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    Top 3 Actionable Tips on How You Can Get Out of Dodge

    By Doug Casey
    International Man
    September 23, 2021


    International Man: Almost every government and country in the world is going in the wrong direction from a personal freedom standpoint.

    And if the last two years have been an indication, the situation could get much worse before it gets better.

    How can individuals limit the impact of government overreach in their day-to-day lives?

    Doug Casey: The first thing is to become self-employed. You donít want a job where youíre dependent on somebody elseóor worse, some organization. The bigger the organization, the less relative importance you have, and the more danger youíre in.

    Assess your resources and abilities and try to become an entrepreneur. The world has an unlimited desire for goods and services; an entrepreneur figures out how to satisfy them. It takes thought, knowledge, and hard workóbut thereís unlimited upside. An employee, by contrast, just does what heís told for a wage. Most are easily replaceable cubicle dwellers these days. Being an employee is both high risk and low reward.

    The second thing you can do is to not support the State in any way. The State is not your friend; itís your enemy. It takes a fat slice of your earnings and, in return, tells you what you can and canít do. Find ways to reduce your contact with it and deny it both resources and approval. Minimize the taxes you pay so that you donít feed the beast.

    That includes participating in its elections. Your choice is almost always just the lesser of two evils anyway. Remember that people who want to be in office are desirous of controlling other people. Voters are dupes at best, voting for Tweedledee or Tweedledum while endorsing the corrupt system itself. Itís questionable whether your vote ever does any goodóor even counts.

    Ultimately, the best solution is the one that Ayn Rand outlined in her novel Atlas Shrugged, which is to put yourself in a position where you can just check out of the system and live in a parallel economy because the old one is going down anyway. Surround yourself with sound, like-minded people to the greatest degree possible.

    International Man: Vaccine mandates are threatening millions of peopleís livelihoods.

    Politicians and companies are threatening people, telling them that either they get the jab or lose their jobs.

    What can the average person do to avoid being coerced by such threats?

    Doug Casey: Youíre right. Thatís another reason you donít want to be reliant on an employer and why you want to be an entrepreneur.

    Other than that, you should take opportunities to speak out because most people lack courage and keep their thoughts to themselves. Thatís a big mistake. Donít roll over just because itís convenient. If you act like a docile sheep or scared rabbit, youíll get what you deserve.

    In the short run, there are ways to avoid the vaccine. For instance, the cities are full of bums on the streets. If you can find somebody who looks like you, lend him your ID, shepherd him to a Walgreens, and have him take the vaccination in your stead to get the paper.

    Although Iím sure thatís only a temporary palliative because it would appear theyíre going to require people to take booster shots every six months as the virus mutates.

    And theyíll probably require some type of bio-identification or the implantation of a chip to ensure that you donít find some way to get around this, in addition to imposing nasty penalties.

    Some people have thought about radical counters to the threats of government and big corporations. For instance, if airlines require that you become vaccinated in order to fly, some who are well-organized might get a hundred friends together to book a flight and show up without vaccine cards. Solutions like that, however, are inconvenient and costlyónot just for the airlines. Itís a real problem since weíre moving into a genuine police state.

    There will likely be draconian penalties imposed on the 20% of the country that thinks for itself. On the other hand, if there are enough adverse reactions to the vaccine, the hysteria might blow over in six months. I plan on waiting at least another year or two before considering it; I donít like playing the role of guinea pigócertainly not unnecessarily.

    International Man: As the original International Man, youíve literally written the book on how to protect yourself from your government by diversifying various parts of your life geographically and politically.

    How has the current global situation changed your perspective?

    Doug Casey: Itís a totally different world now than it was when I wrote the International Man book. That was over forty years ago.

    In those days, it was possible to travel on a World Service Authority passport, for instance. Today, thatís completely out of the question. In any event, with international flights down 85% and many countries totally cut off, itís a totally different world in lots of ways.

    Although the days of cheap, carefree travel are over, itís more important than ever to not be beholden to just one government. You have to get options. Even if you canít get a second citizenship and a second or third passport, donít act like a deer in the headlights. Itís important and doable to get official permanent residency in a number of other countries so you have an escape hatch (assuming they allow you to leave).

    International Man: Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and other counties in the so-called free world have turned into explicit totalitarian police states. What can the unfortunate people who live behind this new Iron Curtain do to protect themselves?

    Doug Casey: As the inmates of the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Maoís China, Pol Potís Cambodia, and many other places have found, thereís not much you can do once a place becomes a serious police state. Itís dangerous to do anything.

    At this stage, I think non-cooperation is still the best approach. Donít be complacent and make supplicating motions to the apparatchiks of the State when they require you to do things. Donít cooperate to the greatest degree possible.

    Of course, itís easy for me to say this as an academic matter, but itís going to become increasingly dangerous because the society is full of rats that want to turn you in as a potential enemy of the State or a potential terrorist.

    In this light, you might want to watch the series, The Man in the High Castle, which gives an alternate history of the US if it had lost WWII. It has lots of interesting discussions and observations about how easily the average American would roll over and cooperate with whoever gives him orders.

    I also recommend that everybody rewatch V for Vendetta. It pretty much mimicsóat least up to its spectacular climaxówhatís going on today, right down to the virus.

    International Man: What are some things that people of modest financial means can do now to protect themselves in case the situation persists or worsens?

    Doug Casey: In the years to come, a lot of people will find that they have much more modest financial means than they imagined. At some point, the stock market, bond market, and probably the real estate market will crash. In real termsóI donít know what itís going to be in dollar termsóitís going to be a leveling event. Not just despite, but because of the foolish efforts of central banks around the world to prop things up. Itís quite possible that the unwinding has already started with Evergrande in China. Everything else is made in China. Why not the Greater Depression as well?

    But apart from staying clear of conventional markets, just try to produce more than you can consume and save the difference. I suggest saving the difference in small gold and silver coins. That keeps it simple.

    In addition, speculate on things that are low risk and high potential. Also, donít have a high correlation with conventional investments.

    For instance, one of my favorite classes of securities, uranium stocks, has gone up about four to one in the last few months. Uranium stocks are no longer at the absolute bottom but are going higher. Iím also quite involved in carbon sequestration stocks. Despite the fact that I think the carbon concept ranges from hype to scam, the area will likely get very hot as a consequence of so-called ďESGĒ investing. I also own a lot of oil and coal stocks, which the market hates. Ironically, theyíll go up at least as much as carbon plays.

    But next on the runway will be gold and silver stocks. Theyíll not only have their cyclical day in the sun but will also be super hot.


    Reprinted with permission from International Man.


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    There are about to be worse places to be than Dodge City, Kansas.

    Many.

    Thanks in part to @Brett85.
    Last edited by acptulsa; 09-23-2021 at 03:54 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    There are about to be worse places to be than Dodge City, Kansas.

    Many.

    Thanks in part to @Brett85.
    Or Northern New Hampshire...thanks in part to Shem Kellogg and his efforts before he passed away.

    There are many places worse than a lot of the USA.

    That's why I've decided to defend it instead of letting it burn down or be overrun.

    May be a futile, moot mission, but I'm going to die trying.
    "Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later, that debt is paid." - Valery Legasov

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    Interesting. Based on a recommendation from an RPFer, I read one of Casey's fiction books. It was called Speculator. It was obvious that he's an Ayn Rand devotee.

    One thing I may take exception to is his characterization of "employees". Every man is really an entrepreneur. Even a laborer sells his services to an employer. I think what he's getting at is to not limit yourself to an exclusive buyer of your services. Just like everything else, diversification is huge.
    "And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works." - Bastiat

    "It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." - Voltaire

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    Amusing fact: Dodge City is in Ford County.


    Quote Originally Posted by CaptUSA View Post
    One thing I may take exception to is his characterization of "employees". Every man is really an entrepreneur. Even a laborer sells his services to an employer. I think what he's getting at is to not limit yourself to an exclusive buyer of your services. Just like everything else, diversification is huge.
    This^

    Your life is your business. You produce, buy, and sell goods and services all the time. The employee-employer relationship is just one of many "business" relationships you have.

    That being said, I've been independent for the last five years. One of my current clients is a long term relationship (two years) and provides enough work that it's equivalent to "full time." Although the diversification argument could apply to me right now, Casey's point about being self-employed does have some importance here. The client has more than 100 employees. Not sure how they're handling the Biden mandate but it doesn't matter to me because I'm not technically an employee. My company is just me (one employee), so I can ignore the mandate. Diversification is good, but insulation is important too.
    "If a man says he'll get something done, then he'll get it done. You don't need to keep reminding him every 6 months." --phill4paul

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    Bump for good, useful information.
    Chris

    "Government ... does not exist of necessity, but rather by virtue of a tragic, almost comical combination of klutzy, opportunistic terrorism against sitting ducks whom it pretends to shelter, plus our childish phobia of responsibility, praying to be exempted from the hard reality of life on life's terms." Wolf DeVoon

    "...Make America Great Again. I'm interested in making American FREE again. Then the greatness will come automatically."Ron Paul



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