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The ultimate self-reliance manual

March 3, 2011
Cancun, Mexico

We talk a lot about self-reliance in our daily conversations, as well as in our premium service. It’s an incredibly important concept– our civilization is based on an array of complex systems upon which just about everyone depends, yet only a few men control.

Our money system, for example, is the lifeblood of the global economy, yet it is predicated on delusions of debt and fiat perpetuated by corrupt bureaucrats.

Our food system, responsible for what we put in our bodies, constitutes one of the single most important aspects of our lives… yet it is based on backroom deals with chemical companies which manufacture unnatural food-like substances trucked across unrealistically long, ‘just in time’ supply routes.

Our political system has a profound effect on the lives of most people, yet it legalizes theft, arrests productivity, and robs growth potential from the nation, all to ensure the lowest common denominator’s allegiance to a tiny elite.

Our energy system provides the essential grid that allows each of us to conduct our lives, drive our cars, heat our homes, surf the web… yet each element in the grid is susceptible to shutdown, overuse, attack, or other such failure that could create substantial turmoil.

In short, these systems are not robust… they are not designed to effectively deal with exogenous shocks, and even a casual glance at current events suggests that the storm clouds of exogenous shocks are gathering.

Becoming more self-reliant on all fronts – health, finances, and freedom – has never been more critical… and even in the unlikely event that there is no inflationary nosedive, resource shortage, or grid failure, you won’t be worse off for becoming more self-reliant.

In short, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

I wholeheartedly believe that it’s possible to achieve self-reliance more easily and rapidly overseas– planting multiple flags to preserve savings, build wealth, and safeguard privacy; establishing a secondary residence overseas in a more robust jurisdiction; obtaining a second passport; etc.

Understandably, there are many folks who are simply unwilling or unable to take certain steps overseas. A foreign residence might sound great, but ailing parents, a recalcitrant spouse, or some other family obligation may prevent them from making the move.

If you find yourself in this category, there are still a lot of things you can do in your home country to become more self-reliant, and my friend Lee Bellinger of Independent Living recently put together what he calls the ‘Ultimate Self-Reliance Mega Manual’. I’ve read it. He isn’t kidding.

To give you some background, Lee is a guy I would describe as ‘philosophically sound.’ He views the world in the same way that I do and understands the need to take steps to achieve self-reliance.

His manual covers topics such as home food production, energy self sufficiency, privacy protection, personal water security, city/state tax havens within the US, emergency communications, dealing with the police, urgent medical care, and a precious metals ‘how-to’ guide.

All together, Lee’s material amounts to a few hundred pages of highly actionable content and essential skill development. For a limited time, he’s also giving away a free half-ounce silver coin to get you started on your precious metals collection.

You can read more about Lee’s offer here.

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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  • Mike J

    If you have poor credit in the U.S. does that affect you starting a business in another country? I am moving to Chile and will have 50k to place in a bank account there. As I have read through many posts here, our u.s. government has heavy influence all over the world!

  • http://justen.us Justen Robertson

    It’s a good thing you recommended this, because when I see these “giant wall of scattered text” style websites, I usually just click away immediately. Pro tip: paying a designer a paltry $1500 to build you a website that does not look like every internet scam site since the dawn of the web is going to pay dividends in consumer confidence. There’s more to building a website than learning the i and b tags; a professional website is not a DIY project unless you’re willing to put in the time to learn to do it right.

    Anyway, sorry to be all negative but as a designer/developer this is a serious peeve of mine. Thanks for the link. :)

  • Scotty

    Good article Simon. $49 isn’t bad – I just might check out the manual.
    Sadly, most people are utterly clueless and hopelessly dependent on these systems. Also, I’ve found that even people that are ‘aware’ and that are taking active steps to protect their assets, fail to protect their HEALTH. What is wealth without health?
    The processed food most eat is garbage – most doctors are glorified drug dealers in white coats – and the advice we get from government agencies is politically motivated and usually flat out WRONG.
    In my humble opinion, educating oneself on proper diet, nutrition and wellness, should be STEP ONE on the road to self-reliance.

  • Forrest

    Simon,
    If you know Lee Bellinger at all well, please tell him he needs to offer a downloadable version of his Mega-Manual, preferably in epub format. Now that we have moved to Panama I suspect we have bought nearly our last physical book.
    I’ll bet that applies to lots of your subscribers.
    We attended the workshop. Thank you so much for putting it on. Years ago, I attended the est training, created by Werner Erhard. It was life changing in an entirely different way. I only mention it to tell you that Werner was known to repeat frequently that we should gauge our behavior to forward what is ‘wanted and needed’ in the world. Unfortunately, he had collectivist tendencies. Even so, I like the thought. Your decision to move on to the Resilient Community rather than doing more workshops (which I suspect could be quite lucrative) seems to me an example of doing what is wanted and needed. People like us think it is fine for you to be paid to do it. But doing what is wanted and needed as opposed to just making a buck makes for a much more satisfying life (as I know you know). Thanks for your integrity and thanks for doing things that align so nicely with what independent, freedom minded people are helped by.
    Forrest

    • Hschumann

      Werner had “collectivist tendencies”? Could you please elaborate.

  • Bourne

    I’m w/ Justin… The site looks like a scam site. Specifically, it reminds me exactly of the Porter Stansberry BS… The site looks the same, the ebook/report is “free” with the purchase of a year long subscription, and the subscription is normally $99, but wait, it’s yours for the low price of $49 if you sign up right now!

    This cat and his book may be legit, but he should seriously consider using WordPress to make a legitimate looking site.

    • Youreanidiot

      WordPress ….. as if THAT adds legitimacy …. what an ignorant statement.

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  • Coniuzelac

    i’m semi-multi flagged – but should accounts be under the same name or identity? if not, how do you manage things – more and more accounts are not allowing transfers between different accounts

  • Eddiethewire

    yes, time to get with the times and offer is as epub or PDF, Mr. Bellinger. We, too, are preparing to sell the house and become ‘mobile’, so books need to be non-paper for us, like our Panama friend mentioned…

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