof of how nearly all of the problems of today have been planned for decades.  It gives an incredibly fascinating insight into the financial and social engineering that we have been subject to and how it is playing out in our lives today.

Numerous great thought leaders are featured in the film including Walter Block, G. Edward Griffin, Tim Moen, James Corbett and even myself.  It also includes insights from audio footage of Murray Rothbard and others.

The film shows how easily ideas can change the world as communism/socialism/marxism changed the last century so dramatically (and for the worse).  The final 10 minutes of the film are the best as it shows the optimism and real potential for hope and change for the individualist movement.

Grab some popcorn and check it out:

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This is just the first in a three part series and so please help promote it in anyway you can.  Also, you can buy DVD copies or Video-On-Demand versions to support the filmmaker.  Also, of course, bitcoin or fiat money donations would also be appreciated as a lot of time and money goes into making these films.

As well, do what you can to get this film on other mediums.  Contact your local television station, lobby to get it on Netflix and tell the people who put movies in places like hotels and airplanes to get it on.

The filmmaker, Richard Heathen, is Canadian so it has a bit of a Canadian angle but this film is a must watch for anyone who lives in the Western world today and wonders why all these crazy collectivist and societal events are happening.

There is also another way you can help effect change.  Richard is one of the organizers for the Libertarian Party of Canada and they are trying to get a candidate running in every riding.  If you live in Canada and want to run please contact Richard at richard.heathen@libertarian.ca.

Some may ask, "But I thought you were an anarchist, why are you supporting a political party".  The answer is that we need to do everything we can to effect change at every level.  Canada, in my opinion, has one of the best opportunities to effect freedom via the political system.  It is known for supporting totally unusual political candidates like Rob Ford.  Former Prime Ministers, Pierre Trudeau was quite famous for giving the finger to the media and Jean Chretien once punched a protester in the face.  Canadians in general like a real person in politics over the professional politician and are more open to new/different ideas than Americans in general in political terms.

The leader of the Libertarian Party, Tim Moen, is an anarchist and almost all past Libertarian Party leaders were anarchists as well including Katie Chowne.  And the founder of the party, Sieg Pedde is also an anarchist and recently attended Anarchapulco.

I'd like to see an anarchist in the debates in every single riding.  Will they get elected?  Probably not... but as Ron Paul showed the main point of running is to spread the message of liberty... a message not many people have heard in a long time.

After a number of years of having libertarians in the debates (and some likely getting elected) it will cause an awareness shift towards liberty.

So, again, please watch the film above, spread it, like it, share it, subscribe to the channel and buy/donate if you can.  And, if you live in Kanada, contact Richard about running for the Anarchist Party (oh sorry, they call it Libertarian Party still) of Canada in your riding!

Heck, I'm even considering running!  My platform is pretty simple, "Shut 'er Down".

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Jeff Berwick

Anarchast: Avens OBrien: Libertarian Love and Loneliness!

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:14

Jeff interviews Libertarian blogger and social media activist Avens O'Brien, topics include: the NAP - what else is there?, feeling alone in a minority, a beautiful break up, being an excellent ex-girlfriend, Anarchism the norm outside the West, change in the Libertarian gender balance, no one wants to hear your problems when first meeting you, the sex drive, sexual frustration, learning to be attractive, self improvement, self actualization, public speaking techniques...

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Viva Bitcoin! Bitcoin's Popularity Surging In Mexico

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 17:43

Originally appeared on MexResorts

Bitcoin, the new decentralized digital currency making waves throughout finance, has been a hit even in Mexico.

Bitcoin has been adopted by Mexican citizens as a way of improving their life and conditions in one of the fastest growing economies on the planet. Unlike in other Latin American countries, like Argentina, where Bitcoin has been adopted mostly amid collapse of the Argentine Peso, Mexicans have been able to adopt Bitcoin under conditions of relative stability and even growth.

The strength of Bitcoin’s growth in Mexico is made clear by recent developments in the country. For one, The Bitcoin Foundation added its latest affiliate chapter in the country. This moment was validating for the growing Bitcoin ecosystem in Mexico, and will ensure greater awareness of Bitcoin and its benefits among consumers, media outlets and regulators.

“We want to start working with the government and financial institutions to get more knowledge in Mexico and stop the fear surrounding bitcoin. That starts by getting involved so people start getting real information,” Lucia Cangas, marketing and communications director for the Bitcoin Foundation Mexico chapter, said.

The growth of Bitcoin in Mexico has been quick.  As Pablo Gonzalez, CEO and director general at Mexico-based bitcoin exchange Bitso, described in 2014: “The Mexican bitcoin community was extremely small and quiet a year ago, especially when you compare it with the likes of Canada and Argentina. Mexico was behind in bitcoin adoption.”

Tomas Alvarez, CEO of Mexico-based bitcoin remittance startup Coincove, illustrates the local ecosystem of today: “Six months ago, there was almost nothing happening in the bitcoin scene, now there are regular meetups taking place in the main cities, bitcoin services popping up on a regular basis and, most importantly, bitcoin is being mentioned in schools and offices.”

A BitcoinATM project in the country has prompted altruistic pursuits in greater Mexico. Bitcoin42 has worked with non-profits in the country. As CEO and founder Alec Hahn explains to MexResorts:

We are working with non-profits deeper south as well. There are coffee farmers for example who get harassed if they strike fair trade deals. So here too we are communicating so they can find safer, More private ways for them to make business, without mafias who are sitting at the bank teller selling customers infos.

According to a recent study by Pew Research Center, “The United States is the most important source of money sent home by migrants to the 17 Latin American nations as a group (including México) that are the focus of this report. U.S. remittances accounted for three-quarters of the total in 2012— US $41 billion out of US $52.9 billion.”

This represents a great untapped market for Bitcoin, as many Bitcoiners consider remittances to be a major problem Bitcoin can solve by offering cheaper and faster value transfers. In 2013, migrants’ remittances into Mexico was a conjectured US $22 billion.

Originally appeared on MexResorts

Justin O'Connell is the Head Researcher at Dollar Vigilante and Chief Executive Officer of GoldSilverBitcoin.  He is also the author of the first full-length bitcoin book, Bitcoinomics, and administrator of the Bitcoinomics website. Justin is also a co-host at OVOSS, a lifestyle podcast about music, news, life and other topics.  He lives in San Diego, California. His writings mostly deal with gold, silver, bitcoin, technology and culture. 

This month's TDV Newsletter is filled with information. First, Jeff discusses the great paradigm shift currently taking place and his big predictions for how to survive The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI), and then Ed Bugos details financial cycles and their human causes, and what this means for your investment portfolio. Then the TDV Team takes you on a journey to Buenos Aires for a report on life there as an expat. For access, as well as new information on Bitcoin, click here

March 30, 2014

$67 MILLION STOLEN FROM KIM DOTCOM BY US GOVERNMENT STANDARD PROTOCOL

Post by TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick

Kim Dotcom, friend of freedom and innovation, has been entangled in court drama ever since his house was raided in New Zealand.  It should be noted that Kim Dotcom is not American, did not operate in the US and did not live in the US... but somehow the US government has deemed that he had broken one of their half-a-billion "laws" and sent in the valiant US military in Blackhawk helicopters to abscond with his property.  All of this because he operated an innovative website which allowed people to share information.

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April 1, 2015

MAKE LOVE NOT LAWS: THE DANCING MAN TWEET THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

Post by TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick

If you are ever in public and overhear someone saying, "There should be a law", slowly and without making eye contact move away from that person.  What that person has just suggested is that he/she wants to use violence against people for whatever arbitrary non-violent action they don't like.

Last month, the infamous group of internet nerds, 4Chan, posted the following photo:

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April 2, 2015

AMERICANS SLOWLY WAKING UP TO FACT THEY LIVE IN A POLICE STATE

Post by TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick

One of the things that happens when you are constantly fed propaganda via the news and movies about what a great, free country you live in is that many people won't wake up to reality until something happens directly to them.

Take comedian Chris Rock for example.  We've poked fun at his slave mentality numerous times in the past when he has made statements like, "The President and the First Lady are kinda like the Mom and the Dad of the country."

And recently we sighed when he made the statement that if people didn't like getting beat up by cops they "shouldn't break the law".

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April 3, 2015

THE GREAT PARADIGM SHIFT HAS ARRIVED

Post by TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick, and is a select portion from the March TDV Newsletter

Many people locked into backward-looking mainstream media have no idea of the changes that are already in process. It is truly a time of extreme change but for those not paying attention everything still looks “the same”. Normalcy bias still keeps many totally unaware of what is happening and what is about to happen.

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TDV INTERVIEWS: JIM ROGERS ON THE CURRENCY WARS AND COMING COLLAPSE

Here at The Dollar Vigilante (TDV) we feel that 2015 will be a crucial year in The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI).  As we will be pointing out to TDV subscribers (subscribe here) in our next issue all the stars seem to be aligning for a monumental shift in the coming months.

As such, we want to bring in a number of experts to discuss where we are at and what they are doing.

Our first guest is Jim Rogers who has embodied many of the themes we have at TDV.  He thinks central banks and governments are ruining the economy and is expecting a monumental crisis.  He also has left the USSA to live in Singapore and is raising his children to speak Mandarin to prepare them for a better future.  And we asked him if he has considered renouncing his US citizenship.

Here is our conversation:

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ANARCHAST: CASSANDRA FAIRBANKS: THE DANCING MAN TWEET THAT CHANGED THE WORLD!

Jeff interviews Cassandra of Cassandra Rules, topics include: the dancing man meme viral video, the social media storm that resulted, controversy over shoes, the power of social media, haters vs people power, we don't need the state, individual action, lead by example, be the change you want to see, Russell Brand, big happenings in New York, Ferguson, feminism, porn and body shame...

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ANARCHAST: J NEIL SCHULMAN: ALONGSIDE NIGHT

Jeff interviews Libertarian science fiction writer and film producer J Neil Schulman, topics include: government is entirely detrimental, counter-economics, the booming counter economy, defining agorism, explicit agorist strategy, anecdotes from the collectivist nightmare, bridging language barriers, mass surveillance now carried out in multiple countries, the book and movie Alongside Night, Alongside Night is only dystopian to statists!

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The Great Paradigm Shift Has Arrived

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 17:52

[The following post is by TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick, and is a select portion from the March TDV Newsletter]

Many people locked into backward-looking mainstream media have no idea of the changes that are already in process. It is truly a time of extreme change but for those not paying attention everything still looks “the same”. Normalcy bias still keeps many totally unaware of what is happening and what is about to happen.

To put it bluntly, everything that you have accepted as being normal during prior decades is going to change -- dramatically!

Looking back on the last few hundred years you could have also said the same thing in the 1800s. Back then there really wasn’t much of what we would consider “normal” life today. Near the end of the 1800s electrical power had really just begun to be used and still wasn’t widely available in most homes. Telegraphs were the only way to transmit information over long distances. There was no telephone, radio, TV nor internet. There were no cars and certainly no airplanes.

Essentially, the world looked nothing like how it looks today, all in the short span of less than 200 years.

And, even in the last decade the changes have been dramatic. Today, as TechCrunch pointed out, "Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate”. And none of them even existed more than a decade ago.

While technological change will be a big part of the next decades and century the major changes that we are going to see in the coming decade are going to come from a massive change in the systems that have been built up over the last century.

This is important both as an investor and as a human being who would like to survive the coming collapse to witness the potential great future of peace and prosperity once these archaic systems collapse.

In short, whatever has been working for the last 50 years is unlikely to work in the near future.

THE COLLAPSE

The entire Western world has been subject to ever increasing fasco-communist government interventions into every aspect of life and Keynesian centrally planning of the economy via central banks for decades now.

All of these systems been have so intertwined into our lives that there is simply no way to know what things would look like without them, but we will soon find out.

I’ve spent the last five years making the case for why these systems are reaching the end of their rope so I won’t rehash that too much here. But, here are just a few hockey stick charts as a reminder.

The US government is reaching near terminal velocity on debt. And this leaves out at least $85 trillion in liabilities which cannot be paid for via any means except money printing.

That money printing went into full effect in 2008 and has resulted in a quadrupling of the US monetary base in only a seven year period.

Further below I’ll get into how this will play out resulting in hyperinflation.

We’ve also now been in a Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP) for an unprecedented 7 year period. Even the thought of increasing rates by 0.25% is so risky to the global economy that the Federal Reserve still can’t bring itself to do it and even talking about doing it can nearly shake down the entire economy in this highly tenuous state. And, consider that the Federal Reserve keeps printing money and keeps interest rates at 0% while the stock market is at all-time nominal highs. This is also completely unprecedented.

The reason they do keep rates at 0% is due to the massive increase in debt in the economy.

Total debt has doubled since 2000. An increase in interest rates will implode everything. Not only can they not increase rates if they want anything resembling an economy left but many countries have already resorted to going to negative interest rates. The European Central Bank (ECB) was the first major central bank to venture into negative territory and its deposit rate reached minus 0.2 percent in September of last year. Since, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and Germany have followed suit with negative interest rates.

Interest rates near 0% is unprecedented in 5,000 years of human history.

The entire Western economic, financial and monetary systems are backed into a corner and there is no way out.

Here are my predictions on what happens next and how to protect yourself.

[Editor's Note: This is just a portion of TDV Chief Editor Jeff Berwick's blog for the March TDV Newsletter. This week the TDV Team takes you on a whirlwind tour around the world of finance, Bitcoin, expatriation and more. With news from the TDV Portfolio, an interview from Buenos Aires, as well as a note from Redmond Weissenberger, this month's Newsletter is another "can't miss". Join us here.]

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Jeff Berwick

Anarchast: J Neil Schulman: Alongside Night

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:56

Jeff interviews Libertarian science fiction writer and film producer J Neil Schulman, topics include: government is entirely detrimental, counter-economics, the booming counter economy, defining agorism, explicit agorist strategy, anecdotes from the collectivist nightmare, bridging language barriers, mass surveillance now carried out in multiple countries, the book and movie Alongside Night, Alongside Night is only dystopian to statists!

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Americans Slowly Waking Up To Fact They Live In A Police State

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 15:30

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

One of the things that happens when you are constantly fed propaganda via the news and movies about what a great, free country you live in is that many people won't wake up to reality until something happens directly to them.

Take comedian Chris Rock for example.  We've poked fun at his slave mentality numerous times in the past when he has made statements like, "The President and the First Lady are kinda like the Mom and the Dad of the country."

And recently we sighed when he made the statement that if people didn't like getting beat up by cops they "shouldn't break the law".

But Chris may be starting to wake up to the reality that he lives in a police state now that he has been pulled over three times in the last seven weeks "for no reason whatsoever" by road pirates (some call them police).

Each time he has taken a selfie and posted on Twitter, usually with the caption, "Stopped by the cops again. Wish me luck."

You may say that he gets pulled over so much because he's black but, in Police State USA, even when he was on the reality show, "Comedians Getting Coffee" in Jerry Seinfeld's car they were pulled over.

Highway extortion rackets are rampant in the US and barely anyone doesn't go more than a few months without coming into a life and death encounter with armed extortionists (police) who at the very least will want to see your "Papers, please".

THE "MENTAL" HEALTH SYSTEM AND NANNY STATE

In what has become a bizarre progression of the nanny state combined with the police state numerous people are even now finding themselves locked up in mental health facilities when they aren't being beaten or extorted by police.

One man, in San Mateo, California, also was not aware of just how crazy things are getting in the US.

After finding out that Facebook has a "suicide prevention" program he decided to make a fake post alluding to his problems with the banking cartels in the US and how they may take his home from him (this now happens all the time - either taken by the fascist banking system or like more than 100,000 Detroit residents who may lose their homes over their inability to pay their property tax extortion fees due to the poor economy caused by the government and central banks).

In his post on Facebook he stated, "I think about hanging myself from the Golden Gate bridge with a big sign that says Bank of America killed me".

In response, a person on Facebook who didn't even know him personally submitted it to Facebook's suicide prevention department and a friend of his, clearly not aware of the police state they live in, actually called the police!

Here is his account of what happened next:

Yes, due to one Facebook post where he said he should just hang himself due to what Bank of America has done to him he ended up sleeping on the floor for 72 hours and forcibly having blood extracted in inhumane conditions.

In a more normal world any of his close friends or family would contact him if they were concerned.  In the bizarre world of today people he doesn't even know submit his post to a "suicide prevention" hotline and he is then met by people with guns and taken to a torture facility.

These kind of things happen all the time in the USSA now.  

In another instance some police stole a woman's car because they suspected she had been smoking marijuana.  She got upset and was trying to tell them who she was and stated, "Obama follows me on Twitter".

The police say that was reason enough to consider her "delusional" and forced her against her will into a mental health facility for eight days.

Here's the kicker.  @BarackObama does follow her on Twitter!

MORAL OF THE STORY

The amount of people in the US who have been shot by police who were called because a person was suicidal or to "check on their welfare" is epidemic.  

At this point in the US it is best to stay out of the clutches of any government "services", especially the police, as the police are some of the most dangerous people in society today.  Over 1,100 people were killed by police in the US in 2014.

And for those who say the police have a dangerous job and that we should respect and admire them...  If you think that then you should respect and admire truck drivers, loggers, fisherman, roofers and construction laborers even more as they have even more dangerous jobs... and they don't even extort people either!

But, prime-time television programming and movies isn't full of shows every night talking about the brave and valiant roofers who keep our homes dry.

Because of that, unfortunately, many people won't wake up to the reality of the US fasco-communist police nanny state that has grown up around them until it affects them personally.  And by then it may be too late.

[For those who are aware of it and want to protect their ass and assets from the ever murderous and thieving US government subscribe to The Dollar Vigilante which includes access to a worldwide network of liberty minded people who can help you plan an escape]

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Jeff Berwick

Make Love Not Laws: The Dancing Man Tweet That Changed The World

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 16:32

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

If you are ever in public and overhear someone saying, "There should be a law", slowly and without making eye contact move away from that person.  What that person has just suggested is that he/she wants to use violence against people for whatever arbitrary non-violent action they don't like.

Last month, the infamous group of internet nerds, 4Chan, posted the following photo:

The photo appears to be a hefty man happily dancing at a party and then a subsequent photo of him looking sad after he saw the photographers laughing at him and this photo went quite viral.

Now, if you are a violent statist who wants to "right this wrong", like Dr. Sarah Jackson, your idea is to try to get the mafia (government) to go around and try to find anyone who laughs at a fat person and kidnap them.  "If weight was a protected category it might help to reduce the prevalence of weight-related discrimination and thereby improve quality of life and wellbeing for a significant proportion of obese individuals,” added Jackson, calling for the Equality Act 2010 to be amended to protect the obese from “discrimination”.

Sarah Jackson, by the way, is exactly the kind of person you should be very careful around.

On the other hand, anarcho-capitalist Cassandra Fairbanks took the peaceful and noble free-market approach to trying to right this wrong.

She sent out the following Tweet:

Through the power of the internet is was only a matter of hours before #DancingManFound was trending and this was posted to Twitter:

Since then it has truly exploded.  Cassandra was approached by Pharrell and Moby to perform at the dance party, the LA Coliseum has offered its facilities for free and CBS and ABC are currently fighting over the rights to broadcast it.  It has even expanded beyond LA to an event in New York now.

Now, which persons approach, Dr. Sarah Jackson's or Cassandra Fairbank's do you prefer?  Sarah, clearly a violent and fascistic person, wants money to be extorted from people (taxes) and then use that money to pay guys with guns to go around and kidnap people if they are caught laughing at a fat person.  Statism is the way of violence and not taking personal responsibility.

Cassandra, on the other hand, chose the way of love, took personal responsibility and it resulted in more than righting the wrong but also got hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people, excited about her solution.

I had the opportunity to interview Cassandra last week about the Dancing Man Tweet that changed the world.

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