Is Legalization a Full Victory?

Cannabis legalization comes with terms and conditions, like cryptocurrency legitimization. That might not prove to be the full victory people were looking for. April 22, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP A big topic, especially this year, is cannabis legalization. As a staunch opponent of prohibitionist policy, I welcome that discussion and the lifting of these drug war laws. Prohibition, time and again, creates more danger than it assuages. You don't have to agree with how someone exercises their rights, to defend … [Read More...]

The Death of “Innocent Until Proven Guilty”

April 16, 2019 Asset forfeiture happens at all levels of government, which is why asset protection is essential. According to a Cato Institute study, 84% of Americans oppose an idea called “civil asset forfeiture.” The study provides the definition as: ... police “taking a person’s money or property that is suspected to have been involved in a drug crime before the person is convicted of a crime.” Now you might be thinking, “If this idea applies only to criminals, what makes it so bad?” As you’ll soon read, it doesn’t just … [Read More...]

DEA Surveillance: It’s Never Really Over

The DEA is the biggest thief in the US (after the IRS), and is notorious for extending its surveillance capabilities to other agencies. April 15, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP All along, we've been pointing out the government's critical examination of cash transactions, and the countless people who have been wrongfully caught up in the dragnet of asset forfeiture. The mere fact that cash transactions greater than $10,000 -- and sometimes as low as $5,000 -- has drawn the unwanted attention of government … [Read More...]

Antigua & Barbuda Could Make a Great Tax Home

If you are a digital nomad, in search of a friendly tax home, Antigua & Barbuda might be what you're looking for! April 11, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP In these times of economic scrutiny, it's getting difficult to navigate the regulatory waters. Let's be honest, governments hardly need an excuse anymore to "crack down" on offshore activity. The Panama Papers made headlines as if they were evidence of some nefarious underworld, despite the lack of any evidence to that effect. This is one of the reasons I … [Read More...]

Dangerous Protectionist Precedent to be Set with Dairy

Large and established dairy industry players are seeking congressional protection from their non-dairy competitors. April 8, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP Plant based dairy alternatives have been around for a good while. Nobody made much of a stink over them. They have been coming out with myriad alternatives ranging from rice, soy, coconut, hemp, almond and cashew based milk alternatives. Quaker recently even got on board offering oat milk. They've come a long way, and have tried to rival the flavor of animal … [Read More...]

It All Starts with a WALL…

April 2, 2019 A wall poses risks to individual liberty, so it's time to think about setting up a second residency or citizenship before it's too late. The construction of Trump’s wall along the southern border of the U.S. continues to gain momentum. The latest news is that the Pentagon is reallocating $1 billion to help build the wall. Keeping illegal immigrants out of the country is a good goal, if for no other reason than to reduce crime. After all, people who break the law to enter a country are more likely to break the law once … [Read More...]

Response to Andrew Yang’s UBI Platform

Andrew Yang is pushing the idea of Universal Basic Income as his primary platform for his 2020 run for POTUS.  Where does this idea fall short and why? April 1, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP I discussed Andrew Yang's flagship policy: Universal Basic Income (UBI) in some earlier blogs; but I took the time to listen to his interview with Joe Rogan, to give him a chance to expound on his ideas. Here's what I got... I want to start by saying, I don't disagree with what he identifies as problematic. Where we … [Read More...]

Is Malaysia the Rising Star of Technopreneurship?

Malaysia is taking seriously its ambitions to achieve Developed Nation status by offering tech entrepreneurs a great place to start and thrive! March 29, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP Are you an entrepreneur in the digital or technology space? Have you considered it, but thought it too difficult to break into? If you already have the itch to internationalize, and you're looking for a business friendly jurisdiction for your tech business, Malaysia might be for you! GWP Insiders has all the details on this little … [Read More...]

Sun Might Set on NSA Data Collection Program

The sun might set on an NSA data collection program at the end 2019, but will that mean a weaker or smaller surveillance state? March 25, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP There is a marginal possibility that the NSA is going to back off a little.  In other words: a few crumbs are about to fall off the table so everyone get ready to scurry for their nugget of freedom! I’ve learned not to get too excited when the federal government eases up on their foothold, because it’s never “freedom for freedom’s sake”.  … [Read More...]

Why is Transporting Such a Cluster?

With all the technology available, transporting people or things from one place to another should not be a complicated task, and yet the government always manages to find a way. March 18, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP Getting from point A to point B, whether it’s a person or a thing, is such a cluster.  And it really shouldn’t be, considering the technology available to make it all happen. Email and digital document authorizations, for example, has done away with the need for people to send hard copies of … [Read More...]

Capital Controls and Market Manipulations Aren’t Helping Anyone

A pattern of capital controls and market manipulations prove to be disastrous economic policy, especially for those they were intended to help! March 11, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP If private property is the linchpin of capitalism, then capital controls is the linchpin of socialism.  No one will call Venezuela failed capitalism, least of all its leader Nicolas Maduro or his predecessor Hugo Chavez.  They certainly BLAME capitalism, but in examining the economic artifacts, there’s no evidence of capitalism doing … [Read More...]

You May Be in the FBI’s “New” DNA Database

The violation of privacy continues in the latest partnership between Family Tree and the FBI. March 5, 2019 It’s fun to submit your saliva sample to a DNA matching company and discover the treasure-trove of information you can from it. But it may not be as fun anymore because one of the largest at-home DNA companies, Family Tree, has become a “backup” DNA database for the FBI. According to BuzzFeed: Family Tree DNA, one of the largest private genetic testing companies whose home-testing kits enable people to trace their ancestry … [Read More...]

Petty Local Regulations and Taxes are Out of Hand

Petty local regulations and taxes make daily life harder, but they offer absolutely NO benefits in return to those affected by them. March 4, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP I recently shared a few things on social media about the petty things happening on the local level, but I think it really deserves its own dedicated blog because it’s cropping up everywhere. It’s understandable that some of the large national issues come off as so daunting and overwhelming that the average person reading about it is left to shrug … [Read More...]

What Is The REAL National Emergency?

Gun and border control are distractions from the growing and impending emergency the US is facing: a national debt topping $22 trillion. February 25, 2019 By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP The US is currently on a “shutdown hiatus”, with a few weeks left to sort out the particulars regarding Trumps demand for greater border security.  Trump has relented on there being a FULL border wall, calling for strategic placement of “smart walls” in areas of vulnerability. On February 15th, the president called the southern border a … [Read More...]

Apple Blocks Facebook App (The Shocking Reason Why)

Facebook is forcing Apple's hand by not upholding its end of the bargain when it comes to protecting the privacy of its users. February 19, 2019 According to a recent expose at Techcrunch, Facebook (FB) is paying people aged 13 - 35 for the "opportunity" to vacuum up every bit of private data from their phone. Not just metadata, not just phone location data, literally everything, by granting Facebook full root access to a paid user's data. The article explained the basics (emphasis mine): Since 2016, Facebook has been paying … [Read More...]