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Friday, October 20, 2006

Second State

Recently I came across an interesting fanatic post on Reddit about a USA citizen wanting to get a bunch of people to move to Kansas and succeed from the USA. He seemed to be reading too much Socrates. I decided it would be a fun exercise to figure something out, even though I don't agree it can work. And, of course, it would be illegal in the USA.

His concerns were:

  • High state and local taxes.

  • Taxes that fund violent armies and massive militaries that just make the situation worse.

  • Have not cared for the planet enough.

  • Have not encouraged free/fair trade.

  • Have focused too much on capitalism and not enough on community sharing.

So he wants a place to go where he can hide from taxation; militaries; bad air, land, or water; money; and unfair trade. He's thinking of a utopia in Kansas. Strangely, a bunch of utopians formed in Wisconsin near the Lincoln years and that eventually formed the Republican Party, which seems to be a complete antithesis of this guy's goals these days.

The Place To Live
Well, unfortunately, the United States is the best place to live because our court system is messed up, but it's leagues better than anywhere on Earth. Of course one could argue that they wouldn't end up getting caught and could stay out of jail and prison, but that's not entirely realistic -- things happen. Therefore, why not join the country where the legal system is the best so that you might actually have a chance to get back to society again?

Avoiding Taxation
Of course, you could simply move to a state with the least amount of taxation, and believe me it's less than the taxation in most countries, but that's probably not what this fanatic wanted. The trick for this fanatic is to simply vanish. You need to find ways to make it look like you left the country, or just ended up missing. Next, you'll need several people to join you so that you can pool your skills, talents, and resources because when you're supposedly missing, you can't exactly ask for help all the time you need it without getting caught. And when your clan produces children, they'll have to be delivered without doctors and there could be some high mortality rates. Plus, if the genetics aren't right, you could interbreed too much and the defects go up even more. So this won't work.

Another route, and which is probably more effective, is to do a mix of low-paying, part-time jobs so that you keep a steady income, and then in the second half of your day, you generate wealth on the Internet through things like Affiliate Marketing, Online Dating, Online Gambling, Jewlery Sales, Software, and so on. The part-time jobs can be at the mall, libraries, movie theaters, or working in hotels. However, when you generate wealth in the second half of your day, you use offshore banks instead of USA banks in order to skip major taxation that funds an immoral military. Then, you need to fly to these countries and bring back something that you can resell again for at least 80% of the amount, if not more. One avenue is a series of diamonds which conceal easily, and getting multiple people with you to bring these back. Another route is to mail it back to postal boxes, and use boxes you switch a lot and which are all over a 3 or 4 state area so as to minimize getting caught. When the diamonds or other items are smuggled in, you then use a distributed network to resell the items in a 3 or 4 state area to get cash. Meanwhile, as you do this, realize that the FBI and other government agencies will want to be monitoring you, so you'll have to monitor them. And oh, by the way, you'll need cash for sophisticated equipment to manage that.

Caring for the Environment
This you can easily fix by simply using your mind and thinking about your actions and how to do it better either by your own willpower or with technology.

To avoid the harm of capitalism, you could attempt your own form of communism. The problem with communism, however, is that generations of people's children and grandchildren start to lose the original message and drive to keep this going. This is especially far more tough when outside influences come in. Because everyone gets the same amount, they lose incentive to do better for the sake of those who cannot do better, or to have any kind of profit motive to do better. So that's when communism with a little c becomes Communism with the big C -- that's when totalitarianism enters the picture, where authoritarian rule is introduced again to force workers do work for the benefit of the community again, and thus for themselves.

Avoiding Help for the Military
You may be annoyed that the military is fighting a war in your lifetime that you may completely disagree with. You can't avoid the draft legally, and you can only hold out in avoiding it illegally. You might have to go to prison or escape to Canada when that happens, or leave for Canada before it happens. You could also try to vanish, but then there goes any medical help you might need in the future.

There is also the taxation problem where taxes go into a military you do not support. You already minimize your taxation a great deal, so you're doing about all you can do to exist but help the military the least.


My conclusion is that you might be able to escape somewhere else and get better perks, but you'll find either higher taxes, poor court systems, and/or bad medical attention, and one of those is just enough to kill the benefit. Your best bet is to:

  • Avoid the news and shopping in malls. It connects you too much with the outside world. If you don't notice your military's bad deeds, it makes it that much easier to swallow.

  • Make so much money and share it with those who deserve it most in your commune of sorts such that taxation and financial problems are overcome. Stuff you do with the Internet seems about the easiest thing you can do with proven results and the largest possible benefit for the least amount of effort.


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