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Let’s face it: There is something messed up with the world we’re living in.

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Personal liberty is deteriorating…

The economy is on life support and could flat line any day now…

Governments around the world are getting crushed by debt, and are resorting to financial controls and other restrictions to “fix the economy”…

And it’s all getting worse at an exponential rate.

However, let’s be clear – it’s not all doom and gloom.

In fact…

For smart, rational people like you and me who are willing to break free of the status quo, the opportunities to grow wealth, keep more of it, and protect ourselves from out-of-control governments are abundant.

The path to freedom and prosperity begins with a clear understanding of the biggest problems we’re up against.

And once we’ve identified those problems, we can take simple actions to solve them with practical solutions that make sense no matter what happens.
Today’s bureaucrats are making the same mistakes that didn’t work last time…

Without a doubt, you’re no longer living in the country you grew up in.

Smart, responsible people want to know:

1. “What’s going to happen next?” and…
2. “How can I prepare for it (and prosper from it)?

The strange thing about the problems we’re experiencing right now is how many times they’ve happened before.

It’s as if the bureaucrats are sitting around choosing the worst plays from the pages of history.

At Sovereign Man, we routinely draw from historical lessons to highlight this time is not different.

What can we learn from previous economic/societal crashes?

Throughout the 18th century, for example, France was the greatest superpower in Europe, if not the world.

But they became complacent, believing that they had some sort of ‘divine right’ to reign supreme, and that they could be as fiscally irresponsible as they liked.

The French government spent money like drunken sailors; they had substantial welfare programs, free hospitals, and grand monuments.
They held vast territories overseas, engaged in constant warfare, and even had their own intrusive intelligence service that spied on King and subject alike.

Of course, they couldn’t PAY for any of this (sound familiar?).

French budget deficits were out of control, and they resorted to going heavily into debt and rapidly debasing their currency.

The French economy ultimately failed, bringing with it a 26-year period of hyperinflation, civil war, military conquest, and genocide.

Look, history is full of examples, from ancient Mesopotamia to the Soviet Union, which show that whenever societies reach unsustainable levels of resource consumption and allocation, they collapse.

How can we apply this to what’s happening today?

Right now, the US is consuming TRILLIONS more than it produces, resulting in an unprecedented level of debt (over $19,000,000,000,000 – that’s nineteen trillion).

No other country in the history of the world has ever amounted this much debt.

And other Western governments are in a similar boat – from the UK to Greece, Spain, France (again) and Italy.

The writing is on the wall…

This level of spending is unsustainable.

And when you look at the raw numbers, there is no sign of improvement anywhere on the horizon.

In fact…

Here’s an unfiltered look at the government’s own data:

Last year, the Treasury Department brought in over $3 trillion in tax revenue, the highest amount of tax revenue in the history of the US.

They turned around and spent that $3 trillion JUST on – mandatory – programs like Social Security and Medicare, plus the “discretionary” defense budget.

In other words, the US government was in the hole before paying a dime of interest on the debt, or paying the light bill at the White House, or anything else we consider “government” like transportation, energy, and education.

In fact, the government’s own numbers reflect a budget deficit through the end of the decade, which means the debt level is only going to get higher.

Look, this isn’t just theory or conjecture. These are their own figures.

Remember, we’ve seen this time and time again throughout history.

How “the greatest country in the world” always collapses:

The world always has a dominant superpower.

And the cycle is always the same:

Empires rise, they peak, they decline, and they collapse.

This is what happened to the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Ottoman Empire, The British Empire, the Persian Empire, The Spanish Empire, The Russian Empire, The Mongol Empire…and so on…

The 20th century was dominated by the rise and peak of the “US Empire.”

And now?

The US is rapidly declining and heading toward collapse.

So how much time is left on the proverbial countdown clock?

And what will they do to try to kick the can down the road a bit longer?

There isn’t a clear answer.

What is clear, is something is going to give.

Like a dam bursting starts with a small crack…

The cracks are abundant in the current system, and no amount of cement can cure them.

Look…

This is the system we’re currently living under:

  • A tiny elite has total control of the money supply.
  • They wield intrusive spy networks and weapons of mass destruction.
  • They can confiscate the wealth of citizens in their sole discretion.
  • They can indebt unborn generations.

It’s not working.

And just about everyone knows it.

Given that the majority of Western governments borrow money just to pay interest on money they’ve already borrowed, it’s obvious the current game is almost finished.

When it ends, there will be a reset… potentially a tumultuous one.

Here’s why this is so important, at this very moment:

The truth is, no one knows exactly where we are right now.

We don’t know whether we’re 6 months or 6 years away from a big reset.

However, we do know a big reset is on the way, because this is not a consequence-free environment.

And if history continues to repeat itself, our government will take drastic measures to protect the status quo.

  • Your retirement accounts are ripe for the picking…most likely via the forced purchase of “safe” government bonds, which President Obama has already begun to outline in his MyRA plan. Meanwhile, governments such as Ireland and Australia have already begun increasing taxes on retirement accounts.
  • Civil liberties will continue to be infringed upon…from telling us what we can and cannot eat, to charging people for collecting rain water or producing raw milk, to increasing checkpoints and even more draconian restrictions.
  • Dissent will not be tolerated. We’ve seen fear and intimidation policing steadily rising in North America, Europe, and most of the West. It’s very unlikely to cease anytime soon. And with the ability to freeze citizens out of their savings at their own discretion (among other things), the government will continue to tighten its grip.
  • Capital controls will continue to increase. Limits on withdrawals. Limits per month. Even more Suspicious Activity Reports. All in the name of “protecting the people from terrorism.”

These are all possibilities, many of which have already begun, and with them come many more.

But as we’ve discussed…along with all the bad comes incredible opportunity.

See, there is one FAR greater trend across history that supercedes all of the rest…

And that trend is the RISE of humanity.

We will rise (and a select few will prosper)…

Human beings are fundamentally tool creators.

We take problems and turn them into opportunities.

We find solutions.

We adapt and overcome.

It’s critical to point out the world is not coming to an end.

It’s going to reset.

There’s a huge difference between the two.

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