2010 - 2014
Doug Casey – Let’s Do A Tour Around The World
by Doug Casey
From at least the 1600s, Europe could claim to be the center of world civilization on all fronts. The colonies of the Portuguese, Spanish, English, French, and Russian empires (with the Dutch, Germans, Italians, and Americans as bit players) covered almost the entire planet. In its early days, an empire is both fun and profitable. You get to loot and pillage at will, and an empire provides lots of room to relocate the disenchanted, the overly adventurous, and the criminals. But the natives pick up the imported technology and customs, and they start to resent the intrusion of foreigners on their turf. At that point, an empire becomes a liability and a gigantic cost, since it needs to be defended. The Romans discovered that, and their descendants are rediscovering it. Once an empire starts falling apart, trying to stop it is like trying to stop a tree from falling once its roots have rotted. It can't be done, and it's best not to be around when it happens.
The lottery of life: Where to be born in 2013
by Laza Kekic
Warren Buffett, probably the world’s most successful investor, has said that anything good that happened to him could be traced back to the fact that he was born in the right country, the United States, at the right time (1930). A quarter of a century ago, when The World in 1988 light-heartedly ranked 50 countries according to where would be the best place to be born in 1988, America indeed came top. But which country will be the best for a baby born in 2013?
Doug Casey Addresses Getting Out of Dodge
by Doug Casey
Doug, a lot of readers have been asking for guidance on how to know when it’s time to exit center stage and hunker down in some safe place. Few people want to hide from the world in a cabin in the woods while life goes on in the mainstream, but nobody wants to get caught once the gates clang shut on the police state the US is becoming. How do you know when it’s time to go?
Expats in Chile
by Susan Beverley
Chile is possibly one of the least talked about expatriate destinations, yet one of the best for expats of all ages and from all backgrounds. The nation has so much in its favor – from a good climate to an affordable cost of living, and from a low crime society to a strong and sustainable economy – that it is really worth examining if you’re looking for a place to call ‘home’ abroad.
Whether you want to retire abroad, you want to live in a nation where the people are welcoming and the way of life is suitably laid back, or you want to travel, teach, study or explore, Chile is worthy of your closer inspection.
by Doug Casey
I've written many times about the importance of internationalizing your assets, your mode of living, and your way of thinking. I suspect most readers have treated those articles as they might a travelogue to some distant and exotic land: interesting fodder for cocktail party chatter, but basically academic and of little immediate personal relevance.
All very well, you may say. But there are practical issues, you also say. A person can't just pick up and leave and go where he wants and do what he wants…can he? Get real, Casey. There are reasons a person has to stay where he is, aren't there?
Let's look at some of those reasons.