The Importance of a Second Slave Card

By: Jeff Berwick | Fri, Dec 30, 2011
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I remember the closest I ever came to feeling true travel freedom. It happened just a few hours after I felt true travel non-freedom. It was about five years ago and I had just spent the week having fun on the beach in Tel Aviv, Israel and I headed to the airport. I've been targeted before. Single male. Small carry-on bag. A one-way ticket and a real bad attitude with ANY government "officials".

They pulled me aside.

"What were you doing in Israel?" they asked.

"Just having fun," I replied.

"Where did you visit?"

"Just the beach and the discos in Tel Aviv," I replied, holding back my natural response which is to say, "What business is it of yours?"

"You didn't visit Bethlehem or any of our famous religious destinations?"

"Nah," I said. Back then I was more interested in meeting the local girls than the tourist attractions.

"And where you are going?"

"Zurich," I replied, starting to get irritated.

"What are you going to do there?" they prodded.

"Have fun." I said plainly.

That was enough of that. They sent me to the "back room". They "asked" me to disrobe down to my underwear and went through my things meticulously. They'd hold up a computer mouse and say, "And this? What is this?"

I'd look at them with complete disdain. "It's a computer mouse... you've never seen one before?" I'd chide.

After about an hour of that they ran all my stuff through a machine. As they did, sirens began to wail and all ten of the "inspectors" in the room literally ran for their lives. I laughed heartily at them as they ran past me... which probably made them even more scared... but I couldn't help it, they looked like scared fools. I was alone in the room for a moment when a very big guy in a track suit grabbed me, ran out of the room with me and shoved me into a corner in another room and began cracking his knuckles.

Well, I thought... I've never had this happen before. I prepared for what looked to be a terrible beating. But, then, the siren stopped and the people slowly returned. The big man in the track suit looked sad... apparently I wouldn't need to be beaten. My laptop wasn't a bomb after all.

They then told me that I could go but they were going to keep my laptop. I asked why? They said, they need to inspect if further. They said they would send it to me in Zurich in a few days. I was angry but there was nothing I could do at that point. So, I went to Zurich without my trusty laptop.

That's when I went from travel unfreedom to true travel freedom. As the passengers arrived in Zurich I noticed hardly anyone was stopping at the immigration desk to show their passport. Having just been through a bit of a frazzling experience I was a bit confused and did something I wouldn't normally do. I stopped at the immigration desk and looked at him. He made no motion for my passport. Still confused, I put my passport down on his desk.

He looked at me and laughed. I just shrugged my shoulders and gave him a look of, "You don't need my passport?"

I think mostly to end our uncomfortable moment, he flipped through my passport in less than a second and then tossed it back to me and waved me through.

It was the closest I've ever come to feeling true travel freedom and it felt amazing. Unfortunately, we live in a world more unfree than at any point in history and this is far from the norm. In fact, to travel anywhere you need permission from your masters. You need to apply for your slave card (passport).

And that is why, as strange as it sounds, it is more important than ever to have more than one slave card.

The reason is simple. The government that operates its crime operation in your region has total control over your movements. And, many people are finding out how easily that can be taken away.


Governments have started to realize that one of the best ways to ensure that their tax slaves can't travel is to give them a criminal record. A National Longitudinal Survey of Youth recently stated that nearly 1/3 of all people in the US under 23 years old have been arrested for a "crime" more serious than a traffic violation.

False Criminal Records

Right there, nearly 1/3 of the people under the age of 23 will find it nearly impossible to travel outside of their home tax-farm... for life! How's that for slavery. And, we're not talking about a bunch of serial killers here. More than 50% of the US prison population are in there for possession of vegetation (they call them drugs... although the real dangerous drugs are sold by the pharmas). And a further 35% are in cages for "public-order crimes" such as not having a license to sell lemonade or dancing in public. Or for having more than two drinks and driving (DUI).

Making matters worse, once you have a criminal record it makes it nearly impossible to apply for a second slave card (passport). You will never be able to leave the country again and certainly will not be able to take up residence elsewhere once you've been branded as a "criminal".

That's why it is so important to apply for a second foreign passport BEFORE you find yourself like 1/3 of youths and branded globally as persona non grata for some minor offense. We've had to turn dozens of people away from our Dominican Republic passport program because of trivial criminal records. They now have no options for leaving their home country.


Furthermore, the US Government has been making lots of noise about disallowing passport applications for those who owe taxes. And, the Government has no problems with handing out massive tax bills on a whim as this American family found out when they were handed a bill of $90,000 as punishment for their son selling $4,600 worth of bunnies "illegally". They were told if they didn't pay soon it would be raised to $4 million.

It would not be surprising, at all, if in the near future the US Government were to declare that all those behind on their student loans were banned from applying for a passport.


In short, if you want to ensure travel freedom you should look to get a second passport right now... if for no other reason than it only takes a small arrest or having your son sell bunnies illegally and you may soon receive a bill you just cannot pay. At that point, you are stuck. Never able to travel outside your borders for life.

Your government registered financial advisor will never tell you about getting a second passport as a way to protect your freedom and your assets. At a time when your government is the biggest threat to your freedoms and assets it is best to think for yourself.

Oh, and as for my laptop? It never showed up in Zurich. It did show up at my father's house in Canada nearly a year later in pieces, however. How the Israeli Government knew my father's address in Canada, one can only guess.


TDV believes the easiest and cheapest place to get a second passport is in the Dominican Republic. Due to demand from our readers we set-up an easy service to attain a passport in that country. You can find out more here. Or Subscribe to The Dollar Vigilante newsletter where we regularly discuss these topics and more on how to protect your self and your wealth from governments worldwide.



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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