"Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it." -John Adams

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

You're free to go, for now.

Chucky Schumer's bill, called the ex-patriot act, brings to question what we have been asking here for a while.
Do you live in a free society?
While many in this country tout it to be the "freest country on earth," the state is telling us something quite different.
To truly live in a free society, you would have the ability to come and go from it as you please, voluntarily. Your property (land, wealth, life and person) would be just that, your property. You would have the ability to take your property to and from this free society as you see fit, your decisions would be based on the value and safety of your property in this society vs. its value and safety elsewhere. The moment you are not allowed to leave with ALL your property, or to come back as you please to property you have left, you are no longer in a free society. When you are not allowed to leave with your property, someone else has claimed a higher ownership over your property than the ownership that you claim to have. They, (in this case the state) not only claim a higher ownership of your property, since the property does actually belong to you, the state is claiming ownership over you.
You are no longer free.
The U.S. government not only claims that it owns whatever part of your wealth it wants, by saying you may or may not leave this country with whatever property you wish to take with you, it is also claiming to own you. You, citizen, may not secede.
When they claim ownership of your property even after you leave, and claim they can steal (tax) you for as long as they decide, there is no longer any doubt. You are not free.
You may only leave if they let you leave. If they decide sometime that you may not leave, I would fear for the reasons they wish to keep you.
There is nothing voluntary about it.
This should be an eye opener for those that have been thinking about getting out. The door is closing. The milk cows are about to become beef cows.
For those of you who think we live in a semi-voluntary society, try to secede.
For those of you who think you are free, think again. 

We must promote the idea of secession. Or more specifically, we must promote the idea of a world composed of tens of thousands of distinct districts, regions, and cantons, and hundreds of thousands of independent free cities such as the present day oddities of Monaco, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Greatly increased opportunities for economically motivated migration would thus result, and the world would be one of small [classically] liberal governments economically integrated through free trade and an international commodity money such as gold. Hans Hermann Hoppe


  1. Each one that leaves to seek freedom, I wish well. By leaving you advance the cause of freedom.

    Jim in Kenai

  2. There is an exit tax already called the expatriation tax, I just paid mine.


    You must pay an unrealized capital gains tax if your net worth is over $2 million.