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Today’s Expat or Tomorrow’s Refugee?

Ask yourself, do you want to be an expat or a refugee?

There are increasing numbers of Americans who are not only emigrating to other countries, but are renouncing their American citizenship as well. This trend has not been widely reported, but the coverage by mainstream publications such as the NY Times and Time Magazine of this growing practice indicates that this is not merely a passing phase. However, the major media has diverted attention on the economic rather than the political reasons for people fleeing the US.


It has now become common knowledge that the Federal Reserve Bank is not a part of the US government and is in fact controlled by a handful of banking families who have been at the helm of the US economy for several generations.

This was successfully kept from the attention of Americans by the corporate controlled media and only recently has come to light due to the efforts of Rep. Ron Paul and the late Arron Russo’s film, “America, From Freedom to Facsism” .

Previously, those who attempted to bring this issue to light were dismissed as “fringe groups” or “anti-government whackos”. Now that the world has become aware of this fraud of near Biblical proportions, it is the opinion of many that it is now only a matter of time before countries like China pull the plug of financial support through the purchase of US bonds and treasury notes. When that happens, the domino effect will be world wide and the epicenter of this economic tsunami will of course be the US.

Many trend forecasters such as Gerald Celente, Jim Rogers and Max Kaiser have been predicting the inevitability of economic collapse and revolution for years and as such have been dismissed just as those who screamed “FED fraud” for decades.

The absence of any political reference as being the fuel for the fires of expatriation is akin to the saying, “The silence is deafening”. Economics and politics are inescapably tied to one another, so to place the blame of an increase of expatriation exclusively on economics and ignoring the political scene should be seen as suspicious at least.

Not so long ago the United States was the most admired and respected country in the world, and held this status for years. Perceived by many as a protective “big brother”, numerous governments welcomed US companies with open arms in the hope of being able to ride on their economic coat tails. The political price for doing so was not recognized until years later, and is now seen for what it is and what it was meant to be – a trap from which there is no escape!

Economic influence and control leads inevitably to political influence and control. This is not an opinion. It is a fact, and can be clearly seen and understood by anyone who takes the time to check historical records. The dilemma that has arisen by the advent of multi-national and international corporate control over national economies is that these corporations have no allegiance to any one country.

Corporations are almost like a new man made life form that has no concern for peace, progress, prosperity or people. Corporations feed only on profit and anything that is not profitable is seen as a liability and is eliminated as “waste”.

This is a moral issue that manifested in the past several decades as these corporations saturated many western economies. Many of the participating countries have been transformed into economic, corporate “junkies” whose labor forces now cannot survive without absolute reliance and compliance with corporate policy and control.

Ask yourself – could this “corporate Borg” be the “Great Satan” that many middle eastern nations refer to when they refer to countries like the US or the UK? After all, it is now recognized world-wide that the military industrial complex is driven by the same corporations that have spent untold billions to lobby and influence governments to do their bidding. Indeed, many people are recognizing that their tax dollars are being used to pay for war efforts that feed the corporate beast and fuel hostilities to the hosting countries, but this is secondary to the concern of basic survival of unimaginable hardships to follow.

Because most, if not all of these corporations are all tied to the Federal Reserve, it is not rocket science to figure out that when (not if) the FED and the US dollar fails, the corporations will follow suit (hence the “too big to fail” philosophy).

Many ex-pats foresaw the likelihood and inevitability of this scenario and factored this into their decision to find a place where survivability will be easier than remaining in a country that could become “ground zero”.

If the above stated facts are understood by those who are considering emigrating to another country, it would be wise to consider countries whose reliance on western food supplies commodities and economics are minimal. As the prospective ex-pat begins to take on board these hard to accept concepts and undeniable facts, it is less difficult to understand the prospect that waiting until the first domino falls will determine one’s status as a refugee rather than an ex-pat.

Surely it’s better to be a year too early than a day too late. For those of you considering the possibility of leaving your country, you may want to research and consider issues other than simply trying to reduce your tax burdens.

If history repeats itself as it often does, and a Weimer Republic scenario is in the cards for the US and all other countries joined at the hip to its doomed economy, it should be a matter of survival rather than an economic hardship that provides impetus and motivation to escape from America before it is too late.

Ask yourself, do you want to be an expat or a refugee?

About the author: Dave vonKleist is an activist/musician and a broadcaster for 30 years. A talk show host for 15 years, he has been involved with many controversial issues such as the 9/11 attack and an advocate for veterans rights.

He now resides in San Rafael, Argentina.

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15 Comments

  1. Jonathan Summers May 18, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Dear Dave,
    You convey, eloquently and subtly, thoughts on the minds of increasing numbers of people, who have not sold out to complacency or to Mammon.

    Precisely because of such heightened awareness, in the US and elsewhere – too many people are seeing the You Tube Truth – organizers of Act I, are hastening efforts to implement Act II. After all, leaders in history have been hanged for much less.

    What seems to lie just ahead – months, not years – will not only be a continuation of manufactured incidents that fattened the waistline of the beast during “its century,” but, apparently, the fulfillment of biblical prophecy as revealed to St. John (Revelation) and Ezra (Second Book).

    Indeed, the prospect is not rosy at ground zero. The set-up boy, Iran, will be blamed for the demise of the great city Babylon, “justifying” nuclear retaliation, which, in turn, will draw the ire of the dragons of Arabia, triggering the dreadful exchange.

    Hats off to the web-site owners for the courage to include your fresh, tropical breeze of thought amidst the doldrums of a stagnant mass-media world.
    J.S.

  2. S Hallisy May 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    There’s a lot of gloom and doom in your article and certainly substantiated. However, you fail to give any idea of where these havens not controlled by US economics/corporations are? Where do you suggest for “escaping” and are they safe places where political unrest is unlikely?

  3. E. Pattenden May 19, 2010 at 4:14 am

    If you check out the book ‘The Beast of Jekkyl Island’ it talks all about how the Rockefellers and other wealthy families got together to devise a plan for the Federal Reserve. Funny enough, Alan Greenspan before he was head of the Reserve was a strong advocate against the reserve and what it stood for because of its lack of government backing/control. The only way they could shut him up was to offer him the position with many benefits. Who says they can’t buy someone off? It’s a sad state of affairs. I am glad I got out while I could!
    Good article, thanks for sharing it so others can see the truth.

    E. P.

  4. damned May 19, 2010 at 10:35 am

    history shows all weath controlled by small groups, the family and friends of the king to modern times of the corporation. Nothing new under the sun only timing the changing tides for those who are aware. Many see China as the rising tide, but have not decided what form it will take.

  5. Dave Redick May 24, 2010 at 4:00 am

    food riots, etc are coming as the US$ crashes. My answer is to work for conversion to gold-backed money in the US (the world will follow). See my book ‘Monetary Revolution -USA’ on amazon.com or parts 1 and 2 in the left margin of my site

    Best, Dave

  6. P.M.Lawrence May 24, 2010 at 4:07 am

    “Not so long ago the United States was the most admired and respected country in the world, and held this status for years”.

    That is completely wrong; we in the rest of the world never had that high an opinion of the USA. That conceit by the US about itself is at the root of all the rest of the problems it has that this article brings out, because it stopped people there from realising that there were any problems.

  7. Richard Klinefelter May 24, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    United States is Washington D C, 26 USC, America is the 50 states. Why expat from America when you expat from the United States. Americans are of the 50 states, U.S. citizens are of the United States & it’s states ( Guam, Puerto Rico & etc). When you went to the govn. schools they lied to you.

  8. David Singhiser May 24, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I cannot help but think of the wisdom of the Germans who left before it was too late in the 1930s. Recently I read the journal of a German jurist whose thoughts during those times parallels mine now in the US.

    I have lived over seas in Thailand, Mexico, and Spain. I do love this country, but the quality of life was far better even though or maybe because? there were less material comforts. People had time for each other and were not working two jobs and exhausted when coming home after work as they are here.

    There is a better and saner way of living. Being a slave to the system is no life.

    “A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.” ~Ezra Pound

  9. Gerald May 24, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Get real.
    How many readers out there have tried to relocate to another country?
    Hey, as one who has tried it, I have news for you.
    Bottom line is that you should not expect to be accommodated unless you bring significant amounts of capital to invest locally.

    If you’re just an “average” US type….then don’t expect to be treated any differently than someone from Turkey,Lebanon,China,Sri Lanka,etc. You know….other dysfunctional countries.

    Relatively unpopulated countries…Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Panama don’t really need masses coming to their shores. If you do come, you’ll be expected to jump thru so many hoops that you’ll wonder why you ever,ever thought that leaving the USA was a good idea.

    Far,Far better to stay home and fight this corrupt.rigged system.
    TAKE BACK YOUR COUNTRY FROM THE CORRUPT ELITE RULING IT.

  10. Vince Cate May 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I renounced my US citizenship and now live in Anguilla. I have been fascinated by this economic mess and written up some things that I found interesting. I agree that hyperinflation seem where the US is headed.

    http://pair.offshore.ai/38yearcycle

    – Vince

  11. Dominican Republic Villas May 28, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    This report is right, we are getting a lot of American citizens buying homes and villas in the Dominican Republic and it means they are discovering better places to live such as the Caribbean islands. Small beach side towns such as Cabarete and Sosua are getting a lot of newcomers from all over the world, many now expats that preferred to live in this ever sunny island. Interesting to read about the reasons, good to point out that this country welcomes everyone and the Dominican people are very friendly.

  12. bob in exile July 29, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    If you look through the blogs about Mexico and sift through the real estate brokers and read the personal blog questions, you will find many people who would like to escape but dont have a clue as to what it involves.
    One of the biggest barriers is that most people arent flexible enough to adapt to a different culture. Anyone with mucho dinero can live anywhere until the money runs out.
    Ive had people write and ask me how can I live in Mexico? But what they have in mind and their hearts is to live in a place that will be converted into little America, which isnt really escaping at all.
    And theres many factors involved, are you traveling alone? With a wife and family? That makes it even more complex..
    Now Im starting to see a new kind of immigrant, involuntary exiles, usually American women who have married Foreigners in the U.S. that have been deported. The only way they can be with loved ones is to follow them into a new country and a new culture. Some are resilient and are starting to assimilate, others feel lost and betrayed by their country, truly refugees.
    And every once in awhile I run into people that feel that America has lost its way. Can they survive in a strange land? We will see who shall remain strong and who will collapse.
    My advice is to read and investigate every possible corner before making a move.

  13. Joe Mamma October 7, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Just wanted to say that this is a well written article, and I enjoyed it. It’s too bad the NWO has such a strangle-hold on the US, I’d rather fight for freedom here than run, but corporate culture has become intertwined with American culture to the point that there is no getting rid of one without the other.

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