Author: Simon Black

James (aka 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.

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Five ways to loosen Big Tech’s grip on your life

I imagine there are countless people right now who feel a wide range of emotions when it comes to Big Tech companies. Anger. Disgust. Confusion. Fear. We’ve watched with exasperation as Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. have systematically squashed intellectual dissent; their actions have been so commonplace that there’s even a name for

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“Spend as much as you can and then spend a little bit more.”

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. “Spend as much as you can and then spend a little bit more.” At an economic forum

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Build Back Bitter

It’s over everyone, you can sleep easy again— the party of peace, tolerance, and reconciliation is back in power. Amen. And Awomen. They claim they want to heal and unify the nation. But clearly the only way to do so is to create enemies lists and silence anyone with dissenting opinions. For example,

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Everything’s fine, there’s absolutely nothing to see here

In the darkest corners of our human instincts lies a psychological phenomenon that is the result of millions of years of evolutionary biology. It’s called “tonic immobility”. And it refers to a form of paralysis that occurs when we’re terrified and facing extreme mental or emotional trauma. Tonic immobility is common in nature.

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The latest COVID absurdity: walking with hot beverages

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. Women Surrounded by British Police for Taking a Walk You’re allowed to exercise outside of your home

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A message to anyone who feels like ‘Winston’ in Orwell’s 1984

“The ideal set up by the Party was something huge, terrible, and glittering . . . all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting– three hundred million people all with the same face.” That was a quote from George Orwell’s seminal work 1984— a masterpiece that

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2021 may be the year that the world loses confidence in the dollar

Nearly 186 years ago to the day, on January 8, 1835, US President Andrew Jackson accomplished what no other American president has done before, or since: he paid off the national debt. Jackson was a staunch fiscal conservative. He despised banks, and, according to his biographer, he considered central banking “black magic”, and

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New York Wants COVID Concentration Camps

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. Congress Goes Gender Neutral, Starting with “Amen, and Awomen.” It’s tradition that an opening prayer is read

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This is an obvious double standard

I imagine that every single one of us has had a huge argument with a loved one at some point in our lives. Sometimes it’s because of some issue that’s deeply personal to us. But the other person just doesn’t get it. We’re angry, they’re dismissive. We’ve probably all been there– upset about

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The coming ‘woke’ American Theocracy

Over a two day period in late March of 1979, the people of Iran held a groundbreaking referendum to turn their country into a theocratic Islamic Republic where the religious leaders ruled supreme. According to the wholeheartedly honest and incorruptible officials who counted the votes, 99.3% of the ballots were cast in favor

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How does anyone take these people seriously?

Last week, just before the canceled New Year’s holiday, the US federal government released updated dietary guidelines for the next five years. You know what I’m talking about– these are the government guidelines that recommend we consume a certain amount of Calories, fats, protein, carbs, etc. every day. I don’t know that anyone

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1984? Twitter Mob cancels English Literature

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. San Francisco Drug Overdoses Outpace COVID Deaths San Francisco is a city that implemented some of the

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Mandatory Vaccines and woke logic

In response to COVID-19, Cornell University requires that students returning to campus must receive a flu shot. That’s not a type-o: they want you to have a flu shot… to battle Covid. Obviously the flu shot doesn’t protect you from COVID-19. But hey, this isn’t the first COVID response that makes absolutely no

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I can’t believe it: I agree with AOC

Since the beginning of March, the US federal government has spent more than $5 trillion battling the Coronavirus and the effects of COVID-19. And governments around the world, from Europe to China, have spent trillions more. And that amount doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the long-term economic toll, including then

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Governing by Rage and Ridicule

Back in July, Yale University began a critical study on COVID vaccines. But there was an interesting twist to Yale’s study: scientists weren’t looking at the actual vaccine candidates; instead they were studying how to most effectively convince people to take a vaccine. One of the things they tested, in fact, was how

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Why the number ‘3’ may make you rethink Covid hysteria

Yesterday I promised to explain why the number three is among the most compelling data points discovered so far in Covid-19 research. And it’s something that you most likely won’t see in the mainstream media, even though the data is right there in the FDA’s research. Covid has clearly been THE most heavily

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Wealth Taxes, Mask Nazis, and COVID Rules, Oh My!

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. Argentina Passes Wealth Tax in the Name of COVID Recovery In response to COVID-19, Argentina implemented strict

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My personal story from the collapse of the Soviet Union

[Editor’s note: Marat K, one of our team members who grew up during the collapse of the Soviet Union, tells the story of his own experiences during that period.] When I was a kid growing up in the Soviet Union, it was essentially forbidden to make a better life for yourself. You couldn’t

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Are you preparing for the wrong disaster?

Global cooling was the big fear in the early 1970s, believe it or not. Experts in climate, ecology, and geology from top universities like Stanford and Brown all seemed to form a consensus that a new ice age would be upon us by 2020. By 1988, the major fear had shifted to global

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“Listen to the scientists”

If there were a Mount Rushmore to memorialize the greatest scientists in US history, Richard Feynman’s face would almost certainly be on the monument. He was only 24 years of age when he was recruited into a secret research group that eventually became part of the Manhattan Project, joining some of the other

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NASDAQ green lights seedless watermelons to join company boards

NASDAQ is one of the largest stock exchanges in the world and home to most of the biggest names in tech. Companies worth a total of $17 TRILLION– nearly the entire size of the US economy– are listed on the NASDAQ exchange, including Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon. You’d think the executives

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4 Reasons to Consider Portugal for Your Plan B

In September 1968, after four decades iron-fisted rule, Portugal’s de facto dictator, António de Oliveira Salazar, suffered a freak accident that caused a massive brain hemorrhage. Miraculously he survived. But he never recovered from the injury, and his enemies seized on the opportunity to remove him from power. Salazar had ruled since 1932.

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How easy it is to be “dangerous”

Early in the morning around 3am on March 24, 1603, Queen Elizabeth I died after ruling over England for more than four decades. Her successor was proclaimed only hours later– James Charles Stuart, who at the time was serving as King of Scotland. James was known as a religious hardliner. He became obsessed

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And the Emmy Goes to…

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. And the Emmy Goes to the Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of

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Didn’t We Learn This Lesson 400 Years Ago?

Exactly 400 years ago, 102 Pilgrims were staring down what promised to be a brutal winter, after first coming to shore, and setting up a tiny village in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The industrious, God-fearing Pilgrims decided to pull together and pool their resources and efforts to better survive winter. They created a commune, and

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People going hungry = Record high stock prices

New York City is up 33% this year. St. Louis is up 66%. In Oregon it’s up 100%. I’m not talking about real estate prices, local budget gaps, or even property tax rates. These are the startling increases in the number of people across the country, and the world, who are in need

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The ACLU and College Professors are Encouraging Book Burnings

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. ACLU and Professor Team Up to Encourage Book Burnings Abigail Shrier has committed the ultimate sin: she

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Panama rolls out new residency options

If the idea of packing up and leaving has crossed your mind lately, you certainly aren’t alone. With so many people across the globe staring at a new wave of COVID lockdowns, higher taxes, more chaos in their cities, etc., heading out for greener pastures is a really attractive proposition, especially now that

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Get ready for the “Work From Home” Tax

Once upon a time, long long ago in a dreamworld far far away, banks actually used to be capitalists. They were wealth creators. They wanted to do business with their customers. They facilitated important trade and commerce. They acted responsibly and conservatively with other people’s money. Now it’s a totally different story. Banks

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Guess which Big Tech executive just bought a second passport

The former CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, will be one of the last people to receive citizenship in Cyprus through the country’s Citizenship by Investment program. Schmidt’s name showed up on Cyprus’s list of approved applications in October, around the same time Cyprus announced it was suspending the program. Remember- Cyprus essentially went

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What happens if Puerto Rico becomes a state?

In late 2018, after more than seven fantastic years of living in Chile, I decided to move to Puerto Rico to take advantage of the island’s incredible tax incentives. By moving to Puerto Rico, I traded my right to vote in US federal elections for a 4% tax rate. And I’m pretty confident

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It’s started already: “We have a list…”

On September 18 of the year 96 AD, a fairly obscure and elderly politician named Marcus Cocceius Nerva was proclaimed Emperor of Rome by the Senate. Rome was in chaos at the time; the empire had suffered from years of turmoil, economic decline, and oppression. Most of the last several emperors– going back

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Talk about a landslide

Well that wasn’t exactly the landslide we were promised. Obviously there are a lot of unknowns right now. But regardless of who ends up being declared (or ruled) the winner, there are a few things you can count on: The nation will remain divided. About 50% of the voting population will be even

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Don’t forget to vote for yourself

The year 63 BC was an election year in ancient Rome, and an ambitious 37-year old was locked in a heated race for one of Rome’s most powerful offices: pontifex maximus. The young politician, of course, was Julius Caesar. And he ran a cutthroat campaign against his opponents– two seasoned senators, both of

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