Your Personal Declaration of Independence

By: Jeff Berwick | Fri, Aug 26, 2011
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Have you heard of Jeff Knaebel? Probably not. News of him has been purposefully ignored across mainstream media - the same as with Tom Ball who self-immoliated in New Hampshire earlier this year.

Jeff Knaebel saw beyond the pomp, pageantry and lies of the flag and patriotism to see that government is nothing but a criminal, violent gang and in 1995 he attempted to extract himself from the system - something that is proving nearly impossible to detach completely from. Your government doesn't want to let its tax slaves escape so easily.

In his quest, Knaebel, an American, moved to India in 2006 where he wrote Experiments in Moral Sovereignty: Notes of an American Exile in which he published "My Personal Declaration of Severance and Independence" from the United States.

[Ed. Note: Doug Casey wrote his own personal "Individual Declaration of Independence" on July 4, 1996 which you can print out and sign if you wish to make a formal declaration]

Knaebel then burned his American passport and renounced his American citizenship on June 19, 2009, thus making himself stateless.

He felt that government taxation and restrictions on personal movement and domicile were tantamount to slavery, especially when taxpayers could not opt out of having their tax money spent on war.

He wished to prove by his actions that the current system of World States makes it nearly impossible for a truly nonviolent person to exist. He wanted to move about freely without hiding or risking harassment by governmental authorities. Furthermore, he wished to demonstrate that governments were truly coercive because they did not allow one to withdraw from citizenship, from paying taxes, and from using government identification documents.

He was harassed by the Indian Government until as a final protest he burned himself to death in January of this year near the ancient monastic ruins of Bairat.


You probably never heard about it. Governments, and especially the US Government, are quick to block any mention of these type of acts. They know that people in the US are reaching their limit with the government (87% of Americans disapprove of Congress) and that it could just be one simple act, like those of Knaebel or Ball that could trigger an uprising.

It is for this reason that the US Government wants an internet "kill switch". It's not to prevent "internet terrorist attacks" - something which has never happened and is basically impossible. It is to prevent the people of the US from organizing and uprising against the government.

Governments have also been fast to institute ways to cut off mobile phone networks as was recently seen in San Francisco when people gathered to protest the killing of a man by the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police. BART cut power to cellphone towers serving its stations to make it more difficult for protesters to communicate.

Fight Back

Written right in the United States Declaration of Independence is the following passage. Note how this passage is not mentioned too often by the government, schools or media:

"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

The US Government has a train of abuses and usurpations too egregious to list for the last century. So, from their perspective, resistance to government must be censored or squashed as quickly as possible - lest the slaves get out of order.

Unfortunately, many governments worldwide are taking their lead from the US and the world has never been less free. And, before it gets better it is probably going to get a lot worse.


It is for this reason that we have a heavy focus on ways to free ourselves from our own governments. Non violent resistance can be accomplished through expatriation of self and wealth, through throwing off government fiat currencies in favor of hard money like gold and silver and seeking out the places on earth that are the least oppressive to your rights and your capital. We will never cease this search until all nation-states finally collapse. To date most of those roads have led us to Asia and Latin America.

[Ed. Note: On September 1st we will unveil to TDV subscribers a new service we have set-up to quickly, easily and cheaply get a second foreign passport in a country that is much freer than the US and who only taxes its citizens on income earned inside of the country - all other worldwide income is not taxed]

Jeff Knaebel knew that there is no way to be 100% free on this planet anymore... but we continue to seek out ways to limit government control and theft on our self and our wealth. At this point declaring your own personal declaration of independence is the only rational thing you can do for yourself and your family.


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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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