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How to Lose $21 Trillion

I sleep better at night knowing that ever-vigilant defense contractors and the politicians they’ve bought and paid for are making certain that America won’t be overrun by Communists, Islamic terrorists, or anyone else.

How to End the $400 Billion “Tax Gap”

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently trotted out its latest estimates of the “tax gap,” the supposed difference between taxes collected and taxes due.

Uncle Sam’s Latest Plan to Spy on Air Travelers

When you arrive at the airport to board a flight, do you have any legitimate “expectation of privacy?” Uncle Sam and the Orwellian Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) would like you to think you don’t.

Your Bank Might Lock You Out of Your Own Account

In the last few years, banks have been falling over themselves to get rid of “undesirable” customers. Basically, if your bank isn’t making enough profit servicing your account, it will close it.

Your Gold Won’t be Confiscated, But Uncle Sam Might Do This

One of the big fears our clients have is that one day, the government will confiscate their precious metals.

Sleepwalking into a Total Surveillance State – and How to Stop it

Face recognition and other biometric technologies have come a long way since, say, 2003.

Ayn Rand Could Have Predicted This…

A few weeks ago, I read that Britain’s richest man – Sir Jim Ratcliffe – was relocating to Monaco. Moving to Monaco, which imposes no personal income tax, will save Ratcliffe up to £4 billion in British taxes.

Is Cash Winning the War on Cash?

Let’s face it, many forces are pushing for the abolition of – or at least serious restrictions on – cash.

System D: 2.5 Billion People Can’t Be Wrong

Nearly two billion people work in it. And it accounts for perhaps 20% of the world’s total economic activity.

Is There a “Porn Tax” in Your Future?

The pornography (porn) industry is worth almost $100 billion. Laws that banned porn were struck down more than 50 years ago, so in all 50 states, you can download adult content all you want.

This Could Be a Cure to Online Censorship

The war on free speech is heating up. Since I last wrote about this topic in February, mainstream social media portals have been falling over themselves to remove controversial – mainly but not exclusively right-wing – content.

Can the Government Really Print All the Money It Wants?

In 1914 Maximilian Bern thought he had it made. After a long career as a successful writer and editor, Maximilian was ready to retire.

More Signs a Global Recession is Headed Our Way

At the end of the trading day on August 22, 2018, the US stock market reached a historic milestone as the longest bull market in history, with a duration of nearly 10 years.

Your DNA Could Send You to Prison for a Crime You Didn’t Commit

The suspect was glib. Confident. He voluntarily met with police who were investigating a 2006 rape case in Maryland.

The End of Civil Forfeiture—NOT

On February 20, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Eighth Amendment prohibition against “excessive fines and fees” applies to the states in civil forfeiture cases and other civil, non-criminal proceedings.

Online Censorship: The Cure is Worse than the Disease

Fake news is a big problem. And as I’ve written, technology is about to make a lot worse.

Drop Gangs: The New Face of the Dark Web

On May 29, 2015, a 31-year-old man stood before a federal judge in New York after being convicted of narcotics distribution, money laundering, computer hacking, and conspiracy.

Are We Nearing Peak Gold?

It was July 2008, and I waited in line in the blistering Phoenix summer heat to fill up my Honda Accord at the gas station. For the first time ever, it cost more than $60 to fill up my 15-gallon tank.

Government Shutdown Is the Best-Ever Argument for Privatization

I was starting to feel sorry for the 800,000 federal employees who hadn’t received paychecks for more than a month.

Warning: Your Identity Will Be Stolen

The state of online security is so dismal that it’s not a matter of if your identity will be stolen. The only uncertainty is when it will happen – and how often.

Fake News: You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet

On February 14, 2018, a young man walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and opened fire on students and faculty with a semi-automatic rifle. By the time he finished, 17 students were dead.

The World’s Strongest Asset Protection Laws (and Second Passports, Too)

Jessups, Nevis: I’m writing these words as I listen to the gentle lilt of the tree frogs outside my villa 1,000 feet up the slopes of Mount Nevis.

What Does a Bank Have to Do to Be Shut Down?

Call me crass, but I wasn’t shocked to learn last week that Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) had agreed to pay a $575 million fine to settle claims by all 50 states related to bogus account openings....

Yes, Tax Increases Hurt the Economy

It was 2003 and I was in Vienna, Austria I studying for my LL.M. degree in international tax law. I was listening to a lecture and my professor quoted Jean-Baptiste Colbert, a French economist who served as the finance minister for French King Louis XIV.

The Poison at the Heart of the Global Financial System

As the world celebrates Christmas, stock markets are cratering around the world, with the US leading the way. Since October, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) peaked at 26,951.81...

Citizenship by Investment: More Choices than Ever

The advantages of a second citizenship and passport all boil down to one principle: freedom. Your passport is the property of the government that issued it.

Tax-Savvy Gifts for the Holidays

It’s that time of year again. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, or nothing at all, chances are you’re still looking for gift ideas for your loved ones.  

Let the Bailouts Begin

Like so many other measures that well-intentioned people advocate, tariffs on imports are deceptively attractive.

Tax Reform, Amazon, and You

Until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of Long Island City. It’s in the westernmost portion of Queens, one of New York City’s five boroughs.

The World’s Most Exclusive “Spy Club”

To understand the scope of the US government spying on its own citizens, not to mention the rest of the world, you need a long attention span.

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