This past spring the creator of the Dollar Vigilante publication and podcast Jeff Berwick gave instructions on how to become a perpetual traveler and legally avoid paying taxes. Berwick is an anarcho-capitalist that believes a government is an unnecessary evil and that taxation is theft. Bitcoin is one tool that can be utilized to accomplish the goal of not paying taxes and a great currency for people constantly traveling.
Abolitionism, Autonomy and the Idea of Becoming a Perpetual Traveler is Growing Popular
Over the course of the past few decades, people have been questioning government and taxation. Many believe that taxation is essentially theft because it is imposed by indoctrination, force, and coercion. Berwick is a firm believer of this philosophy and that taxation funds “mostly war, which is murder, it funds giant communist style bureaucracy — and most of it wasted and destroyed and actually creates all sorts of problems in the economy.”
Berwick explains how the anti-taxation movement is growing by describing the perpetual traveler concept. The idea was first popularized by Harry D. Shultz and refers to people spending time in different countries to avoid civic duties, taxation, and increase the aspects of overall freedom. The perpetual traveler (also PT, permanent tourist or prior taxpayer) idea has grown more popular says Berwick and many people are learning the ins-and-outs of this lifestyle.
Living as a perpetual traveler is not easy and also requires moving wealth around in different ways. Relying on counter-economic activities such as barter and trade, utilizing cash under the table, and the use of cryptocurrencies can also be beneficial. Hiding wealth these days from prying eyes is difficult with concepts like FACTA and entities like the NSA. However, using these techniques can help avoid taxation if applied correctly.
‘Expressions of Intentionality’
Cash and barter are probably the easiest ways to avoid taxation, but bitcoin can also help if the right steps are taken. This means users should buy and sell the digital currency anonymously as much as possible. Cryptocurrency proponents can use protocol applications like coin shufflers and tumblers that are currently available and hide their location using applications like Tor.
There are many people who believe the fundamentals of bitcoin can help avoid taxation. Last year Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson explained to me that without these principles like avoiding taxation bitcoin is “nothing of a revolution.”
“Without a big expression of intentionality to what are considered not the polite things to do with Bitcoin — specifically money laundering, specifically private access to your coin, holding your own keys — without projects that express these principles, you have nothing of what you want with a revolution,” details Cody Wilson. “This leaves me to proclaim that most people involved with Bitcoin were not serious about that in the first place.”
Furthermore many others believe cryptocurrencies will help add privacy and anonymity in order to progress these principles. These ideas have furthered development in the crypto-space with alternative digital currencies like Monero, Dash, and Zcash all hoping to bring true anonymity to the digital environment.
This past June the infamous whistleblower Edward Snowden explained the cryptocurrency Zcash might be a solution towards bitcoin’s surveillance risks. A few months later in November Snowden further implied these types of privacy-centric currencies could help avoid taxation. Snowden explains via Twitter stating:
Coincidentally, new technologies raise the possibility of unstoppable tax protests.
Bitcoin’s Separation of Money and State has Primed New Ideas
The world is changing, and many people are researching different ways of creating a voluntary society without the use of force and coercion. Libertarianism, Anarcho-Capitalists, and many other types of groups are forming to accomplish this goal worldwide. Furthermore, people are learning to build voluntary governance models using digital currency solutions with projects such as Bitnation. It’s safe to say that Berwick is not alone with the belief that taxation is theft and there must be better methods of funding infrastructure voluntarily.
Bitcoin has ultimately shown the world what the separation of money and state looks like. This is a milestone for society as it has given many people the idea that government can be separated from literally everything. This can be seen with the popularity of blockchain based voting models, distributed autonomous organizations (DAO), and many more concepts that remove third party interference. The idea of becoming a perpetual traveler or prior taxpayer is slowly becoming an acceptable practice and bitcoin can help promote this philosophy.
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