Be Thankful If You Were Not Born in the US

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by Jeff Berwick: The
Weekend Vigilante



Being born
in America at anytime between 1623 and 1970 would have been quite
a stroke of luck. You would have lived in one of the freest, most
productive, and because of that, most prosperous regions on Earth.
Luckily, America got its heavy socialism out of the way right from
the get-go.

In 1621, the
pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock, had initially imposed a form
of managerial socialism. The concept, like it is today, was for
no one to have private property rights and to donate the fruits
of your labors into a pool with everyone else and to then distribute
those labors by need. The experiment, like every other experiment
in socialism, ended in nearly everyone starving to death.

Faced with
starvation or changing, they saw the error of their ways and let
everyone take possession of their own plots of land and enjoy the
proceeds for themselves. According to Jeffrey Tucker, of Whiskey
& Gunpowder, "This led to trade, honesty, hard work, and
eventually bounty. This is why the crop yields of 1621 were catastrophic
and the yields of 1623 were bountiful. The celebration of Thanksgiving
really dates from a market produced bounty. (The entire story is
related by Bradford himself.)"

What followed
was truly something spectacular. This region, who had as its most
cherished philosophy, freedom and liberty, went on to be the most
amazing area on Earth. It attracted all the best from most other
countries – mostly because those countries did not have the freedom,
liberty and the subsequent prosperity of the US.


by 1913, America had fallen into a trap that has occurred so often
throughout history. First, it forgot what made it so prosperous
in the first place and, secondly, it forgot the warnings of its
early founders about, ""Peace, commerce, and honest friendship
with all nations-entangling alliances with none."

And so, in
1913, with the advent of the Federal Reserve bank, the future for
the US was set. It only took twenty years for this new system to
bankrupt the US Government in 1933, resulting in the US Government
confiscating gold from US citizens. Then, less than forty years
later, the US Government was bankrupted again, this time resulting
in any link to gold being removed from the US dollar in 1971.

The years of
1970 and 1971 should especially be remembered as terrible years…
interestingly, all under the Nixon years, although not all of it
was completely his fault. On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day
was founded… a despicable, anti-human idea that still haunts us
to this day with the "global warming" scam. To see literally
hundreds of shocking, genocidal quotes emanating from the environmental
moment, check out this website:
Here is just one, "Isn’t the only hope for the planet that
the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsiblity
to bring that about?" ~ Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environment

Then, on June
17, 1971, Richard Nixon launched the heinous "war on drugs"
which, to date, has killed and incarcerated millions and spent over
a trillion dollars in the process while making the world a much
less free place. The triumvirate was fulfilled with gold backing
being completely removed from the US dollar on August 15, 1971.
Since then, the fate of the US has been written in stone. After
1970, we never refer to the US as "America" anymore…
because it isn’t.

It took nearly
another forty years for the effects of all these events to destroy
the viability of the US. And now, Americans, in many ways, are more
indebted and enslaved than any other people in the history of the


The US Government,
which under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), has
$75 trillion in debts and liabilities, meaning that for each American,
there is over $245,000 in federal government debt and liabilities.
Or, nearly $1 million per family of four. And this does not take
into account state, municipal and personal debt. By this measure,
no other people in history has ever been more indebted.

Dorli Rainey,
84, Pepper Sprayed in SeattleAnd, with the Patriot Act and literally
thousands of other acts, rules, regulations and laws, Americans
also can make a case for being the most enslaved in human history.
You could say North Koreans are more enslaved in that they are not
allowed to leave their own country. But, at least once they escape
their own country they will have the option and ability to open
a financial account anywhere else in the world… unlike Americans,
whose IRS and Government have made it so onerous for international
brokerages and financial institutions to open an account for an
American that most US citizens are persona-non-grata outside of
their own borders.

Inside their
borders, as Americans get tazed, pepper sprayed, beaten and caged
on a regular basis, they are beginning to realize that the land
of the free and home of the brave was a catchy jingle from centuries
ago. It is now the land of the fee, home of the slave.


Today, as the
American government works to erect a wall and conducts unmanned
drone flights on the border with Canada, many in the US are awakening
to the fact that they are becoming trapped.

The US Government
has even made it so all student debt is now completely inextinguishable
in bankruptcy… meaning that for students who wasted 4-8 years
of their life getting what is often a worthless piece of paper and
six figures of debt, they will be enslaved for life and, as we are
predicting at TDV, will be forced into the military to pay off their


In an erstwhile
change of fortune, what was once the best place to be born, between
1623-1970 has now become one of the worst. Only those born in North
Korea and Cuba, and a handful of other despotic regimes, can be
said to be much worse off.

Take this Thanksgiving
holiday to re-assess how and where you want to live. The US still
allows international travel and does not have complete capital controls
in place – although the ever-present "customs officials"
hiding down every walkway to most international flights and cash
sniffing dogs in many US airports now hints to the fact that the
infrastructure is now in place to restrict capital.

Give thanks,
this year, to free-market technologies such as the internet which
allow many of us to live wherever we are best treated and to establish
our finances and affairs in such a way so as to not be under direct
assault by government at every twist and turn.

Take this opportunity
to internationalize
your IRA
, move your financial assets into hard assets like gold
and silver, and get
a foreign passport
. And, if possible, investigate expatriating
to almost any other country in the world. Almost any other country,
with a few exceptions, is sure to be freer and less indebted than
the US at this point.

By looking
to leave the US at this point you will be following in the footsteps
of America’s founders who fled countries in which they were heavily
oppressed or enslaved or where there were no opportunities of creating
a successful life. Take time this year to remember this spirit and
remember what John Milton stated in 1666, "Our country is wherever
we are well off".

Reprinted with permission
from The Dollar Vigilante.

25, 2011

Berwick [send him mail]
is an anarcho-capitalist freedom fighter and Chief Editor of the
libertarian, Austrian economics grounded newsletter, The
Dollar Vigilante
. The Dollar Vigilante focuses on strategies,
investments and expatriation opportunities to survive & prosper
during and after the US dollar collapse.

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