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Posted on 08/23/2011 7:38:13 PM PDT by blam
Youre Gonna Need MORE Than Gold
By Simon Black
08/22/11 Everyday more and more people are waking up to the idea that they MUST own gold if they want to protect their assets from an out of control government. Owning gold is a great first step, but as history tells us, responsible people can and should do more before its too late
History paints a bleak picture of the decline of Rome. Once warring consuls Antony, Lepidus, and Octavian were finished duking it out with each other in 31 BC, any semblance of the original Roman republic was gone forever.
Successive emperors of Rome included men like Tiberius, a paranoid deviant with a lust for executions. He spent the last decade of his reign completely detached from Rome, living in Capri.
Following Tiberius was Caligula, infamous for his moral depravity and insanity. According to Roman historians Suetonius and Cassius Dio, Tiberius would send his legions on pointless marches and turned his palace into a bordello of such repute that it inspired the 1979 porno film named for him.
Caligula was followed by Claudius, a stammering, slobbering, confused man as described by his contemporaries. Then there was Nero, who not only managed to burn down his city but was also the first emperor to debase the value of Romes currency.
You know the rest of the story Romans watched their leadership and country get worse and worse.
All along the way, there were two types of people: the first group were folks that figured, This has GOT to be the bottom, it can only get better from here. Their patriotism was rewarded with reduced civil liberties, higher taxes, insane despots, and a polluted currency.
The other group consisted of people who looked at the warning signs and thought, I have to get out of here. They followed their instincts and moved on to other places where they could build their lives, survive, and prosper.
Youre reading this because you probably fall into the latter category. Youre aware of the problems. You can feel your civil liberties and economic opportunities slowly slipping away, all while the crop of national leadership grows more depraved with every election cycle.
You want to do something about it. You want to take steps to protect yourself, your family, and your livelihood. Perhaps youve already started by investing in precious metals. Gold is a great hedge against inflation, political turmoil, and default things I call sovereign risk.
You see, some of the worlds largest governments are going broke, and these politicians will take any steps necessary in order to maintain the status quo: they will lie, they will steal, they will declare wars, they will bankrupt their people with hyperinflation whatever it takes.
This is the greatest risk we face today. Buying gold is a great start, but there is MUCH more that you can do.
Im an advocate of what I call planting multiple flags. At its core, planting multiple flags means that you are diversifying your sovereign risk around the globe so that no single government has total control over your livelihood. Let me explain.
Lets say you are from the US. If you live, work, bank, invest, register your business, own your property, store your gold, etc. within the US, and one little thing goes wrong, all of those assets and interests are at substantial risk. Any judge or bureaucrat could make them all disappear with a few mouse clicks.
It neednt even be anything big. Maybe some three-letter agency suspects you of wrongdoing. Maybe your neighbor wants to sue you. Maybe they outlaw gold ownership (again). There are infinite possibilities, and infinite risks.
When you plant multiple flags, you diversify those assets around the globe. Store your gold in Switzerland. Open a bank account in Hong Kong. Register your company in Singapore. Establish an emergency backup residency in Chile.
You can plant flags with just about any interest in your life where you go to get high quality, cost effective medical care, where you set up your web servers for an online business, where you establish an international brokerage account, etc.
This approach is NOT just for the super rich. In fact, Ive helped all kinds of people to plant their own flags, young and old, rich and poor.
Taking some simple steps to protect yourself will give you extraordinary peace of mind. Youll know that, without doubt, you have some savings socked away that NOBODY can touch. Youll know that you have a solid emergency backup plan. Youll know that everything youve worked for wont vanish in an instant.
Because back then, armies would show up and take whatever they "needed." They'd clean you out of your food, your crops, etc. Potatos grow underground, and were not widely known. Word spread through the grapevine, and people planted their own stashes of potatos so they'd have hidden food that the armies wouldn't find and steal.
Gold is pretty worthless without a security structure. They used to carve (or chisel) dubloons into quarters and pieces of eight for smaller purchases.
“If you have guns you can get gold”
You can’t eat it, though.
Consumer confidence? We don’t need no stinkin’ consumer confidence! Have a bowl of gold flakes. Enjoy the ride to collapse, repudiation and rebuilding. ;-)
The population of Europe exploded with the introduction of the potato.
Note what happened in Ireland when it was removed...the Irish famine... about 1.5 million starved to death.
There are 2,000 varities of potatoes still in Peru. If the Irish had chosen two or three others to grow there is a good chance they would have had one that was immune to to the fungus that killed their potato crops.
When the global SHTF, where will the safe haven be and what if there’s no way to get there, or get something from there?
Bring me your gold...I will give you food. (See how that works)
lead gets gold. ;)
I think it was Frederick the Great who became a champion of the potato and promoted it to his people. I found the history incredibly fascinating, how the humble spud changed the course of history.
The blogger from Argentina, and i believe he’s posted here in the past, said to get gold necklaces - they’re portable and easy to deal with.
Very very interesting.
Do you know how one can safely keep ‘taters in the ground without rotting or “going bad” ?
If you’re starving, what is worth more—food or gold? Gold won’t save you from inflation in that scenario, because if you want to buy some of my, say, potatos, I’m going to charge you quite a bit of yellow metal. Hell, I might just turn you down and find someone trading something I actually need, like goods and services, or usable commodities. Shiny metal won’t cut it.
Definitely have to have a secured exchange. Or go the way of the Incas, Aztecs and Mayas...
That's why you should be making plans now.
(The mother of Texas would know that...I bet Dr Long would have known, eh?)
I used to visit a plaque at a place named Long Acres just outside Richmond (on the Brazos River) that stated that the location was once the home of Jane and Dr Long.
I don’t know how they hid/stored them once they were grown. I think the idea was they were hidden crops. But I don’t know what they did with them once they were grown. Maybe they can be stored in holes in the ground?
Great video in a great thread. Thanks to all.
Life, liberty and the pursuit and destruction of totalitarians.
It is fascinating.
Might get you past a check point, not much else!
Please don’t buy gold from Goldline - they WAY overcharge.
Try APMEX.com or Peter Schiff’s EuroPacific precious metals firm for much more reasonable price premiums over spot price. Shop for price!
Lots of plans have been made by the good doc and myself...but you didn’t answer my questions ;)
I think I read in a book that some used to dig out an area, or use wooden boxes and layer the potatoes with straw- and that is how root crops used to be stored in root cellars- my grandmother did that. If you have a root celler you can keep potatoes, onions, squash, carrots, etc. for a very long time.