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[This letter was written by
Viktorija, our Sovereign Woman.]
My experience with
ridiculous government overreach began literally on the day I was born.
It was more than three
decades ago, in the tiny Soviet Socialist Republic of Lithuania, back when the
Soviet Union still existed.
As my mother tells the
story, she and my father hurried to the closest hospital when her contractions
started. But the hospital administration staff informed them that they were not
allowed to give birth there.
Apparently we weren’t
registered with that municipality. So the bureaucrats turned my parents away
and ordered them to drive to the correct hospital that matched their records.
Unfortunately, my parents
were nearly out of gas.
Gasoline was in very short
supply at the time and considered a major luxury; the Soviet Union was near
collapse, and people routinely had to wait in line for more than a day just to
fill up a few liters of gas.
So, my parents were without
any means to drive to the ‘correct’ hospital. And that’s when they resorted to
what most people ended up doing back in Soviet times: bribery.
They went back to the
hospital that turned them away, and paid off the nurses and administrators to
let them give birth there.
And poof, shortly
thereafter, I came into the world.
My mother is full of these
stories about Soviet times; in her youth, she worked at a clothing store… and
almost all of the inventory was Soviet-made garbage.
On rare occasion, though, a
new dress would come in that was made in Western Europe. My mom would
immediately hide it, and sell it to special customers who were willing to pay
much more. That was the only way she could afford to buy enough food that
Anything foreign, in fact,
was considered a major luxury.
Vehicles were fairly common
in the Soviet Union, but they were all pitiful Soviet brands like Zaporozhet,
Moskvitch, or Volga. Even just seeing a Mercedes was a dream come true.
Travel was the same. If you
were lucky enough to have any money, you were allowed to travel. But only
inside the Soviet Union… so you could look forward to a fancy vacation to
Only big bosses with
special connections were allowed to travel outside of the Soviet Union. But for
most of us in the proletariat, visiting Paris or London was an unimaginable
It’s funny how the things
that we consider luxuries tend to change over time.
As children we used to get
really excited about a new toy, which, in adulthood, probably seems rather
trivial to us now.
And I remember the first
time I saw someone with a cell phone. It was the size of a suitcase, but I
thought he was the wealthiest man in the world.
Now everyone has a
smartphone; it’s not even close to being a luxury anymore.
I’ve been to some of the
poorest countries in the world—places like Myanmar and Eswatini (formerly known
as Swaziland, in southern Africa). And even there, people have smartphones
connected to the Internet.
This was inconceivable 15
Most people still consider
‘luxuries’ to be things that require a lot of money-- private jets, fancy cars,
and expensive champagne.
But as corny as it may
sound, I believe one of the biggest luxuries right now is freedom.
Covid-19 lockdowns around
the world have taught us how precious freedom is, and how easily simple things
like going outside, breathing fresh air, and the ability to travel, can be
taken away from us by people who refuse to follow their own rules.
Frankly this was another
theme of the Soviet Union—the big bosses had one set of rules for themselves,
and the rest of us peasants had another set of rules that we had to follow.
You see this all over the
Western world now, with politicians who can’t be bothered to adhere to their
own lockdowns, but require everyone else to isolate from friends and family.
It’s easy to be angry about
this. But it’s more effective to do something about it.
Unlike expensive luxuries
like fancy handbags and supercars, freedom doesn’t require suitcases full of
cash. It requires rational thinking, the right information, and the will to
be eligible for a second passport, practically for free, simply because you have ancestors from a
certain country (including my native Lithuania!)
And having a second
passport or second residency is a huge step towards being able to take back
your freedom. It means that, no matter what rules are imposed, you’ll at least
have another place you can go.
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Americans are preparing for ANOTHER lockdown, emptying stores around the
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