How Many Bubbles in a Bar of Soap?

By: Jeff Berwick | Thu, Oct 25, 2012
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Quick, can you name all the people who were in the room when you were born? Could you give the name and number of every supervisor you've ever had? Or tell me the address or addresses of both your parents one year before your birth?

If you have trouble answering any of the above questions, then the US government may deny you a new US passport. And simply in order to apply, you may be asked to divulge some extremely personal information, though I can't imagine any good reason the government needs to know whether or not you were circumcised.

PapersPlease.com reports:

"Ignoring massive public opposition, and despite having recently admitted that it is already using the 'proposed' forms illegally without approval, the State Department is trying again to get approval for a pair of impossible-to-complete new passport application forms that would, in effect, allow the State Department to deny you a passport simply by choosing to send you either or both of the new "long forms".

"Early last year, the State Department proposed a new 'Biographical Questionnaire' for passport applicants, which would have required anyone selected to receive the new long-form DS-5513 to answer bizarre and intrusive personal trivia questions about everything from whether you were circumcised (and if so, with what accompanying religious rituals) to the dates of all of your mother's pre- and post-natal medical appointments, your parents' addresses one year before you were born, every address at which you have ever resided, and your lifetime employment history including the names and phone numbers of each of your supervisors at every job you have ever held.

"Most people would be unable to complete the proposed new form no matter how much time and money they invested in research. Requiring someone to complete Form DS-5513 would amount to de facto denial of their application for a passport -- which, as we told the State Department, appeared to be the point of the form."

These are the same tactics that US states in the South used to use to keep blacks from voting during the Civil Rights Movement. The whites at the polling booths would ask blacks impossible-to-answer questions like "How many seeds in a watermelon?" or "How many bubbles in a bar of soap?" in order to deny them voting privileges. Interesting how the federal government treats its subjects like blacks in the Old South.

And note that Soviet Russia used bureaucracy to similar effect to delay or deny passports to its subjects. Applications would get "lost" or linger in the system for years. What's happening now is the same "soft totalitarianism" that doesn't outright deny freedom of movement, but just makes getting outside the border much more difficult to the point of impossibility.

Jim Sinclair of MineSense.com recommends that you get a passport with the maximum validity period. According to Jim:

"All this may turn out to be is the birth of a new business whereby legal counsel or accountants are required to make passport applications...Regardless, getting a passport to a maximum period now is wise."

I'd even go so far as to recommend that even if you currently have a valid passport but it only has a couple of years left on it, claim you've lost it and apply for a new one now. Because you may not be able to apply for a new US passport by the time your current one expires. Further I'd recommend getting a second passport (along with citizenship, of course) from a country that will treat you more like an honored guest instead of like a farm animal to be used or a prisoner to be pushed around. Someplace like Paraguay.

Maybe this will just amount to an extra layer of expense for those seeking US passports, like Jim says. Jim is a very smart guy and is worth listening to. We here at TDV take a very jaundiced view of governments, however, and always suspect them of being up to the very worst--especially the US government.

We believe that the US is slowly closing off the means for its subjects to escape. The US needs to keep the productive ability of its citizen-cows as collateral on the debt it keeps racking up. It must discourage the flight of these citizen-cows as economic conditions in the US inevitably deteriorate and encourage both capital and physical flight.

I don't know if the US will just outright make leaving the country illegal, but the government may well make leaving impossible even if still technically legal. US citizens will find themselves physically trapped inside the USSA. Maybe then those repeated comparisons of the US to Stalinist Russia or Nazi Germany won't see so far-fetched.

 


 

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, Stockhouse.com, 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 Stockhouse.com 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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