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The Ultimate Form of Financial Freedom


A thought before you vote.

The ultimate form of personal financial security is always having a product or service that you believe in and that has a growing true value.  To always have such an asset requires evolution and a never ending series of missions.

Regardless of what candidates say, they will not bring you freedom.  True freedom comes from your ability to master missions that you believe in.

There is a crunch.  It is hard to believe in anything in our increasingly cynical world.

Last May I celebrated my 50th anniversary of being in the financial business.  My arrival in Hong Kong in May 1968 taught me so many lessons that I wrote about a problem that has been brewing, fermenting and growing ever since, for nearly all 50 of these years.  That was my first book, “Passport to To International Profit”.

One chapter in the book was about the “Concept Conversion Trick” and how it creates the “Soil Defense Syndrome”.

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Here is an excerpt from that chapter:

“The Concept Conversion Trick begins when people agree on a good concept for working and living together.  The people go to work and if the concept is good they will create a paradise.  The government gives them a flag and a song. Then the government pulls the trick.  The government convinces the people that the flag and song are important.  Then while the people are busy watching the flag and singing the song, the government replaces the concept with a set of ever increasing written rules and regulations administered by bureaucrats and backed up by a police force.

“This trick trades people’s individual freedoms for a shiver up the spine when the song is played the piece of cloth is waved.  The Concept Conversion Trick turns spirit into matter.  Like trading love for a beautiful plastic doll.  When the trick has been pulled and the dust settles, the people realize too late what has happened. Anyone who steps out of line is called unpatriotic or even criminal.  He is swatted down by the bureaucracy or police force, crushed with overwhelming power or made an example of so others will tow the mark ‘for the good of society’. All this is done in the name of public interest.”

If this writing sounds prophetic, having been written almost 40 years ago, it was not.  A simple review of any previous great society shows that this trick was part of its evolution.  Like the Roman Empire, things may get better for a while, then worse and then better again.  In the long term, as societies age, they lose their original vibrancy and life.

Should we be surprised?  Does not every single thing in this universal existence develop in the same way, vibrant and flexible while young and growing thicker and more brittle with age?

Gary

Live Better and Be Free – 5 Global Earning Experiences

Here are 5 global income experiences and 7 business secrets that can help you live well and free anywhere despite the pandemic.

I began my international business over 50 years ago and have been creating and running international micro businesses since.

During that time my wife, Merri, and I have been able to live, work and earn all over the world… literally anywhere we wanted because of seven secrets we gained which we share here with you.  We have been blessed with global earning experiences that helped us make millions… but were also fun, such as with British Lordships.

See how this one micro business helped us rub elbows with British Royalty.

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One of Merri’s businesses that worked with British Royalty was featured in Doonesbury.

Global Earning Experience #1:  Lepers.  Our micro businesses have been fulfilling.  Merri started her international business in her 20s (long before she knew me) importing Italian clocks to the USA.  This earned so much ($80,000 in the first year) that she created other micro businesses helping orphans in the Yucatan and Haitian lepers (at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital) produce crafts she sold for them in the USA.

Excellent income ($80,000 in the 1970s was a lot of cash)…  incredible contacts… working with Dr. Larimer and Gwen Mellon who created the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti… and enormous satisfaction.  Merri still cries over 40 years later when she tries to speak of the gratitude of the lepers and her time and life in Haiti.

Plus she gained lessons that allowed her to live and earn… in many places and many ways.

Then we got together.

Global Earning Experience #2:  Lords.  Another of Merri’s ideas (in the mid 1980s) was to broker British titles to wealthy Americans.  We made a ton from that… even gained 15 minutes of fame when Gary Trudeau learned about this business and immortalized it by having B.D. Zonker buy a title!

What fun… profitable, plus stimulating, meeting and working with the Blue Bloods of Britain… visiting their castles… invited to their events and affairs.

Before I get ahead of myself, may I ask you a question?

 

Would you enjoy living in two or even more places wherever and whenever you choose?  Would you be happier with more freedom, lack of debt, and a life of riches, adventure and fulfillment?  Would you be glad to feel confident that you can discover interesting and fun business ideas again and again that not only bring in extra income but also help the poor and improve the environment?

If so then read on… because… Merri and I have led that lifestyle for decades and can show you how to live it too.

The key is to earn from home offices.   They are part of a micro business secret and you’ll see why have two home offices (and using two cars in business) can save thousands in taxes.

You can also enjoy such a lifestyle because after years of search, I found business secrets that you can use and enjoy.

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Waterfall at our North Carolina Farm.  See enjoyable benefits of a micro business in water.

Global Earning Experience #3: Hospitality.  Here’s a hotel we owned and operated in Ecuador.  Once we sold this we joined the sharing economy and began offering rentals in our North Carolina cabins through AIRBNB and houses in Florida.  We became designated super hosts within months and added thousands of extra dollars to our income every month.

Caring is just one example of how to live anywhere and earn, especially now that the pandemic will change how people vacation.

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Having a variety of places to live is part of one of the secrets on how to earn more, have a better life with more fun, adventure and greater freedom.

Global Earning Experience #4:  Import-Export.   Here I am at our Florida house showing clients how to import.

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I was wearing a hand tailored, made to order, high quality wool suit from Ecuador that could be imported into the US for as little as $135 .  Plus that Panama hat was made in Ecuador.  This is odd but true, all genuine Panama hats are made in Ecuador.  We imported Ecuador roses year round as well, all from one of our tax deductible US home office.

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The secrets we’ll share below are not about how to buy suits or flowers though.   The secrets show ways to make money (while helping others) marketing products and services wherever you are and much more…. globally.

Global Earning Experience #5:  Green Produce.   We have an orange grove and lake at our Florida home and

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are among the first to test new organic ways to make citrus farming better for the environment and the consumer.  In North Carolina we cultivate Wild American Ginseng as well as aquafarm.

These are just a few of the business experiences that can help you have the freedom to earn globally.  They are shared in our emailed correspondence course that you can now have FREE.

The course teaches a system based on seven secrets so powerful that it creates money for you regardless of where you are:  in town, out of the country, traveling or even in places as remote as we live.

These secrets have worked for us in real estate… titles… tours… agriculture… clothing… hospitality… alternative health…  spirituality… printing… publishing and art businesses for Merri and me all over the world.

Merri and I have created a special program we call “Live Well and Free Anywhere” that makes it possible for you to enjoy extra income doing something you love.  You can gain full or part time and enjoy excellent profits as you have fun and do something good in the world.

My search stumbled on the fact that most millionaires make their money in business.  This discovery led to a study of rich businesses, ones that generate everlasting wealth.  Here are three of seven secrets we share in our program that we learned and have used in our  micro businesses:

Secret #1: They must enjoy the multiple effect.  A product once created must produce profits again and again, almost on a never-ending basis.  Each investment made needs to make huge returns.

Secret #2: They need to be greater than their owner’s time.  They must produce income even when the owner doesn’t put in day-to-day effort. You may already be wealthy or earning a high income.  You may not even need another business or extra income, but some day you might.  One surgeon explained it this way.  “I am making a fortune because peoples’ lives are in my hands.  Once my hands are no longer steady, my income stops.   My entire financial well being will then be in someone else’s hands!”

Secret #3: These money making systems should be enjoyable and fun.  Sadly most people make money for the sake of making money.  Many spend their lives working, just to have a few precious hours having fun.  The most important fact about making and keeping wealth is that those who were richest absolutely love what they were doing.  Money is of secondary importance to their effort.  And as things are, this means they actually ended up making more money.

These secrets created a fantastic way to make money with my own international micro business doing what I love!

You too can have everlasting wealth by turning your passion into profit.

You too can have the freedom to do what you love from any place you like, even operating (actually preferably) from your bedroom, dining room or den if you wish.

What do you love? Rare cars?  You can make a fortune creating a business around them.  Do you prefer fine art? Or do you love beautiful jewelry, coins, gems, real estate, furs, model railways, dolls, scientific equipment, war memorabilia, old and rare books, or whatever?  Do you prefer social subjects rather than objects?

Are you concerned with the environment or humanitarian problems, with crimes, war or poverty?  Would you like to help wipe these social problems out in the course of your business?

Are you a golfer? Do you love to travel? Why not make all kinds of money in a global business related to golf?

Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place, help people get along better together?  You can do something good for the world, increase your income and live wherever you please in the process!

Whatever your passion you can learn how to earn by creating a micro business based on it.

Take fishing, for example.

I am no great aquafarmer, but the numbers and lifestyle work on a small scale.  We pay about $3.50 a pound to stock the fish, they double, triple, even quadruple in size and we sell them at a local butcher shoppe for a modest profit.   This is not a big deal, but does generate income, helps attract guests to stay in our rental cabins, puts some great trout dinners on our table and is a thoroughly enjoyable part of my daily labor.  I need this to counter balance sitting in front of a computer.

Over a couple of months the fish grow… a lot.

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Millions of people love fishing but don’t have a pond.  This does not mean they cannot be involved in fishing.  Here are just a few of many ways that others have profitably matched this passion with profit.

Two of my friends, John and Lou, grew up near me in the Oregon mountains.  They were outdoor adventure types and moved to Canada, where they homesteaded 1,200 acres on a trout-filled lake in mid British Columbia.  They built a fishing camp that attracts fisherman from around the world.

Duncan Kinderman on the other hand loved fishing and castles.  He bought a castle on the River Tay, a great Scottish salmon river, and offered time shares for fisherman from Britain, Europe and the US.

Another entrepreneur I know was from Montana.  His skills were in marketing so he sold fishing trips for fishing camps.  He attended rod and gun exhibitions, met owners of these camps and arranged to sell their fishing trips to the US, Argentina and even in Russia to fisherman around the world.

Ralph Kylloe on the other hand loved fishing and photography so he created the book, “Fishing Camps”, which was published by Gibbs Smith publisher. This allowed Ralph to travel across the country enjoying fishing camps as he photographed and wrote.

Steve Ambrose, another friend of ours, had family commitments at home so he set up a bass fishing business in Florida that served Americans, Germans, Canadian, Dutch and Belgians.  Later as his children grew, he used his client base to arrange fishing trips in Argentina.

Each of these people had provincial backgrounds and differed in age, situation and skills.  Their common link, the love of fishing, led each to a global micro business.  Each was able to blend a unique nature and set of skills to develop a global business that surrounded them with fun, like minded fishing souls.

There is such an abundance of opportunity that Merri and I have created this program to help you have your own micro business that can be managed almost anywhere.  This program is unique because Merri and I are unique.  We started our global business together.  Since we’re almost recluses, we decided to do the whole business by ourselves… thus we create micro businesses that do not require large staffs.

We began working at home.  Today, though we have tens of thousands of buyers and have made millions, we still work at home on our remote farms and employ only a few people to help.

You’ll learn how to turn advertising dollars into a fortune.  You’ll learn how to create your own ads and when to use the internet… search engines… pay per click… classifieds, space ads, direct mail or word of mouth… even flea markets and roadside stands in some cases.

See how to build a PR list and social business network on the World Wide Web to gain thousands of dollars in free publicity.  I even share my most secret results on my marketing so you will know why sometimes you sell more units of a product at $49 instead of $29.

Learn how one couple used ads about retirement to supplement their retirement income and received free trips all over the world.

Learn how we have made money over the Internet (specific details, specific experiences, hard earned knowledge over the last 13 years!)  With an inexpensive computer you can easily run a business from home and still have tons of time left over – even if you are computer challenged.  Merri and I have certainly proven this.  We were one of the first to run a successful website and still rank high today even with millions of competitors.  The secrets in the course include a step-by-step approach.

Merri and I with our webmaster, David Cross, were leaders in beginning internet micros businesses and have sold millions over the web.  You gain ways to earn global income over the net from that experience as well.

Business people or professionals who want to add an extra profit center to their business or who want to change their business entirely will benefit.  Those who want more control over their career can profit.  Plus those who love global travel and want to turn their trips into profitable tax deductions!

Even older entrepreneurs are taking advantage of technology.  One of our friends and clients, Mickey E., was a 72 year old real estate broker, when she began a small global business.  With just a computer and internet, she created publications that attracted English real estate buyers.  This allowed her to become a top sales person in the biggest real estate firm (selling over a billion dollars of real estate a year) in town.  She later used the tactics she learned to move to Ecuador (in here late 70s) and start a micro business there.

This course is also for couples who want their own business or who want to have a business together or a family business.

This is the perfect course for those who can no longer find employment, who are looking for ways to earn abroad and who wish to retire and supplement their income.

Whether you are retired, an investor, chiropractor, doctor, dentist, professional or already own your own business, this offers another way to make money, to turn your passion into profit. We guarantee that we have shared all we know to help you start and run your own international business.  Enjoy and live a life of following your Passion to Profit… through an International Business.

The course is so complete Merri and I extend our “no fooling around-complete satisfaction guarantee”.

If you are not fully satisfied in any way,  just tell us within 60 days and we’ll send you a 100% full refund with no questions asked.

Normally to order our entire “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program would cost $299.

Right now you can get this program FREE.

Currently you can join The International Club with a 50% pandemic discount.  Save $598.23 because part of club membership is the $299 Self Publishing course FREE.

I want to help you gain the experiences that Merri and I have gained living,working, investing globally and loving every minute of it.    That’s why decades ago we created the International Club so we can share everything we learn and write about.

Club members start by receiving seven workshops and courses on how to earn everywhere with home micro businesses.  We call this our “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”.   The program contains a series of courses and reports that show ways to earn and be free. These courses and reports are:

  • The course “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Self Publish”
  • The course “Event-Full – How to Earn Conducting Seminars and Tours”
  • The course “International Business Made EZ”
  • Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross
  • The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3
  • The report “How to Raise Money Abroad”
  • Report and MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”

The fee for this package is normally $299.

Club members also learn ways to be be healthier and have more energy.  

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Here I am in the deep Amazon studying with a shaman.

I have created three natural health reports based on 50 years of study with healers around the world about:

#1: Nutrition

#2: Purification

#3: Exercise

Recent news about Social Security, pensions and health care shows that the US government has excessive debt today and that we as individuals need tactics to make sure, when governments, pensions and insurers weasel out of their promises, that we can take care of ourselves.

One big broken promise is Social Security and Medicare.  The most recent Social Security trustee report shows that the programs will begin to spend more than they earn within just three or four years.   The Medicare hospital-insurance trust fund, could use all its reserves by 2028.  They face insolvency over the next 20 years because Social Security runs totally out of money by 2034.

My three natural health reports help learn ways to be happier, healthier and avoid much of the Western disease management (aka healthcare) expense.

Each report is available for $19.95.  However you’ll receive all three FREE as club member and save $59.85.

Next, club members participate in an intensive program called the Purposeful Investing Course (Pi).  The purpose of Pi is finding value investments that increase safety and profit.  Learn Slow, Worry Free, Good Value Investing.

Stress, worry and fear are three of an investor’s worst enemies.  These destroyers of wealth can create a Behavior Gap, that causes investors to underperform in any market good or bad. The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear.  Pi helps create profitable strategies that avoid losses from this gap.

Lessons from Pi are based on the creation and management of numerous Model Portfolios, called Pifolio.

We combine the research of several brilliant mathematicians and money managers with my years of investing experience.

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Learn how the Fibonacci Spiral impacts stock markets when the are 60% up or 30% down.

There are no secrets about this portfolio except that these mathematicians ignore the stories from economic news (often created by someone with vested interests) and is based mainly on good math that reveals the truth through financial news.

The Pifolio is a theoretical portfolio of MSCI Country Benchmark Index ETFs that cover all the good value markets using my 50 years of global experience and my study of the analysis of four mathematical investing geniuses (and friends).

This is a complete and continual study of what to do about the movement of international major and emerging stock markets.  I want to share this study throughout the next year with you.

This analysis forms the basis of a Good Value Stock Market Strategy.  The analysis is rational, mathematical and does not worry about short term ups and downs.  This strategy is easy for anyone to follow and use.  Pi reveals the best value markets and provides contacts to managers and analysts and Country Index ETFs so almost anyone can create and follow their own strategy.

The costs are low and this type of ETF is one of the hardest for institutions to cheat.  Expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund.  Little knowledge, time, management or guesswork are required.  The investment is simply a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  Investments in an index are like investments in all the shares of a good value market.

Pi opens insights to numerous long term cycles that most investors miss because they have not been investing long enough to see them.

The Pi subscription is normally $299 per annum but as a club member you receive Pi at no charge and save an additional $299.

There are two more reports I’ll send about the most exciting opportunities I have seen since we started sending our reports on international investing ideas more than three decades ago.  The trends are so clear that I created a short, but powerful report “Three Currency Patterns for 50% Profits or More.”   This report shows how to earn an extra 50% from currency shifts with even small investments.  I kept the report short and simple, but included links to 153 pages of  Good Value Stock Market research and Asset Allocation Analysis.

The report shows 20 good value investments and a really powerful tactic that shows the most effective and least expensive way to accumulate these bargains in large or even very small amounts (less than $5,000).  There is extra profit potential of at least 50% so the report is worth a lot.

This report sells for $29.95 but when you become an International Club member you’ll receive the report, “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More” FREE.

Plus get the $39.99 report, “The Silver Dip” free.

With investors watching global stock markets bounce up and down, many missed two really important profit generating events over the past two years.  The price of silver dipped below $14 an ounce as did shares of the iShares Silver ETF (SLV).   The second event is that the silver gold ratio hit 80 and has remained near this level, compared to a range of the 230s only two years ago.

These two events are a strong sign to invest in precious metals.

I prepared a special report “Silver Dip” updated in late 2018.   The report explained the exact conditions you need to make leveraged silver & gold speculations that can increase the returns in a safe portfolio by as much as eight times.  The purpose of the report is to share long term lessons about speculating in precious metals gained through 30 years of speculating and investing in gold and silver.  Now with the stock market crash this report is more valid than ever.

Save $598.23… when you become a club member.

Join the International Club and receive:

#1: The $299 “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program including our Self Publishing Course”.  Free.

#2: The $299 Purposeful investing Course (Pi).   Free.

#3: The $29.95 report “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More”.  Free.

#4: The $39.99 report “Silver Dip 2019”.  Free

#5: The three $19.99 reports “Shamanic Natural Health”.   All three free.

#6: The $39.99 “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” report.  Free.

#7: Plus updates and other report I release in the year ahead.

These reports, courses and programs would cost $767.73.

The International Club membership is $349 so the 2020 membership normally saves $418.78.

However due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we have cut membership in half and are currently accepting the discounted membership of $174.50 today.  You save $598.23 instead!

Then because this global recovery is going to take years, we’ll maintain your membership at just $99 a year rather than $349.  Your membership will be autorenewed in 2021 at $99, though you can cancel membership at any time.

Save $598.23.  Join the International Club for just $174.5o.   Receive all the above online now, plus all reports, course updates and Pi lessons through the rest of 2020 and into of 2021  at no additional fee.

Don’t miss this opportunity.  Sign up with this special offer.

Click here to become a member at the discounted rate of $174.50

Gary

 

 

 

The Ultimate Form of Financial Freedom


The ultimate form of financial security is always having a product or service that you believe in and that has a growing true value.  To always have such an asset requires evolution and a never ending series of missions.

True freedom comes from mastery over missions we believe in but there is a crunch; it is hard to believe in anything in our increasingly cynical world.

This May we are celebrating my 50th anniversary of being in the financial business (this is the 48th year of talking and writing about international investing).  My arrival in Hong Kong in May 1968 taught me so many lessons that I wrote about a problem that has been brewing, fermenting and growing ever since, for nearly all 50 of these years.  That was my first book, “Passport to To International Profit”.

One chapter in the book was about the “Concept Conversion Trick” and how it creates the “Soil Defense Syndrome”.

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Here is an excerpt from that chapter:

“The Concept Conversion Trick begins when people agree on a good concept for working and living together.  The people go to work and if the concept is good they will create a paradise.  The government gives them a flag and a song. Then the government pulls the trick.  The government convinces the people that the flag and song are important.  Then while the people are busy watching the flag and singing the song, the government replaces the concept with a set of ever increasing written rules and regulations administered by bureaucrats and backed up by a police force.

“This trick trades people’s individual freedoms for a shiver up the spine when the song is played the piece of cloth is waved.  The Concept Conversion Trick turns spirit into matter.  Like trading love for a beautiful plastic doll.  When the trick has been pulled and the dust settles, the people realize too late what has happened. Anyone who steps out of line is called unpatriotic or even criminal.  He is swatted down by the bureaucracy or police force, crushed with overwhelming power or made an example of so others will tow the mark ‘for the good of society’. All this is done in the name of public interest.”

If this writing sounds prophetic having been written almost 40 years ago, it was not.  A simple review of any previous great society shows that this trick was part of its evolution.  Like the Roman Empire, things may get better for a while, then worse and then better again.  In the long term, as societies age, they lose their original vibrancy and life.

Should we be surprised?  Does not every single thing in this universal existence develop in the same way, vibrant and flexible while young and growing thicker and more brittle with age?

This is why I have almost always bet against the US dollar.

This is why my business has been global for more nearly 40 years.

This is why I am so involved in a global business from Small Town USA now, where more of the old American values linger.

Here’s how to debunk the myths of aging & change with the ultimate form of freedom.

The book “Mastery: A Mission Plan for Reclaiming a Life of Purpose, Fitness and Achievement ” provides a transformative milestone in anyone’s life, especially for those over 50, but really anyone.  Mastery shows how to gain freedom in a quickly changing, cynical world.

Mastery is a ground-breaking book written by my friend and award-winning novelist and historian, Robert Gandt and yours truly.  We set aside a year of our busy schedules to craft an original, comprehensive guide to making the rest of life meaningful.

We dedicated our efforts to make this book more than a motivational treatise.  Mastery is a detailed master plan for people over the age of 50, facing retirement and the need to learn new ways of living with purpose and accomplishment.   Because the need to learn new ways grows increasingly important, Mastery applies to anyone of any age who really wants true freedom.

Get my “Mastery’ FREE.

During my 50th global freedom anniversary month if you order my report, “Investing in the Era of Cynicism” I’ll send you the online version of “Mastery: A Mission Plan for Reclaiming a Life of Purpose, Fitness and Achievement” FREE.  See details below.

The Greek Irony

Soon you could be reading… again, about how instability in Greece threatens our modern world.   Greece, once a great nation, has debt and deficits that threaten order around the world.  This is nothing new.  In fact, deterioration in Greece is one reason for a seven decade downward spiral in America’s freedom.  Greece was a flash point that accelerated spin in the news.  Yet wisdom from Greece shows us the key to freedom in an increasingly cynical world.

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A downward spiral of freedom began a downward spiral of our freedom.

The loss of our beliefs has made us cynical.  Our most fundamental rights have been eroded both by governments and big business.  According to a Gallup poll, the most unpopular three institutions are big corporations & Wall Street banks, HMOs and Congress.  Yet there is little we can do because these institutions control the spin in the news.

In the past 30 years the numbers of companies controlling America’s media has dropped from 50 to six.  Today’s news is shockingly uniform in our media.

As our rights erode, no one in mainstream media says much about it.

“Rights” are defined as “privileges to which we are entitled.”  Whereas “Freedom” is said  “to be the power of choice.”  Do we feel like we have rights and freedom when we deal with city hall (local state or federal), or with our bank, or utility or HMO?

Over the last 50 years the average income for 90 percent of the American population fell.  Our health system is restricted by a Kafka-esque maze of legislation and insurance regulations that delay, frustrate, and thwart attempts by patients and doctors from proper medical care.  Big banks and corporations restrict our freedom of choice.  The business customer relationships are no longer transactions between free equals.

Banks can trap us in indebtedness at every age from student loans to mortgages to health care costs.  They pay almost nothing on our savings.  They hide unexpected fees and payments in complex and unreadable documents.  Banks and big corporations routinely conceal vital information in small print and then cheat.  Weak regulations and lax enforcement leave consumers with few ways to fight back.  Many of these businesses ranging from cable TV to phone and internet service to health insurance have virtual monopolies that along with deceptive marketing destroys any form of free market.

These same companies control the credit-scoring agencies so if  we don’t pay unfair fees, our credit scores will plunge and we could lose the ability to borrow money, rent an apartment, even to get a job.  Many consumers are forced to accept “arbitration clauses” in lieu of  legal rights.  The alternative is to lose banking, power, and communication services.

Big business has also usurped our privacy.  Internet companies sell our personal data.  Personal information is pulled from WiFi and iPhones track and store our movements.  The government can access this information, sometimes without subpoenas.  There’s a lot that we don’t know, often withheld under the guise of “National Security.”

When did this deterioration of our life liberty and happiness begin?  One time we can pinpoint is the passing of  President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945.  Vice President, Harry S. Truman became president that year and one of his decisions, over 70 years ago, began a cycle that has strangled the freedoms that created a great nation.

How the National Security Act of 1947 destroys freedom and accelerated a downwards spin.

Benjamin Bradlee, executive editor of The Washington Post clarified the problem with spin when he said, “I would define spin as the shaping of events to make you look better than anybody else.  I think it is . . an art form now and it gets in the way of the truth.

There has always been spin.  Winston Churchill summed up the power of spin when he said “I know history will treat me well because I intend to write it”.

But a particular spiral of spin, that has robbed us of most of our freedom, started when President Truman shifted the US from avoiding regional conflicts not directly involving the United States, to a policy of active intervention in far away conflicts.

Truman’s policy was that America’s “National Security” would be protected by providing political, military and economic assistance to all democratic nations under threat from external or internal authoritarian forces.  The Truman Doctrine reoriented U.S. military and foreign policy and led to The National Security Act of 1947 and creation of the National Security Council (NSC).

The problem with the Act is it let the NSC and CIA decide (often secretly) what is “National Security”.

The initial excuse that began the erosion of our freedom was communism in Greece.  The British Government had withdrawn military and economic assistance to the Greek Government and Truman believed that the Soviet Union could gain too much influence over Greek policy.  The US became involved.

The 1947 act also established the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).   Then the spin really began leading to a war in Korea, then Vietnam, then the Middle East.  President Nixon, used the NSC, headed by Henry A. Kissinger, to actively engage in negotiations with foreign leaders and implement decisions already agreed upon by Nixon and Kissinger.

The West has been in a perpetual war since.   Government is broken.  Legislative and executive branches focus on fighting rather than on running nations.

Leaders create laws for their own political purposes.  For example, Richard Nixon’s former Domestic Advisor, John Ehrlichman, told how the war on drugs had nothing to do with eradicating drugs.   The laws allowed the government to associate hippies with marijuana and others  with heroin.  He said: “We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

Part of the original Truman story was the idea of “containment”.  This spin is still being spun.  Cold war temperatures with Russia have been rising and may rise higher.  In 2014 Measure HR 5859 won unanimous initial approval in both the Senate and House.  This law mandates U.S. sanctions against Russian arms and oil, plus authorizes providing lethal assistance to Ukraine’s military.  Those provocative steps go beyond what the White House and European Union have been willing to do so far and yet the vote was unanimous.

Why would anyone want continual war?  Wars are bad for the common man but make money for a select few.  Wars also give governments the ability to deprive the public of its rights in the “interest of National Security”.

Another benefit (for a few) of continual war is that the war eases deficit and credit financing.  Deficit financing is the process where governments spend more money than they have.  They borrow or print money to fill the gap.  An occasional budget deficit is to be expected, but in times of peace an informed pubic has the sense to see that no one, governments included, can always spend more than they earn.  During times of war financial caution is more likely to be ignored.  Endless wars of containment allows governments to abandon the idea of balancing a budget.

Credit financing is a good thing if the borrowed or printed money is invested into capital that creates increased production sufficient to bring returns greater than the cost.  Regretfully this rarely happens.  Deficit financing occurs instead.  Governments spend more money than what they have and use it badly.

Spinning a bad expenditure is easier than working hard to spend efficiently.  Money makes it possible for us to buy and sell without bartering.  Money gives us a “medium of exchange,” which allows our complex global, economic system to function.

So much that glow on Western democratic capitalism has dimmed…or so it seems.  The US, leading the way, is still a superpower with economic, innovation and military might, but the institutions that should serve the people have become  flawed or broken.

America’s infrastructure is in shambles.  The nation’s bridges are crumbling, many water systems are filled with toxins, yet instead of spending more to fix this, we build more prisons.  The 2.2 million people currently in  jail is a 500 percent increase over the past thirty years.

60% of the inmates belong to ethnic groups.  Not just non-white ethnic groups are suffering.  Annual death rates are falling for every group except for middle-aged white Americans.  Death rates are rising among this group driven by an epidemic of suicides and afflictions stemming from substance abuse, alcoholic liver disease and overdoses of heroin and prescription opioids.

America’s middle class is shrinking.  Nearly  half of America’s income goes to upper-income households now.  In 1970 only 29 percent went to this group.  The top contending presidential candidates condemn income inequality, but Donald Trump has billions built on 2nd generation wealth and Hillary Clinton collects six-figure speaking fees where she ironically condemns “income inequality”.

The 2016 presidential campaign shows that this is the year of anger.  There is anger over immigration, abortion, income inequality, trade jobs, welfare, Social Security, health care, the justice system and so much more.  The biggest lies seem to attract the most votes.

How do we invest in a cynical world?  What can we do?

Regretfully these attacks on our freedom are realities of life.  There is little we can do to change this big picture.

Fortunately there is a lot we can do to live well despite this cynical world.  To begin, recognize how much good we do have.  Having lived, worked and invested around the world for nearly 50 years, let me share a secret.

The secret is that things are really good in the western world.  Despite the problems, we are surrounded by more abundance and greater opportunity than almost anyone has ever enjoyed, anywhere, ever.   To enjoy a fair share of this wealth, all we have to do is understand human nature and learn how to invest in a cynical world.

See beyond the parts of human nature that make us victims of education.  Each of us learned a blemished social economic model that gave us a flawed perception of how the world should be.  This faulty educated view can distort our outlook so we miss the fact that we really are in one of the most amazing times of opportunity!

The habit is to fixate on the past and remember it as better than it was.  This lure of the past makes us resistance to change.

We have free will and do not have to let the poor government, wars, deterioration of economic and social injustice blur our well-being.  We are responsible for our world.   The majority put the blame on government and big business for failure.  Both focus on all that is wrong, but rarely do anything about it!

Start assuming that no one will come to your rescue.  See life for what it is: a gift.  See change as a gift.  If nothing changed, it would be guaranteed that nothing would become better for us.  What would life be worth if we didn’t have challenges?  How happy would we really be with no struggle and we waited for someone to save us from our mistakes?  We are responsible and the path to a better life regardless of what’s around us, is to put our chins up, shoulders back, thoughts and feelings cleared, determination and take action. There is no other logical choice.

Solutions are to integrate logic, purpose and intuition.

Here is an example.  A reader sent this note.

Gary, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your clarity plus your common sense approach to life.  I’m not sure which Internet search led me to you but I believe in synchronicity over coincidence.  You preach about eating right.  The day I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2014, I started reading and began my 100% organic and immune building, cancer killing foods. By July 2014, the lump has “dissolved” and my oncologist said that I had “exceptional, extraordinary, remarkable” results. Food goes far beyond flavor for me.  It is fuel for my health.

That is inspiration to me.  Rather than blaming junk food, the chemical industry, big Pharma, this reader did something positive and solved the problem.

Merri and I have been developing reports and courses so readers can have a 7 step program to achieve true freedom by creating a purpose in a cynical world.

Here are three of the seven steps we can take to be prosperous and free.

#1: Uncover a passion to be truly free. Gain freedom by providing a service we are passionate about in a positive way.   “Why are we on this earth?”  That is a question for each of us to answer. Rarely can we answer clearly, but one fact is clear, we each need to feel a purpose and we need to act on that feeling.

Since the 70 year problem began in Greece, let’s look there for a solution.  Once upon a time, Greece was the great society and then, the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, reflected on this idea when he postulated that the greatest asset of all is… usefulness.  We are social animals.  Whether in business, investing, with family, friends or strangers… at home or in our travels… when it comes to being valuable… usefulness reigns!

Whatever our path… we need to pave it with usefulness.

Aristotle even defined the ingredients of usefulness as Ethos – Logos and Pathos.

Ethos is ethics… having character or credibility.  Logos is  logic… our ability to communicate via reason.  Pathos is emotion… the really driving passion that shifts what is known… to being what is desired.  If you can emotionally appeal to reason and be believed… your social interaction becomes truly useful.

“Our passion is the driving force that shifts what is known… to being what is desired.”

#2: Have good natural health to be free of the “Secret Charge Master”.  Just as governments hide truth behind “National Security”, big health care businesses hide medical truths behind “Charge masters”.  Most hospital charge masters are secret because big business does not want us to know how much hospital costs have risen.  Motivations beyond our good health, like corporate greed, want to keep us in the dark about health care cost.

Despite rising health care costs, a report from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention shows that hospitals are the last place we want to be for good health.  One report shows that hospital-acquired infections alone kills 57% more Americans every year than all car accidents and falls put together.

Often, what patients catch in the hospital can be worse than what sent them there.  Governments and health care agencies agree  – antibiotic resistance is a “nightmare.”  An antibiotic-resistant bacteria may be spreading in more hospitals than patients know.  About one in every 25 hospitalized patients gets an infection and a 2013 report from the Journal of Patient Safety showed that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the country.

Along with the risk of hospital acquired illness and medical errors, the second huge threat to our well being… is health care costs, especially at hospitals.  This is why charge masters are so often secret.  There are few risks to our wealth that are greater than a hospital stay.

#3: Seek value investments to protect and increase purchasing power without unreasonable risk.  Big businesses represent a threat to our investments.  Near zero interest, over priced stocks and hidden agendas at banks and brokers  have eroded the purchasing power of our hard earned savings.

We cannot trust mainstream media to make our investment decisions.  Many big publishers and media rely on spin provided by big business and government intermediaries to provide sensationalism in the economic news. Drama sells more than news that informs so our daily news on the internet, in the papers and on TV are subject to spin.  Even accurate economic news often presents a misleading picture.  This is why financial news based on core business fundamentals such as price-to-book-value, price-to-earnings and dividend yield are better indicators to follow when seeking investments.

Financial news based on mathematics reflects a more accurate truth.   Math might be boring, but mathematics are much more comparable and harder to misinterpret.  Numbers applied to value do not misinform.

Learn how to survive and profit from spin.   I have just published a report, “Investing in the Era of Cynicism” that reveals the link between hidden information of nearly 70 years ago and how it can affect your wealth now and into the future.  The report shares how knowing about the link may save your savings and your ability to earn and protect your savings and investments in the next two years.   The report reveals the link between hidden information of 70 years ago and how it can affect the economics that surround us now and into the future.  The report shares how knowing about the link may save our savings and ability to earn and protect our savings and investments in the next two years.

#1: Turn your passion into a profitable mission. Make the mission something big, but start it small.

#2: Lead with an adaptable lifestyle. Expect the unexpected and be willing to change.

#3:  Focus on earning with your own micro business first.  Then Invest.

#4: Have a relentless search for value in business, investing and life.

#5: Do not trust any one currency.

#6: Plan for age. Avoid hospitals and public health care.

#7: The seventh step. Well that’s a secret for now that we share in the report.

You can survive and profit with seven steps that reach beyond spin and are effective in this new and rapidly changing cynical state of mind. 

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Why I want to send you Mastery FREE?

Bob and I  exhaustively researched and carefully constructed Mastery to provide a highly detailed, strategic plan to reinvent and reclaim our lives.

Over 50 – New Challenges

“Today’s men and woman over 50 face a totally different set of issues and expectations from previous generations,” notes Robert Gandt.  “No one expects Baby Boomers who led active, accomplished lives to sit by the fire and knit.”  But faced with new challenges from health issues to finance, many feel overwhelmed and caught up in activities that take up time but yield few meaningful results.

Here is an excerpt from the first chapter of Bob’s and my book, Mastery:  A Mission Plan for Reclaiming A  Life of Purpose, Fitness and Achievement.

Something is Missing

You headed into retirement like a stranger into a strange land.  The mantra was stay busy.  Keep yourself occupied.  And you did.  It became a shared joke:  Before you retired, how did you ever find time to work?

One day folded into the next, leaving scarcely a trace.  Months passed.  Years.  Time swept around you like the water of a fast-running stream.  And sometimes in a reflective moment you wondered:

Where did it go?
What did it mean?
Why do I have this feeling that something is missing?

It’s more than a feeling.  Something is missing.  You haven’t identified it because it’s an intangible, nearly indefinable part of the life that you left behind.

It’s called mission.  Without a mission, your energy, brainpower, and creative spirit are being dispersed like chaff in the wind.  You are operating on a level far below your optimum plateau.

– From Mastery::  A Mission Plan for Reclaiming
a  Life of Purpose, Fitness and Achievement

Debunking the Myths of Aging

Mastery takes careful aim at the myths that inhabit the aging process and prevent us from rising to new heights of success and well-being.  Exhaustively researched, the book provides a detailed blueprint for achieving dramatic new levels of health and fitness, overcoming age-related conditions such as arthritis and memory loss, learning to speak a second language, play a new instrument, become a better cook, fly a plane and to open the mind to endless, life-affirming possibilities.

Mastery covers a broad spectrum of subjects to enable readers to define their goals and reach them.  Detailed chapters cover exercise, diet, financial management, launching a new business, and even the importance of standing up straight.

A love of learning is an essential part of the Mastery process and increasing one’s reading speed comprehension enhances that. “Writing is thinking,” assert the authors, who encourage extensive journaling to clarify thoughts and set goals.

The Master of My Fate

Personal stories of achievers inspire and instruct.  Bob and I cite experts from ancient philosophers to Ted Talks.  But the reader is constantly reminded of the importance of individual responsibility in transforming our lives.  If we are to be the masters of our fate, the old fashioned virtues of commitment, diligence and accountability, apply.

Health Begets Wisdom

The Mastery process demands a high level of physical fitness and mental acuity.  I added my 50 years of study and experience in global wisdom on healthy living and financial management.  The book’s extensive chapters on health, diet and nutrition combine with information on mediation practices and mind/body exercises to keep the reader “mission capable.”

A Personal War of Independence

Bob’s background as a fighter pilot, flight instructor and military historian is clear in the book’s strategic, goal-oriented approach.  Mastery is one’s personal War of Independence, bringing freedom from stagnation, boredom, ill health and that highly unsettling feeling that life is slipping by.

Bob identifies the enemy: people who do not want us to change, to move forward.  And the most insidious foe of all, our own self-doubt.

Like any battle, Mastery demands discipline, focus and perseverance.  Mastery warns against purposeless distractions that take time away from the primary goal. Beware of TV, social media, the Internet, meetings – all part of that “messy basket of activities with no definitive outcomes.”

Explorers Transformed by Travel

Both Bob and I have been global explorers. Bob started in Kansas and I began my journey in Oregon but we lived and worked around the world.  We cite the”Transformative Power of Travel” and how to use it to expand scope and understanding.  Learn how the open road beckons us all and if we listen to this calling we can soon be following the intrepid author’s paths that lead us each to our own adventure of self discovery.

Mastery looks at how to use wisdom from around the world to overcome inertia and insecurities about venturing forth that sometimes overtake us as we age.

What’s Special About Mastery

Gain almost 100 years of global experience on how to be truly free.  My first book “Passport to International Profit”, published in the 1970s, was one of the first books to cover international living and investing.  I went on to write newsletters, blogs and hold seminars on gaining health and wealth, that reached millions of readers around the world.  I have appeared frequently on TV and radio shows including the nationally syndicated radio show, Market Rap.  My monthly column, “The Global Guru”, ran for years in “On Wall Street”, one of the largest magazines for US stockbrokers.   After living and working in Hong Kong, Europe, London, the Isle of Man, Dominican Republic and Ecuador for decades, my wife, Merri. and I live in Florida and the Blue Ridge Mountains and publish daily articles on natural health, pinnacle careers.

Robert Gandt is a former naval officer, international airline captain and award-winning military and aviation writer.  He is the author of over a dozen books including The President’s Pilot, The Killing Sky and the definitive work on modern naval aviation, Bogeys and Bandits.  His screen credits include the television series Pensacola: Wings of Gold.  His acclaimed account of the Battle of Okinawa, The Twilight Warriors (Broadway Books 2010) was the winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature.  He and his wife, Anne, live in Spruce Creek Fly-In, an aviation community in Daytona  Beach, Florida.

During my 50th global freedom anniversary month if you order my report, “Investing in the Era of Cynicism,” I’ll send you the online version of “Mastery: A Mission Plan for Reclaiming a Life of Purpose, Fitness and Achievement” FREE.

Order “Investing in a Cynical World Report” delivered online in .pdf  $19.95

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