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Become a spectator instead of a victim

Old Town panorama of Warsaw

July 13, 2012
Warsaw, Poland

One of the things that sets Warsaw apart from every other European capital is the noticeable lack of an old city center.

Athens, Paris, London, Rome, Prague, Kiev– these cities are thousands of years old, and it shows. One of Europe’s delights, in fact, is the continent’s well-preserved architecture.

Yet despite being founded over 1,000 years ago, Warsaw is largely devoid of such splendor. Most of the city was completely demolished by the Nazis after several years of invasion, occupation, and insurrection.

It was right around this time 73-years ago, in fact, that Nazi forces began to mass at the Polish border in preparation for invasion.

Roman and Lucja Frydman enjoying a leisurely summer day with their two young daughters shortly before the Nazi invasion in 1939. Miraculously, all four survived and were reunited in 1945.

A few people here saw the obvious writing on the wall and got the hell out. Others put faith in government to resolve the problems. Others presumed there would be conflict but completely underestimated its severity.

Warsaw after the invasion

Many of those who left ended up in South America where they watched the war unfold in newspaper headlines rather than out their front window… or from behind the razor wire of a Jewish ghetto.

The example of World War II may be extreme, but history is full of other instances when people made a conscious decision to be a spectator rather than a victim.

Of course, there have also been untold millions who packed their bags and sought greener pastures overseas merely to avail themselves to the opportunities abroad.

Hanseatic peasants fled their feudal lifestyles and flocked in droves to the imperial free city of Bremen where they could be regarded as free persons and own property.

13th century Venice became the center of the merchant class universe, and intrepid youths were making fortunes under the city-state’s venture capital structures.

Smart, productive people from all over Europe went to London in the 19th century where they had a real shot of success in the country’s booming industrial economy.

As the economic tides shift today, the same trend will hold true: people will pack up and head abroad, whether in search of opportunity, to get out of Dodge, or perhaps both.

This trend has held for as long as there has been human civilization. This time is not different.  But we do have a few advantages over our ancestors.

In the past, people who wanted to safeguard their wealth and their families had to get on a plane, train, boat, or mule to make it happen.

Today, it’s possible to derive many of the same benefits of being overseas without having to even leaving your house.

For example, you can ship your savings overseas by opening a foreign bank account online, or through the mail.

You can move gold and silver abroad with a couple of phone calls and emails.

You can buy a small escape hatch in a pleasant foreign country without setting foot on an airplane.

You can even obtain another passport without leaving town.

I’d like to show you how… and why you ought to be doing these things. And I’m willing to do it for free.

As I’ve written over the last few days, I’ll be holding a special online briefing next Wednesday, July 18th.

This briefing is designed to explain what’s really happening, not just with the global economy, but with the erosion of freedom and fundamental principles of western civilization itself.

Drawing from my own extensive boots on the ground experiences in over 100 countries, the insights of influential figures that I deal with, analysis of key macroeconomic indicators, and the nearly countless examples that history provides, the briefing aims to propose what might happen next.

More importantly, I plan on giving listeners some critical solutions, with actionable information, so that they too can become spectators, not victims.

Oh, and before I forget, I’ll cap off the briefing with a special offer to join me and some of my colleagues next month at an insanely beautiful estate I’ve rented out in the Italian wine country for an intimate gathering of like minds.

I hope you join us next week for the call, and I look forward to speaking with you then.

Our goal is simple: To help you achieve personal liberty and financial prosperity no matter what happens.

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Will you be prepared when everything we take for granted changes overnight?

Just think about this for a couple of minutes. What if the U.S. Dollar wasn’t the world’s reserve currency? Ponder that… what if…

Empires Rise, they peak, they decline, they collapse, this is the cycle of history.

This historical pattern has formed and is already underway in many parts of the world, including the United States.

Don’t be one of the millions of people who gets their savings, retirement, and investments wiped out.

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About the author: Simon Black is an international investor, entrepreneur, permanent traveler, free man, and founder of Sovereign Man. His free daily e-letter and crash course is about using the experiences from his life and travels to help you achieve more freedom.

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  • disqus_TLcMqwnySr

    The battleground today involves virtual environments as much as physical reality. Wealth can be secured through Bitcoin in ways no other form has ever been able to before.

    By memory.

    If you were to memorize an account number, you would still have to rely on a third party to gain access to whatever wealth was associated with that number. With Bitcoin, the account number is the wealth. This way, you don’t have to trust in anything but the existence of the network.

    This is the end of an era, and the rise of Bitcoin is inevitable.

    • Agsilverbear

       Bitcoin has the potential to defeat capital controls, and governments know it.  That’s why they will do everything in their power to make sure no one else does.

  • VonWegen

    Sorry, Simon – there were no “hanseatic peasants (fleeing) their feudal lifestyles”…  But there were peasants migrating to the cities of the Hanseatic League (e.g. Hamburg, Bremen, Luebeck, Riga, etc.), and becoming Hanseats, i.e. citizens of a free Hanse town.
    VonWegen (Hanseat myself.)  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZBQMRPHUXITBQS46WWQYFMBZQE David B

    Actually Warsaw does have an old town and its beautiful. Yes, its not as big as some European cities, but its there. I agree once you get out the old town its basically your typical Soviet -Eastern European style block buildings. Also, everyone blames the Nazis and that’s 100% understandable, but it was a two prong attack with the USSR taking Eastern Poland and Nazi Germany taking the West (including Warsaw). We all know the Nazis violated the pact and eventually invaded the USSR, but Poland was dismantled prior. See the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

  • JasonCwaite

     Simon, this article was touching. I think you are striking on a great point here. … I think to what we have to realize is that a life a freedom has to be taken by the balls, and we’ve got to take some proactive action now.

    Thank you for this great article.

    Jason C. Waite

  • Tom

    A ,ovie I would recommend everyone watch is Caroline Link’s “Nowhere in Africa” (Nirgendwo in Afrika, in it’s original German version)

    It’s the autobiographical story of Stefanie Zweig, whose Jewish parents fled Germany to live in Kenya in British East Africa when her father, a lawyer, realized what the Nazis intended to do.  He had been tipped to the Nazis’ intentions by a rabbi friend, who escaped much earlier, with more assets because he fled before capital flight controls were introduced.  Hi rabbi friend helped him find a job.

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