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TDV Week in Review February 3rd, 2013
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The goddamned Super Bowl...
It's here yet again. Like the presidential elections and Christmas dinner, this football game comes around regularly to remind the thoughtful and peaceful that they are surrounded by a bunch of tribal and aggressive chimps. Professional sports in general are an engineered distraction. And the Super Bowl is the biggest and brightest star in the galaxy of American imperial circuses.
The Super Bowl isn't the reason Americans don't care about NDAA 2012...or the reason Americans want the government to have all the guns...or the reason Americans want the government to take over medical care more completely. But the Super Bowl does remind us that Americans are a fallen race...a nation of people too short-sighted to understand why collectivism causes collapse, and too stupid to care about lost rights and encroaching totalitarianism while athletic millionaires chase each other around on a particular night.
We'll be talking a bit more about what the Super Bowl portends in the late stages of America's terminal decline. I won't be watching the game itself and TDV editor-in-chief, Jeff Berwick, has kindly offered to sit through the painful spectacle so he can offer his thoughts on it tomorrow. In the meantime, I agree with Tard the Grumpy Cat...
Editor, The Dollar Vigilante
It's Super Bowl Sunday, and before you sit down to be force-fed Americana, jingioism, and synthetic nacho cheese, best to have a mental cleanse by reviewing the informative and intriguing posts from the week here at TDV.
Here’s what we wrote about this week…
MONDAY, January 28
Jeff Berwick considers patriotism and citizenship, citing Tina Turner, Bernard Arnault, Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson as examples of the benefits to relocating in order to keep the state out of your bank account.
“The increasingly thieving nation-states of the Western world ought to heed the words of TDV contributor Peter Kofod: "As with clay. The more you squeeze, the more escapes." Governments have started to squeeze more money from their richest tax serfs. But those serfs aren't sticking around to be squeezed... Apparently, people are waking up. But they're still very brainwashed. So while they know that getting raped a lot is very bad, they are settling for getting raped a bit less—and still aren't quite ready to aim for getting raped as little as possible or not at all.”
TUESDAY, January 29
Jorge Gato responds to the oft ask question, “When are you moving back to the US?”
“As a Permanent Tourist you ponder life abroad and reassess your situation from time to time, weighing your options. By now, I've grown accustomed to life outside of the good ol’ USA and am more comfortable living on the outskirts of the Empire than within its confines. I mean, it’s sunny and warm every day, the house that I rent is less than $300 a month, the beach is a hop and a skip away and my work week is only four days.”
WEDNESDAY, January 30
Redmond Weissenberger on the continued insanity of US economic policy.
“Many financial commentators agreed that the platinum coin scheme might work because of a legal loophole but it was a desperate ploy that might undermine confidence in the dollar. These supposedly intelligent pontificators, who happened to be blindsided by the financial crisis, were wrong on two counts. First, confidence in the dollar is already fading due to Ben Bernanke’s money printing orgy that has been going on since fall of 2008. And second, as ridiculous as the platinum coin proposal sounds, it’s hardly any different from what goes on right now between the Fed and the Treasury.”
THURSDAY, January 31
Wendy McElroy dissects the Ex-PATRIOT Act, legislation built to discourage renouncing citizenship for tax purposes.
“The Ex-PATRIOT Act seeks to impose a perpetual exit tax and a re-entry ban on “specified expatriates.” A specified expat is anyone with a net worth of at least $2 million or a tax liability averaging at least $148,000 over the last 5 years. A renunciation of citizenship would be automatically viewed as a tax dodge. The person would need to prove his innocence to the IRS to become exempt from a permanent and annual 30% tax on all earnings from U.S. investments. The net worth level at which the tax triggered would undoubtedly sink over time and, perhaps, quickly so.”
FRIDAY, February 1
In this week’s Feedback Friday, “power” vacuums, convincing the uninformed of a progressive life philosophy, and…prepositions?
SATURDAY, February 2
Jeff Berwick checks in and wished Ayn Rand a happy 108th birthday, and touches on central planners, photoshopping O’Bomber, and the upcoming Global Financial Summit.
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