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U.S. financial freedom is dropping — where can
you find safety?
Economic freedom in the United States has dropped again, to 7th in
It was 2nd in 1990, and still 3rd in 2001.
[According to Sound Money Index Wyoming and S
Dakota are the most sound money states while Vermont, Maine and NJ are the
The Fraser Institute, an independent,
non-partisan research organization based in Canada, "measures the degree
to which the policies and institutions of countries are supportive of economic
freedom. The cornerstones of economic freedom are a personal choice, voluntary
exchange, freedom to enter markets and compete, and security of the person and
privately owned property."
The Institute measures such things as the size of government,
government ownership of assets, tax rates, freedom of the legal system and
property rights and protections, police reliability, inflation, soundness of
money, banking freedom, credit markets, labor and business regulation, controls
of the movement of capital and people, licensing and costs of compliance.
Americans much are less free to engage in economic activity with
regard to any and all of these than they were just 20 years ago. The American
Institute for Economic Research reports: "Although all
countries in the report were negatively affected in terms of economic freedom
by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shutdowns ... The U.S. decline is
considerable and indicative of pressing problems that will continue to erode
our liberty and prosperity if left unresolved."
Do we think they will be resolved with the
apparent direction of our government? Or do we think America will become even
less free in the next 20 years? Unfortunately, it seems less freedom is in
store for us (of course, by a thousand small cuts known as 'gradualism') and
therefore, we must always prepare and be ready, financially speaking.
We all want to invest and have those investments
rise in value. But as Jeff Thomas writes in International Man,
there is another type of investment we must cultivate for protection. As Gareth
Spring rightly points out in his On Target newsletter,
"They may well increase in value over time — but their principal purpose
is not profit, but to assure that if other investments fail, the investor will
still have a portion of his wealth to fall back on."
Your personal wealth is certainly threatened
should you hold assets in any number of countries, but it is also obviously
starting to become threatened in the U.S. as well. Greater taxation,
devaluation of the dollar, downturns in markets, or even confiscation of bank
accounts, retirement accounts and gold holdings... all are on the table in the
You must now realize this, and determine the
safest havens for your wealth and act to make use of them.
metals and real estate are usually the safest investments, along with
other hard assets.
are still only safe outside of the least free countries.
The freedom ranking by the Fraser Institute is:
RANK/ COUNTRY/ SCORE
(out of 10)
1/ Hong Kong/ 8.59
2/ Singapore/ 8.48
3/ Switzerland/ 8.37
4/ New Zealand/ 8.27
5/ Denmark/ 8.09
6/ Australia/ 8.04
7/ United States/ 7.97
8/ Estonia/ 7.95
9/ Mauritius/ 7.88
10/ Ireland/ 7.86
11/ Armenia/ 7.84
12/ Japan/ 7.82
12/ Lithuania/ 7.82
14/ Canada/ 7.81
15/ Georgia/ 7.78
16/ Latvia/ 7.77
17/ Czech Republic/ 7.75
17/ Netherlands/ 7.75
19/ Romania/ 7.74
20/ Iceland/ 7.73
We don't know which, if any country, will
decline or collapse in the future (aside from Hong Kong; its days of being a
"special administrative region" of China seem numbered), but, as
Spring also points out, "It would be hard for your government to force the
repatriation of your precious metals and downright impossible for it to demand
that your overseas real estate be transferred to your home country."
If possible, you want to find someplace that
doesn't tax real estate. Also, countries that already tax "wealth,"
income and so forth may also confiscate your precious metals. Countries that as
of now have no income tax include the Bahamas, Bahrein, Bermuda, Brunei, Cayman
Islands, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Sixteen nations that we know of have no property
tax — Bahrein, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Cook Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Israel,
Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turks &
Caicos and the UAR.
These do not coincide with the most free
economic countries on the list because our criteria are different with regard
to wealth protection versus wealth generation.
As we have seen in the United States with
ginned-up hatred for billionaires, socialist calls for "wealth taxes"
and taxing the rich into oblivion, it doesn't matter whether or not a country
has heretofore had a traditional respect for personal property or has promoted
economic freedom... psychopaths in government always resort to hijacking their
Therefore, let this serve as a warning if you
have not already become alarmed: The time to look into where the best place
might be to protect your personal wealth is always now, before
the State grabs it.
Yours for the truth,
Editor, The Bob Livingston Letter®
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In case of a natural disaster or other major event where the
power grid goes down, CB radios are a great way for preppers to stay in touch
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CB radios are used in a variety of industries and services to
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hunting or camping expeditions.
CB Radio stands for Citizens Band Radio and is used for
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communication for truckers, survivalists, emergency services, and hobbyists who
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