Land of the Free, Indeed

By: Jeff Berwick | Sat, Apr 16, 2011
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Woe is us. There is nary a nation state on the planet where a man can be free. The entire planet is a cobweb of governments, police, taxes, laws, rules and regulations.

It is with great sorrow that much of the population of the planet now has Stockholm syndrome. They've grown to adore and fawn after their captors. Billions flock to see their slave masters inaugurated or wed. Prince William of Wales has taken a bride, they shout! What a glorious day!

The tax slaves happily pull up to checkpoints and show their documents. Papers please! Thank goodness for our overseers or we'd all be killed by communists! Sorry, terrorists. We are the communists now.

Yet, the prisoners don't even notice that some of their shackles are starting to rust and fall to the ground. All of the wealth and prosperity has drained from the system now to the point where the entire control edifice is in danger of collapsing - yet the sheep see that as something to be feared, not cheered.

The local police station is closing, they cry! Who will be there to fine us or give us a good tasering, the people wonder. Who will be there to show up well after any problem has occurred and write it down for us?

It's gotten so bad now, they say, that they may have to make some things legal. "We should make marijuana legal and then tax it and give the money to the overseers" they say. We must feed the State! Even if it means allowing some freedoms!

Yet, when actually given the chance, via vote, the slaves line up one after another to deny themselves the right to have freedom of choice.

Goethe said, "No one is more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free".

Land of the free? The poor American, chanting like a raving lunatic that they live in the land of the free when in fact they live in their own proprietary version of North Korea - and in some cases worse. North Koreans can open brokerage accounts in most countries in the world. Americans? Not allowed.

Home of the brave? They stand in line at airports, removing all metal objects, laptops, put their perfume in a see through plastic bag, for no explainable purpose, take off their shoes and belt - all without even being prompted now and silently await their pat down.

But, perhaps through all the brainwashing, hypnotism and indoctrination via their 12-16 years of government 'schooling' and mainstream media they just don't even recognize freedom anymore.

We must attack Mexico! They cry, "Mexico is a failed state!", as though that is a bad thing. Why, drugs aren't even illegal there! Roll out the B52 Bombers, they rail, to the man who holds the Nobel Peace Prize.

If he wasn't so busy bombing four other countries, at the moment, he almost certainly would like to. But Mexicans aren't Muslim and their oil supply is dwindling so they'll just have to wait for their liberation.

Meanwhile on the streets of the United State they twitter, they tweet, they facebook and bleat, oblivious to any reality around them.

Why do they hate us, they ponder sometimes. "They hate us for our freedom", the newscast replies.

Ah, yes, they say, it's so obvious to see. They are just always going to hate us, because we live in the land of the free. Indeed.



Jeff Berwick

Author: Jeff Berwick

Jeff Berwick
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Jeff Berwick

Anarcho-Capitalist. Libertarian. Freedom fighter against mankind's two biggest enemies, the State and the Central Banks. Jeff Berwick is the founder of The Dollar Vigilante, CEO of TDV Media & Services and host of the popular video podcast, Anarchast. Jeff is a prominent speaker at many of the world's freedom, investment and gold conferences as well as regularly in the media including CNBC, CNN and Fox Business.

Jeff's background in the financial markets dates back to his founding of Canada's largest financial website,, in 1994. In the late '90s the company expanded worldwide into 8 different countries and had 250 employees and a market capitalization of $240 million USD at the peak of the "tech bubble". To this day more than a million investors use for investment information every month.

Jeff was the CEO from 1994 until 2002 when he sold the company and still continued on as a director afterwards until 2007. Afterwards, Berwick went forth to live on and travel the world by sailboat but after one year of sailing his boat sank in a storm off the coast of El Salvador. After being saved clinging to his surfboard with nothing but a pair of surfing shorts left of all his material possessions he decided to "live nowhere" and travel the world as spontaneously as possible with one overarching goal: See and understand the world with his own eyes, not through the lens of the media.

He went on to visit nearly 100 countries over four years and did and saw things that no education could ever teach. He met and spoke with a plethora of amazing people, from self-made billionaires to some of the brightest minds in finance - as well as entrepreneurs from a broad range of backgrounds and locations from tech companies in southern China to resource developers in Mongolia, Thailand, Russia and Chile. He also read everything he could find on how the world really works... politically and financially. A pursuit he continues to this day.

He expatriated, long ago from his country of birth, Canada, and considers himself a citizen of the world. He has lived in numerous locales since including Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Bangkok and currently lives in Acapulco, Mexico and is building a home in Cafayate, Argentina. In essence, everything he writes about here for TDV he has done or is doing.

As well, during his travels, both real and virtual (through the internet), he met some amazing people who have a similar shared vision of what is currently going on in the world and enticed them to come aboard TDV and provide their own brand of analysis.

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