Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Morphing of the World Map

Many countries are offering greater freedoms and opportunity, just as other are becoming more draconian.

Huge nations have a tendency to believe they exist to regulate their societies. Any activity or particularly any profit must need new laws written to control it.

"The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." - Tacitus

Some small nations believe this is the way to get big and powerful - by copying the huge nations. This is like a start up company looking at General Motors and deciding they need 100 boards to make decisions, and constant meetings to operate "like the big boys."

There is a third group, Singapore, Panama, Hong Kong, and others that realize their economies will prosper, and hence their people, if they attract intellectual and monetary capital by being supportive of the creators of wealth.

Unlike petty despots that drain their countries to please themselves in the name of the people; some locations free their people and their economies to excel. The result is greater liberty, and greater wealth within these countries. The countries prosper, and so do their leaders.

These are the sort of countries that tend to be the flags in three flag theory. These are the locations people look to first when considering becoming a PT, or starting a new business.

There is a growing cadre of expatriates, or expats, from every nation. Some are just employees that are stationed outside their home country. Others have gone native and found a new home. Many however, are discovering greater freedoms and opportunities as Perpetual Tourists and are pursuing their personal sovereignty.

Wise countries are courting these individualists, realizing the productivity and creativity they infuse into the societies where they live. Tax incentives, economic citizenship, and improved communications infrastructure are some of the inducements being offered.

Expect the competition between countries for expat attention to expand as more netrepreneurs and knowledge workers (the netcohort) go P.T. Also expect a backlash of resentment from over regulated, highly taxed, repressive regimes suffering from "brain drain."

With the bureaucratic age ending, huge nations will have to adapt or they will dissolve and disappear. Smaller and more flexible nations are emerging as the transition to the new era begins.

Don't leave yourself, your family, or your wealth where it might be stomped on by the struggling giants of an age gone by.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What's Happening Now

This is a bit of a test. I have been doing much of my writing over at Squidoo.

They now have a voting widget that might just allow me to show off what I have there. If this works you will be able to look at my Squidoo pages and vote on which page you like most.

give it a try.

The pages with material most like what you have found here will be scattered throughout the list (perpetual tourist, seeking a cure for the common education, that kind of stuff). Read the titles and the brief summary and pick what you would like to review. Read it and then vote.

Your vote on any connected page should show in all locations that have "grabbed" my list.

I will soon be adding more pages to the list, called a plexo, and they should also be added to the list available here. If you haven't given squidoo a try, it's both easy and fun - especially once you get used to their module page construction tools. They keep trying creative ideas - that keeps it interesting. It also has a web 2.0 community type of feel if you go for that.

Here is an invite to try Squidoo.

Squidoo is better than free - they have an ad share program that kicks back a small amount of money on each page.
If you make $15.00 there we both get another $5.00 (mine goes to Bastiat Free University).

Squidoo is also a Google loved site - links from there will help your other web operations. Link your pages, or "squidoo lenses," together and multiply the effects.

Go for it - It's what's Happening now.


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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Can Americans Achieve Individual Sovereignty?

I heard from a reader of my PT- perpetual Traveler Squidoo lens. She had several folks trying to sell her "sovereignty packages," she wanted my help. I'm not a professional in this field so this was my reply.

I know of no absolute sovereignty available for individuals, that would be recognized by the United States.

Effective sovereignty is found using three flag theory and other strategies, but even this is quite difficult for Americans. The USA claims to own you wherever you live, and reserves some "rights" even if you renounce citizenship.

Of course the constitution says citizens have rights, not the government; it was written to protect those rights from government. In reality the Constitution is no longer used in America, it is the bureaucrats and the elites that rule by decree.

"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." - Benjamin Franklin

You can be right, and still end up in jail.

In fact if you have enough money or status to be a public relations object lesson, they will come and get you in any country in the world. A bureaucratic nation is inherently unjust.

The most effective, and severe, method is to move to another country and become a citizen there. You can then enter an American embassy in that country and renounce your American citizenship. Very few do this.

Americans can legally have dual citizenship, but America will still claim you. Many do this, then keep a low profile as a way to avoid the very real dangers of being an American.

Get the free Sovereign Society newsletter mentioned at Speculation Rules. Get a few good books such as those listed in my PT lens. The Sovereign Society can put you in touch with lawyers that will answer your questions better than I can - they will be good lawyers with good current information. You will want to join their club eventually, perhaps attend a few of their weekend seminars in nice spots like Switzerland or Panama. There you can talk face to face with knowledgeable experts; no commitments required. No hard sell.

Make no sizable commitments until you have returned home and had time to think about the consequences.

I would avoid anyone promising you a passport or sovereignty papers - almost all are scams. A few countries, Uruguay for one, have procedures to acquire a passport for legal residents. Other countries, like Panama, can accelerate citizenship if you invest in the country - say a managed tree farm.

There have been groups that tried to set up independent countries with sovereignty for their citizens - much time and money has been spent, no luck so far. A few claim to have succeeded - but if other governments won't recognize their efforts, they are worthless.

There are now countries more free than the USA, but no place is guaranteed to remain free - including the US. Becoming a perpetual tourist is one solution.

You can acquire more freedom than you now have, but it will require effort to achieve it. It is up to you to decide if it is worth your time and effort. True individual sovereignty - liberty, freedom, privacy - is for now only a dream if you were born, and wish to remain, American.

Get good professional advice.

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