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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Payback! Hundreds of Homeowners Associations Threaten Banks With Foreclosure by Laura Gottesdiener

Florida is one of the states hardest hit by foreclosures, and there are nearly a half-million foreclosed houses now standing vacant and often slowly deteriorating. When a bank forecloses on a house, evicts the family and then repossesses the property, it also assumes responsibility for maintaining the home and yard and paying homeowner or condo association fees. Yet, some of the nation’s largest and richest banks have been unable or unwilling to upkeep their properties – prompting neighbors across Florida to declare enough is enough.

Happening everywhere in Florida.

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Obsessed by Megalomania: Interview with Hans-Hermann Hoppe

Are taxes nothing but protection money? The state a kind of mafia? Democracy a fraud? Philosopher Hans-Hermann Hoppe is not only considered one of the most prominent pioneering intellectuals of the libertarian movement, but also perhaps the sharpest critic of the Western political system.

And the protection is lame.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Retiring Rep. Ron Paul Becomes First Republican To Rip NRA’s Plan for Armed Guards at Schools, Saying That It Would Create 'Orwellian Surveillance State'

Outgoing Republican Senator Ron Paul from Texas took on the National Rifle Association this week, arguing that the gun lobby's recent proposal to place armed guards at every U.S. school is 'just another kind of violence.'

A sane voice.

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Tools of Tyranny: Andrew P. Napolitano

NAPOLITANO: Right. Right. He, of course, jailed newspaper publishers who disagreed with him. But this jailing people who failed to defend him, of course, was absurd. I mean, he was a tyrant and a dictator.

For Lincoln defenders.

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Sweden’s War on Cash Runs Into a Wall – and a Heroic Bank by Joseph T. Salerno

The war on cash in Sweden may be stalling. The anti-cash movement has been vigorously promoted by major Swedish commercial banks as well as the Riksbank, the Swedish central bank. In fact, for three of the four major Swedish banks combined, 530 of their 780 office no longer accept or pay out cash. In the case of the Nordea Bank, 200 of its 300 branches are now cashless, and three-quarters of Swedbank’s branches no longer handle cash. As Peter Borsos, a spokesman for Swedbank, freely admits, his bank is working “actively to reduce the [amount] of cash in society.” The reasons for this push toward a cashless society, of course, have nothing to do with pumping up earnings from bank card fees or, more important, freeing fractional-reserve banks from the constraints of bank runs. No, according to Borsos, the reasons are the environment, cost, and security: ”We ourselves emit 700 tons of carbon dioxide by cash transport. It costs society 11 billion per year. And cash helps robberies everywhere.” Hans Jacobson, head of Nordea Bank, argues similarly: ”Our mission is to make people understand the point of cards, cards are more secure than cash.”

Sure it is.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Ron Paul on NRA Safety Plan: Government Security Just Another Kind of Violence

Only one week after 20-year-old Adam Lanza opened fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed more than two people, NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre called on Friday for the government to pay for armed officers in schools across the country. In response, Rep. Paul said, “Government security is just another kind of violence.

unreal -

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

How Diet and Supplements Can Help Prevent Migraines by Joseph Mercola

In a 1979 study published in the Lancet,4 60 migraineurs with food antigen immunoreactivity who were put on an elimination diet experienced profound relief. According to the author:

"The commonest foods causing reactions were wheat (78 percent), orange (65 percent), eggs (45 percent), tea and coffee (40 percent each), chocolate and milk (37 percent) each), beef (35 percent), and corn, cane sugar, and yeast (33 percent each).

When an average of 10 common foods were avoided there was a dramatic fall in the number of headaches per month, 85 percent of patients becoming headache-free. The 25 percent of patients with hypertension became normotensive. Chemicals in the home environment can make this testing difficult for outpatients. Both immunological and non-immunological mechanisms may play a part in the pathogenesis of migraine caused by food intolerance."

I no longer get migraines, but I am not giving up coffee.

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Government Security Is Just Another Kind of Violence by Ron Paul

Our freedoms as Americans preceded gun control laws, the TSA, or the Department of Homeland Security. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference, not by safety. It is easy to clamor for government security when terrible things happen; but liberty is given true meaning when we support it without exception, and we will be safer for it.

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Government Security Is Just Another Kind of Violence by Ron Paul

While I certainly agree that more guns equals less crime and that private gun ownership prevents many shootings, I don’t agree that conservatives and libertarians should view government legislation, especially at the federal level, as the solution to violence. Real change can happen only when we commit ourselves to rebuilding civil society in America, meaning a society based on family, religion, civic and social institutions, and peaceful cooperation through markets. We cannot reverse decades of moral and intellectual decline by snapping our fingers and passing laws.

Manners still count.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Copyblogger on 2013

Source: via Charles on Pinterest 2013: The Year of the Online Writer"So, the rest of the business world might start to realize just how much great writers are worth. Well, a lot of writers have already realized it, and have clued in to the fact that they don’t need

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We’re Going To Be in a New Recession – John Williams by Greg Hunter

Monday, December 17, 2012

Seth's Blog: Ridiculous is the new remarkable

If it's not ridiculous, it's hard to imagine it resonating with the people who will invest time and energy to spread the word. The magic irony is that the ridiculous plan is actually the most sensible...

Ridiculous is even important for your authority site.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

How the State Will Die | Laissez-Faire Bookstore

Every act of entrepreneurship is revolutionary and rooted in the anarchist spirit. It strikes at the heart of the status quo. It dares to be dissatisfied with what is. It imagines something new and better. It brings about unexpected, unapproved, and progressive change by adding a new dimension of experience to how we understand ourselves and how we interact with others.

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Seth Godin on Promotion

Seth Godin: Source: via Charles on Pinterest The short head, the long tail and buying expensive scaffolding"The magic of the long tail is that it's open to everyone. The danger in overinvesting in the hype machine and the turboboost of outbound marketing is th

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Why Publishers Hate Writers

Why Publishers Hate Writers

The Zen of Why Publishers Hate Writers  -

Why Publishers Hate Writers

Writers. Can't edit them. Can't shoot'em. Publishers hate writers. Book publishers especially hate your guts. In actuality, magazine publishers are not that fond of writers. either. Editors - they can tolerate us, well, because they have to. The whole point of my recent efforts online is t

Uncover Why Publishers Hate Writers -

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

More Options Opening for EU Residence Through Investment by Mark Nestmann

More Options Opening for EU Residence Through Investment

by Mark Nestmann
The Nestmann Group, Ltd.

Recently by Mark Nestmann: Warning: Avoid Black Market and Grey Market Passports!

The ongoing economic crisis in the European Union has led the governments of Ireland and Portugal to ease the path to residence – and eventual citizenship – for well-heeled migrants. Spain is considering a similar initiative, which is even more attractive due to lower investment requirements.

Ireland has introduced several initiatives to wealthy investors into its depressed economy. In exchange, the government will give you and your family a residence permit. And, if you don’t mind spending at least five years in Ireland’s cold, damp weather, you’ll eventually qualify for Irish citizenship and passport.

The least expensive option requires that you make a one-time contribution (not an investment) of €500,000 (about US$650,000) to a qualifying public project. Alternatively, you can:

  • Invest €1 million in a new Irish business, including one that you establish
  • Invest €2 million in a five-year bond that pays 1% interest annually, or
  • Invest €1 million in an investment that consists of €500,000 of real estate and €500,000 in government securities. A single €1 million investment in distressed property may also qualify. You cannot invest in rental property; you must either live in the property or invest in real estate that will clearly benefit Ireland.

You need not actually live in Ireland to maintain legal residence under any of these initiatives. However, to prove entitlement to Irish citizenship and passport, you must demonstrate five years of physical residence in Ireland over an eight-year period. You must also demonstrate good conduct and some level of integration of fluency in English, but this latter requirement will be easy for most of our readers to meet.

Ireland is a member of the European Union, so an Irish passport entitles you to live and work in any EU country. For non-U.S. citizens, it also provides visa-free access to the United States and Canada. Unlike numerous other EU countries, Ireland also permits dual citizenship.

For more information, click here. The Nestmann Group, Ltd. does not currently assist with acquiring Irish residence.

The rules to acquire a “golden residence permit” in Portugal require you to make one of the following investments in Portugal and maintain it for five years or longer:

  • Acquire real estate valued at €500,000 or more
  • Transfer €1 million or more of capital to a bank in Portugal or investment in shares on the Portuguese stock exchange
  • Create a business in Portugal resulting in 30 or more full-time jobs for Portuguese residents.

As with Ireland, you must be lawfully resident in Portuguese territory for an extended period to qualify for residence. The minimum period of physical residence to qualify is six years. In addition, you must demonstrate substantial integration into Portuguese life, including proven proficiency in the Portuguese language

Like Ireland, Portuguese citizens may live and work in any other EU country and enter the United States and Canada visa-free.

For more information, click here. You can download a brochure describing the options for the golden residence permit here. The Nestmann Group, Ltd. does not currently assist with acquiring Portuguese residence.

I’ve saved the best for last. Spain is considering granting residence permits to foreigners who invest €160,000 more in a Spanish home. The proposal is now before the Spanish parliament, so it’s unlikely to come into effect before the end of 2012. With nearly 670,000 unsold dwelling in Spain, there are plenty of homes to choose from to qualify.

Unfortunately, you must reside in Spain for 10 years to qualify for Spanish citizenship and passport. In addition, you must give up previous nationalities when you become a Spanish citizen.

I believe the initiatives taken by Ireland, Portugal, and possibly Spain are a harbinger of developments to come. As the global economic crisis slowly grinds forward, more and more countries will begin competing for well-heeled foreign investment, and offer legal residence as part of the package. Keep reading our blog – we’ll keep you posted.

December 6, 2012

Mark Nestmann [send him mail] is a journalist with more than 20 years of investigative experience and is a charter member of The Sovereign Society’s Council of Experts. He has authored over a dozen books and many additional reports on wealth preservation, privacy and offshore investing. Mark serves as president of his own international consulting firm, The Nestmann Group, Ltd. The Nestmann Group provides international wealth preservation services for high-net worth individuals. Mark is an Associate Member of the American Bar Association (member of subcommittee on Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers, Committee on Taxation) and member of the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2005, he was awarded a Masters of Laws (LL.M) degree in international tax law at the Vienna (Austria) University of Economics and Business Administration.

Copyright © 2012 Mark Nestmann

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bradley Manning: A Window Into the American Soul by Paul Craig Roberts

On November 29 Bradley Manning testified in federal court about his illegal confinement and torture by the US government. Manning’s testimony was not covered by the US media. The New York Times, in Chris Floyd’s words, “contented itself with a brief bit of wire copy from AP, tucked away on page 3.”

In contrast, the British Guardian covered Manning’s testimony in detail in two stories 68 paragraphs long. The British people are informed of the US government’s crimes against humanity in violation of international law and US law, but not the American people.

A formal United Nations investigations into the illegal, brutal and inhuman treatment of Bradley Manning denounced his treatment as “cruel and inhuman.” The US State Department spokesman, Col. P.J. Crowley, resigned after publicly protesting Manning’s illegal and inhuman treatment by the US government.

why you should watch BBC on your cable network -

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Their Proper Name by Eric Peters

Ask any lawyer about the importance of being precise – or evasive – with language. Alexander Hamilton and his federal supremacists understood. So did railroad lawyer and slave-not-freer Abe Lincoln. (For those who didn’t know, Abe only “freed” slaves he had no power to liberate – in the Confederate States. Slaves under his control – including slaves held by his chief warlord U.S. Grant, remained most un-free for the duration of the war.) Bill Clinton was a masterful practitioner of the Art of Word (I did not have sex with that woman…). Which, by certain Talmudic parsings, he didn’t. Not exactly. Wiggle room, you see. Of a piece with Hamilton’s brilliant flim-flam about the “general welfare.”

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Dollar's Decline Catches Up With U.S. Mint by Bob Adelmann

First was the announcement on November 26 from Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner that the U.S. Mint will begin removing pennies and nickels from circulation starting the first of the year, supposedly because they’re too expensive to make. It costs the mint nearly 5 cents to make each penny while it costs more than 16 cents to make a nickel. This is costing the mint a lot of money, an estimated $187 million last year alone. - money is worth more than face value

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Zen of Why He Lies and Cheats

The Zen of Why He Lies and Cheats


If you are a woman, you have been lied to by a man.  You have been lied to by each man you have ever loved.  Can you stop the guy you adore from lying and cheating?  -


It's difficult to understand, but guys lie to women all the time. 


Small stuff...


Huge stuff...


About things that do not seem to be of importance at all . . . 




Exactly why can't he simply tell the truth?


My friend Michael Fiore (a nationally recognized relationship expert who has assisted thousands of women) says there are really 3 reasons that men lie to women (and two of them are truly pretty simple . . . here's the first one that tends to SHOCK many women.)


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Calculators Are Not the Enemy by Jeremiah Dyke

Now, clearly this says nothing about understanding the material, but, on paper, would an individual truly be able to tell the difference between the traditional paper-pencil student and the calculator student when taking standardized tests? Let me pose a question, is it possible for a student to have more understanding of the significance and methodology of a problem but be more dependent upon technology to solve it? Let me approach this problem from a different angle. For instance, in academia, I work alongside many engineers who are also adjunct math professors. They tell me they use very little of their mathematical training in their day job and many have mentioned that they have nearly forgotten much of their math training. This says nothing about their abilities as engineers; they've simply outsourced much of their work to software applications. The math training they went through is much more a symbol of their ability and reliability than their productivity, yet, the question still remains. Is it possible for a student to have more understanding of the significance and methodology of a problem but be more dependent upon technology to solve it? To answer this question we need to discuss the parts of a math problem. 

Teaching advanced math wastes more educational resources than anything else.

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Stirrings of Secession by Patrick J. Buchanan

The West is decomposing.

British Tories seek to cut ties to the European Union. Scots want to leave Britain. Catalans vote to divorce from Spain, to which they have been wedded since the 15th century. Flemish talk of leaving Walloons behind in Belgium. Northern Europeans are weary of carrying their profligate southern brethren and muse about cutting Greece adrift and letting it float out into the Mediterranean.

And Americans are already seceding from one another – ethnically, culturally, politically. Middle-class folks flee high-tax California, as Third World immigrants, legal and illegal, pour in to partake of the cornucopia of social welfare benefits the Golden Land dispenses.

High-tax states like New York now send tens of thousands of pension checks to Empire State retirees in tax-free Florida. Communities of seniors are rising that look like replicas of the suburbs of the 1950s. People gravitate toward their own kind. Call it divorce, American-style.

Won't happen, but it's a good thought.

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Doug Casey on Karma – Metaphysics for Life

Inside the Mind of a Multimillionaire

Did you ever wonder how famous investors and self-made multimillionaires think – what it is that makes them so successful? Then you should let Doug Casey give you a piece of his mind.

Doug's new book, TOTALLY INCORRECT, showcases radical libertarian thinking and unwavering free-market advocacy… not to mention his irreverent and hugely entertaining personality.

"There is no other modern American critic who is half as brilliant. Doug is the only person on the scene today who could rightfully claim Mencken's mantle. What's in this book will show you the world in a new light. It will allow you to see the world as it really is... which is a gift everyone should enjoy."

– Porter Stansberry, founder and CEO of Stansberry & Associates Investment Research

Special, limited-time offer: Pre-order a paperback copy of TOTALLY INCORRECT today and save 45% off the bookstore price. Click here for details.

Looking forward to this one.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Copyright Cripples Knowledge

Copyright: Source: via Charles on Pinterest Copyright Law: Standing in the Way of Progress"Did Germany experience rapid industrial expansion in the 19th century due to an absence of copyright law? A German historian [Eckhard Höffner] argues that the massive proliferation

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Copyright Law: Standing in the Way of Progress

The lack of copyright protection in Germany allowed for the easy proliferation of material, thus providing the material for the rapidly expanding knowledge in the German population. This progress was seen, most directly, in the rapid industrialization of German society.

copyright is being killed off by the Internet - will knowledge explode again -

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Permission Slips Instead of Rights by Eric Peters

Our slavery is ingenious because it’s so very subtle. Most people not only don’t see (much less feel) their shackles – they get angry when someone calls attention to them. Most people, in other words, still imagine themselves to be free. This despite the obvious fact that they must first beg – and obtain – permission before they may exercise any of their former natural rights.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Parting Company by Walter E. Williams

For decades, it has been obvious that there are irreconcilable differences between Americans who want to control the lives of others and those who wish to be left alone. Which is the more peaceful solution: Americans using the brute force of government to beat liberty-minded people into submission or simply parting company? In a marriage, where vows are ignored and broken, divorce is the most peaceful solution. Similarly, our constitutional and human rights have been increasingly violated by a government instituted to protect them. Americans who support constitutional abrogation have no intention of mending their ways.

Divorce yourself personally. and

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This week on Whiteboard Friday I wanted to talk a little bit about why you might want to do SEO on somebody else's site. This might seem a little bit strange, because in SEO we learn very early on that putting all of your content on one domain, putting all of your links to that domain, doing all of your SEO work on a single domain is much, much better than spreading out your efforts, not just from an effort and protocol perspective, but also from a rankings perspective, because of domain authority, because of how domains and an individual sub-domain inherits domain authority and link metrics and all these kinds of tings,

But weirdly enough there are some cases when it might make great sense to do SEO on somebody else's site. Now the classic example that you'll always hear is reputation management., meaning I want to control the search results for my brand name or my brand names because I don't want anybody else getting in there or saying something bad about me or having the ability to draw away my traffic.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Jeff Clark: So How Many Ounces of Gold (or Silver) Should You Own?

They tackle head-on many of the questions weary precious metals investors are wondering after enduing the volatile yet range-bound price action of gold and silver over the past year:

  • Have the fundamentals for owning gold & silver changed over the past year? No
  • What are they? currency devaluation/crisis, supply-chain risk, ore grade depletion
  • How should retail investors own gold? Mostly physical metal, some quality mining majors (avoid the indices), and ETFs only for trading
  • Is gold in a bubble? No
  • Could gold get re-monetized? Quite possibly
  • Where is gold flowing? From the West to the East. At some point, capital controls will be put in place

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You Can't Secede...Because We're Exiling You! by Jeff Berwick

On January 20th of this year we penned an article entitled, "Forced Expatriation Coming to the USSA".  In it we stated, "We can clearly see that the United Soviet States of America is putting in place the necessary tools to be able to strip whoever it likes of the so-called 'privilege' of being a US citizen."  And, yet again, it looks as though it is coming to pass.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar | Natural Health & Organic Living Blog

Benefits of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar mixed in 4 ounces of purified water after a meal has been used as a natural remedy for heartburn and as a replacement for toxic heartburn medications.
  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar may help improve bowel irregularity, thereby removing toxins from the body at a faster rate.
  • Helps clear up skin conditions and blemishes giving a smoother texture and complexion.
  • Raw Apple Cider vinegar may also help with joint pain and stiffness.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar helps to break down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them. For this reason, many diets include ACV in their regimen.
  • On a small scale, ACV was studied by researchers at Arizona State University. The preliminary study was published in the Diabetes Care journal. It reported that ACV helps reduce levels of glucose.

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Government Plans Retirement Heist, Calls It Charity by Jeff Berwick

You see, productivity has increased, but wages have stagnated, and yet prices are rising. This is the “middle class squeeze” that is at the core of the so-called retirement crisis. People are simply not able to save enough to one day live without a wage. But it's not because of the decline in pensions. After all, the idea of a pension is in itself very 20th century, based on the assumption that an individual will spend most or all of his working years at one company and therefore have a chance to build up significant pension benefits. This idea does not fit the new, much better economy in which an individual is likely to have a plethora of employers over his working lifetime.

Retirement is an industrial era concept that will not endure.

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Cuba: No More Exit Visas! by Mark Nestmann

Cuba: No More Exit Visas!

by Mark Nestmann
The Nestmann Group, Ltd.

Recently by Mark Nestmann: Feds Expand Definition of 'Cash' to Include Stored Value Cards

One of my favorite countries in the Caribbean is the Republic of Cuba. Earlier this month, I visited Cuba once again and found more positive changes underway.

On October 14, the Official Gazette announced a change in migratory regulations. Effective Jan. 14, 2013, the government will finally eliminate the exit visa, long an irritant and object of anger and frustration. Cubans wishing to travel abroad no longer will require a “Letter of Invitation,” nor submit to background checks and approvals and pay a high application fee.

Naturally, there are exceptions. The Gazette speaks of protecting the “human capital” of the Revolution. This likely means that the government may restrict the right of highly-educated professionals (e.g., physicians) to travel abroad. In addition, the government retains the right to restrict issuance of passports. Further, various government ministries will present a list of individuals who won’t have the right to travel abroad.

Of course, these restrictions aren’t so different from those the United States already has in place to restrict or repudiate passports. U.S. citizens can have their passports cancelled or non-renewed for offenses ranging from failing to make child support to being declared an “enemy of the state.”

Most Cubans I spoke to are happy about the end of the exit visa. The chief of immigration announced on television that the orders that came from above were to facilitate quickly all applications for passports. However, more sophisticated Cubans understand there are some less desirable implications as well. For instance, they believe – and I agree – that foreign embassies will “tighten up” on the issuance of entry visas for Cuban nationals.

Take, for instance, the USA. If Cubans can now leave their country freely, what will become of the Cuban Adjustment Act, that was signed during the Johnson Administration? This law gives any Cuban citizen admitted into the United States after January 1, 1959 and physically present for at least one year, to be admissible to the United States as a permanent resident. Unless the United States is prepared for a big influx of new Cuban residents, it will need to amend this law.

As a citizen of the Commonwealth of Dominica, I can visit Cuba anytime without restrictions. This is in marked contrast to U.S. citizens, who must obtain a “license” from the U.S. Treasury to spend money in Cuba. These restrictions are part of the longstanding U.S. embargo of Cuba, originally placed in force more than 50 years ago by President John F. Kennedy.

Ironically, after Jan. 14, 2013, Cuban citizens will be more free and less regulated by their government to visit the USA than U.S. citizens will be to visit Cuba. I’ve often said that Cuba and the United States are moving toward each other, but in different directions. The latest initiative from Cuba proves my point!

November 22, 2012

Mark Nestmann [send him mail] is a journalist with more than 20 years of investigative experience and is a charter member of The Sovereign Society’s Council of Experts. He has authored over a dozen books and many additional reports on wealth preservation, privacy and offshore investing. Mark serves as president of his own international consulting firm, The Nestmann Group, Ltd. The Nestmann Group provides international wealth preservation services for high-net worth individuals. Mark is an Associate Member of the American Bar Association (member of subcommittee on Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers, Committee on Taxation) and member of the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2005, he was awarded a Masters of Laws (LL.M) degree in international tax law at the Vienna (Austria) University of Economics and Business Administration.

Copyright © 2012 Mark Nestmann

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Renounce Citizenship Keyword Phrase

News You Can Use: Source: via Charles on Pinterest Renouncing Citizenship"According to Google’s trend analysis, keyword searches for terms like “renounce citizenship” have soared in the past week." COMMENTS: Even if Romney had been elected, renouncing ci - in 2013, it won't be pretty

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Monday, November 12, 2012

'Renounce Citizenship' Is Now One of the Fastest-Growing Search Terms in Google by Simon Black

The frustration and apprehension is understandable. I can’t begin to tell you how many emails we’ve received over the last few days, mostly from US citizens who reached their breaking points, asking “where can I get a second passport?”

A second passport feels like a way out – a solid insurance policy. And that’s true to a degree. But let’s talk about what a second passport is… versus what it isn’t.

Most importantly, a second passport is like an insurance policy. Rather than protecting you from risks of fires, floods, and fender benders, though, a second passport helps protect against sovereign risks.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

The $20 ad campaign: small businesses find alternatives to Google AdWords — paidContent

Instead of buying a search keyword like they do with Google Adwords, advertisers like can pay Outbrain and Virurl to act as distributors for their messages. They supply the message in the form of a link to a piece of content — a picture, a story or a video. Outbrain and Virurl then spray the link across the web via third party publishers and on social media sites like Tumblr and Twitter.

Just came across the idea for WPC except that writers form a guild or co-op instead of paying others.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Lull Before the Social Storm by Jack D. Douglas

Vast social revolutions and wars are often preceded by periods of giving up on reforms, despairing withdrawal from public life by the best and brightest, and even peacefulness which seems to have become the normal condition in spite of deep conflicts and growing crises beneath the surfaces of public life. Often, earlier periods of intense conflicts and crises have been overcome and resolved, so it comes to look like that is the normal in life. This lulls most people into assuming their worse fears cannot happen, but this leads them to lowering their guards against growing conflicts and crises, so small ones can more easily cascade down into massive ones. If people expected they could become vast wars or revolutions or implosions, they would take more precautions to prevent that. But when lulled in expecting the worst cannot happen, the worst than they could ever imagine often explodes suddenly.

Prepare on an individual level.

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E-Book Smackdown: Who Should Control Pricing — Publishers Or Amazon? — paidContent

There’s no question that being a major player in a market that is in the process of being disrupted is not pleasant. Amazon is doing everything it can to not just drive down e-book prices but to disintermediate publishers in a number of other ways, including signing up authors to its own imprint. If you are a giant corporation that is used to controlling the marketplace to a large extent — both in terms of supply and in terms of pricing — then watching a new competitor wrest some of that control away from you is hard to do.

This is just the beginning of the war. Publisher Amazon vs. Traditional publishers. It has to go further. Writers as publishers calling the shots.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The PurifiCup Is an All-Purpose Water Filter, Removing Even Fluoride! by Lisa Bedford

The PurifiCup is a great solution for always having pure water. When I tested the PurifiCup for myself, I was impressed with the simple, effective design and the completely pure taste of the water.

In the wake of Sandy, or as an ideal solution for perpetual travelers, the PurifiCup looks like a winner.

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A Public 'Thank You' by Butler Shaffer

I think it is correct to say that Western Civilization has collapsed; its creative, liberating, and humanizing foundations destroyed by the collective forces of institutionalized violence. American and European countries – long the seats of Western culture – are at the end of an entropic decline. At the same time, however, I have long suspected that we are in the early stages of a transformation in thinking that is producing major changes in how we live and work with one another in society. The vertically-structured systems of centralized authority are being replaced by horizontal networks that interconnect in decentralized, voluntary ways. The Internet – which has expanded the liberating and creative capacities inhering in Gutenberg’s invention – is the most visible expression of what I think of as the "unfolding civilization."

I hope the Internet is a force for peace.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

A Surrender of Sorts by Fred Reed

Something alike happens in America, and one wonders – I wonder, anyway – how can this be? In little more than a decade, the Constitution has died, the economy welters in irreversible decline, we have perpetual war, all power lies in the hands of the executive, the police are supreme, and a surveillance beyond Orwell’s imaginings falls into place.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Carlo Ponzi, Alias Uncle Sam by Gary North

Every Ponzi scheme involves five elements:

  1. A promise of statistically impossible high returns
  2. An investment story that makes no sense economically
  3. Greedy investors who want something for nothing
  4. A willing suspension of disbelief by investors
  5. Investors' angry rejection of exposures by investigators

Strangely, most Ponzi schemes involve a sixth element: the unwillingness of the con man to quit and flee when he still can. Bernie Madoff is the supreme example. But Ponzi himself established the tradition.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

What You Should Know About Inflation

In order to begin a discussion of the topic, it is necessary to first define what the term inflation actually means. The correct definition is an increase in a nation’s supply of money and credit. In more recent times it has become informal practice to refer to inflation as a general rise in prices. Hazlitt, however, points out that the two meanings are not equivalent, and the failure to grasp this distinction inevitably leads to confusing cause with effect. Inflation, in its proper definition, is almost always the result of government’s monetary and fiscal policies.

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The Virtual Recovery by Paul Craig Roberts

Since mid-2009 the US has been enjoying a virtual recovery courtesy of a rigged inflation measure that understates inflation. The financial Presstitutes spoon out the government’s propaganda that prices are rising less than 2%. But anyone who purchases food, fuel, medical care or anything else knows that low inflation is no more real that Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction or Gadhafi’s alleged attacks on Libyan protesters or Iran’s nuclear weapons. Everything is a lie to serve the power-brokers.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Libertarian Anarchy by David Gordon

Libertarian Anarchy would have delighted Murray Rothbard. In this book, a distinguished Irish philosopher defends forcefully and eloquently Rothbardian anarchism. Like Rothbard, Casey considers the state a criminal organization, one that by its nature violates essential human rights. To those who say that whatever its failings, the state is nevertheless indispensable, Casey refuses to give ground. Anarchy would not, contrary to its detractors, land us in lawless chaos: law can and has evolved independently of the state.

need to relaunch

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Exposing Qody's Redirector

Qody's Redirector Confidential

Sadly, some of the absolute best plugins are fee-based, not free of charge. John at has incorporated a number of Wordpress plugins that operate in concert to create income from your authority blogs and entire TLDs - WITHOUT having to post a banner or text affiliate link for the world to observe.

1. As best I can determine, Qody's Redirector (Alejandro) is a concealed iframe redirect which takes EVERY visitor from your site to a page or affiliate link of your choice upon exit from your site.

2. With the standard edition, upon certain triggers, surfers are sent to a full screen affiliate sales page or any other webpage of your choosing, not a popup.

3. Straight-to-page compulsory redirect. The tried and true redirect action takes the visitor directly to the destination URL.

4. Alejandro can redirect site visitors to the same page throughout the entire site or to different pages to match the subject of your posts.

5. The pro version of Alejandro permits you trigger a redirect when a visitor is viewing a trusted authority site, such as Wikipedia or the Huffington Post. When that visitor tries to exit, your own custom redirect is triggered - be it an advertisement popup, immediate redirect to an offer page, you name it.

6. You can earn money from your authority blog without Google Adsense or affiliate links and banners showing making for a cleaner experience for surfers.

7. Shroud links by immediately sending them to a different url than the one visible. Necessitate their attention by using an alert prompt to temporary lock the browser until they choose "Ok" or "Cancel".

Qody's Redirector could be one of the safest and best bets for building up niche blogs and making money before your niche/expert popularity is established. As a rule, iframes are not indexed by the search spiders and should not be penalized.

Each post and webpage on your blog can now earn income.


Thoroughly test.  Make money.  Take advantage of the 30 day money back guarantee.

If you have multiple domains, a Qody Nexus subscription may be more economical. ~

Full 30 day guarantee.

If you decide that the suite of plugins is not for you, you can unsubscribe and you nevertheless own your original standard plugin.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Observations About Qody's Redirector

A force to reckon with, Alejandro commands a lot of respect - and consequently doesn't have much sense of humor. He ensures complete efficient compliance from every visitor, squeezing every last drop of value out of the traffic. Unfortunately, some of the absolute best plugins are premium, no

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What Why He Lies and Cheats Might Teach Us

What Why He Lies and Cheats Might Teach Us

As cheating was a better reproductive strategy over monogamy, all men and women who are alive in the present day are descendants of people, who for millions of years, had the inclination or the desire to cheat on a "spouse".  Simply put, we have inherited this trait from our ancestors - it is a part of our human nature.  This does not connote that everybody will cheat on a partner or that individuals are completely conscious of their unconscious sexual wishes.

Several crucial distinctions between men and women when it comes to cheating:

1. Men regularly cheat with less attractive women although women cheat to move up socially.  Women often don't understand "how could he have an affair with HER".

2. Men seek physical, one-night stands instead of emotional affairs.

3. Men who cheat are not automatically thinking of ending their relationship.  Women get drawn in emotionally before physically and are frequently ready to move on.

4. Men are more likely to again and again cheat, or to cheat with numerous other women.

Discover the True Reasons ALL Guys Lie To Women They Feel affection for And Learn How To Uncover How He Really Feels About You Without Him Saying A Word...

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Mitt Romney: The Great Deformer by David Stockman

So the vast outpouring of LBOs in recent decades has been the consequence of bad policy, not the product of capitalist enterprise. I know this from 17 years of experience doing leveraged buyouts at one of the pioneering private-equity houses, Blackstone, and then my own firm. I know the pitfalls of private equity. The whole business was about maximizing debt, extracting cash, cutting head counts, skimping on capital spending, outsourcing production, and dressing up the deal for the earliest, highest-profit exit possible. Occasionally, we did invest in genuine growth companies, but without cheap debt and deep tax subsidies, most deals would not make economic sense.

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Mitt Romney: The Great Deformer by David Stockman

Bain Capital is a product of the Great Deformation. It has garnered fabulous winnings through leveraged speculation in financial markets that have been perverted and deformed by decades of money printing and Wall Street coddling by the Fed. So Bain’s billions of profits were not rewards for capitalist creation; they were mainly windfalls collected from gambling in markets that were rigged to rise.

Nevertheless, Mitt Romney claims that his essential qualification to be president is grounded in his 15 years as head of Bain Capital, from 1984 through early 1999. According to the campaign’s narrative, it was then that he became immersed in the toils of business enterprise, learning along the way the true secrets of how to grow the economy and create jobs. The fact that Bain’s returns reputedly averaged more than 50 percent annually during this period is purportedly proof of the case – real-world validation that Romney not only was a striking business success but also has been uniquely trained and seasoned for the task of restarting the nation’s sputtering engines of capitalism.

Important to know the difference.

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The Affiliate Marketing Process | Get Serious, Or Go Home

Those who do make money in affiliate marketing tend to stay away from the typical guru stuff and focus on something they know about. They carve out for themselves a simple niche that sometimes grows bigger than they even imagined.

Especially with the latest algorithm changes at Google emphasizing unique, quality content, junk SEO/backlinks waste too much time. Create your authority site/blog and monetize.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fortune Stikes

Fortune Stikes for Writers: Never in the history of mankind has their been individual writers who control not only their own content but all forms of publishing by using the Internet. Publishing is not just a commodity - it's free. While I don't recommend "Bum Marketing" as a business model, it can

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Authority Blog Conundrum

Authority Blog Conundrum: Web definitions: Jon Kleinberg, an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University, wrote a paper that described a means of identifying websites that were hubs and authorities in the internet community. Some say that Google may be using some of Mr. Klei

more on authority blogs at

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Motivation for a Writer-Publisher-Curator Business: I've been in tight financial spots before. I'm in one now. How do I raise at least 10 grand in the next 7 weeks to cover some obligations I have to my daughter and her higher education? All of this is from a near standing start. I'll explain later

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Vitamins – Quality and Form Count! by Margaret Durst

Vitamin is a term that applies only to a specific group of organic, or carbon containing compounds that are essential to good health and normal functioning of the body. For a vitamin to be identified as such, its deficiency must result in identifiable and reproducible symptoms of disease.

Want to know the ones that aid in brain function.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Global Climate Warming Stopped 15 Years Ago

News You Can Use: Global Climate Warming Stopped 15 Years Ago, UK Met Office Admits”Despite playing a key role in advancing climate change hysteria, the United Kingdom’s National Weather Service, known as the Met Office, quietly released a report last week conceding that so-called “gl

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4 Facts Every GLD Investor Must Know by Robert Ross

Remember that physical gold is the only real weapon against governments devaluing their currencies and the runaway inflation that comes with it. Gold has been used as money for thousands of years and has historically always maintained its purchasing power, even in times of hyperinflation when paper currencies became worthless. Case in point: In the 1930s, when gold was trading at $35 per ounce, you could have bought a good-quality suit for a one-ounce coin. Today, at a price of around $1,600/oz, you can still get a good-quality suit for one ounce of gold. Try to do the same with 35 of your 1930s paper dollars.

If you want to invest in gold, take physical possession.

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Jim Rogers on Politics, Money Metals and How To Deal With an Endless Downturn by Anthony Wile

Daily Bell: Is austerity a workable solution?

Jim Rogers: Again, spending money you don't have is not a workable solution; eventually, you are going to run out of other people's money. Now, there's not really any austerity in Europe. When you look at the projections, every government in Europe shows higher deficits over the next year; nobody has real austerity. All of these countries are talking one thing but doing another thing. The debts continue to rise and that's not austerity.

Austerity can only work on a personal level. Powers that be spending everyone's money have no incentive to live lean.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How To Deal With Burnout, Get Rich Quick Schemes, Stage Fright, and Brain Explosion by James Altucher

I have to confess something. I am feeling a little bit of burnout. I’ve been doing this blog for a little more than two years. I probably write, on average, 3000 words a day seven days a week. If I am not done with my 3000 words by 9am I start to feel a little bit tense (it doesn’t happen often but it happens). I’ve published 464 posts. Five I’ve had to delete for various reasons after I published them. So 459 posts are published averaging about 2000 words each. 136 posts are in my Drafts folder because I didn’t think they were good enough to publish.

My entire Daily Practice revolves around this blog. I stay healthy so I have the energy and drive to wake up early and work on the blog. I started the blog shortly after I got married and began eliminating various negative relationships in my life. That elimination worked magic in my productivity. The blog itself is usually the way I come up with the ideas to exercise my idea muscle. I also read every day to either help with the ideas or to get inspiration from different writers I enjoy. And for me, this blog is about how to combine the spiritual with the secular, the soul with success. Every aspect of the daily practice I have outlined comes full force in how I do this blog.

May be the right prescription for writers building an authority site.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012


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Wish we had this attitude in the early 70s.

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Why Is the US Government Planning for 'Mass Fatalities'? by Simon Black

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Late last week, a bill HR 6566 was introduced on the floor of the US House of Representatives. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read it.

The bill is entitled the “Mass Fatality Planning and Religious Considerations Act,” and its stated purpose is “[to] amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide guidance and coordination for mass fatality planning…”

Hmmmm. Homeland Security. FEMA. Sounds like a fun party.

Every time I think the FEMA conspiracy theories are BS, I see articles like this.

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Are the Central Bank Vaults Empty? by Charles Goyette

The U.K. has led the pack, up 362%, followed by the United States, which is up 223% – even before QE III. China is printing money as well, up 151% during the period, the European Central Bank, 146%, and Japan, 83%.

That’s a lot of money-printing.

But take heart, because while the currencies of all those countries are absolutely, 100% fiat – redeemable in nothing but more of the same paper – the world’s central banks are said to have huge reserves of gold bullion. The U.S., U.K., the euro zone, Switzerland, Japan and the International Monetary Fund report having gold reserves of 23,349 tons among them.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Anarchist’s Diet by William Green

No. We have to go forward, through the state, to a new kind of anarchy, if at all, and maybe Sisson’s kind of thinking can help with that. If we are built for anarchy the way we are built for primal living, as I believe we are, then maybe anarchists can demonstrate the efficacy of living according to the non-aggression principle so that people will take notice, and it will grow in popularity just as the Primal/Paleo diet is doing.  Maybe droves of people will soon start to cast off statism just as they are casting off grains and sugar. And maybe we can help cast off the state by casting off grains. After all, if grains are a tool of the state, just as public education, central banking, war, and corporatism are tools of the state, then wouldn’t it help to get rid of grain? Isn’t it true that whatever strengthens the individual weakens the state? Could the Primal/Paleo diet be the anarchist and libertarian diet?

We cannot all leave the ranks of the peasants, but I can. I need this model to control my type ii diabetes.

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The Anarchist’s Diet by William Green

Diamond’s model fits well with that of sociologist Franz Oppenheimer who, in one powerful chapter, demonstrated how states have arisen time after time through a single mechanism: conquest. First, one group of people, usually nomads/herdsmen, raids, murders, pillages, conquers, rapes, and/or enslaves another, usually sedentary and agricultural.  Later, the conqueror realizes that "a murdered peasant can no longer plow," and lets his victims live so he can periodically return to take what they  have produced. This gradually evolves into a full-fledged state, where a political class lives off taxes appropriated from the productive class.

Both Oppenheimer and Diamond would predict a strong connection between state power and grain production. Oppenheimer’s model required first herdsman, people with a mobile and reliable food source, and then farmers, sedentary people who could produce an even greater food surplus to produce the state, and according to Diamond all of these things are correlated historically and geographically. Both models agree with a disturbing idea: just as agriculture is the domestication of animals and plants, the state is the domestication of humankind. The only difference is the "cattle" are not eaten directly... yet.

Never made the connection. Sounds like the Attila the Hun system.

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The Anarchist’s Diet by William Green

It came to me like a revelation on my morning commute: Bread is a tool of the state. It sounds crazy, I know, but it is clear, and in the weeks since then, the "staff of life," the very symbol of food itself, has become to me a symbol of the domestication of humankind. It has also suggested one more way I can work to strengthen the individual and weaken the state.

Next to sugar, wheat is hard to give up. And gluten is now bad for us but it tastes so good.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Collection of Thoughts by Christian Light

As of late I have been very disturbed about something. Christians and the Christian right in particular. It bothers me greatly how hawkish these people are. How they worship the state and call for more and more wars and killing. It’s sickening to me how they pervert the word of God. The Bible tells us to have no other Gods before God. But the Christian right has a God in something else. The state, and in particular the military of the state. They absolutely love the military. They can’t get enough of it. They love everything about it, the uniform, the killing, the wars, and the way of life it instills. I just don’t understand what happened. Why these individuals somehow think that the wars are moral and most even have the audacity to say that we are doing God’s work. That’s funny, isn’t Jesus called the prince of peace? Didn’t he teach us to love our enemies, to love our neighbors, to be compassionate towards others, to help others? What happened to these values? In the mind of these people War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.

Well said. I know we see it in everyday life, but few Christians are called on it.

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A Collection of Thoughts by Christian Light

As a libertarian I hate the word we. We may all be Libertarians here. Whether you are of the anarchist variety or minarchist we have one thing in common, we hate the state. As a libertarian anarchist I hate the state, I might hate it more than most anarcho-capitalists do. I hate everything it stands for. Hate is a strong word, but it describes what I feel. Why shouldn’t we use the word hate to describe how we feel toward this entity we call the state? I think we should use the word hate. After all, we are describing an institution that claims to have absolute control over us! That claims it owns us, it owns our actions. The very thought of this disgusts me. I hate the very thought of the state, the very thought of the state. I am a sovereign human being! How dare someone else tell me how I should live or what I should do with my life! I am a free human being. No government has to tell me I’m free. I know that I was born free. I don’t’ have to explain myself to anyone or any government.

And I thought I was an amateur anarchist. I have been falling behind.

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Frederick Douglass and Modern Slavery by Chris Sullivan

Drapetomania was a supposed mental disorder that caused slaves to run away from their masters. Anyone paying attention to the emigration of many Americans to freer countries might think that drapetomania is striking the wealthier classes.

Never heard the term before. But I do know that expats are leaving.

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