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The Weekend Vigilante August 17, 2013

Hello from Acapulco bay,

I just returned overnight from Santiago, Chile after a great few weeks at Galt's Gulch Chile which is now moving forward at a pace that even surprised me!  As with all the best laid plans it got off to a slow start earlier this year and had some delays but now seems to be making up for all of that now.

So many TDVers have been coming down that it has been overwhelming.  There are three stories in particular that I think you'll find interesting.

Young College Boy.

The one that impressed me the most was a 21 year old college kid who is of limited means and spent most of his savings just to come down to see GGC.  He took a very roundabout way to get there, to save money, and slept in many airports including upon arrival in Santiago when he arrived at 2am because he couldn't afford a taxi and had to wait until 6am for the metro system to open.

He even had to overnight and sleep in the airport in Lima and, because he speaks no Spanish and doesn't have much money he walked around the area around Lima airport for a while, eventually getting lost.  I've actually stayed in a "hotel" a few blocks from Lima airport before so I know the area he was in.  I had missed a flight, which I often do in Peru (see one story of that here), and only had about eight hours so it wasn't worth heading into the nice part of Lima (Miraflores) and the very nice airport hotel was full so I ended up just asking a taxi for the closest nearby hotel to rest for a few hours.  There are areas around the airport that are definitely not the nicest places and I ended up staying in a strange, old hotel in a rough neighborhood.

The college kid apparently ended up in these areas and eventually got lost.  He had apparently walked into some rough neighborhoods and the people there were actually worried about him and... get this... they called the police to drive him back to the airport to make sure he'd be okay!

He eventually made it to GGC and we took him out for a nice meal as he hadn't eaten anything but oranges for the last 24 hours!  I asked him, "Why did you come down here?"

He responded, "I just had to see GGC.  Plus, I spoke with some people at GGC and was enquiring about working at the project and they told me the best chance I had of being involved was to come here."

How's that for a go-getter?  I don't know if GGC will hire him but he should definitely be high on their list for any positions needed after all he did, out of passion for the project, just to get there.

Canadian Thai Expat.

I then met another TDVer who is from Canada and currently lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  I had met him at the Vancouver resource show in May and was surprised to see him at GGC.

"I didn't know you were coming down," I said.

He replied, "Me either!"

He had happened to be in Toronto and was going to head back to Thailand but he was so interested (and did buy) at GGC that he said he just had to see it for himself.  He flew from Toronto to Santiago, Chile for two days and then flew back to Toronto for his original return flight back to Thailand!  That's a lot of miles in two days!

But, these are the kind of people I meet almost every day I am at GGC.  

American Family.

While there I also met an American family.  Their story was a bit different from the two above.  They are quite well off as he is an entrepreneur with a very good telecom business in Europe.  He, and mostly his wife, both TDV subscribers, have been feeling like it is time to get out of the US and decided to come down to Chile for a week to check things out.

We had dinner at a very nice restaurant called Agua de Piedra about a ten minute drive from the outskirts of GGC and they stated that they still have a younger son and they would like to see him complete college in the US before the get out.

I hated to be so blunt with them but I truly believe that by the time he reaches college age (in about six years) that the US will look nothing like today.  Even if the US dollar still exists at all and the economy of the US is still functioning he will likely find that, like 1/3 of all people in the US under the age of 23, he'll get arrested for something.  The ATF even has goon squads on college campuses trying to find anyone even drinking a beer under the age of 21.  Even an arrest like that, or any number of other convictions, such as driving after drinking 3 beers or getting caught with a plant (marijuana) in his pocket will mean that he will have trouble travelling at all and certainly won't be able to get a foreign passport at a time when he'll most need it.

I suggested to them that they just get out now.  The best education is travel and spending a few years growing up in Chile would give him much more of an education, and much safer, than any US college.  In fact, I met with a group of anarcho-capitalist entrepreneurs in Chile while there who have started something called Exosphere.  It is a three month intensive program to teach people how to become entrepreneurs.  He'd likely learn more in those three months in Chile than he'd learn in four years of college in the US and at a fraction of a fraction of the cost.  I interviewed two of the people at Exosphere for Anarchast while there and those interviews will be up in the next 1-2 weeks (subscribe to Anarchast's mailing list at the website or on YouTube to be notified).  Already numerous TDVers have subscribed.


The first two people I mentioned above have their eyes wide open and know that it is time to get out of the US and the west in general.  The third is like many people I have met.  2008 scared them but the money printing since then has lulled them into a sense of complacency.  But, this is absolutely not the time to be complacent.

There are so many indications of a rapid increase in tyranny, especially in the US, that I believe we are near another major event.  There are already capital controls in the US... although they have been deftly hidden.  FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) is now making it nearly impossible for an American to get their capital outside of the US.  Most banks and brokerages on Earth already won't accept Americans because of it.  And every week we see more, including numerous gold storage facilities also turning away Americans.

One of the only ways to get your assets securely outside of the US as an American now is to buy foreign real estate.  And, I expect, even that will soon be shuttered.

And, the time to get a foreign passport is also running out as the "Ex-Patriot Act" continues to worm its way through congress.  Ex-Patriot is an acronym.  It stands for "Expatriation Prevention by Abolishing Tax-Related Incentives for Offshore Tenancy Act".  You can't be more clear than that.  There will soon be a law in the US that prevents expatriation!  If you aren't running to get a second passport now, and have the means to do so, I don't know how much clearer I can be about the urgency.  TDV Passports, of course, is here to help.

And now, look at what else is happening.  Some libertarians have moved to New Hampshire for the "Free State Project" to try to start a libertarian community and the local government has applied for military style armored vehicles for the explicit reason to quell this... even naming the Free State Project explicitly as being a threat.

Also, in the last week, every major bitcoin provider, person or company in the US has been subpoeanaed in New York.  You can read more about that here, "Every Important Person In Bitcoin Just Got Subpoenaed By New York's Financial Regulator" at Forbes.  Bitcoin is an amazing revolution in money but I saw that writing on the wall in the US a few months ago when I helped found a Bitcoin ATM and then quickly withdrew... good thing or I did or my name would've been on that list.

I would have been in a much better position than most on that list from persecution, however, as I do not hold a US passport and hold a passport, through TDV Passports, in a much less aggressive jurisdiction as well as having all my assets outside of the US.  But I realized quickly that this was too dangerous of a thing to be involved in at this time.  

Already too many people have stood up to the American empire, like Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden and Adam Kokesh.  Manning looks set to life in prison, Snowden is still in limbo and seeking political refuge in Russia and Adam Kokesh remains in a cage to this day after his house was raided by numerous men in black outfits, helicopters and tanks and a mushroom was planted.

Now, even the secure email provider that Edward Snowden used, Lavabit, shuttered their 10 year old business after being attacked by the US government for the crime of allowing people to communicate without them being able to read everything they send.  Even that was not enough though as today the founders of Lavabit are being threatened with arrest just for shutting down their business!

Countless times per day, police are killing and raping people and shutting down businesses in the US.  

Here is one of the latest from Huffington Post:

A small organic farm in Arlington, Texas, was the target of a massive police action last week that included aerial surveillance, a SWAT raid and a 10-hour search.

Members of the local police raiding party had a search warrant for marijuana plants, which they failed to find at the Garden of Eden farm. But farm owners and residents who live on the property told a Dallas-Ft. Worth NBC station that the real reason for the law enforcement exercise appears to have been code enforcement. The police seized "17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants ... native grasses and sunflowers," after holding residents inside at gunpoint for at least a half-hour, property owner Shellie Smith said in a statement. The raid lasted about 10 hours, she said.

Local authorities had cited the Garden of Eden in recent weeks for code violations, including "grass that was too tall, bushes growing too close to the street, a couch and piano in the yard, chopped wood that was not properly stacked, a piece of siding that was missing from the side of the house, and generally unclean premises," Smith's statement said. She said the police didn't produce a warrant until two hours after the raid began, and officers shielded their name tags so they couldn't be identified.


It is our job here at The Dollar Vigilante to keep abreast of what is going on and I can tell you personally, the US is one of the most dangerous places on Earth at this moment in time to live and keep your capital.  And forget about making money.  The land of opportunity is no more.

Even trying to operate a lemonade stand without a permit results in numerous government goons arriving, people ending up in handcuffs and arrest threats being made. just started up to make this starkly clear.  John Stossel, one of the only reasonable voices on Fox News also went through the process to open a child's lemonade stand.

Here is what it takes in the land of the free for a child to open a lemonade stand:

1) Register as sole proprietor with the County Clerk's Office (must be done in person)

2) Apply to the IRS for an Employer Identification Number

3) Complete 15-hr Food Protection Course!

4) After the course, register for an exam that takes 1 hr. You must score 70 percent to pass. (Sample question: "What toxins are associated with the puffer fish?") If you pass, allow 3-5 weeks for delivery of Food Protection Certificate.

5) Register for sales tax Certificate of Authority

6) Apply for a Temporary Food Service Establishment Permit. Must bring copies of the previous documents and completed forms to the Consumer Affairs Licensing Center.

Do you know what the process is to open a lemonade stand in Mexico, Chile or most other non-western countries on Earth?  You need some lemons and some cups.


I've been way ahead of the curve here.  For more than three years now I've been advising to get your ass and assets outside of the US.  I even did an interview with Adam Kokesh where I advised him to get out of the US and come to Acapulco for his own safety.  He's now been kidnapped and is sitting in a cage.

There will be no political solutions to the collapse of the US empire.  My upcoming book, "Escape from Amerika" further states this.  It's all over except for the FEMA camps and likely another false flag event to shut the whole place down like a prison.

The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI) cometh.  I don't know what else to tell you except that I have already gotten out of the West and taken all the same advice that I offer here (and in our paid newsletter with even more detailed information).  I've put my money where my mouth is.

And, if you are logical and rational and have done your research, you know I will be right.  Sadly.

If you have an IRA either cash it out (preferably) or if you are unwilling, put it into a Self-Directed IRA (TDV Self Directed IRAs again can help here) and get most of your assets outside of the US.  You can even buy investment property in foreign countries... GGC being my own #1 pick - although I am obviously biased.  But if you go down to Chile, see the free-er market in action, the economic growth and the location (it is Napa Valley in the 1940s) you will see clearly what I see.  It's that blatantly obvious.

As for me, I just arrived in Acapulco and another TDVer is in town and we're going for a drink to discuss life, love, liberty and freedom.  All my favorite topics.

Now is not the time to get complacent.  Things are about to get real messy again and this will make 2008 look like a cakewalk.  Mark my words.


In fact, I'm trying to spread the message so much that we have now opened up numerous TDV sites in different languages, run by TDVers, to get the message out.

This week, TDV Spain goes live... all in espanol.  Spain is almost as bad as the US nowadays and needs all the help it can get.  In the next few days after that, TDV Latin America goes live. TDV Latin America will have a bit of a dual-focus... again all in Spanish.  Half will be to help people in Argentina and Venezuela get their assets out of their own communist countries.  And the other half will be to show the amazing growth and opportunities in places like Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and more.

Then, soon after that, TDV Italia opens, all in Italian of course.  And TDV France to help French people escape the country that has gone full communist ("Never Go Full Commie!") with a 100% top tax rate.

We are also looking to help other areas with oppressive governments like China get the word out.  So, if you speak and write Mandarin and believe in our message please contact us.


And with that I leave you.  I am passionate about my views of the world and see absolutely nothing to show that I am incorrect.  A lot of people are waking up to it too... many videos/interviews of mine have gone into the million+ range as people can't deny a lot of what I am saying.  This particular interview across numerous channels is now over a million views.

Perhaps people are starting to awaken!


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 including his own, Anarchapulco, as well as regularly in the media including CNBC, CNN and Fox Business.

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