I Knuckled My Forelock
The Dollar Vigilante
by Jeff Berwick: The
Oh, the irony.
One of the top providers of passports in the world, myself
Passports), has been having trouble getting a passport for his
As you may
weeks ago, I spoke of all my troubles at the slave processing
center (passport office) trying to get permission from criminals
to allow my 6-year-old daughter to travel. Then, last
week I told you that by this time this week I'll be writing
to you from Europe.
We were originally
set to leave on Wednesday, but by Wednesday morning we still had
not received a passport for my daughter. I'll tell you
more about what happened after that, but first let me tell you what
happened that day.
DOWN FROM THE STATE
You never really
know who you are until faced with adversity. Forrest Griffin, a
phenomenal UFC fighter and, strangely enough, a good author who
wrote a book that sounds like it makes sense to us vigilantes, "Be
Ready When the Sh*t Goes Down: A Survival Guide to the Apocalypse"
once said, "Never trust a man who has never been punched
in the face."
stuck with me since I can guarantee you tjat people like Dick Cheney
and Barack Obama have never been punched in the face. Shot other
people in the face, that's a different story.
I have been
punched in the face. It happened when I was about 13... that changed
everything about me. I don't recall if my father put me into boxing,
karate and kung fu after that or if I asked for it... but the end
result was the same, I feel I can protect myself in most situations
now... and that makes a world of difference.
how hard it was for me to look in the mirror this week after I had
cowtowed to an agent of the state.
A statist person
who likes to control people had repeatedly denied us of her slave
card and I reached my breaking point two hours before our flight
was designated to leave. My wife, teary eyed, told me that no matter
how many lawyers and agents we hired that we just were not going
to get her slave card in time. For months I had told my daughter
countless stories of what snow looks like... being born and raised
in Acapulco it is a very foreign concept and her beautiful brown
eyes always open wide as I told her about it. Figuring perhaps
speaking to them on a human level would work, I thought, as a last
my pride and raced down on my scooter to beg forgiveness and ask
that they put all problems aside and... I actually teared up...
as I tried to tell the woman there that all I wanted to do was take
my family to another place for Navidad and how I would bite all
my words and apologize if they would allow us to go. Seeing the
tears in my daughters eyes and, she was actually the least
emotional of either me or my wife (who is incredibly strong) a few
moments earlier had driven me to submit.
I sat in the
office of head boss there at the passport office and nodded my head
to whatever she said. "I love my job," she said. "I
take it very seriously." I bit my tongue again to not tell
her that she is not much different than any Nazi or Stalin gulag
train driver. I sat, head down, and nodded. I told her she is right.
I still feel
sick to my stomach telling you this. But I tell you this, I am quite
certain in my heart that if all that was on the line was only MY
freedom I would have sat stone-faced and proud. But this was all
about my daughter.
This is the
worst I've felt in some time. It makes me wonder if/when I am kidnapped
and taken to Guantanamo Bay how quickly I will buckle. My first
water boarding will likely have me doing and saying whatever they
want. Or not. Again, this was solely about my daughter, not me...
and I didn't want to do or say anything that would deprive her of
the ability to travel semi-freely. I guess my next test comes when
they come for me and me only.
As I look in
the mirror today I am not sure who I see. I am passionate about
freedom... but how passionate? I have doubts now about my ability
to fight the collectivist/statist whole.
I am almost
literally speechless right now. Who am I? What am I? My anarchist
wife is sick as well. Have I broken everything I say I am about?
If there was
one small brightside to my week was that I was still in Acapulco
for the grand opening of The Hobbit. My two favorite
movie theaters on Earth are, #1, the VIP cinema at the Siam Paragon
cineplex (There at one of the most upscale malls on Earth they have
chandeliers, bars, discotheques and more all inside the theater
complex) and the 2nd best theater I've been to is here in Acapulco
at La Galerias Diana VIP.
For an entry
cost of $8 you have leather lazyboy reclining chairs, a bar, and
a 10-page menu with waiters and waitresses attending to you at your
Adding to the
enjoyment was that, quite unknown to me, almost every TDV staff
member and many TDV readers and subscribers all chose the same time
and place to see The Hobbit. We took up most of the
theater of about 30 seats. It was like an exclusive TDV screening...
and you couldn't pick a better movie than The Hobbit,
by anarchist-leaning J.R.R. Tolkien.
you don't come to TDV for movie reviews, so I'll keep this
short. The movie was beautifully done. It was not on
par with The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) but only
because the underlying story on which the movie was based is also
not on par with LOTR in terms of depth and scope. But,
considering what he had to work with, Peter Jackson did another
great job in bringing the book to life (plus adding a lot to it
that never existed). And somehow turning it into what will
be a total of 8+ hours of cinematics... from a book about 1/10th
the size of LOTR.
NEXT WEEK... IF THERE IS A NEXT WEEK
by next week I'll be reporting in from somewhere in Southeast
Europe... and hopefully my daughter will be with me. That
is, if there is a next week. After all, it is just a few days
until all the Mayans die.
say the world is "going to end" on December 21st. But,
if read more closely, the Mayans stated that the world would change
dramatically on December 21st. If that is the case, they are
generally right. The world has been and will change dramatically
over the coming years. The End Of The Monetary System As We
Know It (TEOTMSAWKI), a system based on debt, theft and extortion
will be going to the wayside. The transition could get chaotic...
but if we can get through to the other side we could have a much,
much freer and more peaceful world without large states, state-backed
central banks, taxation and all the other violence done by the state...
which has created a total of more than 250 million deaths in the
20th century at the hand of government.
So if you believe
the world is going to end in a few days, you should be partying
like it's 1999 and enjoy your final days. If the world
doesn't end but changes dramatically in the coming years, as
we believe here, then you should be preparing now. Once more
people catch on to the situation, either governments themselves
will crack down further on capital and personal flight... or there
will be so many people running for the exits at the same time that
you may find it nearly impossible to do.
Better a year
early than a day too late they say.
December 17, 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,
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