From Free to Unfree
The Dollar Vigilante
by Jeff Berwick: Barbed
Wire Is Beautiful
In our quest
to spread the good word of freedom I left family and friends in
my own quite-free paradise this week to travel north to the un-freer
parts of North America. After spending a lovely day out on Acapulco
Bay with the growing
staff at TDV and some anarchist visitors, who continue to make
the pilgrimage to Acapulco, I drank a little extra Tecate, preparing
myself for what I knew was ahead.
left to right, TDV'ers, myself, James Guzman and Ken Johnson openly
drinking alcohol on a boat, now illegal in many parts of the land
of the free
There is currently
only one off-season international flight per day out of Acapulco
and I, unfortunately, was on it. United Airlines to Houston. The
rest of the flights all boarded in perfect harmony with smiles while
the United staff bellowed at the 15 passengers with a microphone
at high level for 10 minutes outlining all the rules and regulations
required just to board the plane.
Once on the
flight I ordered the RedTree chardonnay Californian wine to continue
to numb the pain. On the bottle it states, "RedTree
Chardonnay is the perfect wine to enjoy with a variety of foods
from cold pizza to pasta salads". Only in America
would a wine boast that it goes best with cold pizza, I laughed.
Once in Houston
I watched everybody supplicate to the customs officials.
Only the residual buzz from the RedTree chardonnay, my iPhone music
player and Bose noise-cancelling headphones kept me from showing
my disdain to the process. After thirty minutes of waiting I made
it through and went for a nice meal at Pappadeaux.
I ordered a steak and was given a metal fork and a black plastic
the moment that the metal fork is probably as "dangerous" as a metal
bread knife would be, or more so, I noticed across from me sat a
man with a "Don't F*&k With Texas" t-shirt on who
was also trying to cut his steak with the same utensil and actually
had it break into two as he pressed down on it. As I labored to
cut my own steak with the ridiculous plastic knife I thought, they
already f*&ked with Texas and no one even seems to notice.
though, again helped ease the oppression. I then prepared to re-board
for Vancouver and watched Michael Jackson's last concert performance
on the inflight DirecTV. Say what you want about Michael but he
was an expert performer who was a true artisan of communicating
the message of love through music.
to the heavily anti-state lyrics of They
Don't Really Care About Us (watch the banned version of this
video here), including lines like:
me what has become of my rights
I invisible because you ignore me?
proclamation promised me free liberty, now
tired of bein' the victim of shame
throwing me in a class with a bad name
can't believe this is the land from which I came
It made me
realize that almost all music is about love or freedom... anarchic
at it's heart.
love music… and almost all music spreads a message which
is anarchic. A rough guesstimate is that 90% of songs are about
love. Love is anarchy. Voluntary connections between individuals.
And the remainder of songs are usually about freeing us from the
oppression of the state.
music like gangster rap is heavily anti-state. NWA's "F*&k
tha Police" is just one of many examples. And, before that
was "heavy metal". Bands like Iron Maiden and songs like
to the Hills" told the story of past crimes against humanity
by the state and past empires better than most history classes.
because of the heavy amount of truth in heavy metal and gangster
rap, both were hotly contested topics in the slimy halls of Congress.
The state saw the music for what it was, anti-establishment, and
fought to ban them both. Even before rap and heavy metal, Elvis
Presley and the Beatles were, in what now seems absolutely bizarre,
hotly contested by the powers that be. They were making people act
out their natural instincts and urges. How dare they jump around
and gyrate their own bodies! They must conform to what the state
wants and how it demands its slaves to be!
But, the fact
of the matter is, with the possible exception of some country music,
almost all music is about anti-aggression and love… the message
of anarchy. There aren't many ballads about the importance of state
run "education" or socialized medical systems. If you
love music and aren't an anarchist you should listen harder.
POLICE STATE OF VANCOUVER
I arrived yesterday
in Vancouver, Canada and the police presence everywhere continues
to grow up here in the true north strong and unfree.
headlines read about a brutal execution done by a Vancouver cop
after video evidence of the police shooting a mentally ill, unarmed
man, as he crawled on his hands and knees.
upon visiting a popular bar called Opus, I couldn't believe my eyes
as the police were set-up on the back tables of the bar with a laptop
and were photographing and observing the upmarket crowd. I couldn't
resist taking their picture... turnabout is fair play after all.
A bouncer saw
me take their photo and quickly had me removed from the establishment!
That was fine with me, I thought, I have no interest in being in
a bar which allows government agents to so brazenly monitor its
put outside on the street a swarm of cops jumped some guy... for
reasons unknown. I again pulled out my trusty iphone and began to
take video when the bouncer rushed up to me and told me if I didn't
stop taking video he'd break my phone. While he had no right to
do so and it was nothing more than a threat of violence against
a peaceful person I decided that another night in handcuffs and
a broken cellphone were not worth the trouble.
bar in Vancouver requires identification and having your photo taken
prior to entry. Why? Those pesky dried flowers, again! The headline
on the Vancouver Sun newspaper on the coffee table in my hotel room
August hit on Jon Bacon, 12 gangsters have been slain in Vancouver".
After 40 years of fighting, and losing, the drug wars, Vancouver
is full of gang violence and the entire city is nearly turned into
a prison to "fight" the voluntary transactions between buyers and
sellers of plants.
news that CNN's audience has dropped by 50% in the last 12 months
is proof that thanks to the internet, we are winning. The truth
is getting out, mostly due to the "alternative media".
CNN and their likes will continue to fade and eventually die unless
the internet can be stopped… or until they start telling
the truth. But, they would never resort to that. They are a part
of the system. If they tell the truth then peace and prosperity
spreads and the system dies. They will fight to the end to avoid
As The End
Of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI) continues on,
governments are already making clear that travel will be restricted
for those whose currencies and economies collapse. Theresa May,
the criminal Home Secretary of the UK has stated that in the event
of a euro collapse, "We're
going to give illegal migrants a really hostile reception."
So, just when
you think things couldn't get any worse as currencies and economies
outright collapse, those looking to flee to better environments
may find themselves stuck as foreign countries block them from entry.
Just another reason to get a second slave card (passport)... to
give yourself options in the event that the country that currently
claims your ownership finds itself in dire straights and travel
restrictions are put in place.
Passports we have added a new asian country to our offerings
and will be announcing it in the coming weeks.
Your Gold Out of Dodge" is available here. It is free
to TDV and TDV
Golden Trader subscribers or for a one-time price of $44.95
USD. It may be the best use of your fiat Federal Reserve Notes
you've ever spent. Reprinted
with permission from The
June 4, 2012
Berwick [send him mail]
is an anarcho-capitalist freedom fighter and Chief Editor of the
libertarian, Austrian economics grounded newsletter, The
Dollar Vigilante. The Dollar Vigilante focuses on strategies,
investments and expatriation opportunities to survive & prosper
during and after the US dollar collapse.
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