by Bobby Casey, Managing Director
A few weeks ago I read an article on NPR’s blog about how the authors decided to look into the world of offshore companies and offshore asset protection. Overall, it was a decent article, but there was some misinformation.
After sending a brief email to the authors regarding their article, they immediately replied and asked if I would allow them to join us at our offshore conference in Panama – Global Escape Hatch. At the conference, we discussed asset protection, offshore banking, offshore companies, 2nd passports, investment opportunities, and more.
After giving it some careful thought, I declined, but did agree to do an interview for NPR’s radio program and their blog. From my perspective, the interview went well, but they did misrepresent some facts. Overall though, they did a pretty decent job.
If you are interested in checking out the interview, you can do so by clicking the link here ==>> They Won’t Tell You Their Names, But They’ll Help You Hide Your Money
We discussed a variety of topics, mostly about offshore companies and asset protection planning, but he did try to pin me down on some moral issues – which I found rather amusing.
His 2 main moral issues he wanted to pigeonhole me with were:
1. Offshore asset protection to avoid paying tax
2. Offshore asset protection to avoid legitimate creditors
I was intentionally careful with these questions. as I am well aware that NPR is big time national media, and a very left-wing biased one at that. So I skirted the moral issues as you can hear in the interview.
For you, my dear readers, I will address these topics, to clarify my ideas here and hopefully spark some thoughts of your own.
First of all, I think income taxation is immoral. Plain and simple. Imagine that you earn $100k per year. If the tax rate is 25% and compliance is completely voluntary, how many of you will choose to write the government a check for $25k on January 1st?
I have asked this question to Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and Anarchists hundreds of times. Not once has anyone told me that they would voluntarily pay 25% of their hard earned income in taxes.
Taxation is theft. You only pay because there is a threat of force compelling you to pay. If you choose not to file your tax return, you are looking at jail time and confiscation of your assets.
Government is nothing more than an instrument of force that directly steals from you in the form of taxation to satisfy their own statist agendas. Keep in mind, all governments are practicing varying degrees of statism. Some are just more clever at stealing than others.
For those of you who still think government has a positive role to play in society, I urge you to study history and economics. Study Karl Marx’s teachings (read my article, “On the Path to Socialism”) and learn the vast similarities between the US political system and communism.
But just because I view income taxation as immoral, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t file your returns and pay your taxes. While that may seem counter-intuitive, the reality is that we live in a world where you cannot escape the state.
And since I personally enjoy freedom, not to mention that I look horrible in an orange jumpsuit, I would never advocate tax evasion of any sort; which was the direction the NPR interviewer was heading.
He was really trying to get me to tell him ways to hide money offshore to avoid taxation. Either he is crazy or he thought I was.
His second attempt at pinning me down to a morality argument was his presumption that it is immoral to hide your assets from future potential creditors.
Let’s take a look at the facts. There are over 1.2M practicing attorneys in the US with nearly 80% of all lawsuits in the world filed in the US.
In most parts of the world, conflicts are resolved one-on-one or through mediation. In the US, the default is to sue. I call this mentality, ‘wealth through litigation’. It is the same type of mindset of the people who believe the only way for them to succeed financially is by winning the lottery.
Let’s face it, Americans have become a lazy bunch. No one wants to work. Recent stats show that there are 311M American citizens, and 255M receiving some form of government money.
Public education (a Marxist ideal, btw), healthcare, retirement, and even jobs are now considered a right, not a privilege that must be worked for.
So is it really immoral to want to protect the wealth you have worked so hard to create? You risk your capital and work 16 hours per day for years to create a productive enterprise. Should you really leave your assets exposed to frivolous litigation and a court system that is designed to destroy you?
Our belief is that through pure capitalism, the world prospers. The entrepreneurs and investors of the world are the ones that invest in assets and create companies that hire workers and improve the quality of life for the masses. Productive capital needs to remain in the hands of those best suited to efficiently allocate resources.
The worst allocators of capital in the world are;
- Lazy parasites who would rather sue than work
Our job at Global Wealth Protection is to help you minimize your exposure and maximize your wealth using a variety of tools. We are not altruists. Yes we believe efficient allocation of capital is the best way to improve the quality of life for people, but we also want to live in the world where freedom, privacy, and property rights are respected. This is our mission.