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    "Sovereign Individualism"

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    ow to Survive and Thrive During the Collapse of the Welfare State.

    “Individual sovereignty is something that each of us will have to develop in stages, which I envision as follows:

    1) Mental sovereignty.
    This is when you see yourself as a free agent on planet earth. When you conclude that involuntary servitude is immoral; and when you resolve to remove yourself from it. You recognize that rulers exist, but you do not think that they have a right to use coercion.

    2) Financial sovereignty.
    Financial sovereignty is removing your assets from the grasp of the rulers. There are many ways of doing this, some better than others. One of the problems people encounter when seeking financial sovereignty is that rulers like to spy on every transaction that occurs in their territory. This allows them to identify what they consider their money, and to know where it is, so that it can be readily seized. To avoid this, people have long done business 'off the books'. Now, you can also do business in cyberspace. If your correspondence and money transfers remain encrypted, the rulers can't tell what you are doing or where your money is. For the moment, real estate and large items (such as cars) are all numbered, tagged, and taxed. Either pay or have your property seized. I know of no good way around this yet, save for finding places where the extortion is less painful.

    3) Physical sovereignty.
    It will probably be a while before physical sovereignty is widespread. The rulers have too many policemen and agents patrolling their territories. If you live there, you must either pay, or have your property and freedom forcibly removed.

    4) Yet, there are ways to avoid most of this problem. Chief among them is the PT (Perpetual Traveler) method:

    a) First you obtain citizenship in a country that does not tax income earned outside of their borders. You will rarely spend any time in this country.

    b) Second, you keep your money in another country; one with reasonably good banking laws and stable banks.

    c) Thirdly, you live and/or earn income in still another country or countries. As a result, wherever you go in the world (save the country of your citizenship, where you have
    no business and no assets), you are technically a tourist; just spending some time while passing through.

    Does this work? Sure it does, lots of people do this, or some modified version of it. Will it require you to structure your life a bit differently?
    Probably; but it's probably worth it.


    If you can combine mental sovereignty with the tools for financial sovereignty that exist here on the edges of cyberspace, and arrange your physical life as a PT, you can reasonably well approximate full sovereignty. You will still have to beware of oppressors as you cross some borders, and you will have to keep a low profile; but this is doable, and some of us are doing it already.


    Complete and practical sovereignty will not exist until border guards, police road blocks, tax investigators, and passports are either gone, or are of no power. Will that ever happen? Sure. The question is probably "when", more than "if". Don't think that this is unrealistic in the long term. The more people become sovereign (especially financially sovereign), the less money the oppressors will have to police us all. Remember that everything they do is paid for with money they take from us. When the stream of money slows down, they won't be able to afford so many prying agents. It's all a question of numbers. The more productive people join us, the less they can do. After a while, they'll be left with more people on the dole than people to pay their bills. (Policemen don't work for free.) Then they'll get very nasty, and then they'll shut down.

    Will this be messy? Yes, it will. We are still freemen running ahead of a pack of thieves. Yet true individual sovereignty is fairly close at hand. Get as much of it as you can. Just like in the movie, The Matrix - the freedom we think we have is largely an illusion. The truth is, we're increasingly living in a fusion of those two infamous totalitarian futures - George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. But, cast your mind back - life was not always like that. And more importantly, it doesn't have to be. You can escape.

    Have you ever dreamt you could fly?
    I certainly have - many times. Apparently, it's quite common - almost an international human yearning. And whenever I stand on a beach, watching seagulls swoop and glide - with graceful ease and obvious pleasure - I'm always reminded of why this image is so powerful and so enticing. It embodies the very idea of freedom - the essence of living free. When I was young, this flying dream seemed almost a nightly event. And knowing what I know now, that doesn't surprise me one bit. Why? Because as children we are full of dreams and hopes - and a sense of magical adventure.

    Do you remember your own childhood optimism? Do you remember how the world once seemed full of possibilities - and how you could be or achieve anything in life? And now - whenever you hear a young child being asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" - are you not charmed, but also a little cynical, by their often typical replies? Replies like, "I want to be an astronaut". Or, "I want to be an international film star". When we, as adults, hear such naive optimism - doesn't it perhaps strike a painful chord within - of lost innocence, of lost hope? Yes, at some point - most of us lost the big dream. Maybe not the smaller dreams, but more than likely we lost the belief that anything is possible in this world.

    You probably don't remember exactly when it happened, when most your big dreams and aspirations slowly got squeezed out of you. That's not surprising. The process of being shaped into a compliant social unit starts early and gradually in life - with all the "NO" words we heard, and in the training camps we call schools. But at some point our inner fire was dampened, our grand hopes became unrealistic - and we settled for a normal life with smaller dreams - like most everyone else. Welcome to reality. But it's a lie! This reality, we're all expected to accept, is in fact a prison.A prison for your body, mind and spirit. For just consider this:
    • Your life is not your own
    • Your money is not your own
    • You are subject to bureaucratic intrusions, regulations and scrutiny
    • You are taxed and levied like a serf in the Middle Ages
    • You are numbered, registered, watched and listened to
    • You are told what you can and cannot do - in the most personal of matters

    In short, you are bound and gagged and subject to the arbitrary whims and edicts of a vast array of ever-expanding external authorities - a matrix of social control and propaganda.

    But it doesn't have to be that way!
    You don't have to put up with it. It's never too late to reverse the trend, to buck the system, and to assert your right to freedom and happiness - to declare your personal independence. You see, there is a real alternative to a life of enforced conformity. There is a way to escape - permanently. There is another world out there where hope is rekindled and where opportunity is reborn. It's an alternative world - where power is devolved to the individual, and where you are no longer a cog in the wheel, or a number in some bureaucrat's database. It's a world of the sovereign individual - a person who has moved beyond the concept of belonging to a nation - and who is a citizen of the world. A world of international living and global opportunities. A world where you pay a lot less tax, or even none at all. A world where your assets are protected in offshore bank accounts, and where your personal, business and financial affairs are completely private. A world where personal freedom flourishes, where you call the shots - and where anything is possible.

    However, it's a world that is virtually invisible right now, and known to very few - because it's in an early stage of development and evolution. It is still very much a hidden world. To understand this emerging world, you need to understand how the present international power structures are crumbling, and why. You need to understand how the locus of power is shifting from the collective (the state) to the individual - resulting in the gradual demise of the sovereign nation state, and the rise of the sovereign individual. And you need to understand how, with the right knowledge, you can participate in, and benefit from, the monumental changes that are underway.

    The crux of this change is the shift from the nationalist mindset to that of an internationalist. And the technology that has made this shift possible is the internet. The whole history of mankind has been based on the ties of family, tribe, religion and nation. Until quite recently, people grew up, lived and died, in the country they were born in - with no true experience of the outside world. But all that changed with the advent of the internet. The internet has created a massive, interconnected, international community that any individual can plug into. This is a first in the whole history of the human race. Never before has such a technology allowed individuals to move, virtually, beyond the borders of their own nation and culture - beyond the borders of their own experience.

    And this fusing of individuals across national borders, from every nook and cranny on the planet, is causing a shift in perception and allegiance. People are discovering they can connect, do business, learn, work and play in a whole new way. A way that empowers them as individuals as never before. The very essence of the internet is subversive to the existing power structures - those embedded in and tied to the nation states. It offers a way for people to virtually live, work and experience life outside the authoritarian systems they have grown up with. And this shift from a national to international mindset will have profound consequences that few can imagine. They're consequences well understood by the sovereign individual - because for him, or her, they are happening now.

    Imagine this: You have just finished breakfast and it's time to start work. However, unlike most people, you don't commute. You don't even have a job in any normal sense of the word. No, you simply open your briefcase, take out your laptop computer and turn it on. This is your mobile home office, the diminutive window to the world sitting before you. You log on, check your email, take a note of the recent deposits to your offshore bank account, answer some correspondence regarding your offshore corporation, make a couple of calls on your anonymous mobile phone - then decide to go for a walk on the beach. That's what you like about your new life - the ability to literally plan your day around what you want to do.”


    Today, the nation-state has run the same course as the medieval Church, becoming corrupt, bloated and a drag on society. New weapons technologies are reducing the returns on violence. An inexpensive Stinger missile can bring down a multimillion dollar jet aircraft. The sprawling centralized systems of government and other industrial-age entities are increasingly vulnerable to terrorist attack using compact explosives, or even chemical, biological or mini-nuclear weapons. Very small groups or even individuals can wreak havoc if they wish. The sledgehammer approach of large industrial-age military forces is becoming obsolete. The authors also point out that pure information warfare within computer systems using "logic bombs" will be a part of future conflict, and they point out that Bill Gates and Microsoft Corporation, if they needed to, have far more computing resources for such action than most governments.

    It is the computer revolution that provides the promise of a real-world Galt's Gulch. Still in its infancy, the cyber-economy will allow the successful practitioners of computer technology to escape the regular economy and the predations of governments. Widely available strong encryption tools like Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) are already allowing ordinary users to make it impossible for government to monitor their communications or decipher the contents of their hard drives or storage disks.

    The Information Revolution will also bring us the death of politics as we know it. Participants in the cyber-economy will operate in the anarchic environment of the internet, choosing who they will deal with, how and when. The authors think that the morality of the marketplace will dominate the internet, and that private clubs with their own security procedures will arise to prevent theft by cyber-criminals. Politicians will become increasingly irrelevant, as people bypass them and form new voluntary local institutions and virtual communities on the internet. The death blow to the nation-state will be digital cash, which has just become available. E-cash or even e-metal, using encrypted verifiable signals will allow individuals to make their transactions in secret on the internet, and will destroy the ability of governments to exact wealth through the hidden tax of monetary inflation. Using financial institutions domiciled in tax havens, and using anonymous remailers, cybernauts will be able to largely avoid taxes and inflation, and thus amass wealth at a vastly accelerated rate.

    Governments will starve. Their ability to exact large sums from the rich for transfer payments will disappear. If they are to survive, they will be forced to radically downsize, and treat their citizens like customers instead of livestock. And since their ability to police large territories will also decline due to weapons technology, there will be enormous pressures to break up nations into much smaller jurisdictions. The provision of protection will become a business service, and much more personalized, especially for the rich cyber-entrepreneurs.

    All will not be sweetness and light. Governments, like the Church before them, will not go without a fight. The authors predict that they will resort to large increases in consumption taxes, will greatly increase property seizures under civil-asset forfeiture laws, and in worst cases will kidnap rich people for ransom and launch attacks on known tax havens. They will have the support of the many people who will be falling behind in the Information Age – so expect a rise in populism and even neo-Luddite attacks on individuals and companies who are identified with the cybereconomy. The Sovereign Individual warns that these threats are most likely in the advanced industrial and welfare states of North America and Western Europe, and actually counsels successful people to get out now and move to places with strong free-market economies like Argentina and New Zealand.”

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    "Perpetual Travelling (PT)"

    Also known as: Previous Taxpayer, Permanent Tourist, Perfect Thing!
    (=The world as your home).

    In a nutshell, a PT merely arranges his or her paperwork in such a way that all governments consider him a tourist. A person who is just "Passing Through". The advantage is that being thought of by government officials as a person who is merely "Parked Temporarily", a PT is not subjected to taxes, military service, lawsuits, or persecution for partaking in innocent but forbidden pursuits or pleasures. Unlike most citizens or subjects, the PT will not be persecuted for his beliefs or lack of them. PT stands for many things: a PT can be a "Prior Taxpayer", "Permanent Tourist", "Practically Transparent", "Privacy Trained", "Priority Thinker", "Positive Thinker", "Prepared Totally", "Paranoid Together" or "Permanent Traveler" if he or she wants to be.

    The individual who is a PT can stay in one place most of the time. Or all of the time. PT is a concept, a way of life, a way of perceiving the universe and your place in it. One can be a full-time PT or a part-time PT. Some may not want to break out all at once, or become a PT at all. They just want to be aware of the possibilities, and be prepared to modify their lifestyle in the event of a crisis. Knowledge will make you sort of a PT. A "Possibility Thinker" who is "Prepared Thoroughly" for the future.


    Read history and you'll find human society is much like a river. At first it flows straight. A torrent of water breaks through seeking the shortest route to the sea. It goes in more or less straight line downhill. Then, every river or creek gradually bends like a snake. The great mathematician, Albert Einstein once wrote a paper explaining the mathematical reasons why water can't help winding and turning in every greater complexity. Depending on river flow and terrain, there will be many variations; shallows, rapids, eddies, branches, even dead-end ponds or lakes. Life forms grow and adapt to the changing river. Usually changes are imperceptible. Every once in a while there is a big flood. Then for a time, the river flows relatively straight again. For a little while.

    In society, groups of human beings start off with simple rules which gradually develop into even more complex systems. Some members of the group benefit at the expense of others. Sooner or later, bends and kinks are eliminated by a major change in the government form. This can be the result of war, epidemic, or simply exhaustion. But surely as a river develops bends, a new bureaucracy will eventually grow. What is perceived as an onerous burden to one person (a tax?) is perceived as a career opportunity to the tax collector. Thus, a good number of people at any time believe they are living in the best of all possible worlds at the best of all possible times. Simultaneously, others feel oppressed. Someone with the PT mentality who isn't living the PT life will perceive this situation as intolerable. "Everything is going to hell. Nothing is as good as it used to be."

    What is the reality?

    Simply that some people in any society (or fish in a river) will have it good (or bad) some of the time. Most of the people will have it good (or bad) most of the time. A few people will seem to have it very good all of the time. As I said in PT, happiness is a state of mind, a perception. Your reality is not necessarily my reality.
    In Joseph Stalin's time, nobody could deny that from a personal freedom and material point of view, Joe himself (materially at least ) had it pretty good -- even though no one else in the Soviet Union lived as well as he did. But I venture to say that if we asked Joe in 1950 if he was happy, he'd disregard the material aspect to focus on the fact that is life and the political system he ran was in constant danger. He survived only by deporting, jailing and murdering a few million of his (perceived) enemies every year.

    Today in Russia, there is a new system offering vastly more economic opportunity and personal freedom. There are lots of newly rich Russians who for the first time in 75 years have the legal right to engage in commerce, travel and communications with foreigners. At the same time, in modern Russia, there is also more personal danger to the non-political guy on the street from violent criminals, and from economic circumstance. Would you be happy there? Achieving stability, security and prosperity (or whatever social goals of a large group of people in general agree upon) plus encouraging individual freedom always involves a balancing act. Sometimes the main goal of a large group of people is enforcing certain religious beliefs. You can never please all the people and so, there is constant tinkering.

    One way to read current events in trend settings countries like the U.S.A., where more and more people are being jailed for less and less (in the way of offences), is a decline in personal freedom. But a decline in freedom for those in jail can be interpreted as an increase in freedom for those outside. Those not incarcerated are free from disturbance by those offenders sent away. Few people complain about the incarceration of categories of bad people that they themselves do not feel they fit into.

    A PT by definition is a non-conformist in a highly regulated, highly taxed, first world society. Thus a PT must adapt in a special way. "How do I cope?" you ask. "How do I get myself and my family a material lifestyle better than anyone else or at least better than average?" Merely asking this question would be offensive to a socialist who wants all people to be 'equal'. "How do I avoid conscription, confrontation, imprisonment and perhaps even death at the hands of my own government?" (This question is possibly treason in certain locations).

    The answer for a PT is not difficult. Figure out what kind of behavior is being rewarded in the town (or country) where you live, and what kind of behavior is being punished. Then take the obvious path to make more money, sex, power, immortality, glory or whatever it is that you think you need. Obviously you must avoid activities or behavior that gets you into trouble locally. If you can't exist comfortably where you are, or can't get what you want where you live; then look for opportunities (and restrictions) elsewhere in the world. Consider a physical move to where greater opportunities exist. Your particular river may have too many bends for your taste, but for the foreseeable future there will always be plenty of over rivers. Most fish are attached to a particular river, but you can choose to move to the environment that suits you best.

    In some countries, entrepreneurs are richly rewarded. In the USA this is still true, but more so in unregulated, new fields of endeavor like say, computers. It is hard (but not impossible) to go to jail for coming up with the best selling original innovation in software or hardware. Try to be innovative in American or Swiss banking and you will be breaking a million and one rules. In countries like the Philippines and Thailand, it pays better to be a politician or army officer than a businessman. In Iran or anyplace where religious know nothings are in control, being a traditional community religious leader is less dangerous. It leads to respectability power and a good standard of living. You must match your personality and talents to a community that appreciates (or at least tolerates) you. Thus, the question to be concerned with is not "Where is the world heading?" but rather, "Where in the world should I be heading?"

    The world's communities are heading in a myriad of different directions -- all at the same time. This is where the PT concept comes into play. By identifying several countries or communities where your favorite diversions or perversions are socially acceptable, you will avoid going to jail. If you like to smoke grass, do it in the Netherlands where it is legal. Obviously if you enjoy booze, don't go to the Muslim world. The key is to go to those locations where you can legally and openly do what you love most. If you want to earn a lot of money, or have power over other people, there are places in the world where you are far more likely to succeed than other's.

    Having more than one passport, and an open mind is all that you need to make that vital difference to the amount of 'quality' you get out of life. You can be a Bad Guy! It doesn't really matter that ecologists make life difficult for real estate developers in your particular suburb. There are plenty of nice places in the world to develop (or depending one one's point of view, despoil).

    It is silly (in my opinion) to say thing like 'individual freedom is being eroded all over the world,' It simply isn't true. There are different sorts of freedom and different sorts of slavery going on in hundreds of different places. One can have a Swiss Family Robinson sort of freedom by becoming hermits on an uninhabited island. Living with or near other people always involves some compromises and some advantages. My idea of an ideal place to live is where I pay little or no taxes, don't have to risk getting my head shot off in any wars and I have a first class Chinese take-away nearby. We can get what we want by living in any one of a dozen prosperous tax havens.

    As a PT, you can expand your place of living options to virtually any locality. Unless you are an American, you needn't renounce and you don't even need two passports. Australian PT's live invisibly in New Zealand and Kiwis live in Oz. Any European can live indefinitely and invisibly in any other European country. The PT, being perceived by local cops and bureaucrats (if perceived at all) as a "Passing Through Tourist" who minds his own business, keeps a low profile, and avoids trouble. It is inconceivable that any other member of my family could ever be conscripted into any military service, jailed for any offence, or sent a bill for income tax. In any of the places I have lived as a PT over the dozen years, if there was the merest whiff of trouble, I was off like Bambi. The only time I had to move was when I made the mistake of confiding my PT status to my mail-drop operator.

    To be a successful PT, your status and PT life should be your most closely guarded secret. But that's my point of view. General Colin Powell would no doubt say that he found freedom and a satisfying career in the military when other doors of opportunity were shut to him because of his race or background. General Powell is not a PT and surely wouldn't want to join our ranks any more than we would want to join the US army. Fact to remember; most people in the world are not PT material. Over half are directly or indirectly employed or supported by the government! They wouldn't go for a PT style existence even if they could. If they thought about us, which we hope they won't, it would be to classify PT's as Penitentiary Targets.

    Not even all millionaires are potential PTs. An individual (one of my consulting clients) became a PT and bitterly regrets it. He cashed out of a multimillion dollar business, obtained another passport, picked up all his chips and moved to another country where he took up residence with one of the world's most beautiful and pleasant women. Yet he complains that his kick in life was having the prestige (and problems) that came with a lot of employees, a huge income, and a big, visible lifestyle. His old life included recognition he misses. Stuff like giving parties for the local lights, photos and a mention in the town's society pages. 'Now,' he says, 'I am a rich nobody!'. He finds the PT life boring. How about you?

    Unlike this client, once I had enough money to live well, I found more satisfying things to do than running a business. My business career was a stepping stone, not something I wanted to do until I croaked in my office swivel chair. It was no thrill or satisfaction to spend most of my time defending inevitable private lawsuits and fighting public regulatory agencies. I found being a recognized local celebrity was a royal pain in the butt. Obviously there are different strokes for different folks. It's also a function of age. At 20-35 maybe you need to make your mark on the world. At 55 maybe you love and read more.

    Former Princess Di (who was younger than the typical age at which people decide to become PT's) apparently most of all, feared being sidelined out of the public eye. This writer feels the other way 'around'. Why? For lots of reasons. One is that people in the public eye are envied. There are and always have been non-entities lurking around. They want to harm those they envy. Little punks with lethal weapons stalk the rich and famous. Other threats are litigants, bureaucrats or journalists who can and will cut you down with lethal paperwork. Notoriety, display or anything that attracts envy (or the other side of the coin, admiration) is to be avoided, at least by myself. Look at what happened to John Lennon. He never hurt anyone! The guy who shot him had no connection with him at all.

    Even a flash car is a dangerous possession.

    My personal experience is that when I drove a ten year old sturdy and reliable rustbucket, I never once had a problem. But, upon trading it for a shiny new red Mazda sports car, the perceived glamour of this car, attracted vandals, even in Monaco. As a result of my own personal experiences, my PT rule is to no longer partake of any conspicuous (i.e. visible) consumption. No flaunting of wealth or possessions, period.
    That doesn't mean that I don't go to Joel Robuchon's, the world's best restaurant in Paris, or get a high price massage. You can, and maybe you should, rent a high priced apartment in a high security building. Going out for a long walk with my lady-love, my rule is she doesn't drip diamonds (not even fake ones) nor gold chains. Neither of us wears an expensive watch. Nor does she wear form fitting sexy clothes. We make a big effort to look like poverty personified: Mr and Mrs Dumpy, stumbling out for their evening shuffle. Result? No unwelcome attention!

    How much dough do you need?

    One clear requirement for PT freedom and mobility is either a net worth that enables you to live off your assets, or a portable occupation that allows you to earn money without licenses, permits or a permanent place of business
    . In my travels I've met street musicians, computer programmers and English teachers who are PT's though they may not no it. My report "PT", identifies a lot of portable jobs.

    The outlook for PT's is good. Even if places like the U.S.A. attempt to impose an exit tax on assets, there will always be ways for people, who make an effort, to move themselves and most of their assets to another country. In the old South Africa, rich people who wanted to expatriate assets and themselves often build yachts. They bought art works, jewellery, stamp collections and other portable wealth. Then they simply sailed off into the stars.

    Don't be a Prisoner of your Possessions.

    "Once we begin using material products to define ourselves, we are doomed to be on an endless treadmill of dissatisfaction". (Erich Fromm - in his book "To Have or To Be", 1979).
    A good friend of mine who was in the midst of a crisis didn't leave. Why? Because his wife insisted on staying with her old friends, furniture and crockery. He will loose is freedom if he allows this foolishness. Another friend said he'd rather go to jail for twenty years than be separated forever from his old gang. Another person, an author known amongst his small niche of readers, didn't follow his own advice and ended up in jail in New Zealand. He only got out of being extradited back to America by having a huge bribe! Talk about arrogance!

    The Only Certainty is Change.

    Some people (probably the vast majority) think that the centre of the universe is their home town. They actually think that they couldn't make it, or be happy anywhere else. Generations of people stay in hell holes or refugee camps where life itself is a terrible struggle. It is clear to them (from other who do escape), that a little effort and initiative would make a new life possible. But the majority don't make the move. They don't seek to better themselves. Why? The vast majority prefer the certainty of misery to the uncertainty of change.


    For people living in relatively prosperous countries like today's U.S.A. or Scandinavia, some of the most wealthy and privileged will perceive that they are slaves living in gulags, birds in guilded cages. It is clearly a question of perception. But by becoming a PT and taking advantage of the opportunities available, any person can physically live wherever they want and escape most of the perceived negatives in their life. Finding freedom in an unfree world is possible if you simply decide what it is that you want to avoid, and what is important to you. Then, you take the steps to go where you want and do the things you want to do.

    You Can Go Back to Where You Started From!

    A very wealthy American guy named Dart who made his billions from foam coffee cups must have read 'PT'. But for all his billions he didn't get any intelligent advice on his PT transition. He moved to
    Belize. Had he spoken to me, I'd have told him that Belize was a dump. It would be one of the last places a wealthy PT would invest or deal with government officials. Dart apparently wanted to emulate one of the characters in the 'Passport Report' who ultimately returned (as a tax free diplomat) to his original U.S.A. place of residence. So Dart got his Consul General appointment from Belize. Then the U.S.A. wouldn't recognize him in his new role. His main problem? He didn't do his programme in a quiet and low profile way. Whilst I never met Mr Dart, I imagine he used high priced big lawyers and accountants. This modus operandi almost guarantees litigation and problems.

    A future PT doesn't disclose his PT intentions to anyone in his home country, especially lawyers, accountants, politicians, journalists, or potentially hostile ex-wives. We won't go over the motivations of all of these categories but a lawyer's interest is in making continuing fees and getting publicity to generate new future clients. This is exactly what a PT needs to avoid. The big move, when it comes, is essentially a divorce from the system. It's an annulment from the old country's bureaucrats (government employees), lawyers (officers of the court) and accountants (IRS collection agents). It should cut you off physically from any potential litigants, especially alimony seeking women.

    Dart could have quietly moved his money to safe havens so that Big Brother couldn't ever figure out what was where. His expatriation would have been handled with name changes in such a way as to make him invisible. He apparently has no backup passports besides Belize and no respectable countries where he could live. Although he can still do it, as part of the process, he should have made deals with desirable first rate countries for passports. His new home country, Belize, is a place where politicians milk a beached billionaire dry. The easily purchased Belize passport might have been alright as one of several PT flags, but Belize is not a country where you actually wish to live or have any assets. Dart needs better advice.

    It is relatively easy to get a passport, by investment, ancestry or marriage in several countries of the European Union. The same is true of Canada, Singapore, Australia, or New Zealand. If a chap like Dart knew this, why should he chose a bung-hole like Belize, and why would he handle his affairs in such a way that muck-raking journalists could expose him and point fingers to louse up his PT plans. It is probable that he could still change course.

    To Summarize:

    Don't waste time on meaningless speculations by trying to figure out what will happen in the world over the next 2000 years. Fine if you want to write a book of predictions for which there is always a market. But for your own personal use there is no point in trying to figure out where the world his going politically, socially or economically. There is not even the hope of getting any useful answers.
    The only answer is that everything will change. A 'PT' is Pragmatic. The PT mentality merely asks "Am I happy with what I am? Do I enjoy who I'm with and doing what I do?" If the answer is "No" (to any question), the next step is to make changes. Start by reading, or re-reading PT Club's Reports and books. Education is the key. Knowledge lights the way! The answer to your future lies in asking yourself, the right question. Making predictions for the long term future is not necessary. The very essence of being a PT is staying prepared for the unexpected and unpredictable changes. It is only necessary to 'see' the options and choose. The way forward is in your control, so stay in control and have a happy and fruitful life.

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    In 1964, Harry D. Schultz - the world’s highest paid financial consultant, according to "Guinness Book of World Records", and author of a number of books on investing that were bestsellers in the 1970s - published a book entitled "How to Keep Your Money and Your Freedom". He espoused his Three Flags concept that described the need to have a second passport, a safe location for your assets outside your own country and a legal address in a tax haven. The concept later expanded to Five Flags to include a conventional place of business
    and a place to play.

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    It is an interesting idea for people with no sense of nationalism, but the idea sort of precludes having family or any permanant roots in an area. I like the knowing everything about my side of the river or piece of the mountain. Being a total stranger everywhere would make life feel like exile.

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    Most people don't want to be free, though. They prefer being bound to their communities in defined roles.. Its just human nature.

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