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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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