What Real Independence Looks Like

by Nick Giambruno, International Man: Every July 4, Americans have less independence to celebrate.

The country’s original principles preserved a certain degree of independence for the individual. But today, the US only pays lip service to those ideals.

In light of Independence Day, I think we should consider an important question:

What does real independence look like, and how can you achieve it?

Anyone paying the slightest attention to the welfare/warfare state knows what it does not look like:

Confiscatory taxes at all levels.

The gutting of the Bill of Rights through the so-called Patriot Act, the National Defense Authorization Act, secret courts, executive orders, and indefinite detention.

The need to comply with an ever growing stack of regulations, edicts, and laws.

The militarization of the police.

Use of the IRS as a political weapon.

Assassination of US citizens without due process.

Indirect capital controls through FATCA.

Warrantless NSA spying.

Worldwide perpetual warfare with an undefined enemy.

Never-ending money printing and destructive “stimulus” efforts.

Ever expanding welfare programs.

Domestic use of drones.

Stealth taxation by inflation and a fiat monetary system.

This is just a short synopsis of the current state of affairs. The list is far from exhaustive.

Years ago, kids used to say, "Hey, it's a free country." You don't hear that much anymore.

Unfortunately, the US government’s financial health will continue to deteriorate as it spends to support these unsustainable policies. This will only make the government even more desperate. Imagine what will happen then…

Expect more government and less freedom all around.

If history is any guide, it won’t be pretty. I strongly recommend securing an insurance policy before it's too late.

Most people have medical, life, fire, and car insurance. You hope you never have to use these policies, but you have them anyway. They give you peace of mind and protect you if and when the worst does happen.

International diversification is the ultimate insurance policy against an out-of-control government. Think of it as “freedom insurance.”

It frees you from absolute dependence on any one country. Achieve that freedom, and it becomes very difficult for any group of bureaucrats to control you.

The results can be life changing.

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