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Jeff Berwick Announces Candidacy For Upcoming Canadian Election

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 16:10

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

Well, here is something you probably never expected.  After more than half a decade here railing against the evils of government I am, as of today, announcing that I am running for government!

Explain this shit, you might be saying!

EXPLAINING THIS SHIT

In the last five years I have been here at The Dollar Vigilante (TDV) trying to help people with information, advice, analysis and services to help free themselves from government and the ravages of the central banks.

During that time I have also conducted more than 200 interviews on Anarchast with anarcho-capitalists (ancaps) around the world on the topic of how to reduce or remove government completely from our lives.  It has been a learning experience the entire time.  And, what I have learned is that just ignoring the government will not result in it reducing in size or disappearing entirely (unless the great majority of the public decided to ignore the government... which doesn't seem likely to happen soon).  As I believe someone once said, you can ignore politics but politics won't ignore you.

In recent months I have been convinced by a number of anarcho-capitalists that an excellent, and unused way by most libertarians, to affect government, and more importantly to educate the public on liberty, is to get involved in the system itself.

It began in April when I interviewed Judge Andrew Napolitano and he convinced me that Rand Paul was a true libertarian and should be supported. That thought simmered until I interviewed Mr. Libertarian, Walter Block, and the idea came up that all of us anarcho-capitalists should run under the Libertarian Party banner in Canada for the upcoming Canadian federal election.  Soon after that I interviewed Darryl Perry, an ancap running for President of the US in 2016 and he most eloquently stated all the reasons why we should get involved in the political system.  He countered every argument as to why trying to ignore the system isn't helping our cause and why getting involved in the system can have a multitude of benefits.  The most prime example being how Ron Paul ran for President and it created millions of libertarians in a matter of a few years in the US.

At that point I was sold on the idea and very quickly I picked up the Skype to the leader of the Libertarian Party of Canada, Tim Moen, who is also an anarcho-capitalist (and past Anarchast guest), and the deal was sealed.

Tim Moen, who I call the "Ron Paul of Canada", joined me on today's episode of Anarchast to talk about why this is important.

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The history of the Libertarian Party of Canada is an interesting one.  Founded in the 1960s, the founder, Sieg Pedde, is an anarchist, a past Anarchast guest and even attended and spoke at Anarchapulco this year.  And the prior leader of the Libertarian Party was Katrina Chowne, a past Anarchast guest and also an anarcho-capitalist.  In this sense the Libertarian Party of Canada could just as easily be called the Anarcho-Capitalist Party of Canada.

And so, for these reasons, I am happy to announce that I am running as a candidate for Member of Parliament in the Vancouver Centre riding as was announced today by the Libertarian Party of Canada, "The Libertarian Party of Canada Nominates Financial Mogul Jeff Berwick in Vancouver Centre".

I intend to fully shake things up in the Great White North.  My goal will be to bring as much attention as possible to the Libertarian Party in Canada and its platform (which you can see here).  Now, you may say, part of the platform is to reduce taxes to 15% and that number should be 0%.  I agree with you, of course, but I also know that trying to effect any change is going to have to happen in increments... and I support any and all reductions in the size of government.  In the Libertarian Party's platform, every stance is one of reducing government and I support that.

Call me a wild eyed dreamer but I actually think the Libertarian Party of Canada can come out of nowhere and win the upcoming election in October (watch the video above with Tim Moen for all my reasoning on this).  But it is going to take a massive effort from all ancaps and libertarians to get out there and make it happen.

I am therefore publicly calling for the following prominent and well known Canadians to also run for the Libertarian Party in the upcoming election:

Stefan Molyneux of the 50 million+ Youtube views, Freedomain Radio.  Stefan is possibly the most well known anarcho-capitalist celebritarian, a past two-time Anarchast guest and a widely passionate and engaged audience that would knock on doors across Canada stumping for the Libertarian Party if Stefan would get involved.

James Corbett of the 25 million+ Youtube views, Corbett Report.  James is an anarcho-capitalist, former Anarchast guest and speaker at Anarchapulco and has a massive worldwide following that he can use to promote liberty in Canada.

Walter Block, Mr. Libertarian.  Walter is an icon in the libertarian community worldwide and him running for government would create waves throughout the libertarian community and congele a movement.  Plus, he is the one who convinced me that we should all run for election and so he must follow through on this thought.  He has issues with residency (as he lives in the US), as does James Corbett, but I have worked to discover ways to fix the residency issue and I will share with them and any others who care to know.

Wendy McElroy, another icon in the liberty movement.  Wendy is quite possibly the most influential woman in the liberty movement and has been so for decades.  She is a contributor here at TDV, an anarcho-capitalist, a past Anarchast guest and, as with Walter Block, would set off shockwaves in the libertarian community by running.

Dan Dicks of the 6 million+ YT views, Press for Truth.  Dan is, what I call, the Luke Rudkowski of Canada.  Press For Truth is very well known and followed in Canada for its investigative reporting and exposing of governmental crimes.  Dan is also an anarcho-capitalist, past Anarchast guest and speaker at Anarchapulco.

Redmond Weissenberger, founder of the Mises Institute of Canada.  Redmond has been a leader in bringing free market, Austrian economics thinking, to Canada.  He also is the Managing Editor of TDV and one of the earliest Anarchast guests (episode #5)

There are countless others as well.  Including past Canadian Anarchast guests such as Leonard Melman, Chris Horlacher, Jamie Teather, Katrina Chowne, Julia Tourianski, Leah McHenry, Sieg Pedde, Juan Galt, Jayant Bhandari, Richard Heathen and David Howden

You may notice one thing that all of these people have in common.  They are all incredibly smart, knowledgeable, well spoken and many have large audiences.  The chances of any of them being involved in a debate with an opposing statist politician and losing is approximately 0.000%.  It's actually impossible.

Imagine Stefan Molyneux in the mainstream media in Canada talking about libertarianism and destroying his competition in debates.  Imagine all the other libertarian greats from Canada doing the same thing across the country.  Imagine the Libertarian Party going from almost not existing to all of a sudden having a candidate on the ticket in all 300+ ridings across Canada and the media having to cover this new uprising.  Imagine the Libertarian Party getting not only its first candidate elected but dozens, if not hundreds and how the world will take notice.  Imagine watching a live stream from Parliament where Tim Moen, Stefan Molyneux, James Corbett, Walter Block, Wendy McElroy, Dan Dicks, Redmond Weissenberger, myself and countless other philosophically and morally sound promoters of liberty make the statists in Parliament look like buffoons on a regular basis.

Imagine that this creates such a chain reaction that the Libertarian, or Anarcho-Capitalist, Party of Canada wins a landslide election and anarcho-capitalist, Tim Moen is Prime Sinister... but doesn't actually sin by actively reducing the initiation of violence as far as he possibly can under the restraints of the public who will, as this happens, all become libertarian.

What happens then?  I don't know but it can't be bad for humanity!  The worst case scenario is that the Canadian public becomes awakened to the views of libertarianism and, much like Ron Paul effected, creates millions of new libertarians in the process.

For this reason I am going to wade into the raunchy quagmire of the political system and try to slay the beast of government from the inside.  I see no harm in doing so and nothing but good effects can come from it.  And, in the most desirable of circumstances, it changes the world, forever, away from slavery and towards the most peaceful and prosperous world than we have ever known.

I like those odds.  No risk, all reward.

The "reward" part is dependent on you, however.  It is, as always, up to you if you are going to take action to attempt to improve the world.  Inaction has never been shown to improve anything.  And, if you are not going to take action please limit your castigation of those doing and acting to a minimum and stay out of the way of those of us who are going to effect positive change by any means.

If you do wish to play a role here are the key ways in which to do so:

Run for election.  This is obviously for Canadians only, in this context of this upcoming election.  The Libertarian Party of Canada has over 50 candidates already nominated but that leaves 250+ others to be filled.  If you are Canadian and believe in the tenets of freedom then please enter your validity and intention to run for the Libertarian Party of Canada.  It is simple and easy.  You can enter your intention to run on this page in a matter of minutes and help fill out the ballot across Canada which will be sure to garner a massive amount of attention to this libertarian movement rising.  If you are not Canadian then look to coalesce a similar movement in whichever tax farm you are bound to.

Donate.  If I understand the Canadian laws on political party contributions only Canadians can contribute to the Libertarian Party (LP) of Canada.  But, if you are Canadian, understand that the opposition has literally millions of dollars in donations to work with and the Libertarian Party, currently, has almost nothing.  If you'd like to support this cause then you can donate directly to the LP (donate here) it would be greatly appreciated.  Even the leader of the LP, Tim Moen, quit his job to focus on this fulltime and gets almost nothing monetarily in return for his efforts.  Every loonie counts and many of us are pulling our own weight.  In my instance, for example, I do not intend to accept donations for my candidacy (ever hear of a political candidate say that before?) and intend to fund it fully myself.  However, the LP can use any and all funds it can get to further the cause of liberty in Canada.

Support.  If you aren't Canadian, can't run and can't donate you can still help.  Just support in any way you can via likes, shares, subscribes of any libertarian related content that many of us will be putting out in the ensuing months.  Just little things such as "liking" my Facebook page specially set-up for this election (click here to like) can help.

You will be hearing a lot more on this in the coming weeks and months including a planned "Liberty Bus/Train" cross-Canada tour and other events.

I won't stop trying every angle possible to awaken the public to the beauty of liberty and this is just one of numerous ways I am trying to create change.

If you love liberty, ask yourself, "What am I doing to create the kind of world I'd like to live in?"  If the answer comes back blank then look to get involved in any way you can, wherever you are, to spread the message of liberty.  

If you do we all benefit.

What's your take on Jeff's idea and plan?  Comment here.

Jeff Berwick

Is It Illegal To Not Pay Taxes?

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 19:56

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

Human beings have a major cognitive dissonance problem when it comes to taxes.  For some reason they don't see it as an armed extortion racket.  Some even think it is "voluntary"... but as we'll show, it is far from voluntary.

Some people may fail to file taxes for numerous reasons, like personal or business problems, feelings of hopelessness or fear due to the burdensome tax process, anti-theft sentiments, or beliefs that the penalty won’t be worse than the expense and trouble of filing.

The US tax system is officially based on taxpayers willfully paying their obligations. Unofficially, its based on the barrel of a gun, which you will learn about in this article. If you fail to file for a period of time, the US government will, officially, consider a voluntary disclosure when deciding whether or not to, unofficially, murder you, or, if you're "lucky," throw you in a cage. If you comply, the government might even reduce your tax liability if you're toiling in poverty enough as it is.

For whatever reason you don’t file, remember these important things:

  • Knowing failure to file a return can get you thrown in a cage and even more of your money than before extorted.

  • It is not the policy of the IRS to prosecute ordinary people who make simple mistakes, or whose returns were lost in the mail, but it will throw you in a cage if you don’t pay your taxes eventually.

  • If you derive your income from doing things like selling certain plants, the IRS will likely try to throw you in a cage if you don’t pay your taxes.

  • If you cooperate, you are less likely to be prosecuted.

  • The more you dislike having your money stolen by the government, the more likely the IRS is to throw you in cage.

  • In order to throw you in a cage or steal a bunch of money from you for a “tax crime,” the IRS does not have to prove how much you owe.

  • The IRS can extort taxes, interest, and penalties for all of the taxes you have owed over the years, and can throw you in a cage for noncompliance.

  • The IRS has programs in place to find nonfilers, extort money, and throw them in a cage.

Irwin Schiff, Peter Schiff's father, was a prominent figure in the tax protest movement until the government threw him in a cage for not paying income tax. Irwin is serving a 13-plus year sentence for his "tax crimes" (which are simply a refusal to be extorted) in Texas. The government recently postponed his release date from October 2016 to July 2017.  In an abbreviated manner, here are some of Irwin's arguments against taxes from Wikipedia:

  1. that no statutory deficiency in Federal income tax can exist until an assessment has been made;
  2. that no tax assessment can be made unless a tax return has been voluntarily filed;
  3. that the Internal Revenue Service, in enforcing the income tax, seeks to impose a tax not authorized by the taxing clauses of the United States Constitution;
  4. that the United States Tax Court has no jurisdiction over Schiff; and
  5. that the United States Tax Court is not a court.

Another argument used by Irwin Schiff was, that "for tax purposes, 'income' only means corporate 'profit.' Therefore, no individual receives anything that is reportable as 'income,'" also failed to keep him out of jail. 

In New Hampshire, another tax crime, with a dramatic standoff, happened in 2007. 

Edward (born 1942) and Elaine Brown (born 1940), New Hampshire residents, were all over the media when they refused to pay years of backtaxes, leading to an armed (!) standoff with federal agents at their New Hampshire residence. The couple was arrested on October 4, 2007. 

The Browns even invited in the arresting agents, which further proves to me that my comparison of the government with a vampire is spot on. As one of the undercover overseers stated to the press, "Ultimately, this open-door policy that they [the Browns] seemed to have which allowed the Browns to have some supporters bring them supplies, welcome followers and even host a picnic—this proved to be their undoing… They invited us in. We escorted them out."

Edward and Elaine were identified by the FBI as self-identified "sovereign citizens." Edward is scheduled to be released in 2045, and Elaine is scheduled for release in November 2042.  They would be 103 and 102, respectively, upon their release. Depending on how you look at it, they were lucky they didn't die during the standoff.

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The Browns are heroes, but there's no need to be a hero when you can internationalize your affairs in a legal manner so as to avoid such backbreaking taxes as the US demands. With TDV Offshore you can begin doing just that. If you want to learn more, be sure to check out the TDV Newsletter

In the coming months and years politicians will give more lip service to bringing tax evaders to justice.  As the Telegraph writes this week, "tax evasion is the politicians new magic money tree." This, based on banter which took place among candidates during the UK election. This same talk will increasingly litter Australia, Europe and the United States.

Get your tax burden under control, as the wealthiest people on the planet have done, and sleep soundly at night. You don't have to be wealthy to do so, either. 

And, remember, every penny of tax not paid is a service to mankind.  Please do your part.

Thoughts? Join us at TDV Blog...

Jeff Berwick

Anarchast: John Vibes: The Conscious Resistance - Anarchy and Spirituality!

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 15:12

Jeff interviews conscious resistance activist and author John Vibes, topics include: becoming aware while in a state school, Anarchism through economics, defining spirituality, statism is to Anarchy what religion is to spirituality, Ayahuasca vs DMT, synchronicity, the spirituality mindset, real charity is voluntary, hope in the next generation, The Matrix, the big philosophical questions, our presence on earth is bizarre, dog meditation & zen, vegetarianism, awareness rising, Anarchapulco 2016!

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Anarchast: Eric Dubay: The Flat Earth Conspiracy!

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 12:56

Jeff interviews prominent expert on flat earth theory, Eric Dubay, topics include: flat earth theory, mass resistance to paradigm challenging ideas, an educated mind can entertain an idea without accepting it, people just accept what they are brought up with, the horizon proof, gravity does not exist, absolute relativity, circumnavigation, NASA a computer graphics factory, the flat earth society was taken over and now promotes fallacies, freemasons hide knowledge, freemasons run Hollywood, the dictates of simple logic, keeping an open mind.

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The US Leads All Other Countries In Citizen Defection

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 06:34

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

When it comes to extortion, or as they call it, income tax, the places where you want to be a citizen are colored green on the following map.  Those countries have no income tax on individuals.  The next best countries to be a citizen of, but not live in (as per the Permanent Traveller/Prior Taxpayer - PT Theory) are the ones shaded in blue.  Those countries will charge you income tax if you are a citizen of that country AND also residing there... but if you are not residing there they will not charge you income tax.

There are only two countries on the entire planet that have the gall to charge you income tax if you are citizen, no matter where you may happen to live in the world.

Those two countries are shaded in pink.  They are Eritrea and the US.

There is one big difference between being a citizen of Eritrea or a citizen of the US, however.  Eritrea doesn't have a massive Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that can and will track you down anywhere in the world to enforce their tax laws.

So, in that sense, the worst country in the world to be a citizen of, for tax reasons, is the US.

And, for this reason, the US now leads all countries in terms of defections and renunciations of citizenship.

WE'RE NUMBER ONE!  WE'RE NUMBER ONE!

A record 1,335 people were listed as renouncing their US citizenship in the latest quarterly disclosure from the Treasury Department, released on Thursday.  The new figure puts 2015 on pace to exceed the total of  3,415 renunciations in 2014, which was itself a record. That was up 14% from 2,999 individuals in 2013, the previous record.

That makes the US the #1 country in the world in terms of citizens giving up their citizenship.  No other country comes close and certainly not for the same reasons.  The closest is Singapore, which averages about 1,200 renunciations per year.  But, the grand majority of Singapore renunciations are due to its disallowance of dual-citizenship.  So, if a Singaporean citizen wishes to move and become a citizen of another country they have to, by law, renounce their citizenship.

In the US, the grand majority of renunciations aren't because people are forced to renounce by law.  Those who renounce in the US are mostly trying to escape the most brutal extortion (taxation) racket in the world.

And, as the US devolves further into becoming a third world fasco-communist police state people are heading for the exit in droves.

The writing has been on the wall for a while as the US government began to realize that people were trying to escape.

In 1996, trying to stem the flow of people fleeing the country, the US changed its immigration law to include a provision to "name and shame" renunciants.

Then, in 2008, Congress enacted the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Act that imposes a penalty—an "exit tax" or expatriation tax—on certain people who give up their US citizenship or long-term permanent residence.  Effective June 2008, US citizens who renounce their citizenship are subject under certain circumstances to an expatriation tax, which is meant to extract from the expatriate taxes that would have been paid had they remained a citizen.

Since, all manner of legislation has been considered to stop the bleeding.  

In 2012, Congress tried to pass the Ex-PATRIOT Act which was a proposed United States federal law to raise taxes and impose entry bans on certain former citizens and departing permanent residents. The law would automatically classify all people who lost citizenship or permanent residence in the decade prior to the law's passage or any future year as having "tax avoidance intent" if they met certain asset or tax liability thresholds or had failed to file any required federal tax forms within the preceding five years.

People determined to have "tax avoidance intent", referred to in the text of the law as specified expatriates, would be affected in two ways. First, they would have to pay 30% capital gains tax on any US property sold after the law's enactment. Second, they would be barred from re-entry into the US either under immigrant or non-immigrant categories.

Since then, in 2014, the "fee" to renounce US citizenship was raised from $450 to $2,350.

All of these efforts had the intention of slowing the amount of people defecting from the US.  As usual, however, they had the opposite effect as people realized just how desperate the US government was getting in trying to stop people from leaving and the number of people renouncing their US citizenship increased dramatically.

GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN

The trajectory is clear.  The US government continues to go into more and more debt... and as they grasp for as much of their own citizens assets as possible they will continue to enact more barriers for those trying to escape.

It used to be that people from communist countries like the Soviet Union would defect to the US to escape their oppressive government.  That's all changed now as more people defect from the US than any other place in the world as the US federal government seems hell-bent on mixing all the worst parts of fascism and socialism/communism into one.

Our recommendation is just to get out of the US while you still can.  That isn't an easy thing to do but it is nowhere near as hard as most people think.

At The Dollar Vigilante (TDV) we have seen this coming for years and have put together an entire resource for those looking to escape the USSA (including ways to internationalize your assets and get foreign citizenship/passports).  And, it isn't just the USSA, either.  Things are getting worse across the Western world and we have no doubt that much of Europe, Canada, Australia and others will soon enact worldwide taxation systems as well.

Subscribe to TDV for the best information and analysis on how to protect your ass and assets as things continue to devolve.  And they will.

Thoughts? Join us at TDV Blog!

Jeff Berwick

Pangea: A Time Before Borders Revisited

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 05:17

270 million years ago, the supercontinent Pangea formed. 70 million years later, it began to break up. The above photo has been circulating around the internet. It's Pangea with the world's artificially constructed borders upon it. Of course, when Pangea existed there were no people, and so there were no borders. If you wanted to drive from, say, DC to Tehran, it might take a few weeks or so.  

Before we get to the week's review, be sure to check out the TDV Newsletter for acute analysis and actionable advice from the world of finance. Jeff Berwick goes into the Shemitah and how it can inform your investment, while Ed Bugos talks about sell signals in the stock market. Luis Fernandez Mises looks at a great vacation spot for HomeGrowners in the US, and Justin O'Connell offers a net-based primer on decentralization.

Blog Of The Week:

AN OPEN LETTER TO BALTIMORE & THE WORLD: HOW TO END POLICE BRUTALITY FOREVER

Post is by TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick

I am going to make this as short and simple as possible because I know 99% of people are too busy to put much thought into solutions.

However, if you read this, you will have an answer that will rid the world of police brutality forever and it can start tomorrow. In one town, as you'll learn below, it's already started. 

THE ANSWER

Question: How long has police brutality been around?

Answer: Ever since there was police.

Sure, some places its better and some places it is worse.

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MARTIN ARMSTRONG'S "THE FORECASTER" MOVIE NOW AVAILABLE AND A MUST SEE

May 8, 2015

Post is by TDV Editor-In-Chief, Jeff Berwick

Any movie about the corruption of the US government and the US financial system that is blacklisted in the US is bound to get our attention.

"The Forecaster" is exactly that.  It's a movie about Martin Armstrong's amazingly accurate forecasting system called the Economic Confidence Model and how he was jailed for nearly a decade, in torture type conditions, for not turning over his model to the CIA and Wall Street.

I'll let the trailer mostly speak for the movie itself here:

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SHAKING THE SHACKLES OF COLLECTIVISM: THE BIRTH OF MODERNITY

May 7, 2015

Post is by TDV Senior Analyst, Ed Bugos

Individualism is the ethic that, in the west, laid the foundation for massive industrialized societies to emerge from the economic principle of the division of labor… for the abandonment of slavery… and, ultimately, which raised so many people out of poverty.

Under the ancien regime - before the doctrine of individualism and of individual rights in the natural sense came about - the individual never had rights.  One may have been part of a family or tribe, where maybe the head had rights in some sense as the citizen of a state.

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  THE WAR ON CASH: GOVERNMENTS GRABBING OR TAXING CASH AT WILL NOW

May 6, 2015

Post is by TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick

We have been warning for years that as bankrupt Western countries came closer to being completely insolvent that they would begin instituting capital controls, doing bank bail-ins, taxing cash and outright just stealing cash.

All of these things have come to pass now in one form or another.  Here are four examples of the countless that we could choose from.

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KEYNESIAN CENTRAL BANK CRAZINESS CAUSING INSANE ASSET BUBBLES IN REAL ESTATE

May 4, 2015

Post is by TDV Editor-In-Chief, Jeff Berwick

And they say there is no inflation!

When you begin pricing condominiums in the fractions-of-a-billion dollars I think its safe to say there is a lot of inflation!

We're not saying it isn't incredibly nice, but it better be for over nearly half-a-billion dollars!  Yes, this penthouse in Monaco is on offer for $400 million.

A bit out of your price range?  Don't worry, all the other units in the building are in the affordable $100 million range.

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VIDEOS

ANARCHAST EP. 212 ANTONY DAVIES: MORE FREEDOM EQUALS MORE WEALTH AND MORE EQUALITY!

May 4, 2015

Jeff interviews Illuminati whistle-blower and consciousness liberator Mark Passio, topics include: satanism in the halls of power, the real tenets of organised satanism, a self serving philosophy, moral relativism, social Darwinism, eugenics, preparation for slavery, propagation of exoteric satanism to an unaware public, an ancient struggle of good vs evil, mind control, the occult, they steer the public mind, psychic self defense, a profound dark influence, Larken Rose's 'The Most Dangerous Superstition', freemasonry, a Fabian-socialist plan of action, child abuse part of elite culture, you can help by getting the word out...

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ANARCHAST: DARRYL PERRY: AN ANARCHIST RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016 TO ABOLISH GOVERNMENT!

May 7, 2015

Jeff interviews New Hampshire freedom activist and upcoming presidential candidate Darryl Perry. Topics include: the drug war, cannabis and heroin were freely available until the 1920's, unjust harm by the state, throughout most of human history people have had much more freedom, democracy is minority rule, the withdrawal of consent to be governed, running for office as an anarchist, Ron Paul's main intention was education, what happens when no one votes, should anarchists vote?

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Martin Armstrong's "The Forecaster" Movie Now Available And A Must See

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 06:13

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

Any movie about the corruption of the US government and the US financial system that is blacklisted in the US is bound to get our attention.

"The Forecaster" is exactly that.  It's a movie about Martin Armstrong's amazingly accurate forecasting system called the Economic Confidence Model and how he was jailed for nearly a decade, in torture type conditions, for not turning over his model to the CIA and Wall Street.

I'll let the trailer mostly speak for the movie itself here:

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The movie has been practically blacklisted in the US but is getting major traction in Europe.

Here is a comment from Martin Armstrong on why they are offering it as a Video On Demand PPV for a limited time right now:

"This very unusual and special showing of the film, which is a VOD screening priced at $49.95 because they cannot compete with the movie theaters, has been implemented mainly because the United States has gone out of its way not to show this film. When I spoke to people from Hollywood, they said it was a fantastic film and the producers should win an Oscar. But they then said, you have to understand, we have self-censorship in LA because they fear the government and the banks. After all, it is the banks who raise money for them to produce films. So yes, you cannot bite the hand that feeds you."

I took the plunge and paid the $49.95 to see it as I had been waiting eagerly for this film to come out and enjoyed it very much.

The story is almost unbelievable in the lengths that the US government and Wall Street would go to try to get this code.  It's really an espionage-type tale of finance, economics, money and the markets.  

It won't be for everybody but if you are a Dollar Vigilante reader it should be right up your alley.

They are only offering it until May 12th and then after that it won't be available again for a period of time.

So, if you'd like to check it out, click here or on the graphic below.

Martin Armstrong's next date for a major market crisis, according to his models (which were designed and predicted this date in the 1980s), is on October 1st of this year.  We've also been predicting a major September/October financial catastrophe.  For this reason we have been following Armstrong's commentaries.

If you are into the markets and a follower of government and financial elite corruption, this movie might be the perfect thing to grab a glass of wine or scotch and a cigar this weekend and watch a movie they don't want being seen in America.

Thoughts on the film? Let us know at TDV Blog.

Jeff Berwick

Anarchast: Darryl Perry: An Anarchist Running For President In 2016 To Abolish Government!

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 12:34

Jeff interviews New Hampshire freedom activist and upcoming presidential candidate Darryl Perry. Topics include: the drug war, cannabis and heroin were freely available until the 1920's, unjust harm by the state, throughout most of human history people have had much more freedom, democracy is minority rule, the withdrawal of consent to be governed, running for office as an anarchist, Ron Paul's main intention was education, what happens when no one votes, should anarchists vote? By getting involved Anarchists can increase the breadth of the discussion, the prohibition party, Baltimore, secession, addiction is a health problem not a criminal one, CIA involvement in drugs, prescription drugs, making independence an option, get our ideas out there, work together, Liberty is rising!

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Shaking The Shackles Of Collectivism: The Birth of Modernity

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 06:09

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

Individualism is the ethic that, in the west, laid the foundation for massive industrialized societies to emerge from the economic principle of the division of labor… for the abandonment of slavery… and, ultimately, which raised so many people out of poverty.

Under the ancien regime - before the doctrine of individualism and of individual rights in the natural sense came about - the individual never had rights.  One may have been part of a family or tribe, where maybe the head had rights in some sense as the citizen of a state.

But the life of an individual was not all that in this state of affairs.

You were expendable.  You didn’t own yourself.  Your patriarch decided your fate.  Maybe you were sold into slavery or some type of service as tribute for the king.  You likely didn’t have a say.  Inherently you accepted your fate because you accepted the doctrine of collectivism.

Collectivism was the ethic of the ancien regime - of the pre industrial and pre modern eras.

It is the ethic that spawned communism, fascism, nazism, socialism, and statism of all kinds: from minarchy to totalitarianism... that has killed hundreds of millions of people in its name… that kept mankind in the dark ages and led it into slavery.  And it always finds its power in the argument that the whole (or the group or collective) is more important than the individual.

The doctrine of individual rights was the product of the enlightenment, which in turn was the product of the free exchange of thoughts and ideas spurred on by Gutenberg’s invention in the age of reason.  It was this doctrine that ultimately ended slavery world wide, not Lincoln.

It was the doctrine of the individual’s right of self-ownership that allowed former peasants and slaves to experience freedom for the first time, allowing individuals to live like the kings did.

The author of a new book demonstrates precisely this.

In “Inventing the Individual: The Origins Of Western Liberalism”,  Larry Siedentop argues individualism is what’s new about the modern age, and what has allowed for the enormous prosperity that has raised millions out of poverty and has freed many of them from the benefactors of the collectivist system.  The author notes, about his experience in societies where the individual still has relatively few rights in the current day, that it is a western idea,

“Classical liberal individualism does not exist in the modern world outside of the US and Europe, and it is dying here. The collectivist cultures of the rest of the world differ little from those of ancient Greece and Rome.”

Or as Ed Griffin, filmmaker, historian, and author of “The Creature of Jekyll Island” (a book on the origin of the Federal Reserve system as a captured or crony institution), explained at the Fatima Conference in Ontario in 2013, collectivism was one of six dominant themes that were present in his research of “bad” governments, and which continues to permeate the U.N.

But, in particular, what he would point out about this doctrine is that the “group" is an abstraction.  What he found, historically, was that wherever the idea was accepted that the individual was expendable or that he or she had to be sacrificed for the good of the many, there always had to be someone who got to dictate the parameters for deciding it all.

This person or small group of people are the benefactors that speak on behalf of the group!

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Even in supposed democratic situations there is always a small group of people who would arrogate to themselves the task of speaking for the “group.”  That’s what politics is about.

Of course, Murray Rothbard’s rule of oligarchy asserts that all states are ultimately controlled by a small group of people or else they would collapse - for example under mob rule eventually the mob would outgrow the productive classes and the social order would collapse.

But this is something we all know, except for perhaps most people in the west today.

The west now can’t seem to get rid of is the collectivist ethic, a remnant of the ancien regime.

That’s because it is in the interests of people after power (the predator class) to promote it.

People are hardwired to buy the propaganda because it is where they come from.

The legitimacy of the doctrine is the source of many abuses - still existing in many parts of the uncivilized world, as Siedentop discovered in his travels.  As Mr. Griffin said in his lecture, the individual is the cornerstone of a modern and free society, not the group.  The group is never more important than the individual because the group does not exist.  Only individuals exist.

The group is an abstract concept with an attached meaning.  It can be perceived only once it has been intellectualized and defined.  I can’t see the forest for the trees because the forest does not exist.  I can see it once I understand it as a bunch of individual trees but it does not and cannot exist independent from the individual trees.  The forest or family is an abstraction.

And who would really choose to die for an abstraction??  What a con collectivism is.

If you look at a crowd of individuals and some of them have red shirts what would that mean?

If I told you it meant they were “the state” and explained that this gave them extra powers you would then perceive a group - but it is an abstraction that requires definition and meaning.

You should then ask why they get to have those extra powers?

It is easier to justify them if you can destroy the doctrine of individual rights.

But this doctrine simply holds that no one other than you is best suited to own you.

Who could argue that?

There are four kinds of ownership I can think of:

  1. Collective - We all own you

  2. Nobody owns you including yourself

  3. Someone else (or a group) owns you

  4. You own you

Here’s why only #4 can count as the foundation for peaceful society,

1. Collective ownership of anything is functionally impossible when the members of society become too large - it may be workable in small tribal settings, which is why the syndicalists cling to it, but in a large society the catallactics make it impossible to exercise rule collectively.

2. Abolishing all modes of ownership would also be impossible primarily because property is natural and inherent, and it would create chaos -since property is also a mode of conflict resolution when it comes to dealing with scarce goods and resources.

3. I can’t think of a sound moral argument that can justify slavery.

That leaves only #4.

Self-ownership seems logical and inherent.

Who else is better suited to owning you - to knowing your needs and making decisions that affect yourself?

It seems only obvious, moreover, that any discussion of justice and ethics has to be rooted in the principle of self ownership.  If you abandon that then you abandon everything that has advanced western civilization over the course of the last 200 years.  Not only would you abandon industrialization and elements that come along with it (like consumerism), which you may not like, but you would take the world backwards to the era of slavery.  That’s where collectivism goes.  You just have to discount the value of individuals and private property.

Whenever you hear the idea that the whole is worth more than one individual - run.  There is no whole.  There is just one individual with the power to decide which ones are expendable.

He gets this power because of the legitimacy of the doctrine that he promotes as just: that the needs of the collective outweigh the needs and value of the individual.

[Editor’s Note: Ed Bugos is TDV’s Senior Analyst and writes in the TDV Newsletter here]

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The War On Cash: Governments Grabbing or Taxing Cash At Will Now

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 05:23

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

We have been warning for years that as bankrupt Western countries came closer to being completely insolvent that they would begin instituting capital controls, doing bank bail-ins, taxing cash and outright just stealing cash.

All of these things have come to pass now in one form or another.  Here are four examples of the countless that we could choose from.

THE USA - LAND OF THE FREE

The first is a heartbreaking story of a man who spent more than a decade running L&M Convenience Mart, a gas station, restaurant, and convenience store in rural Fairmont, North Carolina. Then, one year ago, without any warning, agents from the IRS seized his entire bank account, which was his entire life savings, totaling more than $107,000.

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The reason?  They said he had been depositing money in small amounts (as a convenience store just might do) under the amount that would trigger a reporting requirement for the last decade.

That's all they needed.  No charges, no arrest.  They just deemed that he had been depositing small amounts of money into the bank for years and that was reason enough to impoverish him.  What is a "big amount", by the way?  It is anything over $2,000.  The Bank Secrecy Act (BS), which, like all cute regulatory names, requires banks to do the exact opposite of "secrecy" and to betray their customers’ financial secrets to the US government, mandates that anything over $2,000 is "suspicious" and must be reported.

And if you deposit anything under $2,000 regularly?  That is suspicious too, as that man found out.

The US government has stolen billions from Americans in just this way. 

FRANCE - LAND OF THE COMMIE

France instituted some staggering capital controls.  

  • The limit on cash payments have been reduced from 3,000 euros to 1,000 euros.
  • Tourists can pay no more than 10,000 euros in cash.  Heretofore it had been 5,000 euros.
  • If a Frenchman wants to change money into another currency, they can only change 1,000 euros without presenting ID, whereas before it was 8,000.
  • If a bank customer takes out more than 10,000 euros in a month from his account, the bank must report the transaction to the Money Laundering Authority TRACFIN.
  • Banks must report all cargo transfers in the EU exceeding 10,000 euros. This regulation checks, pre-paid cards and even gold are affected.
  • The control of crypto-currencies like Bitcoin will be drastically tightened.

AUSTRALIA - TAXING YOUR MONEY

Australia decided just to jump right into the deep end of the pool and tax all money in bank accounts! According to the 2015 Australian budget Australians must pay taxes on their savings. This will be quickly brought to Europe and North America if it does not meet resistance in Australia.

GREECE - ON A TAXING SPREE

Greece, on the verge of a complete collapse for about the tenth time in the last seven years, thought they'd try a different approach from the rest.

They are trying to institute a tax when you take money out of an ATM. While they need the tax revenue, they mostly also don't want people taking money out of the bank at all. 

CONCLUSION - RUN!

If you can't see the big picture here then you may be watching too much CNBC or CNN for your own good. Western countries, around the world, are seizing, freezing, restricting or taxing cash.

To keep a sizeable amount of cash in a bank account in any of the above named countries is tantamount to leaving your porkchops in the doghouse... know that when you come back for it, it won't be there.

If that poor man in North Carolina had paid any attention whatsoever he would have moved a sizeable amount of his life savings outside of the US.  If he had, the IRS would have no way to seize it and he'd still have his life savings.

Unfortunately, most don't pay attention but if you are reading this right now it means you are.

Here is the good news.  It is incredibly easy, still (not for long we are sure), to open an offshore bank account in a tax-free jurisdiction, outside of the ability of seizure by your own government and in a country in no danger of going bankrupt and in banks much, much more well capitalized than banks in the US, Europe and Australia.

It's all completely legal still (not for long we are sure) too.  And it can all be done from the comfort of your own home.

Why millions aren't running to do it I don't know.  But by the time millions realize what is happening it will be too late.  The doors will be shut.

Luckily, you are one-step ahead of them right now.  TDV Offshore (http://tdvoffshore.com) offers free consulting on your needs and what is right for you and can help you through the entire process.

Don't say we didn't warn you.

Thoughts? Let us know at TDV Blog...

Jeff Berwick

An Open Letter To Baltimore & The World: How To End Police Brutality Forever

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 06:13

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

I am going to make this as short and simple as possible because I know 99% of people are too busy to put much thought into solutions.

However, if you read this, you will have an answer that will rid the world of police brutality forever and it can start tomorrow. In one town, as you'll learn below, it's already started. 

THE ANSWER

Question: How long has police brutality been around?

Answer: Ever since there was police.

Sure, some places its better and some places it is worse.

But, have you ever noticed when you have a problem and you keep trying to fix it and it never works... then, what you realize, was that you had the wrong concept?  As a simple example, when you try to remove the lid off a jar of pickels and you try and try but just can't?  Then, finally, you realize you were trying to turn it the wrong way!  Once you understood how it worked, the solution was easy.

It's the same with the police brutality question.  You keep trying to fix it and fix it but never can.  Why? Because you've got the wrong concept.

Here is the answer to stopping police brutality: stop having police.  DON'T STOP READING.

You may laugh or even feel rage at what I just said.  That's because you've been programmed through government schools and television programming to think there is no other way.

Read just a few paragraphs further and you will totally get it.  I will show you that you are turning the pickle jar lid the wrong way in the next few seconds.

Question: What do most people think police are for?

Answer: For protecting the public.

That is not what they are for.  They are there to protect the system which enslaves you and us all.  The people of Baltimore, and everywhere in the world, should be able to see that clearly after all these centuries.

So, what's the answer?  It's simple.  So simple you probably can't believe you didn't think of it: Privatize the police.

What happens when you privatize the police?  You get better service.  Way better service.  What you are getting with public police isn't even "service" anyway, it is oppression, as most in Baltimore can see daily.

You may think "private policing" is impossible.  And, in one sense you are right.  When it is called "private policing" what is meant is "private security".  The police are paid with stolen money (taxes) and are paid to mostly extort (give tickets/fines) to people who never hurt anyone or to kidnap (arrest) mostly people who also never hurt anyone.

So, you don't want "police" at all.

What you want is security.  How do you get security?

Two ways:

1. Protect yourself.  Of course, with all the anti-gun legislation that is difficult.  But, without "police" those laws would disappear and you could protect yourself.  That's exactly what happened in Ferguson and Baltimore as some armed citizens actually protected their own property.  As well, technology is bringing solutions.  There is an app called the Peacekeeper app (Google Play/iTunes) where communities can protect themselves.  If you have a problem, just hit a button on the app and your entire community will know about the problem and many will come to your aid.

2. If you don't want to or can't protect yourself then hire a security firm.  They certainly couldn't be worse than the "police" who mostly badger people.  If you were paying a security firm, at say $20/month, they would offer the best service to make sure you always had the best protection.  And if they didn't, a competing firm would pop up and offer you better service for the same price or the same service for cheaper.  

Don't think it's possible?  In Detroit, due to the fact that the city was so broke they could barely keep up a police force, luckily, private security firms became popular.  If you want to see the difference between a private security firm and the public police, just watch this short video and your eyes will open to the potential and how much better life would be if police were privatized.

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That private security firm has been in business for 20 years and has the goal of always reaching the most "non-violent outcome possible".  In those 20 years none of their clients, none of their security team nor even any of the criminals have been hurt.

And, before you say, "what about people who can't defend themselves or pay a security firm?".  That Detroit private security firm makes such good profits from its corporate and private clients that it offers its services to free for those who can't afford it.

It is really this simple.  Just privatize the police.

HOW TO PRIVATIZE THE POLICE

This is the harder part, but definitely not impossible.

All you have to do is spread this information widely.  Share this article, share the video above.  Once enough people understand that the simple, easiest and best solution is to privatize the police then there will be enough momentum to start privatizing police forces around the US and around the world.

The key is understanding that the system as it currently is was never designed to protect the people and can never be fixed.  How many more decades do you want to go through this?

Start locally in your communities and spread this information.  And, that is all it is, information.

Just like the key to opening the pickle jar was just a misunderstanding in your own mind of the way it worked and once you understood how it worked it was easy... this is the same.

The answer, always, begins within you.  And, the answer, always, is a peaceful answer not a violent answer.

You don't need to burn cars and beg or yell at politicians to try to change things... that never works.  

Just change your mind.

Let us know your thoughts at TDV Blog...

Jeff Berwick

Anarchast Ep. 212 Antony Davies: More Freedom Equals More Wealth And More Equality!

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 12:39

eff interviews Illuminati whistle-blower and consciousness liberator Mark Passio, topics include: satanism in the halls of power, the real tenets of organised satanism, a self serving philosophy, moral relativism, social Darwinism, eugenics, preparation for slavery, propagation of exoteric satanism to an unaware public, an ancient struggle of good vs evil, mind control, the occult, they steer the public mind, psychic self defense, a profound dark influence, Larken Rose's 'The Most Dangerous Superstition', freemasonry, a Fabian-socialist plan of action, child abuse part of elite culture, you can help by getting the word out...

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Keynesian Central Bank Craziness Causing Insane Asset Bubbles In Real Estate

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 05:25

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

And they say there is no inflation!

When you begin pricing condominiums in the fractions-of-a-billion dollars I think its safe to say there is a lot of inflation!

We're not saying it isn't incredibly nice, but it better be for over nearly half-a-billion dollars!  Yes, this penthouse in Monaco is on offer for $400 million.

A bit out of your price range?  Don't worry, all the other units in the building are in the affordable $100 million range.

Property bubbles are popping up all over the place after seven years of Quantitative Easing.  Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver and London are just a few places where you can barely get a small bachelor pad flat for under $1 million.

As just one example, here is an 837 square foot, one bedroom, one bathroom condo in San Francisco available for only $929,000!

A little too small for your needs?  You can get this 1,050 square foot shack in Buena Vista, California, for only $1.1 million!

A person, even 15 years ago, who owned a million dollar house would be known as being very well off.  Now, in many places, you'd be known as "that super broke guy who lives in the shack down by the pawn shop".

What is going on?  Briefly, central banks around the world have been printing money at record rates for seven years now while manipulating interest rates not only to near 0%, like in the US, but into negative interest rates in places like Germany and Sweden.  Negative interest rates, you ask?  You pay someone to borrow your money?  Yes.  It's that crazy now.  Keynesianism is reaching its ultimate end-game.

But, all this money printing has profited some people.  Who?  Not many... essentialy the 1%, or more specifically, the 0.1%.

They've had a heyday seeing all the assets they own rise dramatically in price.  And now, most of them know all these asset bubbles in government debt are going to collapse in The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI) and so many are buying hard assets to protect themselves.

And, according to Laurence D. Fink, head of the world’s biggest asset manager, Blackrock, "Gold’s traditional role as a store of wealth has been usurped by contemporary art and apartments in cities such as New York and London... Historically gold was a great instrument for storing of wealth [but] gold has lost its luster and there’s other mechanisms in which you can store wealth that are inflation-adjusted.”

While we totally disagree with his view on gold we also think that investing in condominiums in these bubble areas in the Western world will not work out well. But, as the Western economies collapse, we do think that investment into some real estate markets makes sense... a lot of sense, right now.

FOREIGN REAL ESTATE

It's a particularly good time to look at foreign real estate in areas that have not seen any sort of bubble activity. Even better, with the US dollar currently outperforming (but not for long) every other currency on Earth you can get tremendous deals in other parts of the world.  Plus, this meets our other theme of getting your assets outside of the Western world and into a hard asset (a hard asset defined as anything Janet Yellen can't print into worthlessness).

As we've stated in the past we think two main areas in particular have a lot of value: Latin America and Asia.

As just one example, in the place I currently am, in Acapulco, you can get tremendous deals.

Remember the $929,000 bachelor pad you could get in San Francisco?  For something very similar, but on the beach in Acapulco, fully furnished, you can get a condo like this for under $70,000 with a pretty nice view.

That condo can even be managed and rented out for a good ROI if you aren't there all the time.  Or you can own it as an investment property in a self-directed IRA as well.

If you are more in the market for a house, compare this six room villa in Acapulco for $1.3 million compared to that shack in California for $1.1 million.

It has its own maid, chef and bartending staff if you so choose who can serve you poolside at the bar.  All of the staff cost, on average, $15/day, so for far less than what you would pay in property taxes in the US you can live like a king.

To be fair, though, even though that villa can be bought for $1.3 million due to the seller needing to sell, it is probably worth $2-3 million.  But it just shows you the opportunities in Acapulco to live like a king whereas, for about the same amount of money in places like California, you live in a shack by the pawn shop. (You can see more photos of that villa here)

Of course, in Latin America, there are numerous other options.  There are countless beautiful cities and pueblos in Mexico.  Other places currently offering amazing value for property include Nicaragua and one of my current favorites, Colombia.

In Asia, I have been beating the drum on opportunities in Cambodia where business and property prices have nearly increased 10-fold since I first told TDV subscribers it is an incredible opportunity in 2010... but it is still very cheap.

TDV newsletter subscribers (subscribe here) get access to TDV Groups (http://tdvgroups.com) which has hundreds of subscribers, around the world, who have expatriated and made a life for themselves and they are happy to tell you about opportunities or real estate in their region.  I highly advise anyone looking to connect with liberty-minded expats to utilize this great resource.

This coming collapse will change everything and your government registered financial advisor likely doesn't even know it is coming much less knows how to help you internationalize your assets.  Stick with us here at TDV as your trusted source to surviving and prospering, during and after the dollar collapse.

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Jeff Berwick

Pre-1933 Uncertified Gold Premium Chart - TDV Week In Review - May 3, 2015

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 12:25

Although here at The Dollar Vigilante we generally do not write about pre-1933 gold coins, the following chart was brought to our attention. Originally posted here, it demonstrates today's premiums on some popular gold coins when compared to their historical premiums.  While investing in rare coins comes with inherent risks, we thought it would be worth our readers time to look it over. Many of the coins are below their 13-year average premium. 

The rare coin market is ideally for the individual with a considerable amount of bullion, and plenty of time. Learning the intricacies of each coin can be tricky, but with enough patience, due diligence, and creative thinking, some of the coins, if offered at the right price, could be a solid store of value over the long term. 

Before we get to the review, be sure to check out the TDV Newsletter for acute analysis and actionable advice from the world of finance. Jeff Berwick goes into the Shemitah and how it can inform your investment, while Ed Bugos talks about sell signals in the stock market. Luis Fernandez Mises looks at a great vacation spot for HomeGrowners in the US, and Justin O'Connell offers a net-based primer on decentralization.

AYAHUASCAN REVELATIONS - THE WEEKEND VIGILANTE MAY 2ND, 2015

May 2, 2015

The linked post is by The Weekend Vigilante, Jeff Berwick

Hello from Anarchapulco,

As you may recall I travelled to Monterrey, Mexico, in March seeking out truth.

Numerous people who I consider to be enlightened had been saying incredibly wise things over the years and as I analyzed how they had this knowledge/perspective/wisdom and an inate peace about them I started to realize that most of them had partaken of ayahuasca... and many of them dozens or hundreds of times.

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THE U.S. GOVERNMENT: ADDING ILLIQUIDITY TO INSOLVENCY

May 1, 2015

The linked post is by Managing Director of Windrock Wealth Management Christopher P. Casey, CFA

Nobody believes that the states will eternally drag the burden of these interest payments. It is obvious that sooner or later all these debts will be liquidated in some way or other, but certainly not by payment of interest and principal according to the terms of the contract.

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BALTIMORE: THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA CONTROL SYSTEM IS COLLAPSING

April 30, 2015

The linked post is by TDV Editor In Chief, Jeff Berwick

Baltimore is burning in the wake of Freddie Gray’s funeral who died after sustaining a spinal injury while, if you want to believe a certain mainstream media narrative, banging himself against the paddy wagon walls. If you find it totally believable that someone can break their own spinal chord on purpose, you’re probably white. 

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THE LIBERTARIAN RISING: THINGS ARE CHANGING FASTER THAN YOU THINK

April 28, 2015

The linked post is by TDV Editor In Chief, Jeff Berwick

I was around before the internet.  I was always on computers but they had 48k of RAM (not 48mb, not 48gb... 48 kilobytes), had modems that sounded like a fax machine and only one person could get on at a time and our computer monitors were about the size of a Galaxy Note and comachrome.  What's comachrome, you ask? Well, basically you had one color you could choose from.  The most popular were green and orange.  I was excited to get my first green-only monitor because before that I had a 1970s tube black & white television as a monitor.

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ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE & WAR: THE US GOVT HUNTS AMERICANS OFFSHORE

April 27, 2015

The  linked post is by TDV Offshore Director, Paul Seymour

When I was growing up, my Grandma used to remind me from time to time that all’s fair in love and war.  Lately I’m continually reminded of that, as I see the US government (USG) toss out the rule book in their primarily, undeclared war on the entire world, including US citizens.  At least the rule book is tossed out from my perspective.  When one has the ability to change the rulebook as it suits them to win the war, then the rule book has been tossed out.  There are others, though, who still don’t even realize that they are at war, and meekly try to play by whatever rules they’re given by their rule-maker/adversary.  Well, it’s only your freedom at stake.

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VIDEO

ANARCHAST: MARK PASSIO: WHAT ON EARTH IS HAPPENING!

April 29, 2015

Jeff interviews Illuminati whistle-blower and consciousness liberator Mark Passio, topics include: satanism in the halls of power, the real tenets of organised satanism, a self serving philosophy, moral relativism, social Darwinism, eugenics, preparation for slavery, propagation of exoteric satanism to an unaware public, an ancient struggle of good vs evil, mind control, the occult, they steer the public mind, psychic self defense, a profound dark influence, Larken Rose's 'The Most Dangerous Superstition', freemasonry, a Fabian-socialist plan of action, child abuse part of elite culture, you can help by getting the word out...

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ANARCHAST: WALTER BLOCK: MR LIBERTARIAN ON WHY WE SHOULD SUPPORT RAND PAUL

April 28, 2015

Jeff interviews Mr. Libertarian, an Austrian school economist and anarcho-capitalist theorist, Walter Block. Topics include: Supporting Rand Paul in a potentially effective position, he's pretty darn good!, Rand Paul will at least audit the fed, Libertarianism getting a lot of attention, The USA's 150 military bases are offensive not defensive, It should be fine, even as an anarchist, to go into politics to effect change, How much power does a president actually have?

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Ayahuascan Revelations - The Weekend Vigilante May 2nd, 2015

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 15:36

Hello from Anarchapulco,

As you may recall I travelled to Monterrey, Mexico, in March seeking out truth.

Numerous people who I consider to be enlightened had been saying incredibly wise things over the years and as I analyzed how they had this knowledge/perspective/wisdom and an inate peace about them I started to realize that most of them had partaken of ayahuasca... and many of them dozens or hundreds of times.

I look at evidence.  Sort of what "science" was meant to do before it got turned into scientism and corrupted by government grants and greed.  Once I see sufficient evidence on anything I feel the need to explore that topic more.  And, in the case of ayahuasca, that meant trying it.

As you may recall my first experience was, as I understood it at the time, a bit dissapointing.  I said that it mostly was uncomfortable and I didn't have any big revelations.  There were only two things that I felt I got from it as I layed there, cold and physically paralyzed on the floor.  One was something that I felt was obvious... but it really drove home to me that it was important.  That was the feeling that my family is the most important thing in my life.

The second one was far less obvious and I actually walked away confused about it.  It was the only part of my experience where I actually felt like I was talking with someone/something (although no words were spoken).  It was the only time I felt I had an unusual experience that I had never had before.  It felt like this incredibly loving, peaceful entity spoke to me.  And, what it said, in the most unjudging and compassionate non-spoken voice was, "Let others help you."

Before, when I had asked those familiar with ayahuasca about it, quite often they would say, "It will often tell you something that you won't understand but then weeks or months later you will understand it".

I had no idea what they meant.  It sounded really weird to me that you ingest this medicinal rainforest plant and some people throw up and you are then told something that you won't understand but later you will understand it.

But, today, I understood what it meant when it said, "let others help you".

As what usually happens in a marriage there had been a growing impass between my wife and I.  Due to a number of business problems I have had over the last few years, plus my never-ending passion to spread liberty making me constantly overwork, I had become very stressed.  This stress was causing me to become less open and loving with my family.  It wasn't just the stress but it was all the things related to it.

It was the working from morning to night trying to fix those problems while, at the same time, trying to analyze why they happened and what I should do differently in the future... which led to me creating more new ventures that, of course, meant I was working all the time... working on fixing a few past problems while at the same time passionately working on new ventures (things like writing a book, a documentary, the Anarchapulco conference, and a few exciting secrets that you will soon find out about - they are all related to spreading the word of liberty however).  Once you see everything I am working on over the coming months you will understand what I mean when I say I have been working on a lot.

But, in the last month, due to feeling totally worn out and stressed, I once again fell back on an old, bad habit.  I began drinking more alcohol again.

I've written here numerous times about the ways that alcohol has helped me in life (getting over shyness, finding a way to relax my always running mind, easing stress from over-working, writing creatively).  Although, I have learned through experience that it would have been way easier, cheaper and healthier if I had just worked through those problems without a crutch.  But, it did help those issues at the time.

I've stopped drinking completely numerous times over the years.  It's never been a problem to stop.  There has never been any physical addiction that I am aware of.  It has always just been a crutch.  If I didn't want to be in a meeting or at a conference (because I'd rather just be at home with my giant family of wife, kids and an ever growing amount of dogs) I'd have a few drinks to ease my discomfort.  Those few drinks, at certain times, definitely turned into way too many drinks... but in reality I was just using it, for the most part, to get through things that I did not feel happy/comfortable with.  While I love what I do and it can often entail great experiences it also means countless hours of working/writing/speaking and all the details of dealing with business like dealing with unhappy clients, going through the accounting (my most hated thing to do - I am not a detail person) to see which business ventures are profitable, which aren't, and then going through dealing with them which means hiring some people, firing others (never fun!) and all the drudgery of day-to-day business.

In retrospect, I've had to fire or lay-off, literally hundreds, and possibly thousands, of people in the course of my life.  If you've never had to do it you don't know how unenjoyable it is.  And that is just one of hundreds of unenjoyable parts of business and life.

And, in many of those situations, or after I have dealt with those issues, I'd reach for a drink.

In the last month I've had a mountain of things to deal with and around 9pm, feeling exhausted but knowing I had to keep working, I'd once again reach for some medication in the form of fermented grapes, potatoes or wheat.

Interestingly, however, since my experience with ayahuasca I can totally manage my intake.  In the past, on particularly stressful days, those few drinks would turn into a few bottles.  In the last few months, however, no matter the situation, if I do drink it will be controlled.

That said, however, I have fallen more and more into having a sizeable (but not to the point of drunkenness) amount of drinks every night as I work until 2, 3 or 4 in the morning.

A few drinks, from time to time, I think is very healthy and actually something that most people should do.  It temporarily relieves some stress, it temporarily makes you feel a bit happy for once and it removes some of your inhibitions to actually say what you actually want to say!

But today was when I had my first ayahuasca revelation.

I had been wondering, a lot, about my experience.  Was it real?  Was something speaking to me or was I speaking to myself, or both?  And, if it was actually something real, what did it mean?  What does, "let others help you" mean?

Today I found out.

As I mentioned above, all of the things in my life lately (and believe me there are many things I don't even tell you that would make you say: holy shit man, have a drink!) have caused me to not only overwork and be stressed out... but this has also caused me to reach for some easy alcohol medication in the evenings which, in turn, lowers my energy level over time... which, in turn, means that I spend less time with my family (that one most important thing, remember) and I could tell everyone in the family was aware of it.  Except the dogs, they're always happy.

This morning the tension finally came to a head.

My wife, as many wives will do, let out all of her frustration and it mostly centered on how I needed to change to meet her and our family's needs.

My nature is one of calm and I never get into an angry debate.  And, I think this makes my latina Mexican wife even angrier... because she is used to the telenovela style of passion: crying, yelling, fighting.  I just don't do those things very much.

But as the furor kept increasing something in me snapped and I yelled at her.  She was in shock, she didn't know how to respond.  I never yell, at anyone!

To paraphrase what I said as I was yelling, "F**k you, jesus christ, do you know what I am going through?  You know what I am going through!... I haven't stopped working for five years!  Not an hour, much less a day!  You try that..... F**king bitch!  Jesus.  You try dealing with everything I deal with and see if you can spend more time with your spouse and kids, it's impossible!"

She was still in shock.  I never yell.  She went through a range of emotions including anger and I could see she just wanted to smack me.  She reached for a pair of scissors, held it up in an aggressive fashion and said, "If you use violence against me I will use it against you!".  She's an anarchist.  She's also a near twin in terms of both personality and looks to Sofia Vergera in Modern Family!  She's fiesty.

Then we got into a bit of a debate about if yelling and words constitutes violence and after a few minutes she convinced me that it was and I apologized.

We then continued in a more calm conversation about how to fix our problems.  She acknowledged that what I have been going through is very hard and that she does understand... and we then discussed how we can make things better.

I started, "I feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders and you know I must keep doing what I am doing.  Everyone wants something from me. It's just too much for one person to handle to please everybody all the time and to be everywhere at once.  I try but I can't."

She replied, "You never ask for help.  Don't you see? And stop drinking so much.  It tires you out and then you don't spend time with us because you are too tired or sleeping."

I said to her, "Alcohol doesn't control me... but I use it to deal with my stress/unhappiness/issues."

She said, "I understand but you are now back to drinking every night, it's not good."

I thought about it for a few minutes as she went back to doing her hair and I said, "This isn't a complicated problem.  I can easily stop.  What happens is, at night, after 12 hours of work and knowing I have 4 more hours ahead of me, I want something to help me feel better.  But it isn't like I need it, it's just right there.  And, I just grab it."

I pondered on it a bit more and then said, "Can't we just take all the alcohol out of the house so when I feel that way it isn't so easy for me to get?  Half the times I wasn't drinking in the last year was just because there was no alcohol in the house and it wasn't that important to me to actually get up and go out and get it."

She said, "Of course.  Why didn't you just say that before.  Let us know what you need.  Why didn't you just ask?"

I was stumped.  Why didn't I come up with this idea before?  It's so simple and can so easily fix a problem that is causing a problem with my family.

I responded to her, in a total daze, "I don't know why I didn't just ask before."

She laughed and said, "You are so silly.  Sometimes you don't see something right in front of your face.  If you want us to help you with anything just ask."

I was still confused about why I didn't.  I responded, "I guess I just never wanted to ask anything of anyone... I guess I figured I can and must control my own self and never ask anyone for help."

She laughed again, "That's ridiculous.  We all need help from time to time.  You never let us help you."

Right then I realized what was about to happen and it felt like the universe smiled right as my wife said, in the most calm and peaceful voice, "Let others help you".

Thank you Mother Ayahuasca.

Jeff Berwick

The U.S. Government: Adding Illiquidity to Insolvency

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 07:21

[The following post is by Managing Director of Windrock Wealth Management Christopher P. Casey, CFA®]

Nobody believes that the states will eternally drag the burden of these interest payments. It is obvious that sooner or later all these debts will be liquidated in some way or other, but certainly not by payment of interest and principal according to the terms of the contract.

- Ludwig von Mises, Human Action (1949)

U.S. bankruptcy code (Sec. 101 (32)) defines insolvency for businesses as the “financial condition such that the sum of such entity’s debts is greater than all of such entity’s property, at fair valuation.”  

Although the federal government’s $18.2 trillion debt is commonly compared to U.S. GDP of only $17.4 trillion, a far more appropriate debt comparison would be to compare it to assets possessed by the U.S. federal government (since, after all, the “economy” is not obligated to pay the national debt).  The values of such assets, liquid or otherwise, are inherently difficult to ascertain – some are unknown (e.g., real estate, mineral rights, offshore oil deposits) while others are of suspect value (e.g., student loans, U.S. Postal Service).  

Most reports estimate such assets at well below $4 trillion, so the net worth of the federal government would be negative $14 trillion.  The Federal Reserve is a bit more optimistic: it estimates the U.S. government’s net worth at negative $12 trillion.  Either way, the federal government is clearly insolvent under its own law, if it were a business.

The U.S. bankruptcy code contains another definition of insolvency; one which is in fact specific to government (municipalities).  Here insolvency is defined as “generally not paying its debts as they become due” or “unable to pay its debts as they become due.”  

Insolvency is not simply a balance sheet issue, but rather one of cash flow: illiquidity is another form of insolvency.  Under this definition, except for the occasional (and short-lived) shutdowns, the U.S. federal government is thought liquid and solvent through its taxing power and printing press.  But this will quickly change if expenditures skyrocket.  With $18.2 trillion in debt, the easiest way this may happen is if interest rates rise.

What are interest rates?

Given the recent history of massive intervention in the bond markets by central banks, few remember that interest rates are ultimately a product of the free market.  At a fundamental level, they reflect the time preferences of various actors within the economy.  Add in assessments of credit risk as well as expectations of future price levels, and a structure of interest rates over various time frames is revealed.  All markets can be suppressed, distorted, or manipulated, but only for a limited time.  The bond market is no different; ultimately interest rates will resort to higher levels.

How far must interest rates rise for the U.S. government to be “unable to pay its debts as they become due”? Currently, the federal government effectively pays only 1.3% on its debt obligations – a rate unknown since the depths of World War II.  Over the last 75 years, there have been periods of far greater effective rates (the early 1980’s experienced 8%) with an average of over 3% - all while the U.S. government possessed vastly better credit worthiness.  

Even with record 2014 tax receipts of over $3 trillion, federal debt levels are almost six times current receipts.  It is no different than a household earning only $30,000 a year with $180,000 of debt.  And this is the official debt level; include Social Security, pension funds, or any of the other myriad promises made, and financial obligations easily balloon to 30 or more times tax receipts.  Given this financial condition, one can easily argue that an applicable market-based interest rate for U.S. government debt would be far, far higher – perhaps akin to Greece, perhaps worse.

What happens to interest payments as a percentage of tax receipts with higher interest rates, and thus the ability to pay other obligations?   Currently at “only” 8%, they grow to 20% with the historical average interest rate.  At interest rate levels experienced in the early 1980’s, they expand to almost 50%.  All of these projections assume tax receipts are stable, but a recession would compound the calamity as tax receipts fall.  The 2008 recession caused tax receipts to fall 18% over a two-year period.  Combine 8% interest rates with a recessionary hit to tax receipts, and interest payments alone swell to 60% of total tax receipts.  Well before reaching such high levels of interest payments, the federal government would lose the ability to pay other expenses “as they become due” – or otherwise.

For this reason, the U.S. government has suppressed interest rates for years: it simply cannot afford for them to rise.  It will continue to do so by remaining reliant (and increasingly so) upon the printing press to purchase bonds and lower rates.  But this strategy will only work for so long.  Whether through a sober assessment of credit worthiness by investors or via rising price inflation, the market will compel higher interest rates.  If the Federal Reserve then continues with proliferate production runs of the printing presses, expect Mises to be prophetic: bondholders will be “repaid”, but with a currency which hardly meets the “terms of the contract.”

How To Prepare for US Government Insolvency

As insolvency will be answered with a de facto default – a repayment to bondholders with a substantially depreciated currency – all investors must prepare for price inflation.  It may not develop within the next 12 months, it may very well be preceded by an asset deflation, but it will arrive.  When it does, it may appear in 1970’s fashion: suddenly and substantially.  Reflexively, all investors expecting price inflation seek protection with precious metals.  

While precious metal investments are perfectly prudent and will ultimately prove quite profitable, other inflation hedges should be considered – especially those providing income backed by hard assets such as certain types of real estate.  Given historically low interest rates, aggressive investors may even wish to partially finance such investments by borrowing at fixed rates.

US government insolvency will involve more than just price inflation, it will include turmoil in every financial market and in every economic sphere.  Investors must remain liquid, flexible, and nimble as opportunities will develop as quickly as risks appear.  WindRock can help investors navigate this future by preparing today.  To learn more, please visit our website at www.windrockwealth.com.

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Christopher P. Casey, CFA®, CPA is a Managing Director at WindRock Wealth Management (www.windrockwealth.com) and a regular investment analyst contributor to The Dollar Vigilante. Using Austrian economic theory, Mr. Casey advises wealthy individuals on their investment portfolios to maximize their returns and minimize risk in today’s world of significant government intervention. Mr. Casey can be reached at 312-650-9602 or at chris.casey@windrockwealth.com 

Baltimore: The Mainstream Media Control System Is Collapsing

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 06:13

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

Baltimore is burning in the wake of Freddie Gray’s funeral who died after sustaining a spinal injury while, if you want to believe a certain mainstream media narrative, banging himself against the paddy wagon walls. If you find it totally believable that someone can break their own spinal chord on purpose, you’re probably white. 

However, this isn't about Freddie Gray.  Ferguson wasn't about Michael Brown.  What is really happening is that people are beginning to awaken to their own slavery and the mainstream media matrix is having a harder time than ever of trying to hide that truth.

Some Americans, still asleep to reality, are surprised that Baltimore is rioting and discontent has boiled over, despite that this is practically a quarterly occurrence in 2015 Amerika. American streets are burning. Baltimore is burning. But the cognitive dissonance is palpable. Police are beating people. Police are kidnapping people "in the most peaceful way possible", in "The Land Of The Free", as can be seen in this video:

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As an aside, Is anyone going to ticket that militarized humvee for having a broken front right headlight?  Not holding my breath on that one.

As things get worse and as people begin to wake up to their own enslavement we are seeing very bizarre things that are interesting to see just for the weirdness of it.

The city of Baltimore wanted to keep its citizens safe from such occurences as kidnapping by cop (that was the most likely fate, other than car accident, to beset them, after all), so they decided to ban people from attending a baseball game, which is slightly more exhilarating than golf for most people. As you can see in this video, the government managed to make baseball more boring than it already is for many:

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Sports are a key part of the bread and circuses to distract people from their daily loss of life, liberty and property and so it is interesting to see how they continue to play the games even as things get so bad all around it that it isn't safe to even go to the game anymore. Orioles fans still showed up and even shouted "O!" during the National Anthem.

The Baltimore Orioles Executive Vice President John Angelos, son of majority owner Peter Angelos, has spoken up about his view on the situation in Baltimore and the US:

“Brett, speaking only for myself, I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protest and the observance of the rule of law is of utmost importance in any society. MLK, Gandhi, Mandela, and all great opposition leaders throughout history have always preached this precept. Further, it is critical that in any democracy investigation must be completed and due process must be honored before any government or police members are judged responsible.

That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.

The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, an ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importance of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards. We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the U.S., and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights, and this makes inconvenience at a ball game irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.”

I am sure he is not a big fan of MLB’s partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, which resulted in the introduction of metal detectors at all of America’s favorite pastimes games starting this season, like the NFL had already done.

America’s “representatives” and “civil servants” have sold the country down the river as government policing has alienated poor people, if they are lucky to still be alive. Government is so bad it even led to the Bloods and the Crips uniting to keep the peace.  Yes, you read that right, the only organized group that was actually out in the streets protecting life and property were the street gangs that government always tells us is there to protect us from.  

As well, government likes to say that we need government precisely for times like this in Baltimore.  Where people have been so impoverished by the government and central banks, have been so brutally assaulted by government police extortionists and pushed so close to the edge that people take to the streets to peacefully show their displeasure and then get assaulted more by cops and what can only be described as the military in MRAP tanks.  The government and the media like to say that riots like this, that they caused, are why we need them.

But just like in Ferguson, the cops aren't there to protect life and property... they are there to protect the control system. 

Gray’s rap sheet was almost all non-violent crimes and therefore not crimes at all... The War on Drugs turned him into a criminal as it has falsely done to too many, then the state murdered him. The US government is just as bad as the Indonesian government, which has gotten much criticism for murdering drug smugglers this week. At least those individuals got a show trial. In the US summary execution is the preferred method.  But NBC won't tell you the truth: 

Neither will CNN.  And people are starting to wake up to that as this Baltimore protester told this CNN reporter, live on air, "F*ck You! F*ck That! F*ck CNN!".

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Over on Fox, the same thing was happening as another awakening soul is realizing the controlled mainstream media is part of the problem, not the solution.

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Great, real reporters like Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change (and speaker at Anarchapulco) are actually out asking the real questions to the mainstream media frontmen directly and making Anderson Cooper have to hide in his car with his eight bodyguards for fear of being exposed.

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This is all happening right now!  Right in front of our eyes the mainstream media propaganda arm of the US government and CIA is having the mask torn off its face daily and all people like Anderson Cooper and Geraldo Rivera can do are fake-smile and hide as they realize people are catching on to what they are doing.

As more people awaken and the system tries to retain its power by any means necessary things are going to get more bizarre, like empty baseball games, and even more dangerous.  I'm expecting this to be a very hot summer in the US leading up to what I am predicting to be a near complete collapse scenario by October.

I am informing TDV subscribers, in the May Issue of TDV coming out tomorrow (subscribe here), on all my reasoning for why I think it is all going to play out in a big way this year.  Even if I am wrong on the dates, however, I will make this guarantee.  Things are going to get much, much worse in the US from here on out and if you aren't prepared for a complete US dollar, financial system and economic collapse in the US yet you are really taking a large risk with your life and property not to prepare now.

There's a saying, "better a year early than a day late" but we aren't even really talking about years anymore.  We are now talking about months.

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Jeff Berwick

Anarchast: Mark Passio: What on Earth is Happening!

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 19:04

Jeff interviews Illuminati whistle-blower and consciousness liberator Mark Passio, topics include: satanism in the halls of power, the real tenets of organised satanism, a self serving philosophy, moral relativism, social Darwinism, eugenics, preparation for slavery, propagation of exoteric satanism to an unaware public, an ancient struggle of good vs evil, mind control, the occult, they steer the public mind, psychic self defense, a profound dark influence, Larken Rose's 'The Most Dangerous Superstition', freemasonry, a Fabian-socialist plan of action, child abuse part of elite culture, you can help by getting the word out...

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Anarchast: Walter Block: Mr Libertarian On Why We Should Support Rand Paul

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 11:31

Jeff interviews Mr. Libertarian, an Austrian school economist and anarcho-capitalist theorist, Walter Block. Topics include: Supporting Rand Paul in a potentially effective position, he's pretty darn good!, Rand Paul will at least audit the fed, Libertarianism getting a lot of attention, The USA's 150 military bases are offensive not defensive, It should be fine, even as an anarchist, to go into politics to effect change, How much power does a president actually have? Defining Anarchism as against unjustified rule, world government vs anarchism, We did not sign a contract with government, Rand Paul promoting liberty, Rand Paul can beat Killary Clinton , The Dallas Accord, We have come a long way, Tim Moen of the Libertarian Party and how Stefan Molyneux, James Corbett, Dan Dicks, Wendy McElroy, Walter Block and Richard Heathen should all run in the coming Kanadian election under the anarchist grounded Libertarian Party of Canada, revising history, Abraham Lincoln was a fascist and how secessionist movements are welcome and growing.

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The Libertarian Rising: Things Are Changing Faster Than You Think

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 06:45

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

I was around before the internet.  I was always on computers but they had 48k of RAM (not 48mb, not 48gb... 48 kilobytes), had modems that sounded like a fax machine and only one person could get on at a time and our computer monitors were about the size of a Galaxy Note and comachrome.  What's comachrome, you ask? Well, basically you had one color you could choose from.  The most popular were green and orange.  I was excited to get my first green-only monitor because before that I had a 1970s tube black & white television as a monitor.

When <sarcasm alert>Al Gore finally invented the internet around 1994</end sarcasm> I told anyone who would listen that the internet would change everything.   Their response, mostly, was, "What's the internet?".

It wasn't until around 2003 that I realized people weren't catching on quite as fast I thought they would.  But, in the last five years, almost all of the expectations I had for the internet, and technology, have come true.

Things are now changing at speeds faster than we can even recognize.

I pondered that on Sunday as I try to take Sundays off for the most part.  It was hard, as a go-getting entrepreneur and passionate activist to make a better world by ending government and central banks, to take a day off every week.  And I never fully can.  But I try.

I was sitting there in my underwear in my home office doing a number of things that would have seemed impossible even 20 years ago.  First, I decided, I missed playing poker.  I used to play worldwide in some of the biggest tournaments including the WSOP, LAPT and winning the secondary main event in Seoul, South Korea at the Asian Poker Tour (after having shown up late for the main event) and won it totally drunk in record time.  Well, not totally drunk the entire time.

What happened was that I had a two-day stopover in Seoul on my way to where I was living in Bangkok, at the time, and I just Googled, "Poker Korea" wondering if there was any casinos that had poker in Seoul.  Up came the Asian Poker Tour and, it just so happened, it started that day.  It took me about three hours to get through that monstrous city in a taxi and I showed up late and missed the main event.  A bit disappointed I asked, "Is there any other event?" and they said, "Yes, we have a smaller buy-in secondary event starting in a few hours".

So I hung around until it started.  If memory serves it was only about 150 players and started in the mid-afternoon.  By 11pm it was down to 15 players, including me, and I voiced my unhappiness.

"Hey, I am only in Seoul for two days, one night, and I really wanted to go out tonight so I suggest if we don't have it down to a final table by midnight that we call it for the night and resume tomorrow."

Somehow I got them to agree and at midnight it just got down to the final table, including me.

I then said, "Listen, I love Korean girls, they are f***ing beautiful and this is my only night here so can we call it for the night and resume for the final table tomorrow?"

Again, somehow, I got everyone to agree.  Maybe they were like me and thinking it is Saturday night, let's call it.

I ended up going to one of the better bars in Seoul at the time, at the Park Hyatt hotel, and ended up picking up three girls (this is when I was a world roaming bachelor), ended up taking them out to a strip club out by a US Naval base, trying to fight with some of the Navy boys from the "Home Of The Brave", getting totally hammered and before I knew it it was 10am and we were all in my hotel room, still not having slept, and having a great time.

As the final table was about to start I decided to down some more drinks, put on some sunglasses and play the final table completely drunk out of my mind.  

It was the fastest final table I've ever been involved in.  I even still remember a hero call I made with AQ suited versus AJ suited who had gone all in, representing a big hand.  He had been playing super-tight and I had been playing very loose... very, very loose and I thought he might be on AA, KK or AK.  I squinted, looked him over and decided I had the best of it.  I called and won and the other 8 people just went down like bowling pins about a total of 20 hands later.

I ended up winning top spot and they actually had to get me a bag for the money I won.  Not because it was a massive amount of money but because the largest demonination South Korean Wan bill is worth about $10 US.  I asked them, "Why don't you have bigger denomination bills in Korea?" and they replied, "It is part of our culture not to think too highly of money so we have very low denomination bills."

I slung a duffle bag of $10 bills over my shoulder as I said, "Oh, yeah, great idea," and lugged it to the waiting taxi, wondering how I was going to exchange it all for Thai Baht somewhere along the way.

Anyway, I got sidetracked.... way sidetracked.  

Getting back to this Sunday I felt like playing poker so I loaded up an internet site and was playing with people from all over the world on about 4 different tables at once.  NL Holdem, PL Omaha H/L, even Courchevel just because it looked interesting... and was googling how to play it as I played.

In the meantime, it was the NHL playoffs.  So in my browser I had every game playing, streaming, in realtime and in HD throughout the day.

As I was playing 4 tables of poker with people from around the world and watching hockey from various parts of the USSA or Kanada I received a Skype video call from a client in Cambodia.

Meanwhile, in 20 different browser tabs, I was researching news and information from around the world on finance and economics.

As I was doing that, my wife What's App'ed me and asked if I wanted her to order some tacos for the kids and myself  (as she was at some beach bar/salon here in Paradise for her day off as mama) that she could do through text message to the taco place.

It was then that I sat back and realized, wow, technology is really getting amazing!  My second question was, "How could NASA, a government agency, have gotten to the moon within five years of starting a space agency with the technology of 1969 during a time when the US was pulling out of Vietnam in disgrace and the US dollar was about to collapse and was forced to go bankrupt or unhinge from any last remnants of the gold standard, given that the greatest computational technology at that time was less than what fits in a calculator today and yet, somehow go to the moon numerous times with go-carts, play golf, film themselves from impossible camera angles, plant flags and transmit it all back to Earth in realtime and then lose every single reel of film they filmed there, on the moon, in the late 60s and early 70s".

But I digress.  Ahem.  Getting back to trying to imagine doing what I did on Sunday twenty years ago... 

First of all, it'd be impossible.  But, even if you told someone in 1995 that, within twenty years, all information will be freely available on the internet, all in real-time high speed instantaneous communication, that you could play poker with people from around the world while live-streaming hockey in HD, doing a video conference call in HD and receiving wireless communications via a smartphone as you were doing it wondering if you wanted to electronically order tacos.... that person would think you were crazy.

If he didn't think you were crazy and was curious, he would ask, "So, in the future, what will people do with this kind of technology and empowerment where you can almost do anything or access anything instantaneously?"

The answer would be, "Well, most people will use it to watch kitten videos and play Candy Crush."

However, even that is now changing.  People are starting to wake up to the systems that control them.

LIBERTARIANS RISING

If you think back to the last century the Marxists/Communists/Socialists/Collectivists/Fascists (MCSCF) were not a big group.  They were a small group that began to grow in the early 1900s.

But, by the end of the 20th century the entire world was MCSCF.

It was just a small idea spread by people like Karl Marx, Adolf Hitler, John Maynard Keynes, Donald Rumsfeld, George Soros, Dick Cheney, Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller and the Bush Crime Family.  But it caught on like wildfire throughout the 20th century.

Murray Rothbard, the pioneer of the anarcho-capitalist movement, and as repeated by Walter Block, said, in the 1970s, "there are only six anarchists in the world"... and he further said that there were, maybe, "even 25 libertarians in the world".

Murray probably couldn't even have imagined how quickly that has grown.  The Ron Paul Revolution brought libertarianism to the fore in the last decade.  If you asked people 15 years ago if they knew what the word "libertarianism" meant, 98% would probably say they hadn't heard of the word before.  The other 2% would be wrong.

Now, in the USSA, one of the most MCSCF countries on Earth, I'd say that number is closer to 50%.  Of course, half the population of the USSA is so dumbed down, fluoridated, publicly edumacated and mainstream media mind controlled that the other 50% is a lost cause anyway.

But the fact that 50% have some inkling of what libertarianism is (even though they probably don't understand it) is a massive change that happened in record time.

In fact, it is happening so fast that a person like Walter Block, also known as Mr. Libertarian, is being confronted by numerous people for not being libertarian enough!  In fact, the biggest insult many of them can think of is, "You aren't an anarcho-capitalist!"

Fifteen years ago no one knew what libertarianism was.  Now if you even say something that sounds somewhat un-libertarian you can be shunned by millions of people.

Rand Paul is being shunned by millions just because he isn't perfectly libertarian in his actions and words.  This is a major development.

You can see my conversation with Walter Block on all these subjects here.

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Things are happening fast.  What used to take a millennia or a century to develop can now happen, and is happening, in a matter of years or even months.

Want even more proof?  Watch this video of Barack O'Bomber that recently came out where he questions the grand majority of what the US government is doing and even brings up the word "libertarian" in pointing it out.

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O'Bomber certainly has never been known for being honest about his intentions.  And you may question why he is now saying that the entire War On Drugs is a disaster (even though he helped perpetuate it throughout his entire term)... and you can speculate on the reasons why he would do this.

But, what you can't speculate on is the rise of libertarianism.  This movement that was once confined to Murray Rothbard, Wendy McElroy, Walter Block, Jeffrey Tucker, Lew Rockwell, Ron Paul, Ayn Rand and Alan "Sellout" Greenspan and a few other people in a Manhattan apartment is going global and fast.

Does this mean life will soon be nearly perfect, peaceful and prosperous?  Yes and no.  We still have to get through the collapse of the old MCSCF systems.  And it will be what I call The Great Transition.  It will be remembered by whoever survives as a time of great turmoil and change.

However, once we have gotten through that there is the potential for real hope and change.

One day soon, hopefully, married gay people will protect their medicinal cannabis crops with guns if they so choose... all without permission from the state.  Hopefully, instead of riots in Baltimore over the killing by armed, costumed thugs (police), an entrepreneur like Freddy Gray can get his flower products from the producers to the voluntary consumers in peace and build a respectable life around it rather than being deemed a criminal for it while the criminals who killed him go free and are lauded by a dumbed-down society.

Hopefully, one day soon, people treat each other as they would like to be treated.  An anarchist said something like that once a few thousand years ago, I think.  Although he was killed by the government... perhaps his time was too soon.  Or maybe it was not soon enough.

In the meantime, keep safe, prepare, spread the word and remember... Libertarianism is rising!

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