Become a spectator instead of a victim

July 13, 2012
Warsaw, Poland

One of the things that sets Warsaw apart from every other European capital is the noticeable lack of an old city center.

Athens, Paris, London, Rome, Prague, Kiev– these cities are thousands of years old, and it shows. One of Europe’s delights, in fact, is the continent’s well-preserved architecture.

Yet despite being founded over 1,000 years ago, Warsaw is largely devoid of such splendor. Most of the city was completely demolished by the Nazis after several years of invasion, occupation, and insurrection.

It was right around this time 73-years ago, in fact, that Nazi forces began to mass at the Polish border in preparation for invasion.

Roman and Lucja Frydman enjoying a leisurely summer day with their two young daughters shortly before the Nazi invasion in 1939. Miraculously, all four survived and were reunited in 1945.

A few people here saw the obvious writing on the wall and got the hell out. Others put faith in government to resolve the problems. Others presumed there would be conflict but completely underestimated its severity.

Warsaw after the invasion

Many of those who left ended up in South America where they watched the war unfold in newspaper headlines rather than out their front window… or from behind the razor wire of a Jewish ghetto.

The example of World War II may be extreme, but history is full of other instances when people made a conscious decision to be a spectator rather than a victim.

Of course, there have also been untold millions who packed their bags and sought greener pastures overseas merely to avail themselves to the opportunities abroad.

Hanseatic peasants fled their feudal lifestyles and flocked in droves to the imperial free city of Bremen where they could be regarded as free persons and own property.

13th century Venice became the center of the merchant class universe, and intrepid youths were making fortunes under the city-state’s venture capital structures.

Smart, productive people from all over Europe went to London in the 19th century where they had a real shot of success in the country’s booming industrial economy.

As the economic tides shift today, the same trend will hold true: people will pack up and head abroad, whether in search of opportunity, to get out of Dodge, or perhaps both.

This trend has held for as long as there has been human civilization. This time is not different.  But we do have a few advantages over our ancestors.

In the past, people who wanted to safeguard their wealth and their families had to get on a plane, train, boat, or mule to make it happen.

Today, it’s possible to derive many of the same benefits of being overseas without having to even leaving your house.

For example, you can ship your savings overseas by opening a foreign bank account online, or through the mail.

You can move gold and silver abroad with a couple of phone calls and emails.

You can buy a small escape hatch in a pleasant foreign country without setting foot on an airplane.

You can even obtain another passport without leaving town.

I’d like to show you how… and why you ought to be doing these things. And I’m willing to do it for free.

As I’ve written over the last few days, I’ll be holding a special online briefing next Wednesday, July 18th.

This briefing is designed to explain what’s really happening, not just with the global economy, but with the erosion of freedom and fundamental principles of western civilization itself.

Drawing from my own extensive boots on the ground experiences in over 100 countries, the insights of influential figures that I deal with, analysis of key macroeconomic indicators, and the nearly countless examples that history provides, the briefing aims to propose what might happen next.

More importantly, I plan on giving listeners some critical solutions, with actionable information, so that they too can become spectators, not victims.

Oh, and before I forget, I’ll cap off the briefing with a special offer to join me and some of my colleagues next month at an insanely beautiful estate I’ve rented out in the Italian wine country for an intimate gathering of like minds.

I hope you join us next week for the call, and I look forward to speaking with you then.