[Editor’s Note: The following post is by TDV contributor, Wendy McElroy]
Jews who were dispersed across the globe because of government oppression traditionally ended the Passover seder with the phrase, “Next Year in Jerusalem.” It was and is part of commemorating the exodus from Egypt that was led by Moses.
Anyone who loves freedom should raise his glass and make the toast, “This year in Galt's Gulch Chile.”
Government oppression has arrived like a jackboot and it will become worse before it becomes better. The “worse” is likely to last many years because nations like the United States have a great deal of ruination in them before they collapse; the Soviet Union lasted almost 7 decades. It is now time for a libertarian exodus that will not take you away from your true home, but toward it. Do not wait for years when borders may have closed tightly around your family and all you possess. That is the way of all totalitarian states; they slam borders shut.
My husband and I just signed an option on property in Galt's Gulch Chile where we intend to build the home in which we will live for the rest of our lives. We have made the emotional commitment to move all we are and the property we treasure to a community in which we believe without reservation.
The prospect frightens both of us even though we know our decision is absolutely correct, and even though the fear is balanced with excitement. We will be leaving everything with which we are comfortable, including a farm we love, in order to plunge into an entirely new life. We will be leaving people for whom we care, not knowing for sure if we will ever see them again. I feel a shadow of how difficult it must have been for my forefathers to depart from Ireland in order to pursue the dream of freedom and the chance to live with dignity. But if my Irish ancestors had not been courageous enough to do so, my brother and I would not exist let alone have the opportunity to live most of our lives in relative liberty.
The emotional difficulty of leaving is one of the main reasons people choose to stay even though they see the tyranny of today and possibility of it becoming very personal tomorrow. Everyone must make the choice to stay or not for himself or herself because everyone's circumstances differ, including the amount of change they can tolerate. I want to give some background on our decision in order to encourage people to carefully mull over the question. This is unadulterated selfishness on my part because I want you and yours to live in Galt's Gulch Chile where we can become neighbors and friends.
My husband and I are not rich people, but the land being sold right now is reasonably priced, especially in light of the incredible work being poured into the community by the founders who also intend to live there. It will be a sustainable small town with bee boxes and fiber optics, a lemon grove and an independent source of power, plentiful water and solar energy for those who so choose. The house can be built for a reasonable price as well – certainly for no more than it costs to build one in most parts of North America. Galt's Gulch Chile welcomes people of varying wealth and ability, asking only for a belief in freedom.
There are a million arrangements to make from disposing of our possessions to legally qualifying for a move to Chile. Half the time I feel overwhelmed. But I also feel young again. My husband said something wonderful to me last night. In speaking of Chile, I was smiling without realizing it. He said, “I haven't seen you smile in that way for years now. That is your girlish grin.” He added, “if the move does nothing else but bring that look back to your face, it will be well worth it.”
To get past being overpowered by the mechanics of moving, which may take years, I keep Chile in the forefront of my mind. It is the freest nation in South America and it is undergoing an economic boom while the world I know is crumbling a bit more every day. Chile is unusually welcoming to those who can prove they will not be a burden on the system, and children learn English in school because it is considered to be the nation's second language. I think of the world-class city of Santiago from which we will be one hour's drive away. Some of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen are one hour in the other direction.
There is no question about it; Chile is still a government. But it does not have the imperial ambitions that send its military to conquer and kill, all the while militarizing the society at home. There is no NSA, TSA or many of the most egregious alphabet agencies whose sole purpose is to violate rights.
And, then, there is the community of Galt's Gulch Chile itself – a community of like-minded people with whom my husband and I can share who we are rather than hide the best parts of ourselves from public view. I have hungered for this all my life. And now it is possible. Now it will happen.
I salute all the new friends we will make in the gulch. I applaud my husband and myself for being brave enough to make the correct decision and not be stopped by mere difficulties. From the bottom of the ideological organ that is my heart, I thank Jeff Berwick, Ken Johnson and all the other team members who have a strong enough vision of freedom to create as close to a pure oasis as I can imagine.
I do not know what will result in the long term from Galt's Gulch Chile. I do know that wherever free people band together in creativity and good will, remarkable things are bound to ensue. I will be there to witness them and contribute. I will be there because – other than my husband – freedom means more to me than anything else and watching it die in North America has been an incredibly painful experience. That pain will become a memory.
I intend to live a happy and productive life in Galt's Gulch Chile for many, many years to come because, after all, I am young again.
Wendy McElroy, a frequent contributor to the Dollar Vigilante, is a renowned individualist anarchist and individualist feminist. She was a co-founder along with Carl Watner and George H. Smith of The Voluntaryist in 1982, and is the author/editor of twelve books, the latest of which is "The Art of Being Free". Follow her work at http://www.wendymcelroy.com.
You're going to think I'm making this up because of today's article. But this actually happened.
Last night I dreamed that I was on the main street of a small American city. Drones flew overhead and dropped bombs. Small tanks rolled through while what seemed to be both domestic police and military forces went from door to door to flush people out of their homes. I myself fled out of a back door to scramble through a backyard and over a fence while thinking, "Wow, I should have gotten out of the US while I had the chance."
I don't pretend to have the power of prophecy or to have a direct line to any supernatural forces that could send me an omen. This dream wasn't predictive. It was my mind editing together all the evidence that is at hand right now. It's only a matter of time before the imperial US government starts treating its own citizens with the brutality it is perfecting overseas. I shudder when I think of how far the military police state will go right here on American soil. And it's why I'm looking forward to getting out.
I was so happy when Wendy sent me an email a couple days ago to tell me she'd be joining me in Chile. Wendy is a dear friend and to think that she will be getting out of Kanada and joining the community in Chile…it just about made my little, black heart burst with joy.
I hope you can find your way out and home, too. Click here to find out more about where you belong.
Editor, The Dollar Vigilante