Riots in the USSA

By: Jeff Berwick | Tue, Nov 22, 2011
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Some of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and other related protests have begun to get ugly... and this is just the beginning. It was only June 21st of this year ("Riots and Mobs Coming to a Town Near You") where we predicted much of what we are now seeing in the US. We received a lot of feedback from that article calling us alarmists... yet it is now only five months later and many of the photos and videos coming in from across the US shock even us.

This video recently went viral. The complete non-chalance with which this stormtrooper douses kids in pepper spray is something to see. He does it with about as much emotion as if he were watering his plants.

The internet provides some protection, and some laughter, from these sort of violent attacks by the state. For one, this cop has been fully identified, including email address and home phone number. He even has his own Facebook page dedicated to John "Pepper Spray" Pike. The page is worthwhile to check out as it has numerous funny doctored images of the event like the one below.

Pepper Spray Cop

That aside, even we have been surprised at the level of militarization of the police in the US. They've even start to roll out police tanks in places like Tampa Bay.

New Police Tanks

It truly is a sad state of affairs to have a bunch of kids sitting peacefully holding hands being faced down by grown men wearing motorcycle helmets, hockey pads and carrying all manner of weapons from pepper spray to batons to guns.

This photo shows the kind of overwhelming force being used by the state upon its own citizens:

8 cops vs 1 protestor

Things could get very, very interesting quite quickly. All it takes is for one brutal beating or killing amidst a mob-like atmosphere and we will begin to see real, serious riots. After all, this is the US...

We Came Unarmed this time

This isn't like places throughout the middle east where the rioters and protesters are only armed with rocks and bottles. This, in fact, is one of the last hopes for Americans... the fact that they have yet to be completely disarmed.

Gun Control Works

It has been a long time since the populace in the western nations have felt the pressing need to protect themselves from their own government and many have forgotten that this is the reason to own weapons if you are going to live in a statist system. Luckily, many Americans continue to remember this and this may be their only hope against an incredibly militarized and hostile government.


It is precisely this type of dangerous times that we've been warning about. The protests to date are only due to the poor economic conditions. What do you think will happen when all the banks close and the dollar becomes worthless?

For this reason we've been adamant about the importance of things like getting a second passport (like here in the Dominican Republic) and considering moving outside of the western countries to places like Doug's Gultch in Argentina or our beach condos in Acapulco. As well, Americans with assets should check out the book, "Lifeboat Strategy" by Mark Nestmann. And those with an IRA should look into Terry Coxon's, "Unleash Your IRA" to begin getting IRA assets outside of the control of the US Government.


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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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