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TDV Week in Review September 23rd, 2012
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Odds are you are legally obliged to pay income taxes where you are living (i.e. you're not living and earning outside of the tax farm nation-state into which you were born). But I hope that you, especially if you are a regular TDV reader, pay your taxes only because you fear being kidnapped by the state and not because you enjoy it or feel you are morally obliged to do so. Is there anything more perverse and pathetic than someone who actually enjoys paying their taxes? I run into these deranged types all the time: those brainwashed toadies who enjoy the feel of their master's...whip. They say nonsense like, "I love how things are where I live...so I'm happy to pay my taxes to keep them that way!"
It drives me absolutely bonkers when correlation is confused with causation, especially when it comes to taxes. Just because it's nice on the human farm where you happen to pay taxes doesn't mean it's nice there because you pay taxes. Human tax cows pay tax on their incomes in both Vancouver and in Detroit. They pay taxes in Camden, NJ, as well as in Singapore. In fact, the gleaming city-state of Singapore has notoriously low and uncomplicated income taxes compared to the burnt-out nightmare of Detroit which has several layers of tax that can get very complicated at the state and federal levels. (Note that I'm not praising Singapore as a model of taxation; taxation is theft and the model tax is zero).
What makes a place great to live is the people, not the government and its theft. If the people are industrious, respectful of the rights and property of others, and just overall happy (and they tend to be happier the less government is on their backs restricting personal choice or stealing their money), then odds are that will be a pleasant place to live. People who are quick to associate the taxes they pay with their quality of life exhibit both a flawed understanding of economics and a dubious morality. They're eager to justify political authority and theft at the hands of their abusers. They are bowers and scrapers, in love with the feel of the boot on their necks, aroused at the notion of yelling "yes, sir!" and doing what they're told to do by the psychopaths willing to use force. While they disgust me, however, I don't wish them any harm. I just hope I don't have to listen to them while I'm eating.
Editor, The Dollar Vigilante
P.S. This is an election year and lying murderers like Bill Clinton are crawling from under their rocks to call for higher taxes on the wealthy and say things like, "I don't think we can get out of this hole we're in if people at that [Mitt Romney's] income level only pay 13, 14 percent." At least we haven't been subjected lately to shill Warren Buffett explaining why the government should be taking more money from the private sector. Personally I'm arranging to be out of the US for at least 330 days next year (maybe more) and therefore not having to pay any income tax to the US. It will be my very first year in which I do so and, boy, am I looking forward to it!
Another week has passed, and another tough one to swallow on the difficult road to a life of freedom and choice. The people were given their new iPhone, the candidates for king spilled their lies, and the police state grew. TDV is the place to find the best opinions, and options, on a freer world and a better life.
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On to the review…
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Jim Karger recounts a typical day in the USSA. Bankers freed, freedom oppressed, and the sheeple line up for iPhone 5s, just as their told.
“On days like these, I wonder whether it might have been better to not know, to have stayed in bed, to have not turned on the computer. But then I remembered Edmund Burke's warning that “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” And, most Americans have been doing nothing for too long.”
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
Justin O’Connell considers a world of failed and failing states, beyond saving, beyond championing, beyond belief. Libya, Portland, North Korea. Same animal, different stripes.
“All I have to say about this is make sure you’re using a PO Box as your home address (not a USPS government mailbox – a box at one of those neighborhood businesses with “PMB” mailboxes). One of the main steps on the road to de-slaving yourself is to make sure the authorities don’t know where you live. NEVER give out your home address to anyone but trusted friends and family if you can help it. Utilities end up getting it, but anyone else providing services to your home doesn’t need it.”
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
Slavey responds to a question he hears often about the benefits, or lack thereof, of organic foods. A must-read for those who take their health as seriously as their freedom.
“Quite frankly, it is nearly impossible for a middle class earner with a family today to live in the USSA only on true organic foods; that is, those found at local farmer’s markets where conspiratorial talk and mistrust of the government flourishes. And, this is not merely because the farmers markets are too expensive for the middle-class-with-a-family-and picket-fence-income. The forty-hour workweek is a thing of the past for those who are not self-employed contractors working on their own terms. A multitude of individuals work for now oftentimes 50-hours a week just to make ends meet. That means the End of the Weekend. And so, to sacrifice time spent one-on-one with a partner or children in order to forage can be burdensome. So, for some, the farmer’s market is simply not only too expensive, but also too inconvenient.”
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Jeff Berwick on how the state manufacturers crisis to keep the slaves under their thumb, as they have throughout history.
“One example of this is by destroying the economy and then making you a criminal for suffering economically from crises created by the government and central bank. With the announcement of QE3 expect the Fed to buy up about $1 trillion in toxic Mortgage-Backed Securities to bail out the likes of Morgan Stanley and Bank of America. Then expect the Fed to criminalize delinquency, default and foreclosure. Roughly 20% of home “owners” would find themselves classed as criminals. The FHAH could go after so-called strategic defaulters. “Jingle mail” – mailing the keys back to the bank and walking away from the house – could land you in jail. The upshot is that those caught up in the central bank-created housing crisis could find themselves permanently barred from leaving the country.”
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
In this week’s Feedback, Jeff Berwick and Vin Maru answer questions on passports, real estate development for expats, transporting your gold, and more. Do you have a question for our TDV writers? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
While the rest of us stuck in the USSA wave goodbye to summer, and welcome fall, Jeff checks in from Bocas del Toro, Panama, with stories of indoctrination, conference spooks, and a reminder to check out the new Homegrown newsletter here!
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