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The Dollar Vigilante's Year in Review

December 31, 2011
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Another year has zoomed by.  And what a year it was!

2011 started off with a bang, in Chile, with a 7.1 magnitude earthquake and the Arab Spring, which had just begun officially on December 18, 2010, resulted in the removal of dictator Zine El Abdine Ben Ali from power after 23 years of iron-fisted rule in Tunisia on January 14th, 2011.

Before January was through, riots engulfed Egypt and Yemen and by February 11th, Mubarak handed over power to the military.  On that day we wrote in our blog, "Happy Revolution Day, Egypt" the following:

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A Video Look Ahead at 2012

December 30, 2011
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Most of you are already away from your computers/iphones/ipads and taking another long weekend for the New Year.  And we salute you!  As for me, I am sitting at one of my offices in Acapulco... a bar named Mangos, working on my laptop.  This is as close as I come to "taking time off".  I just move from my apartment to Starbucks and then to a beach bar in Acapulco and work from here!  But it beats a cubicle, no?

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The Importance of a Second Slave Card

December 29, 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?"

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The Final Days of Fascist Italy

December 27, 2011
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[Editor's Note: Today's commentary is from TDV's Italy correspondent, Alexander Jousse (bio below).]

TDV has done an excellent job of defining fascism of late, especially with Pete Kofod's article, "Fascism For Dummies".

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The Dollar Vigilante on

December 26, 2011
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[Editor's Note: The following is an interview we did recently with Allen Alper Jr. of at the San Francisco Hard Assets show.  You can read the interview below or at by clicking here.]


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The Weekend Vigilante

December 24, 2011
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Hello and welcome to the Christmas Eve edition of The Weekend Vigilante!

To begin, a Christmas poem from us to you, our loyal readers and subscribers for whom we couldn't do what we do without:

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The Anarchic Story of Christmas

December 23, 2011
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[Editor's Note: The Following is from TDV Correspondent, Gary Kinghorn, in Cafayate, Argentina]

“Jesus seems like a pretty good guy. I like him because he was an anarchist.” – Jeff Berwick at his wedding ceremony.

Truer words were never spoken. This week the Christian world again celebrates the birth of Jesus, the world’s most famous anarchist. Yet, saying Jesus was an anarchist is enough to cause many a church lady to leap from the altar. Could it be so?

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What Would Ron Paul Own?

December 22, 2011
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When looking for guidance in life people have been known to ask, "What would Jesus do?"  After all, Jesus was an anarchist and very principled so it makes sense to look to someone like him after which to model their life.

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Why I Moved to Doug's Gulch in Argentina

December 21, 2011
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[Editor's Note: The following is from Gary Kinghorn who is one of the first to have built a home and live in Doug's Gulch in Cafayate, Argentina.  Below he gives us his experience in living there and the reasons why he made the move.]

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TDV's New Trading Service: The Golden Trader

December 20, 2011
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I am very pleased to announce the launch of our new trading service, the TDV Golden Trader ( today.  For those looking for a more active trading-style alert service, I think you'll be nothing but pleased with the TDV Golden Trader.

But, before I tell you more, I thought I'd give you some background on how I discovered the man behind the letter, Vin Maru, and why I think the new letter is interesting and important.


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