You've been sold a bill of goods for the last four to six decades. You've been told that nation-states, democracy and socialism is good. You've been told our monetary system prevents instability. And, while the government and central banks put your unborn children or grandchildren into debt for life they've been telling you that there will be a socialist safety net to protect you and that the "American dream" includes retiring in your 50s or 60s to a wonderful life of golf and lying on the beach.
It even appeared to work for a short while thanks to demographics and the greatest advances in human history.
[Editor's Note: the following post is by TDV Correspondent David Giessel]
A couple weeks ago while visiting friends in the San Francisco Bay Area, I found myself driving north to Berkeley with a friend to spend the evening wandering Telegraph Ave. To get there we decided to take I-880 North along the East Bay. This route takes you past two interesting complexes: Solyndra and Tesla Motors.
I hope you are having an excellent week. Every week down here in Acapulco is, for me, perfect. I have no complaints... and that is good, because half the people don't care about my problems and the others are probably happy I have them.
[Editor's Note: The following is from Tampa Bay TDV Correspondent, Edwin Barnes Tucker]
To the so-called government of the geographic region known as Argentina,
Long ago in the year 2001, people took to the streets in riotous protest of the government's blatant economic mismanagement. Having studied these events in great detail we can confidently tell you that excessive leverage and a stalled economy, corrupted from the top, caused these conditions. In short, this nation state became unable to finance its out of balance fiscal condition through continued debt monetization.What concerns us now can be summed up in the following two images.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: THE FOLLOWING IS FROM TDV MANAGING EDITOR, REDMOND WEISSENBERGER]
"...current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class - involving high meat intake use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work-place air-conditioning, and suburban housing - are not sustainable. A shift is necessary which will require a vast strengthening of the multilateral system, including the United Nations..." -Maurice Strong, opening speech at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development
The following is an excerpt from this week's Interim Update issue of The Dollar Vigilante
It's one of the top questions we get. If I expatriate, how can I make a living in a foreign country? After all, not all of us have sizable amounts of savings that we can nestle upon. In fact, most in the western world don't after they've had most of it siphoned off by the state. And even those who think they do, and have a bank account flush full of green pieces of paper or who receive large government pension cheques backed by those same Federal Reserve Notes will soon find out that their "wealth" was illusionary.
It's been a notable week. First, April's Fools Day passed on April 15th... the day that US slaves are forced to turn over the fruits of their labor at the threat of force to a cabal of extortionists. Then Dick Clark died... which means no New Year's Eve this year. Well played Mayans.
[Editor's Note: The following is from our Mexican based TDV Education Correspondent, Jorge Gato]
67 years ago this month, the first shot at world government was birthed in the form of the United Nations (UN).
The UN is a collectivist organization that prevented anti-communist Katanga from breaking away from communist Congolese, caught running sex sla