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The Weekend Vigilante September 15th, 2012
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Hello from Acapulco!
Last week I wrote to you from San Diego. And I'll be in Panama all next week. But, at least for a few days, I was able to return to one of my favorite places on Earth.
And boy was I happy just to get back to Mexico. Gary Gibson and I are very similar when it comes to our views on government and freedom but very, very different in terms of adaptability to new cultures and even the desire to do so. As a child, I didn't like my own culture very much and couldn't wait to get older and go see the world. Gary, on the other hand, would probably have happily stayed on his quiet, treelined street in Minneapolis for his entire life if it weren't for the government oppression, violence and theft and the chaos that will happen there when The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI) comes into full fruition. So, when we went to San Diego for a conference last week, Gary was in a substantially happier mood than I was. He missed the US style and culture. I, on the other hand, could go the rest of my life and never return to Canada or the US and would be the happier for it.
As I almost always do when I am in the US or Canada, I snapped. This particular time it was Sunday evening at 1am and the area where we were in Carlsbad was like a ghost town. After having a fun day and evening at the conference I was still wanting to keep on going. But Carlsbad said "No, you can't." So we began driving to San Diego, figuring there'd be something going on. We arrived at 1:30 and tried to enter an establishment and I heard that word I dislike so much but which I hear constantly in the US: "No."
I was confused... it was only 1:30. Why can't we go in? "It's last call guys."
"At 1:30?" I exclaimed. "You know when bars close in Mexico," I asked.
The bouncer shrugged, not really caring.
"When the last person leaves," I said, trying to make a point about how a business would operate in a free market.
"If you like it there so much, why don't you go there?" he retorted.
I paused for a second and wondered why I didn't think of it first!
"Great idea, thank you!" I said and hopped back in my rental car. I dropped Gary Gibson off at fellow TDV contributor Justin O'Connell's place and after having a drink and a smoke and some nice conversation I bid them all adios at about 3am.
I drove south. I just repeated in my mind, “go south, go south”. After about 30 minutes I drove up and past a hill and, all of a sudden, the horizon was lit. It wasn’t just lit. To me it was like a Christian seeing baby Jesus! When I saw the lights of Tijuana I had a spiritual moment. Gracias Dios. Hallelujah.
The best part came next. As I drove up to the border I could see the two hour long line waiting for permission to enter the US on the other side and I winced, recalling how I had to sit in that line just a few days prior. As I pulled up to the Mexican side I rolled through at about 40 miles per hour as a woman just waved me through. No passport check. No anything check. It's a beautiful thing!
That's probably the funniest part about Americans who say they hate Mexico... Mexico is what the US says it is, but isn't.
The US says it is the land of the free... but it is now one of the least free places on Earth. Only North Korea and Cuba markedly give the US a run for its money. Just ask this mother of two who was kidnapped and put in a cage in La Porte, Texas, for allowing her kids to play outside. Note that it wasn't necessarily the police that were the only problem. Her neighbor called the men with guns from the government to come take her away. Slave on slave action.
And so, as I entered into one of dozens of bustling clubs at 4am until dawn in Tijuana and never heard the word "no" once, I thanked god Mexico was so close to where I was.
SELF SUSTAINING COMMUNITY
It is because of what is going on in the West that I and my partners have been searching the world for the best place to start up a completely self-sustaining community... in a place where no one would ever think to call the police for letting your kids play outside! And we believe we have now found it. It is in South America within an hour drive of the most modern city on the continent with direct flights from North America, Europe and Asia... and also an hour away from posh oceanside resorts. It's also less than two hours away from world class skiing. The property includes its own fresh water supply where we will also generate our own electricity for the entire community. Fresh water... electricity... and we plan on having an organic farm on the property. Water, power, food.
And, it will be far, far cheaper than any similar community you've ever heard of. If all goes well we should be able to announce to subscribers first, within 1-2 months (yet another reason to subscribe to TDV). We are also, at this time, making available a small "Founder's Club". This will be for those who want to invest in the project as well as getting first selection of lots. It will only be a very small and select group accepted. If you have interest in finding out more, please write in to TDV@dollarvigilante.com and give us some information on yourself and why you think this may be something you are interested in.
If this works out as we have planned, it will be a truly exciting and revolutionary place where freedom lovers from around the world can congegrate and live free.
Shrug time, anyone?
HUMANITY IS CHANGING
It's hard to see, sometimes... but humanity is changing, and changing very quickly. I realized that when I came across this newspaper clipping from the 1950s.
How quickly attitudes can change. Sure, many people still beat their wives but it certainly is not seen as societally normal as it was even 60 years ago.
And now, slowly but surely, parents are beginning to learn that using violence on your child is just as unseemly. Sure, there are still many who do, but many are waking up to what a crime this is as well. Violence should never be used on anyone unless in self defense. Seems like such a basic concept, right? But look at how people used to believe in using violence against their wives. And how some people today still believe in using violence against innocent children. But it is all changing quickly. Imagine if one day it became totally unacceptable to ever use violence against anyone?
That is called anarchy. And it would be a beautiful world. And it may be closer than you think.
UNTIL NEXT WEEK
It's my little girl's sixth birthday and, in Mexico, that means a giant extravaganza and drinking (not her, us) and dancing (she'll do that!) all day and all night.
So I am off! Until next week from Panama, to your freedom!
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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.