Posts by Simon Black

Simon Black is an international investor, entrepreneur, and founder of Sovereign Man. His free daily e-letter Notes from the Field is about using the experiences from his life and travels to help you achieve more freedom, make more money, keep more of it, and protect it all from bankrupt governments.

  • First post: 16/06/2009
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The death of the big city has been greatly exaggerated

[Editor’s note: This letter was written by our Sovereign Woman—Viktorija.]

Travel is one of those things that rarely goes according to plan… at least for me.


A few weeks ago I told you about how my taxi in Istanbul got lost, and I accidentally ended up in Asia.


Not long after, I was denied boarding while trying to fly from Mallorca to Portugal because the Covid-19 rules had suddenly changed earlier that day.


And now,[...]

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Taking back control– one small step at a time

At the height of World War II, when American soldiers were on the front lines in Europe and the Pacific battling for the very survival of civilization, life back home was starting to feel pretty bleak.

The psychological toll alone was severe.

Countless families had a husband, father, brother, or son fighting in the war, so people worried about their loved ones’ safety on a daily basis.

And just about everyone stressed[...] Click here to continue reading

The First Law of a Plan B

In the summer of 1687, after years of study and reflection, the legendary English scientist Isaac Newton published one of the most important works in the history of the world.


He called it Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, and the insights Newton wrote about shaped the very world we live in today.


Literally *nothing* in modern engineering, from iPhones to skyscrapers, would exist today without Newton and his three-volume treatise.


Among the many game-changing concepts[...]

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The first time we went to see the Germans. . .

[Editor’s note: This letter was written by our Sovereign Woman—Viktorija.]

I was probably six or seven years old when my mother first put that idiotic pink bow in my hair.


She had me dressed up like a little doll, in my nicest shoes and dress, all because we were going to see ‘the Germans’.


I didn’t understand what this meant when I was a little girl. But now I know-- we were crossing the borders[...]

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Antifa is real. It’s violent. And you need to plan for it.

American diplomat George Messersmith found himself in an awkward situation while attending a luncheon in Kiel, Germany in August of 1933.

As lunch came to a close, the attendees erupted into song with arms outstretched in the Nazi salute.

First they belted out Germany’s national anthem, followed by the anthem of the Stormtroopers-- the paramilitary ”Brownshirts” who violently enforced Germany’s new social rules.

Messersmith was the US Consul-General overseeing America’s diplomatic ties[...] Click here to continue reading

When ancient Greece experienced their own ‘2020’…

For the powerful city-state of Athens in ancient Greece, the year 430 BC was one of the most tumultuous and dramatic in its history.


Prior to 430 BC, Athens had been at the pinnacle of stability and power for decades.


But in the course of that single year, the city was invaded by Sparta at the outbreak of the Peloponnesian War; Athenian officials essentially impeached their leader, Pericles, and put him on trial; and a[...]

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Don’t ignore the world we’re living in. Plan for it.

One of the unique benefits of living in Puerto Rico is that it’s usually not too difficult to talk people into coming down here.


It must be something about the beaches and warm, sunny weather… because whenever there’s a face-to-face meeting that needs to take place, people often tell me, “I’ll come down and see you in Puerto Rico.”


It suits me just fine. And that’s why one of my attorneys flew down here yesterday[...]

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Escape to distant, exotic lands… like Canada?

Last Tuesday night, around 10:30pm the Google search term, “How to apply for Canadian citizenship,” spiked.

Other popular searches that night included “how to move to Canada” or simply, “move to Canada.”

This was in response to two men in their 70s childishly bickering at each other for an hour and a half, televised live across the world.

For people in the United States, Canada always seems to be the first place[...] Click here to continue reading

Europe’s Covid refugees are heading to this gorgeous island

[Editor’s Note: This letter was written by our Sovereign Woman, Viktorija]


Mallorca is hands down one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been in my life; this entire island feels like something out of a movie.


Everywhere I’ve been here, I’ve had to constantly stop and take photos; the views only seemed to grow more and more impressive.




Whatever heart-warming fairy tale you read as a child, it could have probably been[...]

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Do you enjoy Beethoven? You must hate women, minorities, poor…

Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice.

Beethoven is a symbol of “exclusion and elitism”


The woke mob is attempting to cancel one of the most famous pieces of music in history-- Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

Their aim? To thwart “wealthy white men who embraced Beethoven[...] Click here to continue reading

Finally. Proof that precious metals prices have been manipulated…

Some time in the mid 3rd century BC, King Hieron of the ancient Greek city-state of Syracuse (in modern day Sicily) ordered a local goldsmith to forge a new, beautiful, golden crown.


But when Hieron was presented with the crown, it didn’t feel quite right.


The King suspected that the smith had put some of the gold in his pocket, and instead fashioned most of the crown out of lesser metals. But this was just[...]

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Are you ready for that Second Passport yet?

Pick your metaphor: Train wreck. Abortion. Cage match. Temper Tantrum. Shit show.

I imagine there were countless people last night staring at their TVs in disbelief, sorely dismayed that the most advanced democracy in the world couldn’t offer a civil discourse.

The media wept after last night’s debate, bemoaning the the lack of dignity in today’s political process.

But perhaps it’s for the better. Perhaps its time people finally realized that there[...] Click here to continue reading

World War II memorial cancelled for being too white

Just when you think it couldn’t get more bizarre… we give you this week’s absurdity.

Mural dedicated to WWII Vets cancelled for being too white


70 years ago, a decorated Veteran from World War II painted a mural on the campus of the University of Rhode Island to honor the fallen who lost their lives in the war.

The 95 year old artist is still alive today, to see his artwork being cancelled.

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Panama is still an obvious escape hatch

At the turn of the 20th century, the United States had recently become the largest economy in the world… and it was showing.

The US had just vanquished Spain in the Spanish-American War, resulting in a vast new American colonial empire, stretching from the Philippines to Puerto Rico.

And it was just the beginning of American dominance overseas.

A few years later in 1903, JP Morgan (as in, the founder of the[...] Click here to continue reading

AOC’s terrorist propaganda video

“I’m not here to poo poo you,” Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told 4.8 million followers on a live Instagram broadcast over the weekend.

“I’m not here to say you’re wrong. Or that you’re a bad person. . . I’m not here to shame you.”

She was talking, of course, to people who aren’t particularly fired up about voting for Joe Biden.

But to AOC, not voting for Biden is the worst possible sin.[...] Click here to continue reading

While I was sitting in the ER, I thought of these three other countries with great healthcare

Around 2:30am a few days ago when I was deep asleep, my significant other suddenly shook me awake and asked me to take her to the emergency room.

She told me she was having trouble breathing and her heart was racing, so we immediately hopped in the car and raced to a nearby urgent care clinic.

Fortunately it all turned out fine. But it was my first experience seeing the Puerto Rico medical[...] Click here to continue reading

California’s governor makes ominous prediction for America

California’s governor made a rather ominous prediction this weekend when he told an interviewer that “California is America. . . fast forward.”


He was talking specifically about the wildfires that have ravaged his state-- a warning that the natural disasters will soon plague the rest of the country too, thanks to climate change.


But his comment should really be taken more broadly… because California really is a snapshot of America in the near future.


Just[...]

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Surprise! Politicians aren’t following their own COVID rules…

Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice.

Philadelphia Mayor caught dining indoors despite his own ban


In March, the Mayor of Philadelphia banned indoor dining throughout the entire city, because of COVID.

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The new puritans are on the prowl

In the spring of 1692, Giles Corey was 80 years old when his wife was accused of witchcraft.


The entire town was in such a frenzy that even Giles started to believe that his wife might be a witch.


Soon after, another person in the town was accused of witchcraft. Then another. And another. And another.


It wasn’t until Giles Corey himself was accused of being a wizard that he realized the whole thing was[...]

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I met expats overseas who are absolutely thriving

[Editor’s note: This letter was written by our Sovereign Woman—Viktorija.]

Just like Simon, I’m probably one of the world’s worst tourists.

When I travel somewhere, I prefer to experience real life in the country or city that I’m visiting.

So my schedule is usually full of meetings and networking with local entrepreneurs, attorneys, bankers, and foreign expats, trying to get a feel for the place.

And after a great trip to[...] Click here to continue reading

“Zip-a-dee-doo-dah” not inclusive enough for Disney

Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice.

Mark Zuckerberg predicts civil unrest in November


File this one away under “No sh*t, Sherlock…” In a yet-to-be aired interview with Axios HBO, Mark Zuckerberg states the obvious that, come election night in the Land of the Free, there[...] Click here to continue reading

I went to Mount Rushmore… before the Bolsheviks cancel it

After having visited 120+ countries on all seven continents, and dozens of states across the US, it’s a pretty rare event these days that I travel somewhere I’ve never been before.

I’m pretty weak in the South Pacific—I’ve never been to Tahiti or Bora Bora… nor central Africa, like the Democratic Republic of Congo.

But most of the rest of the world I have covered.

One blank spot on my US travel[...] Click here to continue reading

Digital Nomads will want to know about these two countries

British Petroleum announced this week that ALL 6,500 employees in its London office will be working from home within the next two years.

BP is even going to shut down the office entirely and sell the building. They’re not the only ones.

Right now, in fact, only 13% of London office workers are back at the office. And as we’ve been saying, many likely won’t return.

When you never have to go[...] Click here to continue reading

Lessons in Social Justice from the 16th century

It was a damp evening in the early 1560s when Walter Kapell was marched through a silent crowd in the town square.

He had just been convicted of heresy by the Inquisition, and he would only have a few more minutes to live.

Kapell was a wealthy man and beloved by the townspeople of his native Diksmuide in modern day Belgium. He reportedly gave much of his wealth away to feed and clothe[...] Click here to continue reading

Germany will pay you to do nothing, but force you to walk your dog

The old joke about the 1990s TV show Seinfeld was that it was a show about nothing. Now it looks like Germany wants to be an economy about nothing.

German University paying scholarships to do nothing


A German university is looking for people it can pay to do nothing. Literally. They want to pay people to refrain from activities.

Anyone can submit proposals on what they pledge to stop doing, for how long, and[...] Click here to continue reading

It’s time to have an honest, rational conversation with your family

When the captain came on the announcement system yesterday morning to introduce himself to passengers, the first thing he said was,

“Ladies and gentlemen, a lot of us have been cooped up and under tremendous stress for the past several months. So the most important thing we can do right now is be kind, patient, and understanding with one another.”

It was an interesting way to start off a flight.

And I[...] Click here to continue reading

It’s time to rethink the Hong Kong dollar

In 221 BC, the 38-year emperor Qin Shi Huang declared total victory against all of his rivals in northern China.

Qin’s ancestors had literally spent centuries invading neighboring states and engaging in complex diplomacy in order to unify China into a single empire.

And Qin Shi Huang was the first Emperor to rule over the unified China that his ancestors had worked so long to build. Talk about having a long-term view.

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Once upon a time in Hollywood. . .

When Charlie Chaplin first arrived to Los Angeles in December 1913, the city was still a fairly small oil town… just a fraction of the size of San Francisco.


LA was so underdeveloped that, as Chaplin wrote in his autobiography, wild coyotes frequently roamed around Hollywood and Beverly Hills.


But within a few years the city was booming, and Chaplin had become one of the most famous people in the world.


This is obviously[...]

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We were humbled by this feedback from our readers

CNN almost makes it sound like a James Bond movie.


It’s like there’s a tuxedo-clad billionaire straightening his bowtie while boarding his private jet and flying off to his private island… where scantily clad women await him with champagne and caviar.


This is the image that CNN conjures when they talk about “the elite world of investment migration.”


The ‘worlds’ most trusted news source’ recently posted an article on its website about second citizenships. They[...]

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This is one of the single biggest threats to the dollar today

In late November 1943, as World War II raged in Europe and the Pacific, leaders of the ‘Big Three’ allied nations-- the United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union, held a key strategy meeting in Tehran.


It’s hard to imagine anymore that the United States and Soviet Union were, at least for a time, allies. Many of us grew up in a world where the Cold War dominated, and threat of mutual nuclear annihilation was[...]

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Does anyone else find this ironic?

Does anyone else find this ironic?


In the age of #MeToo and BLM, the most ‘woke’ political party in the Land of the Free has chosen a guy with multiple sexual misconduct allegations as its presidential nominee; and a lady who locked up countless black people (many for victimless crimes) as its vice presidential nominee?


These are true statements, of course.


Joe Biden was accused of sexual assault a few months ago by a former[...]

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Our enemies will tremble at the sight of our diversity and inclusion. . .

Not long ago, the British Army realized that it needed to completely revamp its recruiting campaign.


The younger generation simply wasn’t responding to the Army’s previous ‘Be All You Can Be’ style of advertising. So British leadership changed the recruiting message to keep up with the massive cultural shift that has been sweeping the world.


Their updated campaign focused on-- you guessed it-- diversity and inclusion.


The Army’s new priority was to show off how[...]

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Economic prosperity is no longer the priority. Guess what happens next…

Recently I held a live Q&A Zoom call with my friend Peter Schiff, and several dozen members of our Total Access group.


And towards the end of the call, one of our members asked-- what do you think the future looks like for the US, and the West in general?


Peter went off into one of his classic tirades about how the US dollar is doomed because of how much money the central bank is[...]

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Ignorance prevails again!

Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice.

Yale Study tests the best Covid vaccine propaganda


Is guilt, self-interest, or anger the most effective way to convince people to get a Covid vaccine?

A Yale study will attempt to answer that question, by studying which message[...] Click here to continue reading

This second passport comes with free university tuition

I’ve written a lot in the past that there are two lifelong benefits that parents can provide their children, practically from birth.

The first is the gift of a foreign language. Every kid is going to learn his/her parents’ native tongue. 

But giving a child constant exposure to a foreign language from a very young age will help them develop an additional native fluency that will last a lifetime.

It makes an[...] Click here to continue reading