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Lessons for My children…Chapter 3 hiding from the government

By Dave Duffy

Issue #138 • November/December, 2012

After opening the discussion in this column last issue about the underground economy, I thought it would be a good idea to explore it more thoroughly since it promises to play such a big role in the future of America.

On pages 8 through 21, Claire Wolfe and John Silveira discuss the statistics, benefits, dangers, and transactions involved in the underground economy, so I decided to give some fatherly advice to my four children on how it will affect them for the rest of their working lives.

Let's start with the fear associated with the underground economy. Both Wolfe and Silveira wrote disclaimers into their articles that stated they were not advocating doing anything illegal, such as encouraging readers to hide income from the government. I edited those disclaimers out. A third writer, whose article I did not use, submitted her article under a pseudonym because she said she wanted to avoid attracting government attention.

I empathize with these writers' fear of our government, in particular its tax collector, the Internal [[revenue Service (IRS). The IRS will heavily penalize anyone trying to evade paying taxes, and in the past they have seized the property of high profile celebrities and imprisoned them in order to send a message to the rest of us. I suspect they could easily find reasons to punish a publisher and his writers who advised readers to illegally avoid paying taxes.

So I won't do that! Instead, I'll explain to my children how the government intends to steal much of the money they earn over the next 30-40 years in order to make payments on the $16 trillion national debt (projected to rise to $26 trillion in a decade), nearly half of which is owed to my generation (I am 68) of retiring folks in the form of unfunded Social Security and Medicare benefits. (The Chinese own only about 8% of our debt.) When the 30-40 years is over, these two programs will either have ceased to exist or be incapable of paying your generation of retirees anything but pennies on the dollar of what you will be forced to put into the system. (Contrast that to my generation getting paid 5-10 times the value of what we put in.)

And I do mean “forced.” The government, or rather my generation who will control a major share of the vote, will instruct the government to maintain retirees' benefits (Social Security and Medicare) at all costs, even if it means impoverishing the younger generations and imprisoning those who do not pay the higher taxes required.

As an aside, while my generation is doing that to you, it will still expect you to continue to fight their ever growing number of senseless wars (while they sit at home safely watching them on TV), go to jail if you smoke a little grass (while they suck down their booze with impunity), and pay the salaries and benefits of the enormous federal and state bureaucracies who will be enforcing all of the above.

When it is all over and my generation is gone, you will be left with a debt that will crash our economy and lead to a depression coupled with hyperinflation. If you want to get a glimpse of your future, just read about today's Greece in any of the financial papers, such as the wall Street Journal, to see what's happening to them.

There's obviously going to have to be a societal explosion somewhere along the line if you are to prevent your future from evolving as it is presently designed to do. Hard-pressed younger workers who are already feeling the pinch of fewer jobs and skyrocketing grocery bills will be forced to pay the benefits for my generation of retirees whose aggregate wealth is already many times more than the wealth of the young workers they will try to exploit.

I can't imagine the younger generations will let this play out to its bitter conclusion, with them unable to adequately provide for their own children because they must use their scarce resources to provide for my generation. Especially because my generation has known Social Security and Medicare have been Ponzi schemes for decades, but has refused to fix them. I even wrote about it in a book I published 40 years ago, and have been writing about it for 20 years in this magazine. Most economists have similarly been sounding the alarm for at least 20 years.

So the underground economy will really be your only refuge, unless you decide to engage in mass protests in the streets like my generation did in the 1960s when we sought to stop a war in Vietnam that ultimately killed 58,000 of us. Of course, I think one response of our government will be to continue to send you off to senseless wars, if only to divert your attention from what is happening to you.

If you do decide your best hope for the future is in the underground economy, I wouldn't blame you for it. If you and enough of your friends can avoid the heavy hand of the IRS, perhaps you can so starve the government of tax revenue that it will be forced to somehow change things. I don't know how that will happen without my generation having to endure great suffering as part of the solution. That is what's happening in Greece, and the rioting in their streets goes on daily.

Good luck! You're going to need it!

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How to Be Invisible, Third Edition: Protect Your Home, Your Children, Your Assets, and Your Life by J.J. Luna

Book Description

Release date: July 17, 2012

“Fascinating… a regular field manual… meticulously researched and very entertaining.” – G. Gordon Liddy

A thoroughly revised and updated edition of the essential guide to preserving your personal security

From cyberspace to crawl spaces, new innovations in information gathering have left the private life of the average person open to scrutiny, and worse, exploitation. In this thoroughly updated third edition of his immensely popular guide How to Be Invisible, J.J. Luna shows you how to protect your home address, hide your ownership of vehicles and hide your ownership of real estate, use pagers with dumbphones, switch to low-profile banking and invisible money transfers, use alternate signatures, and how to secretly run a home-based business.

J.J. Luna is an expert and highly trained security consultant with years of experience protecting himself, his family, and his clients. Using real life stories and his own consulting experience, J.J. Luna divulges legal methods to attain the privacy you crave and deserve, whether you want to shield yourself from casual scrutiny or take your life savings with you and disappear without a trace. Whatever your needs, Luna reveals the shocking secrets that private detectives and other seekers of personal information use to uncover information and then shows how to make a serious commitment to safeguarding yourself.

There is a prevailing sense in our society that true privacy is a thing of the past. In a world where privacy concerns that only continue to grow in magnitude, How to Be Invisible, Third Edition is a critical antidote to the spread of new and more efficient ways of undermining our personal security.

Privacy is a commonly-lamented casualty of the Information Age and of the world's changing climate–but that doesn't mean you have to stand for it. This new edition of J. J. Luna’s classic manual contains step-by-step advice on building and maintaining your personal security, including brand new chapters on:

The dangers from Facebook, dangers from smartphones, and facial recognition

How to locate a nominee (or proxy) you can trust

Editorial Reviews Review

Praise for How to be Invisible

“Fascinating… a regular field manual… meticulously researched and very entertaining.” –G. Gordon Liddy

“A subversive, disturbing, and altogether remarkable exposure of our frightening transparency to government agencies, investigators, the media, and more malign forces. This is a memorable work which should be considered by many.”

–Kirkus Reviews

“J.J. Luna gives the smartest, sanest, and most practical advice on just how to stay out of sight in the real world. Buy this book if you value your privacy.”–Ned Beaumont, author of Beat the Border and The Policeman Is Your Friend and Other Lies

“Read this meticulously researched and highly entertaining book, learn its techniques…then vanish in plain sight!”

–Lt. Patrick Picciarelli, NYPD (ret.), bestselling author of Jimmy the Wags About the Author

In 1959, J. J. (Jack) Luna sold his outdoor advertising business in the Upper Midwest and moved with his wife and small children to Spain’s Canary Islands. Outwardly, he was a professional writer and photographer. Secretly, he worked underground in an activity that was at that time illegal under the regime of Generalissimo Francisco Franco. Although many of his friends were jailed or deported, Luna was never apprehended.

In 1970 Franco moderated Spain's laws, leaving Luna free to come in from the cold. By that time, however, privacy and secrecy had become ingrained habits. In the years that followed he started up various low-profile one-person businesses, built them up, and then sold them. Since 1999 he’s worked—among other things—as an international consultant specializing in personal privacy and security. See all Editorial Reviews Product Details

   Hardcover: 320 pages
   Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; Third Edition, Revised and Updated edition (July 17, 2012)
   Language: English
   ISBN-10: 1250010454
   ISBN-13: 978-1250010452
   Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
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   Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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       #5 in Books > Computers & Technology > Security & Encryption
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“ Reading this book is just the start! ” Father Time | 4 reviewers made a similar statement “ Very useful for todays problems especially with all of the college grads unable to find jobs. ” K. Bell | 1 reviewer made a similar statement “ Most importantly, it includes SIMPLE, PRACTICAL, TESTED, PROVEN, USEFUL ADVICE. ” J. Anderson | 2 reviewers made a similar statement

Most Helpful Customer Reviews 45 of 45 people found the following review helpful 4.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating, yet sensible July 20, 2012 By Josh Format:Hardcover Let's get a couple things straight.

There are a good number of people who assume that you need to be on the run from the law or on some sort of terrorist watchlist to buy a book called “How to Be Invisible”. That's clear just from the reviews of the second edition of this book.

And some over-the-top, exuberant reviews of this new edition, bordering on gospel, don't help either.

The fact is, there are dozens of examples throughout this book of ordinary, law-abiding citizens who have put Jack Luna's principles into practice, and have come out the better for it, for an endless variety of reasons. And there are many people alive today who are kicking themselves for not putting those principles into their lives.

The title is misleading. You don't have to make yourself “invisible” to gain wisdom from this book and apply it to your daily life. Luna outlines simple precautions, costing virtually nothing, that will give you more privacy than 99 percent of the population. But if you want to burn your bridges and make your tracks a memory, the tools are there. And if the principles in the book are fully implemented, you'll give the best PIs in the country a run for their money.

“But if you don't have anything to hide, why should you worry?”

Ah, the age-old retort. Nothing to hide? Good for you!

But think for a second – is there anything in your house or on your computer that you wouldn't want splayed across the front page of the New York Times?

And that's not a rhetorical question. Not a week goes by without the contents of someone's life published in the newspapers and online, from a false arrest or an innocent mix-up, or even good news like winning the lottery.

Anything from the contents of your liquor cabinet to your prescription bottles to your guns to those steamy adult sites in your web history to the Jesus print hanging on your wall can be used to paint a picture of you, if you're the victim of some innocent mistake.

The principles in this book can make it almost impossible for such a mistake to occur in the first place.

I gave this book 4 stars because I would have liked to have seen more on computer security. There are easy and free ways to protect your computer and Internet connection from anyone from your curious toddler, to the nosy neighbor stealing your wifi, to the federales themselves. There are two chapters on computer and Internet security, with an emphasis on social networking such as Facebook, but most of it is common-sense Internet Safety 101 that every teenager should know. There could be some more details on protecting your computer, as it's every bit as important as protecting your home.

Nonetheless, this is a minor quibble, and it doesn't take away from the fact that this book is useful to almost anyone who is looking to take control of their personal lives. Hats off to Jack Luna for a useful, comprehensive, and eminently readable book. This third edition is still, rightfully, the standard in its field. 1 Comment | Was this review helpful to you? 28 of 29 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for Law Enforcement Officers, Activists, Private Citizens July 17, 2012 By K. Bell Format:Hardcover With privacy becoming more difficult to obtain nowadays, smarter methods must be used to get it. There is NO useless information in this book, and nothing you can't find otherwise. This book is not for crooks looking to beat the system, it's for persons needing absolute security from violent and persistent offenders seeking to cause legal and/or physical harm. It's for law enforcement who needs total privacy from vengeful criminals, and for anyone who holds privacy as a personal right. I have not found the tips in this book anywhere else or online. Instructions on registering vehicles, purchasing a home, starting a business and creating LLCs, tips on telephone and communication services, is all in here and more. If I had unlimited funds, I would purchase this and give it as a gift to any police officer I see. This book could save lives. I am not related to the author nor have any investment in it. One excellent tip that I will give is NEVER associate your name with your address under ANY circumstance. Good advice! NEVER sign up for contests, freebies, anything that can compromise your name with your location.

The author has other useful books worth looking into such as Skip College and go into business for yourself. Very useful for todays problems especially with all of the college grads unable to find jobs. 1 Comment | Was this review helpful to you? 15 of 16 people found the following review helpful 4.0 out of 5 stars Who knew? July 17, 2012 By JCR Format:Hardcover The only reason I'm not giving this book five stars is that I reserve the highest rating for masterpieces of literature or science. This is more of a fast reading interesting and mind blowing “how-to” book. However, if you are planning on moving to a new home or apartment anytime in the next several years, this book should be a 5-star choice for you. It's critical reading for anyone planning a move, or who knows they will be moving in the future. Anyway, I've read JJ Luna's prior editions of HOW TO BE INVISIBLE and got my hands on an advance copy of this newly revised 2012 edition…just in time for my vacation. I read this book on the beach and it had no problem holding my attention (that's a compliment if you know what I mean!). I had reviewed the book in the past as somewhat out of date, and cautiously I read the new edition to see if it was just a rehash of old material. To my surprise I only noticed a few carry-over stories. I didn't do a serious comparison, my point is that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as if I were reading it for the first time. JJ Luna rose to the occasion of making a very contemporary book that was obviously recently written. It never ceases to amaze me how much of an information trail we are all leaving behind us as we go through normal daily activities…and it's only gotten WORSE since the last edition of this book was published. I can't always do anything about it, but I think it's important to know how unsafe it is to have personal information constantly being collected and stored. Take my utility bills: JJ Luna explains EXACTLY how private investigators (often working for lawyers or crossed lovers) obtain personal information that utility companies tell you is safe. This book is an eye-opener. Everything may be fine today, but one car accident, or major health problem, and any of us could have lawyers, bill collectors and private investigators tracking us down. If you have equity in your home, watch out! Next thing you know someone might be coming after it. If you have children approaching their teens, this book will give you a LOT to talk that may change their lives before they get sucked into social media and other privacy robbing “hobbies”. But unlike books that just tell you how you are losing your privacy, it provides specific advice on what to do including current links to web resources. My child is just about to emerge into the world from college. He will get a copy from me because THAT is a great age to start protecting privacy. The younger you are the easier it is to maximize your privacy…if you know what you're doing. I'm still not prepared to go to the level of anonymity of Mr. Luna, but I like the fact that I can consciously choose my level of privacy once I know what the risks are of giving out personal information in the Internet age. I will be re-reading this book several times.

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Snippet from Wikipedia: Government

A government is the system or group of people governing an organized community, often a state, but also other entities, for example, a company.

In the case of its broad associative definition, government normally consists of legislature, executive, and judiciary. Government is a means by which organizational policies are enforced, as well as a mechanism for determining policy. Each government has a kind of constitution, a statement of its governing principles and philosophy. Typically the philosophy chosen is some balance between the principle of individual freedom and the idea of absolute state authority (tyranny).

While all types of organizations have governance, the term government is often used more specifically, to refer to the approximately 200 independent national governments and subsidiary organizations globally.

Historically prevalent forms of government include monarchy, aristocracy, timocracy, oligarchy, democracy, theocracy and tyranny. The main aspect of any philosophy of government is how political power is obtained, with the two main forms being electoral contest and hereditary succession.

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