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How to avoid living in a police state

If I have been too subtle in the past, let me be absolutely clear this afternoon: the time to do something, the time to take action to safeguard your future and your families livelihood, is NOW.

I’m more impassioned than usual this morning… and with reason.  Reluctantly, I tuned in to Team Obama’s press briefing last night about the ongoing saga of the Nigerian underwear bomber.  Obama’s is clearly trying to cultivate a fear of al-qaeda while simultaneously building blind trust in his government.

After the President’s remarks, his Homeland Security Secretary and Deputy National Security Advisor took the stage to unveil a series of proposals to ‘improve security.’

I’ll spare you the details as you have probably already heard them, but the bottom line is simply more government– a bureaucrat’s ultimate and only solution. This means more TSA, more air marshals, more undercover agents, more gun-toting soldiers, more pat-downs, more scanners, more searches, more scrutiny, more suspicion, etc.

How do you spell police state?

I’m ordinarily laid back about this sort of thing. I can afford to be since I’m a safe distance from all of that stupidity… but in this case I looked down to find that my knuckles were turning white, clenched around my glass of 2005 priorato.

I set my wine down and remarked to my friends who were watching with me, “What is it going to take for people to wake up and get the hell out of town? Do they need legions of storm troopers marching down the street before they realize it’s time to go??”

I was positively exacerbated.  The US is turning into a police state, and I’m not even saying this specifically to Americans living there. Many countries around the world are following close order behind Uncle Sam.

Once again, the time to act is now.  So what should you do?

First, make sure you have access to funds outside of your home country. This is one of the most important flags that you can plant.  You should open a foreign bank account (like I discussed in the Panama Black Paper), and/or consider storing precious metals in a private storage facility overseas.

Later this quarter, I plan on releasing a new Black Paper that contains actionable information to open an account at safe foreign banks that still take US customers.  You haven’t heard of most of them, and would probably never hear about them because it’s actually illegal for foreign bank to advertise in the United States in most cases.

Stay tuned for that.

Second, you should really be thinking hard about foreign property. Why? Because it can be a great investment; it’s an easy, non-reportable way to move money overseas; and it can be your escape hatch when you’re finally ready to hit the eject button.

Remember, I’m not talking about a 50 million euro villa in Monaco; you can pick up cheap land in Latin America for less than $50 per acre, and I’m pretty sure that everyone reading this letter has at least 50 bucks to spare.

Also, as I’ve discussed in the past, you can buy foreign property using your tax-deferred retirement savings, and I plan on revisiting this topic in short order because it is an absolute no-brainer.

Additionally, if there’s interest, I may also explore the idea of building a small, cost-effective, subscribers-only development.  It would likely be on the outskirts of Panama City and include self-sustaining fresh water and agricultural resources. Since this article was posted me and my business partners have signed a deal for a large property in Chile, complete with a running farm operation.

Third, if you have the means, you should really consider obtaining second (or third, fourth, etc.) citizenship. Second citizenship can be the ultimate emergency exit if things get really bad, and it effectively serves as the most comprehensive insurance policy you could even have.

I have a lot of contacts in this field, and my colleagues and I are currently experimenting with a few options that I plan on bringing to you soon.  I won’t bring you a passport program unless one of us has gone through the process ourselves, so give me some time while we play guinea pig.

Fourth, give serious consideration to your finances; unless you are already independently wealthy or have sustainable income streams, think about what you would do to earn money if you lost your job today.

Think about what skills you have– what problems can you solve that other people are willing to pay you for? What opportunities to you see around you that can be quickly and profitably exploited?

I guarantee you that there is opportunity everywhere around you. For example, a friend of mine is an intelligent, 22-year old girl who lives in Minsk, Belarus– the last bastion of the Iron Curtain.  While Belarus is not the totalitarian state it once was under the Soviet Empire, it’s pretty close.

And yet, despite living under a tyrannical yolk, my friend has become quite a successful entrepreneur, launching a successful brick-and-mortar company and several profitable web sites just within the last few months.

I raise this simply to point out that if an inexperienced but intelligent and energetic young girl can find opportunity in a place like Belarus, then I would wager that there is a plethora of opportunity out there in places like Panama, Abu Dhabi, Chile, China, Angola, Thailand, Bulgaria, and even the US/Europe.

In fact, I know this to be true because I see so much of this opportunity when I travel.

So those are the top four things I would recommend you do in making your own personal preparations. I clearly have a lot of work to do between the real estate, the citizenship programs, and the banking Black Paper… but after seeing the writing on the wall so plainly last night, I will be refocusing my efforts to get these moving quickly for you.

In the meantime, let me know your thoughts– I’m frankly curious to know what you would like to see in a real estate development, and at what, if anything, it would take for you to hit the eject button.

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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  • MK

    Hi Simon,

    I live in South Africa and I was wondering if you can recommend any place to eject to that is closer to South Africa than Panama? Panama seems a great option for people living in the US but it’s a few time zones too far for my liking. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    Regards,

    MK

  • Nathan Merrick

    Hello Mr. Black,

    Thank you for your newsletter, it allows me shore up my thoughts that seem to be so outside the norm with confidence. I know you are extremely busy so I will keep this brief.

    I am a 27 year old Floridian that has managed a successful mortgage company for the past 7 years. I have continued to thrive even though the real estate environment has eliminated 80% of my colleagues. Naturally my demographic is 52-70 year olds that are retiring to Florida. Through several years of experience I came to understand that the generation that helped build this country will not be able to afford to live here especially if the social programs default, which seems very likely. In response to this understanding, about 6 months ago (consequently close to when I started reading your posts) I began researching Panama. I visited Costa Rica for a month last year and found it not “ready” for my idea.

    The product I want to build is a self sufficient home, i.e. rain water collection, solar powered, and food producing, around 1,500 sq feet, 2 bed 2 baths, ideally close to the mountains and the beach in Panama. This way the baby boomers can retire to the mountains when the heat comes and also enjoy the beach during the hot periods of the year. Further, it allows the prospect to live their live in comfort without bankrupting their live savings. I have been compiling land costs and construction costs already and think I can build this home for 50 dollars a square foot with an acre lot costing about $30,000. Further this home would also incorporate a live in gardener and maid that would dwell in a small mother in law suite on the property. This way you would not have to send your parents to a retirement home but instead give them private care in a very affordable setting.

    I will digress from extolling the virtues of my idea to simple and humbly ask to be considered in any way to aid you in this idea. I will be in Panama around the beginning of the second quarter, and will be taking several members of my family as they are ready to purchase land and build based only on my research, i.e. cost of living benefits, tax benefits, and overall ability to thrive in an truly entrepreneurial environment like Panama. I will be looking to purchase your Panama Black Paper closer to the actual date, but I am more excited and passionate about this idea than anything in my short career.

    I have begun contacting various agencies and organizations in Panama so that my trip is fortuitous, i.e. chambers of commerce, ex-pats, and Rotary Members, but believe you could really make a huge difference in the lives of the people that I previously mentioned, as well as my own.

    I would imagine I am a small fry, but any direction and guidance will be met with high appreciation and further respect for your knowledge and how you are helping “wake” the masses from their cultural acoma.

    • Austin

      Nathan and All,
      Have been studying alternative energy since being enrolled in Nuclear Engineering at Moo U. back in the 1970s, affordable architecture too. Many of the things I read in Mr. Black’s article and the reader responses such as your own certainly resonate with me. Would look forward to discussing in much more detail, but will throw out one “off the wall” principle usually overlooked: Shed energy load, and make use of the “iso-therm.”
      Years ago one of my brothers and I built a house out of masonry with its insulation all on the outside. The design could have been upgraded to sure-enougn seismic-capable, but has quite a lot of steel in all of the concrete walls, including embeds along all corners with continuously welded connections.
      In practice, the air conditioning comes on 1.5 – 2 months later than the neighbors; the heat goes on ~1 month later. ‘Twas a learning experience, and could be much improved upon.
      Bottom line is that there is no way to sustain America’s typical home or apartment lifestyle with alternative energy (which we should think about as costing us $0.50 /kilowat hour). Instead, success will come by cutting down on the loads by crtically thinking about what is essential and what is not.
      –Austin

    • Rick

      Hello Nathan,

      As someone who lived in neighboring Costa Rica and developed a boutique hotel that went south be cautious in your moves. Get and take good advise from experienced people on your side not real estate agents. Buyer beware reigns usually and many a time when you buy something its yours for a long time at least in Costa Rica (you can’t sell it). Another point learned in Costa Rica are strong building contracts that do not allow cost overruns but rather “allow” penalties if building completion does not get accomplished in the agreed time (building time can hit your hard some times). Again if your not really ready take it slow and seek unbiased experienced advisors or partners on your side.

  • Micki

    Simon,

    My husband and I have been to Panama, Nicaragua, and Ecuador. We bought some property in Ecuador and Nicaragua, but not Panama (which is funny, because I LOVED Panama most!) We also love Ecuador (been there 3 times), but it’s surprisingly chilly. We probably would consider a house in warmer Panama with enough land for gardening and kids (if it gets worse here). Obama and Congress scare me to death. I am much more concerned than my husband, unfortunately.
    Thanks for the hope you give us…it looks pretty bleak in the US. Does any one remember that we have a constitution??

  • http://PanamaandtheOECD Steve Loy

    Simon
    When are you going to discuss second citizenship via adoption.
    Have been waiting for a month!
    thanks Steve

  • Alex

    Simon,
    Thank you for the valuable information 5 days a week!

    My wife and I have been planning to move, and researching on paper many countries.
    We plan to take a preliminary trip, and see some of these countries very soon.

    My question is: if I carry some silver and less than $10,000 worth of gold, which countries will charge an import tax when I am only trying to bring it to a bank that has safety deposit boxes available?
    I have heard that Switzerland has a 14% tax on silver. Is that only if you buy it there, or is it for possessing it?

    I have called several consulates in L.A., but none of them know their countries rules.
    Can you give me and many others, guidance?

    Thank you,
    Alex

  • http://themacrodude.blogspot.com/ Chris

    Simon, what do you suggest for a 20-something college student with limited financial resources trying to buy land overseas, plant multiple flags (I have dual U.S.-Swiss citizenship through my father, however I wish to obtain at least one more, preferably Panama or Costa Rica),move my banking offshore, etc. Thanks.

  • harley

    I think there is merit in what you propose. I’ve read the blogs -apparently mny other people think so too.
    I am retired/live alone, on $1650 OF S.S. with some investment money for if/when S.S. falls apart. I am therefore interested in keeping the cost low as possible in any project that I would become involved in. It seems to me that the ideal project would involve !.) fairly realistic cost estimates of the various steps of the project including various options, time projections and security arraingments. 2.) With this information, the people could select what they would commit to and provide money for upfront and perhaps lend their particular talent to reducing their own cost and the overall cost of the project. It may turn out that this would require that more than one project be zeroed in and presented.
    I have been to Panama. It gets hot in the Panama City area. It may be the optimum location but given the land cost and temperature plus some fairly good roads, I wonder?
    When I was in Panama, I attempted to apply for the pensionado program plus a bank account through a Panama City firm and got beat out of the money. Most of my experience in trying to relocate offshore has involved a rather flagerent attempt to extract way too much money from my meager supply of savings. I am therefore interested in specific sources of information and activity that are the most cost effective for accomplishing that goal.
    Please keep up the good work.- HW

  • Ken

    Hi,
    I’m 56 and in good health. My wife is 55 in good health and unemployed. I’m an evil government worker for the state of Pa. at a Veterans Retirement Home. We have IRA savings of 140,000 combined and about 70,000 in debt. With 4 yrs. left to retire how’s a guy like me ever going to bust out of this flea bitten country? Do I stand a chance?

    Thanks, Ken

  • Jai

    What needs to be in a RE development (or buying property these days)?
    1. Off-the-grid: run-of-river power generation or solar or geothermal or…
    2. Access to water supplies and purification: e.g. riverfront, lake, etc.
    3. Sanitation, e.g. septic system
    4. Ability to produce some food: veggies, fruit trees, chickens, etc.
    5. Ability to produce income: so you can buy/barter/obtain what you need that you do/can not produce solo on an ongoing basis. You cannot rely permanently, or even long-term, on savings if there is no investment or other ongoing income. Besides, so many people’s savings have already been annihilated.
    6. Security: protect yourself from insanity, et alia, if the you-know r-e-a-l-l-y hits the whatsits.

  • Andrew

    Great idea on the haven outside of Panama City. My Ukrainian wife and I will be moving permanently to Panama in March. For now we will live in Panama City, but we will explore Sam Talifano’s project near Boquette – he is doing the same thing and calls it “Galt’s Gulch”.

  • Terry

    First of all, I already have the desire to hit the eject button…problem is that I haven’t quite learned to parachute yet! I’ve been reading for months and months about all these great expat organizations offering wonderful insight and opportunities in investing in and living “like kings on pennies on the dollar” but it all boils down to money to attend seminars, or buy books, or videos and presentations. By the time I got done getting fleeced, I could forget about being able to retire anywhere comfortably. The more I see about all the real estate developments going into South America, Italy, Europe, etc., and the pictures of all the high rise apartments, condos and hotels, seems to me like the flight has already begun and the investment deals are probably a thing of the past already? I really enjoy your articles and letters and, in general, agree with most of your opinions and insights. I think the U.S. is in real trouble and there doesn’t appear to be even a light switch at the end of the tunnel we’ve been building. I’d be really interested in an affordable development that sustains the true culture and way of life of the area and doesn’t result in the typical high rises spoken about earlier. Something that gives the residents their own wide open space and yet built with a community center. Maybe that’s not profit efficient, but it’s what would entice me to consider investment as a eject landing spot.

    • http://rauschenbach.us Möpsi

      Terry, excellent comments about the profit efficiency of community. I have been musing about that for the past decade or so. After studying all those intentional communities, cults, compounds of every sort, and some real estate developments, I have to say that 99% of them are a total failure — at least according to my standard. Either the hippies are ignorant of economics, the expats are ignorant of the locals, or the capitalists are ignorant of community and socio-economic sustainability and build something for flipping that you would even not want to park your precious assets as, such as your family & kids, or your car collection.

      In an attempt to boil it all down to a useful bottom line, I think a sound approach is to go in with a capitalist approach of ruthless budget adherence, and then deviate only up to maybe 10-20% on sustainability, community, defense, etc. In other words, Cafayate has its golf course for consumers, while some sustainable new place for producers has its passive solar energy efficiency & high thermal mass, cisterns, and fruit trees, that can all pay themselves off — eventually. I would not hold my breath on others seeing the value of going through all that trouble without just flipping it. The American bubble mentality will take generations to purge from the psyche, and most people still do not think of permanent construction and community as money, because their life does not yet depend on it.

      The most common road to failure I’ve seen is for people to set out to fulfill their dreams. It almost always ends in disaster, divorce, bankruptcy, etc. So, I would just attempt some very small improvements over the pathetic industry standard, and then defer further improvements for some entirely different subsequent follow-on development. Lots of practice will improve everyone’s options.

  • http://justenrobertson.com Justen

    I’ve been ready to hit eject for about 4 years now, which you can trace back to the moment I quit working for the DoD and started actively trying to build my own business. Been a rough road, and I’m a long way to personal security, but I still think I’ll be able to avoid the worst of it.

  • Lee Young

    Dear Simon,

    I enjoy reading about your adventures and excellent advice on many matters, and would appreciate your thoughts on investing in Berlin, Germany real estate right now.

    Best wishes,

    Lee

  • http://none. JAStC

    Simon: Please continue and accelerate the Panama real property community development work. Let me know when the developers are ready for me to speak with. I plan on visiting Panama for the first time in the coming months and will be looking around and I hope to attend a week’s course at the language school in Bouquette. I will try to find and contact Sam Talifano’s project near Boquette that a comment mentioned on your site. Would you be able to send me an e-mail contact?
    JAStC

  • Bill

    I have considered moving oversees. I like English speaking countries such as Canada, New Zealand and Australia. However, those countries may not offer the privacy I would be looking for. So I thought of Chile as an alternative. Its recent election came up fairly positive. Any thoughts about Chile?

  • Jedi

    I would love to know how to buy land in Panama for $50/acre.

    • LFIRE88

      ME TOO! Please let us know where it is and how to get it.

  • George

    I just joined your community today & have been reading the comments. Your observations about our new “Beloved Leader” & his “Fellow Travellers” rings true with what I’ve been hearing from most of the people I’ve talked to for the past year. I have fond memories of Panama & countries on both sides of it from the 60′s – both in the military & in private practice. One caveat I could point out is to suggest a viewing of the movie Mosquito Coast based on the book by Paul Theroux.
    Any opt-out has to consider dealing not just the with the economics of the destination, but the culture of the land. Are we to isolate ourselves from the locals? Do we allow ourselves to be absorbed into the new culture? If we’re not afraid of that, maybe Brazil (great culture & strong economy) or Goa (again, great economy & wonderful people).
    Just sayin’…

    • http://none jen

      Mosquito coast was filmed in my residential second home. I am English but lived in the states forty years. Belize was the filming for the movie with Harrison Ford. I have visited the area where it was filmed in the Stann Creek river area. At least that is where it was filmed if Theroux said it was Panama so be it.

      Nonone has mentioned Belize for an escape, anyone out there doing what I am doing here?

  • Loar

    I’m in for Panama. I was there a couple of months ago and plan to return soon to look for property. I love the tropics, the fruit, the cost of living, etc. I’m thinking Pacific coast maybe in or near Coronado (1 hr or so out of PC), but would be open to other locations. Where do I sign?!!!

  • Betty

    Hi Everyone,

    I am new to this site, the eletter but not new to the idea of expating. My husband and I have considered it for a long time with various reasons for having not done so to date.

    We are in our early 60′s, husband is disabled drawing SSDI. We have toyed with the idea of Panama and love it. We have been told by others that we cannot do so because of our age, his illness, absolutely no savings…but the desire has never left. Is it truly possible for us to do so? I have read other sites, expat info but they always want what amounts to mega-bucks to learn how to accomplish the task of expating, not sure the info would be complete but the cost is out of reach for their information., which leads me to the next questions…how much money is needed to push the eject button, become established in Panama, where is the instructions to do so, the cost of those instructions, how soon can one do so? We’re ready to do so if you will inform us step by step how to do so…

    We look forward to learning more and hope to push the eject button asap. Thank you for the eletter and all that you provide, it is definitely needed, wanted and appreciated.

  • Yolanda Kisner

    I currently have dual citizenship from Panama and the US. I was born and raised in Panama, and left for the US soon after graduation from high school. I am now emotionally ready to get back home, but unfortunately not financially able.
    I can’t see my self working another 10 years for DoD. I look forward to reading your daily emails. Any advice would be great.

  • Gdlank

    I’m not looking for a ‘safe haven’ as much as living as a permanent traveler/PT as it were. It’s too easy to get comfortable and nest, and with dual citizenship there leaves a lot of room to bugout if things don’t work where you land.

    My first time here and I’m learning quite a bit.

  • Verne

    I would appreciate hearing from Yolanda (above) regarding dual citizenship (Panama and USA). If this is still legal, the process information will be very helpful, and timely, for me.

  • Verne

    Hi Yolanda, Can you drop me an email to Sing2menow@aol.com ?

  • http://pcenergy.ameriwattesp.com Patricia

    Simon, I would love to meet with you the next time you are in Panama, Costa Rica or Washington DC. I am a business woman with 15 years of providing professional services to the federal government. ( Done with government contracting unless I can get contracting work in Costa Rica or Panama. Any ideas?) I am currently developing a sales team to promote/sell energy efficiency products in America to build an income stream for myself. My real goal is to move to Costa Rica or Panama as an interior decor consultant specializing in Intimate Bedrooms based on a book I am completing. I am thinking to combine interior decor consulting along with working as a manufacturer’s rep to import fine fabrics from around the world and other artistic home decor pieces to generate income while I build my interior decor consulting business Any insights regarding how lucrative these products and services will be in Panama and Costa Rica? Is there a strong market for fabrics for home interiors and clothing, home art pieces? Do you have any contacts whom I could introduce myself to that has or will need a manufacturers’s rep? The money I generate will be invested in a bed and breakfast in Costa Rica or Panama. Which country would be best for building and operating a profitable bed and breakfast retreat?

    Thanks for your time and if I can assit you in your business, please let me know. I am educated and have years of practical experience successfully managing and selling services and products. I am available immediately. Otherwise I am planning to leave the states as soon as I start to generate income in the energy business or when I have landed some consulting work in either country within 3-6 months. (furniture already consigned, personal items are packed and ready to go). I will be in Costa Rica most of April. Are you near by for a meeting during that time?
    To Your Continued Success
    Patricia A.

    • Dave

      I am in a new business venture in the midwest. It is Geothermal, Solar and Wind Power. I have been a General Contractor since 1971. working in the Lake of the Ozarks area in central Missouri since 1975. Going through some changes in my life. Expecting to put my management skills to work. I’m looking at Panama, Belize and Brazil. need to restart my income stream before jumping ship.

      If there is anything that I might help you with on a start up project or new venture please email and I will share contact info.
      Thanks,

      Dave

  • Paulette Hicks

    I am a real estate investor and entrepreneur and for the past five years, I have been investing in income properties outside of the US. I see an alarming trend among this and some other international real estate sites, in which the authors display a mindset negative to the US and to its government. I’m not interested in or motivated by the political views of others, and have no need to bash my home country in order to enjoy traveling to and investing in other places. It seems as if some believe that spreading fear or anger is a more effective marketing tool than promoting the joy and wonder of exploring this wonderful world.

    • Myatlantatutor

      Paulette, freedom of speech is, by definition, bashing if you don’t agree with it. Therefore, I find your remarks as bashing the very basic freedom many enjoy. 45 years ego the U.S. permitted some people to drink from the same water fountain as others. Today, these some people control the water valve. Personally, I think it’s time for some appropriate bashing.

    • Jo Ana

      My question to you is this: why have you subscribed to an email letter from a site called Sovereign Man if you aren’t interested in becoming sovereign ? This email series deals with concerns and possible solutions for those who are concerned about the loss of sovereignty in the US and other places. I think you might have meant to join an email message service called “It’s a Wonderful Life” written back in the 50′s by a happy US camper. The rest of us want information on legal options for remaining free.

      • tnjazzgal

        Well said indeed, Jo Ana. If a person can truly be that blind to the true state of the U.S. government, and the immediate threat of the loss of ALL our freedoms, they have no business being in this community. Wake up, Paulette! This is not “marketing tools” – this is brass reality!

    • Don

      I realize most German Jews in the ’30s viewed criticism of the Nazis politics as an “alarming trend”. They were “good” German citizens who had “no need to bash…home country” and were “not interested in or motivated by the political views” which displayed “a mindset negative” of the homeland. Of course, in hindsight we can look back and wonder why “fear and anger” were not more widespread as the proper response. The answer is manifest in most Americans like you Paulette. You are blind to the police state all around because of brainwashing by the pro-gov culture in which you grew up and the gov (public) schools. The “wonderful world” you fantasize has the highest prison population (half of which never hurt anyone) of any nation and 23% unemployment. Where is their “joy and wonder”?

      • NoFluffZone

        Thank you Don for telling it like it is….You’re that rare someone who’s well-read, well-informed and has an upright noble character unafraid to speak the truth. You’re worth your weight in platinum! Everyone should read Immanuel Velikovsky, James McCanney and Charlotte Iserbyt.

  • Carol

    Simon,
    Would like to hear the nuts and bolts of passport program and the Panama project sounds very nice. I want to hear more.

  • Laura

    Hello,
    Yes, I am interested in an affordable real estate development, but not a gated community, and not one that is ruled by the ones who initiated the community. A cooperative community of like-minded individuals, with equal say in everything, plus living among the local people, is what I’ve been seeking for a few years now; this community would preferably be in Latin America. So add my name to your list if this is your vision as well. BTW, I’m ready to move by fall!

  • http://none(yet) Dawn

    Dear Simon, I’m flying to St.Kitts on 4/30/10, then to Panama on 5/6/10 to start the process of obtaining a 2nd passport and finding an area in Panama to start a new life in sustainable organic farming. I want to live near like-minded expats, but do not favor Boquete,or Volcan. Do you know of better areas to visit on my up-coming investigative trip ?

  • ernesto

    I’d like to know if you can send me any articles on the difference in property in costa rica and panama.

    I want to eventually move and open a cabin rental place. Now i work in chicago for the us gov’t. I daydream of my escape. I currently get lists of property in Pedasi, Montezuma, CR, etc.

    I am happy to have found this blog.

  • Ermintrude Smith

    We have already begun the process of extricating ourselves from the matrix, but cannot become Israelis in order to get a second passport. What are some of the other alternatives?
    Also, a visit to Panama made me realize that it is much too commercialized for my day-to-day living. Any suggestions for more rural, more private retreats?
    Thanks for starting this enewsletter which is great!

  • Don

    Simon, I like your letters as it is exactly the sort of info that interests me the most; I spent several weeks traveling around in Panama a couple of months ago and for now I’m interested in the mountain area of Bouquette and volcan however put me on your contact list when you make definite plans to build a community outside of Panama city. I and other friends now liviing in P. are interested to consider such a place.
    I’m retired, in perfect health and I’ll be headed back to P in a couple of months to buy a small property to maybe get a start at applying for a pensionado status or whatever is best and maybe a 2nd passport. I’ll probably start by spending part of this winter in P. I like what you are doing and I thank you for your excellent articles and the chance I have to, in some way, participate.

  • Quizal

    I have owned a house on the slopes of Volcan Baru, in the “cooler” area of Panama for some 5 years now (near Boquete). Took 3 years to find the right place, but worth it. It is great having an outlet to the US nuttyness!
    My house overlooks Boquete and can see all the way to the Pacific ocean. Cost is almost nil. Got a 20 yr. exemption from property taxes. My biggest expense is the wireless internet! Local produce is really cheap, but imports from the US is almost comparable to US prices. But I can live quite well on Soc Security alone. Except for renting a car ($655/mo), taxis and autobusses are cheap…$15 for 6 hr express bus to Panama City.
    Lots of expats around who are good friends (many Canadian) and almost as many Panamanian friends.
    I think of myself as no longer being a US citizen, but as a “citizen of the world” and can live anywhere. If things go to hell in Panama (not expected), I’ll just move elsewhere. We plan to travel a lot (my wife, I, and 28 yo son), so we’ll be ready for whatever and in the meantime, have fun…no “Prisoner of Place” for me. Only requirement is good internet connection for business.
    Note to readers: Quit planning and dwadling…just do it! It’s not irreversible if you want to open the jail door and let yourself back in. I’m sure they will welcome you!

    Dan Quizal

    • Laurie

      Hello Dan Quizal,

      I would love to connect with you when I do come to Boquete next year because your place sounds pretty much like what I would be looking for. Perhaps you could show me some similar properties nearby. That would be great. I would appreciate keeping in touch. :) Thanks so much.
      Laurie (see comment I just posted).

    • Stu.

      Hi Quizal;
      I appreciate your boots on the ground experience, which rings true. I had 8 years in Costa Rica, before moving back to the US, due to aging parents. Costa Rica is a bit less accepting of expats now, I think. Panama seems to be on the rise. I would be interested in the higher altitudes on the dry side.
      Cheers! Stu.

  • Connie

    Strange, but they need Notaries in Norway…and I am also a Nanny and teacher. …plus I have international property. I just need that 2nd PortPass…. Can you contact me…just to help me with that? I am not working at present and cannot afford the retainer that is asked for…Thanks, C.

  • Laurie

    Hi Simon and Friends,
    I am an older lady over 65 who is currently strapped financially for a number of reasons (late husband didn’t have life insurance, health problems, etc.) and I’m to the point of being ready (at least emotionally and mentally) to leave the U.S. based on all that is happening here and is about to happen in the future. I don’t want to be here when some of these new laws go into effect. What I am waiting for is for one of my investments to come through (hopefully in the very near future) and then I will really start making plans to move, more than likely, to Panama. I have also considered Costa Rica, and like the other reader whose post I just read, I would appreciate your input, Simon, as to the pros and cons of Costa Rica vs. Panama for living. I have friends already in Boquete, and from the sound of it, I will have more friends near there through your site once I do arrive.
    If I could suggest some things that would be my ‘druthers’ of what I would ‘druther’ have in a wonderful expat community (which you mentioned that you might consider putting something like that near Panama City) it would be the following; a lovely private home, 3/2/2 type with a pool and hot tub sitting at an elevation about 3,000 ft (assuming that is where the temperature is the most pleasant…around 75-80 degrees), it would be surrounded by awesome beauty, abundant clean water and all other amenities, be cost effective in all areas, it would have wonderful earth for gardening, abundant flowers (women especially love flowers and they always beautify a place), easy access to a really outstanding hospital and doctors when needed, nearby market/shopping/pharmacy, great neighbors who were helpful of others and I would of course respond in kind, and of course, very important – excellent phone, TV and internet connections that are as inexpensive as possible. Those are a must! Without those communication connections, you would be lost without them due to the fact they are necessary for so many parts of your life. I think that is about it. Can’t think of much more that would make me any happier.
    Oh yes, to top it off, it would have a pristine view of the ocean to really make it just about as perfect as you can get it…my friends in Boquete always refer to the fact that they are ‘living in Paradise.’ However, I don’t think I want to live where it rains over 250 inches a year (and that is what it’s been so far this year). That’s a bit much. I love the higher elevations for living for the weather, but I also love sunshine and beautiful westward views for glorious sunsets. Now that, added to the other things I mentioned, would be about as perfect a place to live as you can find. If you can create that type of environment, Simon, then please put me on your list! I’ll be on my way as soon as I can pack! :)

  • Toni Reid

    I’m…. retired…but not really….I have an LLC that owns 2 properties here in the US….I have all my cash in these investments….and have had them on the market for over 6 months….the news out here is NOT encouraging to home buyers….any suggestions?…thanks, Toni Reid

  • Davd

    I’m ready to “hit the eject button” now but since my granddaughter was born 7 mos. ago my wife is reluctant. I’ve traveled and worked in many countries over many years like you and have seen the good and the bad. USA is not the top of the list anymore. With regard to the real estate developement, I think it’s a great idea depending on what you have in mind. There’s one currently underway in Argentina I know about but it is probably out of financial reach for most of us. It has a vineyard, golf course, club house, orchards, etc. If you’re thinking about locating in Panama, why Panama City? There are nicer places IMHO.

    • tnjazzgal

      Agreed, Davd. Panama City & surrounds is hot & humid all year. I would be much more interested in mountain areas with spring-like weather, but still near a good sized city.

  • Josie Weir

    My husband and I hit the EJECT button Last Jan and am Living in Ecuador. I bought a 2 acre property for 50 thousand and am almost finished getting my house built.I am planning my Organic farm.I am renting for 200 a month for a 2 bedroom house in the meantime. After you get Your PR card you can stay in Ecuador better than the limited Visa.

  • Daniel Donia

    david
    don’t even think about coming to argentina. the police state that simon describes for the future in USA, is already en force in my country (argentina). the moment you buy an asset in argentina, the moment you become a slave of the peronists. check and be careful.
    rgds
    daniel donia

    • honestann

      I’ve heard that too. But one thing I don’t see mentioned very often is how most countries treat “foreigners” much better than their own citizens == slaves. Therefore, where-ever we are “citizens”, we can live [temporarily/permanently] in other countries. Especially when it comes to tax scams, these usually apply only to their citizens == slaves. So, where-ever you are a citizen… live somewhere else!

  • Kerryn

    I’m a newbie to the alternative solutions for a better life, but not to the reason for needing / wanting one. I’ve watched for quite some years how life in some countries has degenerated and have now realised that there is no solution to corrupt government, marching and protesting is useless. There is only a need to be prepared and organised. Thank you Simon. I look foward to getting myself ready to eject.

  • DH

    This is fantastic information and makes a lot of sense. I’ve just become an Internet entrepreneur after having been in the corporate world for 10 years (IT engineer in law and finance).

    It afforded me a good life in NYC, but I always knew deep down that “climbing the ladder” wasn’t for me in the end. Turns my stomach to even think about going back to that world, so I won’t go back ever.

    So I went into Internet business because I can live and work from anywhere, create my own schedule etc. I’ve taken the money I’ve saved up to invest in my business and live a low cost lifestyle for a while until I get it profitable. You guys know the deal, you’ve heard it all before.

    Glad to be a part of this community, it’s inspiring and exciting. Next thing to look at is opening a bank account overseas for me.

  • Lorrainefay

    I am raising my three children alone (ages 17, 16, 9), and several weeks ago I told my children that we need a “family plan”, and by that I mean an exit strategy. I have no good idea how to begin this plan. Any thoughts?

  • Randy Linamen

    Politician? Maybe not: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP2p91dvm6M&feature=player_embedded.

    Simon, someone with your wealth might have to trust banks. But this 215 minutes of knowledge might change that:http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-515319560256183936#

    How I can keep an Oath to protect & defend our Constitution,
    by running? Looking forward to your advice Simon, THANKS!

    • Sovereignwomen

      I cannot seem to embed this link on my homeschool site-
      Please let me know how to share this information.

      Thanks, J

    • Bill Breihan

      Wow….Money Masters enabled me to finally understand the viciousness of private central banking and how it is destroying our country and what needs to be done! Thanks!

  • http://www.antphilosophy.com/ Mikael Rieck

    Lorraine, as Simon says you’ll probably want to start out thinking about the skills you have and how you can use those skills serving other people. I have personally found the online business model to be profitable but you can use any vehicle to achieve those second income streams.

    /Mikael

  • World Source

    Ecuador is the LAST place on earth I would buy. I have friends that live there and they know of foreigners that have had their land taken by the government. They can do it at any time and they do. Too unstable.

  • Caren

    I would like to locate out of US in first quarter 2011. Permanent resident visa or passport desirable. Process needed please. I read your recommendation for Panama. May I receive details and possibly other country (and specific city, attorney, etc) suggestions. Maybe more about Singapore. A like-minded community that you plan sounds wonderful. More about that, too, please.

  • Mike

    Excellent,
    I am looking forward to your other research topics.
    Thanks Again,
    Mike

  • weeone

    Just signed up for Simon’s site. I have dual nationality, two passports, UK/US, and bank accounts and investments as well as tax deferred investments in the UK/US. I currently am drawing US Social Security in the US, but do not intend to draw a pension in the UK, if and when I decide to retire there (and I am not currently intending to). What I continue to hear and read from US citizens who move to foreign countries is that many rely on their US SS payments to live on. Here’s my question: if the US SS system defaults, goes bankrupt, or even if a revolution took place in the US — who is going to be processing these payments to US expatriates?

    Unfortunately, I am married to a man who thinks I am a nutcase when I talk about preparing for Armageddon. I am preparing however, regardless of what he says or thinks.

  • Vicky

    Are the same comments applicable for canadians? In Canada, our so-called greatest banking system in the world is a seven banks oligarchy.

    • http://bit.ly/aPfoFT StoneAge

      Canada is right behind the USA with all the nasty stuff coming our way. We already have a tyranical healthcare system (that the USA wants to duplicate) and a government that really only takes people’s opinions and then do what they want to anyway. If you think about it you know I’m right.

      To have a seven bank oligarchy is bad enough. To have the same bank own all 7 banks in the oligarchy is unbelieveable.. Yet it’s true. You will find the Royal Bank of Scotland (Rothschilds) as the ‘official owner’ of Canada’s banking system with at least one Rothschild family member
      in a very high up position in EVERY financial institution in Canada. Look it up.

      Our financial system is just as ready to collapse because when you look beyond the surface we have the exact same MO as the USA.. The government spends more than they tax canuks and borrows. to the point where all taxes paid to CRA go toward the debt and Canada has to borrow in order to run the country. Then pay that money back with usury aka interest. What very few have realized is that usury (interest) does not, cannot and will not ever exist. The game is rigged from the get go and they have sold the lie to us as well.

      Yes, it’s a GREAT time to leave Canada. While you still can. Properties elsewhere are still affordable and our money is still worth something. Very good time…

      We have a few different rules, but are of the same background being British Common Law.

      I believe that Canada and the USA will be eliminating our border in the next 5 years.

  • http://assetprotectionsecured.com Dennis Marsch

    Attorney and you call yourself sovereign?

  • Gentleman1955

    I wouldn’t mind moving to Panama. All it would take for me to hit the ejection button is the certainty that I could become an insurance agent there and still make a living.

  • scope

    I’m interested in things “Thai” specifically in the dental implant industrythe esthetic crowns..Bummgrand was reccomended but I heard there is another super hospital whose work is excellent….do you have anything on the business?

  • Thadpole

    Just signed up to the site but have always been free and alive. Having built green homes and sustainable developments for the last 10 years, with the non-existent economy here, I am ready to move wherever I can make a difference and a contribution. I like the idea of a self contained and energized community that is not dependent on anything other than the sun, natural local resources and my own hard work. When do I start?

  • http://www.sanctuarybelize.com StoneAge

    Sanctuary Belize. That’s a great model. A bit pricey for some folks, but a great model. Another will be Mango Springs. Keep it self sufficient and have a marina. Affordable is key too. 1/4 acre for less than 50k. Our eject button has been pushed and we are getting out of Dodge this fall. We sail our boat down to Panama, through the canal to Sanctuary, where my wife and family will be running a Bed and Breakfast and I will be running the Marine facilities.

    I like your site and hope that many others come to subscribe and wake the &%^$ up. And He said… LET MY PEOPLE GO. North America is headed straight for National Captivity.
    Thanks for your insights.

  • tnjazzgal

    Hi, Simon. Thanks for providing such a colossally valuable & desperately needed service – I’m excited to find you. Yes, the police state is here, and I am so ready to go (& have been for some time), but, not being a person of “means”, am frightened by the “not knowing” of what I will do to support myself. This is the one thing that holds me back. But you’ve again confirmed that Panama (which I’ve already been studying for some time) is a “land of opportunity”, so maybe now is the time to just sell my house & go on faith that the rest will be revealed. Btw, I am VERY interested to know the location/s of the $50/acre land!
    As far as a development, I would be very interested in a self sufficient community in a rural location, with spacious wooded lots available, plenty of privacy, perhaps with a community organic garden/orchard. My personal preference would be a “quaint English stone cottage” style home, but I’m flexible there. It would also be great to have the option to work for the community as partial payment for property/membership. An example of this I’m looking at now is the new Natural Solutions Foundation headquarters near Volcan, Chiriqui, Panama. Thanks for listening! Looking forward to learning with you!

    • LFIRE88

      IAM on a lot of other e news like this one and heard of a development in Belize that will consist of 2 acre parcels, totally sustainable housing and a nice community. Grow food and enjoy life!

  • Dboy

    All I gotta say is that when you guys start exporting yourselves, please don’t export your religion. There’s enough Christian ignorance in America…no need to share it.

    • Zone3grower

      Type your comment here.Specifically the 501(c)3 corporate, organized, apostate, state-sanctioned, false-doctrine cult of rapture-ready, politico-religio, programmed individuals hiding behind the cross saying “Jesus luuuvvvvvs you just the way you are” who are unwilling to research the truth of scriptures, ancient writings or anything else. These mindless lemmings would rather feel right than be right. Never try to teach a pig to sing. It just frustrates the pig and is a waste of your time.

      • Dilemma

        Is it not singing pigs that rule the world?

  • Stu.

    Hi Simon;
    We actually have hit the “eject button” before, with mostly good results. Visited Costa Rica each year since 1986. Bought property there (in San Rafael de Heredia) in 1990. Snowbirded there from 1990 to 1998 from Anchorage, AK. Full time there from 1998 to 2001, when we had sell out and to return to the continental US for reason of aging parents. Very constraining here in the State of WA. Would be interested in hearing about your development. At this point, looking favorably at Panama and Uraguay. Half fluent in Spanish. Mystified by Portugese, which eliminates Brazil. Keep up the good work.
    Cheers! Stu.

  • Grderby1

    I’m in the process of relocating to the Dominican Republic and can share some info.
    Their government is based somewhat on our constitution.
    Four year presidential term and they have a Senate.I’m not sure about a House of Rep. but I believe so.
    Residency can be achieved through an attorney.Usually about $2,000 US and about 3 months.Look online but pick the one with the most experience.
    Foreigners can own and carry arms once you have residency.
    BHD bank there is very open to foreigners and able to open an account fairly quickly (usually within a week or two) and only require a passport.
    Property ownership can be complicated but really the most important thing is to have a tittle wich is issued by a branch of the government called el CEA (Consorcio Estatal de Asucar).
    So you can buy land directly from the state very reasonably.
    Or buy from someone who already has a tittle.
    I’m in the process of purchasing about 350 acres that has mountain spring water,nice rich soil,is about 1000 ft above sea level and a view of the ocean off in the distance.
    Like you I’m thinking of making it into a community for Americans who want to live not only with more freedom but also more naturally.With grass animals and organically grown fruits and vegetables.
    A town and large airport is close by.
    There are things to watch out for though.You have to be aware that virtually all Dominicans want to take advantage of the “rich” American so I usually have my girlfriend ask for pricing first.
    If you do buy land you need a GOOD lawyer for the transaction and to do and investigation into the tittle,be patient with this!
    Driving there is a little wild, they have traffic cops but don’t give speeding tickets.
    They do give tickets for talking on the phone though.
    If you buy a farm there are no property taxes and if your farm makes money, there are no income taxes on the profits!
    Unless you’re a U.S citizen,then Uncle Sam wants his.
    Jet Blue and Spirit have reasonable flights from Ft Lauderdale.
    I’ve traveled numerous times to Colombia,Venezuela,Panama,Costa Rica and Mexico.
    The D.R. is by FAR the most beautiful place I’ve seen and they definitely have more freedom than we do!

    • Harleysandfreedom

      I’m interested in you communiy?

    • Harleysandfreedom

      I’m interested in you communiy?

    • Harleysandfreedom

      I’m interested in you communiy?

  • Achottel

    Would definitely be interested in the development outside Panama
    City as well as a second passport and foreign bank account.

    I would like to see an organic terraced area to grow fruits/vegetables/flowers. Let’s have a ‘community space’ to include a library/card rooms/state of the art gym/sauna/movie screen/massage space (for men & women) and a lovely place to
    have a lite lunch or dinner. Tennis courts would be a plus along
    with a hiking/bike trail. A van to go to town or the nearest food store (if you don’t want to drive) would be a plus. Ready to leave now.

  • chessduck

    I have a U.S. Patent for a variant of chess that is needed as traditional chess is like a gold mine that has had all its gold extracted. The top players play book moves for the first 20 moves.

    I have had the software written by a student at UCSD.
    Now I need someone to create the website so we can see if the world will like this.
    This would likely lead to becoming the webmaster, so it seems that it would be a help if the website creator is a chess player. I know almost nothing about websites, but it seems to me the website creator could live anywhere on earth. The hosting could be in another country, etc.

    I am probably the only chess coach still alive who beat the legendary Bobby Fischer in a tournament chess game. And I am 78 years old.

    Best regards to all,
    Alex

    • Apimbii

       Have you found your website developer yet? And do you plan to have a site where people play your game online or is is so that they can acquire your game?
      Micheal

  • Gardener

    A community of US expats that one could buy into without being even “middle class” would be something I’d sell my house and most everything else for– and get the hell outta Dodge! I’m an artist and gardener/landscaper, etc. Never could do the 9 to 5 bit for any length of time and don’t seem to have the brain for making money……… But I sure can read the writing on the wall!
    Many of us are fearful because we’ve been programed to be so, don’t speak other languages and haven’t spent much time out of the US. It would be so grand to have a safe place to go to…

  • Vahram Goekjian Diehl

    I am 22 and have spent a lot of time investigating expat type communities in Central and South America.  I would like to see something with opportunity for younger people who have not had the chance to accumulate enough wealth to outright purchase a home or piece of land, but have more than enough knowledge of the problems of society and the virtues of entrepreneurship and capitalism.

  • http://www.bucharestexpat.com Bucharest Expat

    I would love to buy some land in latin america for $50 an acre… where is this possible? How would we go about doing it?

  • scott

    obviously not possible to have all…but if most bases were covered then certainly would be an option…heaven can wait!

    1. clubhouse (function room/bar/sports bar/games room/cinema/stage)2. multi use sports area (soccer/american football/rugby/basketball/baseball/cricket/volleyball/netball
    hockey/bowls/swimming pool)
    3. fitness club (gym/sauna/steam room/indoor pool/jacuzzi)
    4. golf course (driving range)
    5. marina/beach
    6. mini mall (supermarket/butchers/bakery/bank/ATM)
    7. pub/reastaurant
    8. health centre (doctor/surgeon/dentist/chiropodist/vets)
    9. taxi rank
    10. helipad
    11. botanical gardens
    12. college (art, photography, cookery lessons etc)
    13. community events/fetes/families days etc
    14. stables
    15. self sufficient community farm
    16. self sufficient solar/hydro/wind power
    17. security/gated

    scott

  • Michael

    I would join your community in Panama as long as I could afford it?

  • Tkerrins46

    This sounds like a wonderful idea but for one thing, Your running. I don’t like running away, I do love my country and we have an election in a year and a half. If storm troopers come down the streets I will meet them with a gun. I will die but I will die in the service of my country. This country is going to need you so don’t desert her when she needs you the most.

    • capitalust

      Responding to your plaintive statement that there is an election in a year and a half… sorry to let you know, but America lost.

  • Monte

    The following url is the underlying cause of what Simon is talking about. Every American needs to see this. This film is documented facts.

  • Good

    For the Panama facility:
    1. I want to own my own land.
    2. Deep well – maybe two with a community of privately owned plots – shared well.
    3. Good soil, rainfall, not too hot, not too cold.
    4. Stable government.
    5. A population in which I will look like one of the locals – I’m sure you get the gist of this request.
    6.  Very economical prices for food, fuel, health care, etc.
    7.  Within traveling distance of some culture – this is somewhat negotiable.  I tried very rural/remote living and it is not sustainable for me.
    8.  Other people who can fill in the blanks in my own knowledge: car mechanic, nurse, etc. 
    9.  Stable banking system
    10.  low crime
    11.  The community needs to become part of the local population/culture – can’t be isolationists – historically, that has never worked.

    I read in earlier comments that someone wanted a gym and work out facility – I think farming will work me enough.  LOL Best, S.S.

    • Dr Dias

      Panama is not cheap period!  The Martinelli Government is very unstable, working hard on doubling taxes and collecting revenue and at any cost!The National Police is fast becoming an Occupational standing Army(Right wing Police state) Over the top Public work projects that are in the process of Bankrupting Panama! Over half of the people who live in Panama do not have safe clean drinkable water on a daily basis, which has turn into weeks, months and now years.
      Over half of the public schools in Panama do not have usable toilets, do not have safe clean drinkable water or Electricity.
      Over half of the citizens of Panama suffer from Malnutrition. Streets, roads, highways, potable water systems, sewage systems, electrical grid, all Government services are in dire and severe need of repair, overhaul, and maintenance. Rampant Corruption!  Yes, Panama is a true paradise!!

      • theYiffer

        What’s a “Right-wing Police State”? A police state is socialist (or statist if you wish) in nature. A very LEFT-wing concept.

      • snyderkr1

        “Right” and “Left” mean different things depending on the context.  I’m not a big fan of wikipedia, but there is a really well-done article on Left-Right Politics there with lots of info.  The operative part of the Doc’s descriptor was “police state.”

      • Neveragain

        PANAMA NOW FINGERPRINTS TOURISTS, SCREW PANAMA, WHORE OF USA BABYLON

  • John C Hansen

    My main concern is my health – it is poor and failing.  Where can I go and still get the best medical care?

    • WTWHITTINGTONJR

      FIRST OF ALL,YOU MIGHT WANT TO FIND THE ROOT CAUSE OF YOUR FAILING HEALTH.THEN,ADDRESS THAT MATTER. I HAVE MANY FRIENDS THAT LIVE IN THAILAND,CIGNA INTERNATIONAL WILL COVER YOU IN THAT COUNTRY.BY THE WAY, A LOT OF MOVIE STARS AND WELL TO DO FOLKS GO THERE FOR MEDICAL CARE,INCLUDING SURGERIES. ONE MAN GOT LASIK EYE SURGERY SUCCESSFULLY PERFORMED THERE AND CIGNA INTERNATIONAL PAID FOR IT.

  • Tisshale

    Re: Health Care. As an American, I can only add that the US does NOT have the best health care. It’s all slice & dice. All meds by law have to be artificial ( or they can not get a patent & profits) I personally would go to Germany, England, India, Cuba, Israel..d

  • Yoshi

    Spring water gravity system, security, power backup

  • Alexandra W.

    Mr. Black and most of you will talk about moving money to foreign accounts, buying gold, etc. but what about advice for the next generation? I’m a 23 year old college student- I am paying for my education with cash, but I don’t have any money to send overseas, let alone even pay rent or gas. There are a lot more of us in my age group (albeit a small minority) who are “awake” than many of you might think. But we feel incredibly helpless. Stuck between the lack of jobs, rate of return on a college education (is it REALLY worth it?!) and uncertainty about how much of the previous generation’s debt I will have to pay for (by the way, did anyone ask their unborn grandchildren whether they wanted to pay for “free” power-chairs and diabetic testing supplies?!); many of us feel helpless. We know what’s coming, we know it IS coming, but we don’t know what to do about it.

    • Beerlahairoi

      Alexandra.
      I have thought long and hard about leaving my two adult children and six grandchildren while escaping what is coming down the pike and I can’t leave. There will be many of us in the older generation that are awake who will be left behind to help the next generation.
      Janet L

  • George

    How can one get around the US exit tax as a covered citizen with two passports?

  • Dzerni

    The case of a 22-year old girl from Minsk sounds quite inspiring to me, as I am a 22-year old girl from Brest, Belarus. Thanks for sharing it! And recently I have been thinking a lot about making a change in my life and place of residency…

  • http://www.facebook.com/SEOMogul David Davies

    Doug Casey started an “exclusive” real estate development in a little village in Argentina (it sounded attractive but extremely expensive). But, the more I read about Argentina the less I would desire to move there.
    I would definitely like to have an escape hatch (at least to avoid Maine winters) in a beautiful and semi-rural area in S. or Central America. DD.

    • Demanda004

      I read ya there D.Davies:) I’m sick of Maine winters too! Panama is lovely and my family and I explored it—loved it. Would be way better than Florida!

  • http://www.facebook.com/SEOMogul David Davies

    The Illuminati (or whatever you wish to call the power elite) have hijacked the government of the United States. If you are a young American I figure you either need to understand the reality of the situation and decide either to stay and fight (the 2nd American revolution) or abandon this country. Sorry choices in an age when freedom is blooming in other countries and vanishing in the U.S.

  • http://www.privatemoneybank.com/csevy CamSevy

    I am paraplegic, in a wheelchair, of course, which restricts my travel a bit. I’ve heard it’s tough getting around any country except the USA where ramps are everywhere. Steps are very difficult. How does a wheeled person get around all the places you go?

    My comment is a question. I have an account in the main bank in Bougainville (PNG?) and, according to my online account have enough to feel very confident. Plus they maintain all their money is backed by gold, albeit is still in the ground. The trouble is that it is not liquid. They say SWIFT is holding up any ability to transfer their Kina currency into anything else. Is there a way to prove the stability of a sovereign bank half way across the globe?

  • Rosfin

    I am a paid subscriber to your members only site.  I am having hard time  signing in, help!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CWPMILYEQ2FBBXYJORAAQD7NKU Jan H

    Hey Simon how about if I just send you a couple hundred bucks and you go buy me about 10 acres of good fertile farming land?
    I’m game for that?
    Mehujael

  • Ed

    You know, if you guys got in the habit of promoting and using bitcoin these so called “governments” would go broke in a very short time.

  • Don Ricardo

    Mopsi said it all in a post that was up from 2 years ago.  I will post this and if it works then I will write more to address everyones needs and desires

  • Frustrated Citizen

    Simon asks “What would it take for you to hit the eject button?” In a word, MONEY! The most infuriating thing about these suggestions is the assumption that everyone can just plunk down a wad of cash to buy precious metals, foreign land, or an offshore bank account. This all seems so slanted toward affluent interests. But what about us regular folk who don’t possess a bank roll to implement these suggestions? What about those of us who live paycheck to paycheck and are barely making ends meet? Where is our refuge,OUR sanctuary? I have busted my ass for a paycheck since I was 15 years old and have watched the value of my hard-earned cash diminish. How is a person who earns a low salary in an over-inflated economy, and is barely staying afloat, supposed to seek refuge?? HOW THE HELL is that supposed to happen? CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE GIVE ME SOME VIABLE ANSWERS??! And i’m talking about REAL solutions, not dumb, half-assed remarks I an attempt to sound witty and clever. Give me something I can USE!!!

    • average joe

      Frustrated-  “and at what, if anything, it would take for you to hit the eject button”?  How about “Nothing”?  Nothing’s going to make me run from the land my family’s buried on?  Not petty functionaries of a usless Marxist state, not cops dressed like ninjas crashing my door at 4am.  Not UN soldiers (God- let’s HOPE it’s UN soldiers!), not lawlessness or anything else.  This is MY COUNTRY nad I’m  nOT runnin.  O Herre’s somehting you can use; think on htis.  You’re going to die.  Just like we all do, question is- WHAT did you LIVE for?  Teach you kids, LOVE your family, serve your neighbors, respect what’s right and be ready to fight any and all that would keep you from doing what you KNOW in your heart is right.  (praying isn’t a bad start either).

      • Blaffles Blaffles

        This a very romantic notion you have and I would agree with you except that I know that I am only alive today because my great grandparents got the hell out of Ireland with nothing but the clothes on their backs before they were intentionally starved to death. For many years, I worked for an old Dutch jewish guy whose family had sold everything they had to get him out of the country as a young man to the first place possible (Lima, Peru) so that he could get settled to the point where the others could join him as soon as they could. Unfortunately, he and his young wife were the only ones that got out alive before Hitler invaded.

        I am old now, so I will stay no matter what, but I am working on getting my kids out and safe so that they will be able to raise a family in peace and prosperity. In my opinion, keeping them here because of some patriotic notion or to keep my gravesite company is an insult to my great grandparents who sacrificed everything so that I and my children would have a chance to be alive.

    • 2cents

      if you could find a small piece of land that you could build a small house that’s off the grid and be able to grow your own food you should be ok.You could build the house slowly,preferably local materials, use windmill (small ones ,home made) maybe have some solar panels,or if you buy the property close to a water source which is preferable you could use the water to create electricity.Buy as far as you can from major cities and your place should not be easily accessible.

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