Anyone with any opinion, what so ever, about anything, should read this.
For the last couple of months I've seriously been thinking about expatriating from the US. Actually I've thought about it on and off for the last 20 years, but I've now been thinking about it again really seriously.
What usually pushes me over the edge, is when I realize that things in this country are beyond fixable. What normally calms me back down is when I look at a lot of the alternatives and they are beyond fixable as well. Well this time, I decided that I was my own biggest obstacle, and I was going to find a solution to what I previously thought was an un-solvable problem. I was going to bail from the sinking ship and find solid land somewhere. I wasn't gonna swim past the land because it didn't have cable tv.
The more I looked at the problem, the more I realized that I'm part of it. I'm looking for my new place to live and comparing it to my current lifestyle. I've moved many times in my life and there always seemed to be a change in lifestyle. Some things were good and others were bad. The biggest hurdle to me with every country that I looked at was safety and security for my family. Then I realized that I'm not as safe and secure here as I used to be. Economically I have little hope for security. No matter how well I manage my own family's assets, I will still have to pay my share for what my own country does and what other families do. Even if the government and entire population changes tomorrow, we still have to pay for a thousand yesterdays. Previously, I've been enamored with moving to Islands in the Caribbian, but I would get scared off when I realize that I'm living in a hurricane zone, on a fault line, and on an active volcano. I've looked at the European countries as well, but they seem just as bad, (and even worse in some cases), in their uncontrolled spending. Even though I can buy a little time living there, eventually they will have their own baby boomer crisis where the people paying in are fewer than the people being paid out to. Probably the biggest security worry in the other places was the threat of a family member being killed by a lunatic. I'm pretty much resigned to the fact that anyone in my family can be targeted and killed right here, in this country simply because we are US citizens. If if that wasn't the case we have enough of a risk with our own domestic lunatics.
Despite all of those things I still have a responsibility to protect my family, and any choices that I make have to protect the family's safety, security, belief system, and prosperity. I've been thinking long and hard about those 4 things and until today the thing I looked at the most was the family belief system. We simply had to be in a place we people that agreed with us. Then it hit me! That was the biggest problem all along! In fact most of the world's problems are because we can't globally agree on a belief system. Not only that, but we can't agree locally on a belief system either. It's not a problem that is just here in the US, it's a problem everywhere. Politics, religion, education, economics, etc...
Once I had that revelation, the little light bulb turned on. I know this sounds Libertarian of me, but I'm concentrating on family sovereignty. Now before all the Libertarians jump in to pat me on the back, I don't care what position any government takes in the world about anything. They can repress, regulate, control, oppress, or progress their population as much as they want to. My family is only going to choose to participate to the point that it benefits us and our beliefs. I'm not going to get too specific, because this is the internet and I'm sure the government probably has this post on their radar, but I'm going off grid. I'm getting 3 passports from 3 other countrie. I'm buying a boat in a 4th country through an anonymous corporation. I'm setting up yet another country as an internet presence where I'll do business and I'm banking out of about 4 more countries.When something I don't like about any of those countries bothers me, I'm cutting them off and moving to another one. I'm going to renounce my US citizenship, but pay all my taxes before I leave. (including the penalty for expatriating.) If I have any luck, they will understand that I'm leaving due to poor politics and not as a tax dodge, but if they don't, they can decide to ban me from the country. Then I will be unable to visit my extended family. It's a risk I have to take at this point.
Now for those of you that have stayed with me this long, I'm going to finally discuss the headline of this blog and I feel it's most appropriate to CAPS. It's the reason that I'm as guilty as everybody else. It's also most of the cause of all the evil in the world. It's the undisputable belief. It's your religion, or politics, or economic opinion, etc... Everyone has a tenant that they feel is crucial to having a proper excistence on this planet. Most of us have several. We tend to join groups of people that have the same opinion and we tend to argue with people that don't have the same opinion. In any such group, the sheer number of people equates to a power base for the leadership. It's the abuse of that power base that causes the world's problems. "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." The fact is in everything but physical science and mathmatics and sometimes even in those, the most established tenants are proven to be false almost all of the time. We tend to grow smarter as a population and learn things like the Sun doesn't revolve around the Earth. Even the guys that lose these arguments have sound theories based on fact. Some of us learn it right away, others of us fight the idea for decades.
This is just something to throw out to everyone. You can have a personal opinion on anything, but the moment that you identify yourself as part of a group, you lose control. Most of us feel obligated to defend the group. We have leaders of these groups saying we have an obligation to do so. free your mind and the rest will follow.