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A Beautiful Message of Liberty - Spoiler Alert: Get out of the US

August 1, 2013
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[Editor's Note: The following post is by TDV Editor-in-Chief, Jeff Berwick]

The TDV team have taken a semi-respite.  In free-market terms, that means that we have taken a day or two off (and for TDV subscribers, we are going to take one of our two weeks per year off from our subscription letter).  

In real terms, though, it means we won't stop pushing good ideas forward every day publicly... we can't help ourselves.

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Bradley Manning Avoids Most Serious Charge, Still Facing Lifetime With His Kidnappers

July 31, 2013
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[Editor's Note: The following post is by TDV Editor-in-Chief, Jeff Berwick]

Yesterday, Private Bradley Manning was charged and faces "up to" 136 years in a cage for being someone Thomas Jefferson would consider a patriot.  Considering the world's oldest person died at 116 years old last month it is quite clearly a life sentence.  For myself, at 42, I consider anything more than 10 years a life sentence.  Not that I couldn't still have fun at 52... but a lot less fun with a lot more viagra.

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Snowden's Dad Confronts Tyrannical Obama

July 30, 2013
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[Editor's Note: Today TDV is proud to feature a letter to President Barack Obama from Lon Snowden, the father of persecuted whistleblower-in-hiding Edward Snowden, and his counsel, Bruce Fein.] 

July 26, 2013 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500

Re: Civil Disobedience, Edward J. Snowden, and the Constitution

Dear Mr. President:

You are acutely aware that the history of liberty is a history of civil disobedience to unjust laws or practices. As Edmund Burke sermonized, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

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"World Citizen" Dies Missing The Point About Government

July 29, 2013
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[Editor's Note: The following post is by TDV Editor-in-Chief, Jeff Berwick]

Garry Davis, called "World Citizen #1" and founder of WorldService.org and provider of the "World Passport", died a few days ago.  Newser reports that the former American citizen died after decades as a stateless "citizen of the world." Davis was 91 when he died and had spent 65 years stateless since renouncing his nationality along with all others since 1948. 

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TDV Week in Review July 27th, 2013

July 28, 2013
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"But who will build the roads?" the young lady asked me a few nights ago. The wine must have been getting to her. We'd been through this at least a half dozen times. I grinned indulgently and took it from the top. The wine must have been getting to me, too. 

My statist friend meant no harm. In fact, she's to be commended on how receptive she's been to my explanations of the moral and practical superiority of a stateless, voluntary society. It's been fun to watch her grapple with the concepts and slowly come around. 

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The Weekend Vigilante July 27, 2013 - Galt's Gulch, Gold and the Kanadian Mafia

July 27, 2013
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Hello from Vancouver, Kanada,

I spent some time at the Agora Financial Symposium this week.  On one of the panels was Doug Casey, Doug French and Jeffrey Tucker, amongst others and the final question asked of each was, "what is your #1 investment pick for the coming years?"

Jeffrey Tucker answered, "Galt's Gulch Chile"!  (photo of Mr. Tucker and myself last week at Freedomfest)

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Feedback Friday - July 26, 2013

July 26, 2013
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Another week goes by, and still you’re not with us in Galt’s Gulch Chile. No, you’re back in the USSA slaving through a Friday for your two day reprieve. At least there’s TDV’s Friday tradition, your opportunity to provoke, question, and celebrate everything TDV.

Want to join in the discourse? Send your questions, comments, queries, and concerns to tdv@dollarvigilante.com, comment on a post, or get on the forums.

On to the feedback…

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Dear Slavey: July Edition

July 24, 2013
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[Editor's Note: The following post is by TDV's resident advice columnist, Slavey, whose columns appear monthly in TDV Homegrown. For more articles like this, please subscribe to Homegrown here. Have a question for Dear Slavey? Email to tdv@dollarvigilante.com.]

Dear Slavey,

I live in Detroit and I wonder what the heck is going to happen to us now. Did you know that we can only get 9-1-1 service during business hours?! And our poor city workers, I imagine their pensions are out the window. Are there any silver linings for us in the Motor City after the bankruptcy?

Don in Detroit

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Absolutely Not. Not Under Any Circumstances: Japan's Coming Debt Collapse

July 23, 2013
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[Editor's Note: The following post is by TDV correspondent, Tres Knippa]

As expected, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) won a majority in the Upper House  in Japan Sunday night.  The market has responded with a bit of a yawn in Yen and JGB futures. Now we get to see Shinzo Abe fire the “third arrow” of his economic plan. 

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AmeriKa: They Ran Out Of New

July 22, 2013
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[Editor’s Note: The following post is by TDV legal correspondent, Jim Karger]

It is a 10 hour high speed burn from the blistering shit hole of Laredo, Texas to the cool, high desert air of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I know that because I just returned last night. Indeed, I still return to the USSA regularly, either hauling dogs to their new forever homes for Save A Mexican Mutt, or to battle the government and labor unions on behalf of clients to whom I still can't say "no."

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