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Beware of the False Paths to Freedom!

September 10, 2012

[Editor's Note: The following post is by Menno Troyer, TDV Subscriber and a pioneer of the Free State Project]

Thanks to the rise of rapid dissemination of information through the internet, and more recently the "Ron Paul Revolution", the awareness of and quest for freedom is on the rise both here in the US and worldwide - even as the relentless drive toward a globally integrated police state continues to accelerate. It truly has become a definitive race between the forces of good and the forces of evil; between those who seek to leave alone and be left alone, vs. those who seek to plunder and rule their fellow human beings.

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TDV Week in Review September 9th, 2012

September 9, 2012

Three days back in the US and a few weeks to go. Am I glutton for punishment? Am I not always going on about how much I hate this country and how much it sucks? 

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The Weekend Vigilante September 8th, 2012

September 8, 2012

It was Friday morning and Gary Gibson and I had decided to go to San Diego and see a number of friends and colleagues at Casey Research's, "The Politicized Economy" conference.  Trying to do everything we could to avoid the TSA and harassment by the US Government we flew direct from Acapulco to Tijuana on Volaris.  But, upon arrival we immediately had our documents checked by numerous Mexican police officials and they pulled us to the side to rout through our luggage and ask us what we were doing and where we are going.  Then, once past them, as I protested, we again had to put our bags through another scanning machine manned by armed soldiers.

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Feedback Friday - September 7, 2012

September 6, 2012

Is there anything better than a US federal election to remind you why you want the hell out of dodge? Wednesday night, Bubba made his return! That's right, someone gave good ole Billy Clinton a microphone and a teleprompter. And, of course, he reminded a Charlotte arena and millions with nothing better to do at home, how he drove the American economy into the ground while dating chubby interns. Then, last night, it was Obama's turn and, well, never mind. Come to Acapulco... or our new libertarian community in Latin America... soon to be announced!

On to the Feedback!

 

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Obama's Acceptance Speech - As It Should Be

September 6, 2012

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

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship." — Alexander Tyler, 1887

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Countries Competing for You and Your Capital

September 5, 2012

Last week in Asunción, Paraguay, Ken Johnson and I had lunch at an exclusive country club with a Paraguayan congressman whom I cannot name. Now, I know what many of you are saying: “Jeff Berwick talks to politicians?” Here’s my excuse. First of all, your average politician in most small countries is usually a petty criminal. I can handle talking to a petty criminal like a pickpocket for a few minutes. It's a matter of scale. If I ever were to be introduced to Darth Dick Cheney, I’d do a lot worse than what Doug Casey did when he didn’t shake Cheney's hand and told him why at an investment conference a few years ago. Or Nancy Pelosi. Or Charles Schumer. But I digress. 

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DEAR SLAVEY - SEPTEMBER 4TH EDITION

September 3, 2012

Dear Slaveys,

Here are two excerpts from recent comments posted on TDV blogs I’d like to talk about:

1. A response to last week's Dear Slavey column:

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Why Most Americans Are Fools

September 3, 2012

[Editor’s note: The following post is by Jim Karger, TDV legal correspondent]

The short answer:  Americans don't read.

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TDV Week in Review September 2nd, 2012

September 2, 2012

“I'm afraid you may be going over the edge.”

I was speaking last night via Google's new “Hangout” video-chat feature to one of the very few non-anarcho friends I have left. She's watched me flee the country and continue to post an unrelenting stream of anarcho-capitalist, anti-state propaganda. She fears that I may be growing paranoid, delusional and obsessive with my anarchist philosophy and my worry about the US government.

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The Weekend Vigilante September 1st, 2012

September 1, 2012

Hello from Santiago, Chile,

By the time you read this I should be back in Acapulco, but I write this from the airport in Santiago.

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