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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Some clear thinking on gold at its all-time high

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a fan of Bruce Lee.

I was probably about four years old when I first watched one of his movies. And I was instantly hooked. The guy was legendary.

As a teenager, I learned more about how he lived, and I began to admire his tenacity, discipline, and relentless pursuit of self-improvement… qualities that I endeavored to attain.

I remain a fan to[...] Click here to continue reading

You can now be fined, jailed, and assaulted for not wearing a mask

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.

Governors proclaim chicken wings are not a meal

The pandemic has made Governors so power hungry that they are now telling restaurants what counts as a meal.

States like California and New York are forcing restaurants and bars[...] Click here to continue reading

And suddenly your passport is worthless

Imagine being a seventeen year old, travelling internationally, all by yourself.

It’s scary, but exciting-- all the more so because you have been accepted to Harvard University.

You’ve worked your tail off for years, all culminating in this amazing opportunity for an education at one of the top schools in the world.

And so, after an exhilarating summer travel adventure around the world, you hop a plane to the US where you’re[...] Click here to continue reading

Available now: free house with a majestic ocean view

Yesterday I had the pleasure of hosting one of our Total Access members, and his son, over to my house for lunch.

(We did this extremely radical thing where we happily shook hands, and then sat face to face to share a meal and a real, live conversation.)

He told me how he had spent the last few weeks here in Puerto Rico to decide if this was a place he could spend[...] Click here to continue reading

This is bigger than Covid. But few people are paying attention.

Most people realize that 2020 has thrust two game-changing trends upon us that will change the world for years to come.

The first is Covid.

In less than six months, this virus has created extreme global hysteria and economic devastation.

Countless businesses have gone bust or are teetering on the edge. Tens of millions of jobs have been lost.

Government debt around the world has exploded higher. And their heavy-handed abuse[...] Click here to continue reading

3,500% return from a safe ‘forever asset’

In the year 1649 after nearly a decade of painstaking work, the legendary Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn put the finishing touches on one of his masterpieces: Christ Healing the Sick.

The piece is considered a technical and artistic marvel, proving without doubt that Rembrandt’s skills were truly ahead of his time.

So it’s no surprise that he sold the piece for a record-setting 100 Dutch guilders… an incomprehensible amount of money to[...] Click here to continue reading

Mortgage rates are effectively negative in the Land of the Free

By the late 200s AD, the economy of ancient Rome was in serious distress.

There was hardly a single year during that entire century without some major crisis-- civil war, barbarian invasion, plague, imperial assassination, political scandal, or economic depression.

It was so bad, in fact, that historians refer to this period as the Crisis of the Third Century. And the Roman economy suffered immeasurably as a result of all the turmoil.

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No surprise: silver is one of the best performing assets in world

Sovereign Man is a little over 11 years old.

And when we started this business, silver was worth $13 per ounce at the time.

My philosophy then, just like today, is that precious metals hold their value over the long-term.

But back then, there was one key indicator that told me an investment in silver could pay off fairly quickly.

In 2009, silver was trading at a ratio of over 70:1[...] Click here to continue reading

The #1 destination for American expats is still very compelling

I’m an immigrant.

And I’ve been an immigrant for most of my adult life.

Over the past 20+ years, I’ve lived in ten different countries across Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and I’ve spent far more time outside my native country (the United States) than in it.

In most cases, whenever I moved to a new country I went through a formal process to obtain legal residency.

Each time[...] Click here to continue reading

What a surprise– there’s a mass exodus out of New York City!

In the 1650s, European rivals like England and France were busy dividing up the New World in North America.

France settled much of modern day Quebec in Canada, and England initially settled colonies in the mid-Atlantic.

The English and French didn’t have much in common, and they were bitter rivals. But one thing they did agree on was their mutual hatred of Jewish people.

This was part of a long tradition in[...] Click here to continue reading

It’s never too late to start

By the summer of 1789, the people of France finally reached their breaking point.

France was the largest, most powerful empire in the world at the time. But their economy had been in ruins for years. Unemployment was high. Inflation had spiraled out of control. And after a very tough winter, many people had starved to death.

Violence, riots, and looting were a common occurrence, and Paris boiled in anger.

On the[...] Click here to continue reading

Federal Reserve: Everything is fine. Just like in 2008

It’s nothing but rosy news coming from the Federal Reserve.

Recently the Fed released this reassuring statement:

“The banking system remains well-capitalized under even the harshest of these downside scenarios. . .”

In other words, everything is just fine.

Yet at the same time, the Fed also announced that it would impose restrictions on bank dividends and stock buybacks, essentially preventing banks from passing along their profits to shareholders.

If[...] Click here to continue reading

My ridiculous saga to refuse free government PPP money

A few months ago when the US government announced its ‘Paycheck Protection Program’ for small businesses, my first thought was, “This is going to be seriously abused.”

PPP, as it’s called, was the crown jewel in Uncle Sam’s efforts to sprinkle trillions of dollars around the US economy; the idea was that the government would guarantee loans to small businesses… and they specifically wrote the legislation for the loans to NOT be paid back.
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The problem with monuments. . .

Well, we knew it was bound to happen sooner or later.

Last week a handful of students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison called for a statue of Abraham Lincoln to be removed from the campus.

Unlike other more ‘controversial’ Lincoln statues that portray him breaking the chains of slavery, this one simply shows Lincoln sitting in a chair.

But it’s offensive, say the students. And they want it removed.

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

1 million dead people received federal bailout checks

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.

A million dead people received stimulus checks totalling $1.4 billion

In response to coronavirus lockdowns, a tanking economy, and millions out of work, the US government sent $1,200 stimulus checks to most Americans.

Over 1.1 million of those[...] Click here to continue reading

You should really start thinking about a second passport

On September 3, 1838 Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey sat in a train car heading north out of Baltimore.

Frederick would later recount how his heart pounded as he waited for the conductor to check his papers. As a black man in a southern slave state, Frederick had to prove he was legally allowed to travel north to the free states.

But Frederick didn’t have “free papers” because he was still enslaved. Instead, he[...] Click here to continue reading

Great news from the most prosperous nation on earth

By the mid-1990s, the economy of Zimbabwe was in serious trouble.

The national government under its dictator Robert Mugabe had spent years confiscating private property-- real estate, businesses, factories, bank deposits, etc. 

And unsurprisingly, this had a disastrous effect on the economy.

Productive citizens and talented entrepreneurs left Zimbabwe in droves-- after all, who would want to keep operating under such awful conditions? 

So within a few years, everything from food[...] Click here to continue reading

Under this new law, cryptocurrency could become illegal

In early 1775, Benjamin Franklin and his European colleague, Charles Dumas, developed a secret method of communicating with each other.

Dumas had spent years gathering intelligence in Europe to assist the Americans in their revolt against Britain. But the two needed a secure way to pass information across the Atlantic.

So they developed a special cipher-- a crude form of encryption where letters and words were substituted for numerals.

The decryption key[...] Click here to continue reading

The one statue that remains untouched: Vladimir Lenin

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.

Today we tackle the woke.

NYC’s inspiring breakthrough in the science of contact tracing

“Contact tracing” is a tactic whereby public health officials attempt to track where you’ve been, and who you’ve been in contact with, in their[...] Click here to continue reading

You don’t have a savings account. You have a dwindling account

On April 5, 1933 everyone’s favorite fascist, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, signed an executive order which outlawed the private ownership of gold.

To justify the seizure, FDR used wartime authorities under the “Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917”. The law was never repealed after World War One, so Roosevelt used it to declare a national banking emergency.

Roosevelt’s order demanded that all Americans must surrender their gold to a Federal Reserve Bank[...] Click here to continue reading

Your barber has more training than your police force

Late in the evening of April 24, 1980, the US military launched a risky operation in the Middle East codenamed “Eagle Claw”.

52 American diplomats and government workers had been held hostage for nearly six months at the former US Embassy in Iran, and Jimmy Carter (then US President) had tasked the military with mounting a rescue.

In military parlance, Eagle Claw was a “Charlie Foxtrot,” i.e. a complete debacle.

Miscommunication, poorly maintained aircraft, and[...]

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Five places that should boom from the coming Covid migration

Today’s the day.

Across the Land of the Free, and much of the world, local governments are finally starting to allow businesses to re-open and employees to come back to the office.

Offices in New York City opened this morning for the first time in months, after Comrade Mayor Bill de Blasio’s politburo finally approved the policy.

The Republic of CHAZ, formerly known as Seattle, was approved for ‘Phase II reopening’ on[...] Click here to continue reading

Another 8-year old ‘criminal mastermind’ arrested

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.

Eight year old boy arrested for asking if he could buy candy with fake money

At a parade in Switzerland, fake money was thrown around for children to collect.

The obviously fake cash is called “spirit money.” Featuring[...] Click here to continue reading

One weird sign of trouble in the banking sector

It was only a few generations ago that most people spent their entire lives within a few miles of where they were born.

They grew up, lived, worked, and retired, all in the same place. And that was normal.

Travel and relocation didn’t really become commonplace until after World War II. But even then, the most common reason people moved was because of a job.

And it has remained that way for[...] Click here to continue reading

It’s time to get rid of your $20 bills…

On May 12, 1703, the Russian army under Peter the Great captured an important Swedish fort on the Baltic Sea called Nyenskans.

It was a major victory for Peter in his war against the Swedish Empire. Russia was a rising power in the early 1700s, but Peter was in critical need of a Baltic seaport to be able to trade with the rest of Europe.

The capture of Nyenskans was so important that[...] Click here to continue reading

Another “mob justice” #fail

You probably know the story already: on Friday night, an intoxicated man in Atlanta got behind the wheel of a vehicle and drove to a local Wendy’s fast food restaurant.

When he arrived, he passed out while still in the driver’s seat of his vehicle… which also happened to be smack dab in the middle of the Wendy’s drive-thru lane, so he was blocking the other customers.

Wendy’s staff called the police… which[...] Click here to continue reading

More examples of the Twitter mob taking over

Every Friday we bring you some of the most ridiculous stories we found throughout the week that are threats to your liberty and prosperity.

This week we are focused on “cancel culture” also known as mob-rule. Here’s how it is killing any remaining freedom of thought and discussion in our society.

Mob punishes soccer player because of his wife’s Tweet

Until last Friday, Aleksander Katai played professional soccer for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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Governments are offering Covid discounts… on citizenship

If 2020 has taught us anything so far, it’s that anything is possible… even things that we previously believed to be unthinkable.

Angry Twitter mobs can take over the country. Private property rights can be suspended. The entire economy can be shut down.

And it can all happen in an instant. One day everything is normal. The next, poof.

That’s why, as I discussed earlier this week, the need for a Plan[...] Click here to continue reading

Our new form of government: Rule by Twitter Mob

In one of the starkest examples of how mob rule has taken over the Land of the Free, #defundthepolice is now rapidly moving from being just a hash tag, to becoming a reality.

9 out of the 12 members of the Minneapolis City Council (which is a veto-proof majority that can easily override the city’s boy mayor) pledged yesterday to completely dismantle its police department.

Their reasoning?

According to the city council[...] Click here to continue reading

It should be obvious by now– it really makes sense to have a Plan B

There are undoubtedly countless people right now who can hardly believe what they’ve been seeing over the past few months.

Global pandemic, total economic shutdown, tens of millions of jobs lost, trillions of dollars of debt and money printing, and now, social unrest, including riots and looting, brought on by yet another harrowing murder at the hands of the police.

A poll conducted by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal last week[...] Click here to continue reading

Some positive moments amid all the turmoil

Look, things aren’t feeling so bright and cheery in the US right now. And the sad truth is that there are some tough times ahead.

We usually bring you stories on Friday that are absurd or even infuriating.

I’m sure you’ve seen enough of that this week.

So we thought we’d share a few moments of character and integrity shown at protests across the US, which shined through all the tragedy.

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It turns out you -can- spot a bad apple. You just can’t remove one

So it turns out that Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was filmed murdering George Floyd last week, had 17 different complaints of serious misconduct during his career.

That puts him among the 10% worst offenders in the Minneapolis police department.

The complaints vary from being named in a brutality lawsuit, to using demeaning, unprofessional language in public, to aiming his weapon at children.

But Chauvin never got into any[...] Click here to continue reading

“Nor tolerate those who do. . .”

It’s been nearly two and a half decades since I was a brand new, freshly bald-headed cadet entering my first summer at West Point.

Everything about it was agonizing. We operated on little sleep. The hazing never stopped. There were constant military and physical exercises. And it was only the beginning of four years of endless pressure and stress.

In retrospect I can admit it was definitely a character-building experience. And I understand[...] Click here to continue reading

Arsonist burns down church for breaking lockdown 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.

Church burnt down for ignoring lockdown rules

“Bet you stay home now you hypokrits [sic]," read the misspelled graffiti outside of a burnt down church in Mississippi.

That graffiti, of course, is suspected to have come from the[...] Click here to continue reading

UK uses Feudal System law to seize £150 million from bank accounts

During the summer of 1215 in a riverfront meadow near London, some of England’s top barons gathered to confront King John and force him to sign a contract guaranteeing their rights and freedoms.

The contract became known as the Magna Carta. And one of its key provisions (#43) gave the Barons protection against something called ‘escheat’.

In medieval times, ‘escheat’ referred to the property being forcibly passed to the King if its original[...] Click here to continue reading