How Easy Is It To Begin Living Off The Grid?
July 16, 2012 by Tim Young
Having been managing editor of Absolute Rights now for more than a few months, I have learned many things about the realities of the world and survival that I had never gotten before in my casual, East Coast existence.
I would have to say the most intriguing thing I have had the pleasure of learning is how easy it could be to live off the grid. I had the opportunity to learn from one of the best, Johnny Mueller, the other day when we sat down to discuss his Five Flags program. It shocked me how common living without a true home country had become.
Did you know that British stars and rockers were the first to really live without a country? That doesn’t sound right, does it? I thought the same thing. But in the 60s, the British government began over-taxing their rich. In bad cases it was more than 100 percent of what they earned; in good cases, it was only 95 percent of what they earned.
The stars and rockers didn’t take long to vote with their feet, which means they just walked away from their country — and who could blame them? Why should you be taxed everything that you earn?
When I heard about this taxing, I thought to myself that it sounds awfully familiar. Isn’t this the way that the United States is starting to go? It just seems that every single day I hear something about the top 1 percent or whatever they want to label it as and how they should pay so that people who don’t want to work get free handouts.
As much as you or I would love to get free things, I think more than enough of us believe in earning our living and have worked hard to get to where we are, even if it isn’t in the millions of dollars. I think we also believe that this government could begin to take more things from us at any time — whether it be money or guns or liberty in general.
How else will the powers that be balance their budget and maintain order?
Mueller has been living abroad for years. He left the United States a long time ago and began small businesses in Guatemala. Ever since, he has lived free and clear of the garbage and repression that we have here.
The best part of everything is how easy this can be accomplished.
He taught me a few tips that I wanted to share with you here about getting passports and citizenship in other countries.
He said that most Third World South American countries want American business there — not millionaires’ business, but normal-salaried people’s business. You can get paperwork to live in most South American countries if you can show the equivalent amount of making a pension, or $1,000 a month. It’s seriously that little of an amount.
When you become a part- or full-time citizen of those countries, you can then obtain a passport from them which is much more acceptable around the world than, say, a U.S. passport.
Trust me on that one. Have you ever gone to China? They aren’t big fans of you after they see that gold eagle on your documentation. On the other hand, having documentation from another country be met with, let’s just say, a few more smiling faces. Mueller, being much more well-traveled than I, absolutely agrees with this notion.
You can also get paperwork from most other countries if you can show that your family lineage is from there. Just by simply showing that your grandmother was from a certain country, you have a right to claim citizenship and the rights of that country. That’s really easy to do, especially with modern data and records keeping.
The best part about beginning to live off the grid and in other countries is that you get a tax credit for living outside the United States for more than 180 days. And it’s not just a couple of dollars. This credit is more than $90,000. Isn’t that incredible? It almost makes me feel like I should write my columns from afar.
Mueller truly taught me that living outside of the country, or having multiple countries of residence, has many more benefits than you might think.
And the magic part of all of this is how seriously easy it is to do.