Tim left his job as an architect to travel the world for a year with his young family.

How free are we to travel across the imaginary boundary lines that governments have arbitrarily defined?

If you don’t love it, can you leave it? Where would you go?

Part 1 of the Citizen of Nowhere Series.

Intro

May 1, 2015
To: Tim
Subject: World’s Craziest Idea

Let’s go somewhere, sell our house, rent our house. Before our kids are in school. Can you take a year sabbatical?  Let’s get basic jobs. Lets buy a one way ticket to somewhere warm and have an adventure. I’m serious. Maybe I’m just exhausted but it would be amazing.

I think we should find the cheapest Caribbean island we can move to and have an adventure. Maybe I’m just inspired by an article I read, but we only live once!

I love you.
Erin

Discussion

  • Tim’s Abroad Life – www.abroad-life.com
    • Why travel?
      • Driving ourselves crazy – Snow sickness, work, pick-ups and drop offs
      • A Narrow Life – Struggling with careers, family life, and personal life
    • Crunching the Numbers
    • Renting our house for profit
    • Cheap housing while traveling
    • Housesitting gigs
      • “Two cats, three dogs, four horses, chickens and ducks”
      • “No! I am not doing donkeys.”
    • Working Remotely – A Partial Success
    • Cost Cutting
      • Childcare or Full Time Dad?
      • No income means no income tax
      • Rental property income tax loophole
      • Health insurance cost savings – travel medical insurance  and short-term medical insurance – actual insurance, not prepayment
      • The worst thing about Obamacare
    • The Best Way to Lose $20,000
    • The Zero Hour Workweek
    • The tenant search
    • Planning the itinerary – “We just changed the return flight.”
    • The pre-launch checklist – Three months to get everything done to leave
    • Closing out work projects
    • Where have we been?
      • Devonshire, England
      • Cambridge, England
      • Leeds, England
      • Zurich, Switzerland
      • Marseille, France
      • Brittany, France
      • Lisbon, Portugal
      • Brussels, Belgium
      • Maine, USA
      • NEW JERSEY!
      • Florida, USA
      • Las Tablas, Panama
      • Aguada, Puerto Rico
      • Loiza, Puerto Rico
      • Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
  • Freedom of Movement (00:37:40)

    • Inclusion and Exclusion
    • Forceful restraints
    • Architectural Restraints
    • The effect on private property
  • Tourist or Traveler?
  • Reasons to emigrate
    • Favorable tax regimes
    • Medical Tourism
    • Security from persecution and expropriation
    • International Family
    • Lower cost of living
    • Seeking better jobs, higher wages, and starting businesses
    • Access to benefits and services – better healthcare, education, housing, welfare – controversial when these are provided by governments
    • Refugees
  • Why governments restrict travel (The “Ends”) (00:55:10)
    • Are border controls effective?
    • Keeping out criminals
      • Convicted criminals have already served time
      • Border controls can’t identify criminals who haven’t been convicted
      • Most Wanted – jurisdictional problems created by borders and regional monopolies of security services
      • Global competitive private security agencies – Discussed in ana003.
      • Private security checks at ports of entry in cooperation with security agencies
      • Most Wanted people need to be pursued no matter what side of a border they’re on
    • Preventing spread of disease
    • Zika virus – no visible symptoms, no screening at border – self-reporting
      • “These guys come on the plane in full biohazard suits”
      • Food poisoning in Shanghai
      • “That was the first time I defrauded the Chinese government. But it wouldn’t be the last…”
      • Farm animals
      • “Nobody’s going to answer yes to any question that’s going to cause them to have to spend more time there.”
    • Keeping out pests
      • A Hell of a prime time lineup
      • Australia’s pests have been imported by – guess who?
      • Fruit Fly, Rabbits, Foxes, and Cane Toads
    • They’ll Take Our Jobs!
      • The moral problem
      • Minimum Wage vs. Low Wage Workers – Minimum wage law guarantees there will be illegal immigrants
      • Nationalism = Racism?
      • Eliminating borders could alleviate global poverty better than any charity or welfare
    • They Won’t Have Jobs!
      • Effects of denying right to work
      • Tax funded benefits create conflict.
      • Privately funded benefits? Government “charity” crowds out private charity .
      • “They’re not your tax dollars.”
      • Decoupling poverty from immigration – Border control cannot solve entitlement problems.
    • They’ll Become Citizens and Vote!
      • Who cares?
      • “This is a real concern, if you think that voting has anything to do with promoting freedom within a society.”
      • Immigrants may be more likely to vote against oppression than locals
      • Voting is a charade
    • They Won’t Become Citizens and Vote!
      • Lack of assimilation
      • Immigrant enclaves ease transition for newcomers
      • Molenbeek and the Brussels Lockdown
      • Can immigrant communities foster criminality?
      • Code of Silence – a response to immigration controls?
      • Issues in immigrant communities are no different than issues in non-immigrant neighborhoods
    • Refugee Crisis
      • Would open borders reduce sudden shocks?
      • What anarchism is all about – Individuals can find ways to help refugees better than governments.
      • The Uber of Refugees
      • Open borders would make refugee movements more diffuse
  • How do Governments Restrict Movement? (The “Means”) (01:30:45)
    • Presumption of Guilt and Exclusion
    • Passports
      • Not needed before World War II
      • Joe filled his passport in Macao
      • PSA: You can’t travel on a passport within 6 months of expiration
    • Visas
      • Joe’s most difficult border crossing – Canada
      • “How dare you build a Planetarium in our fine country!”
      • Guy in the trunk
      • England’s absurd border entry process
      • England’s absurd work visa process
      • Arbitrary quotas and green card lottery
    • Elements of built environment used as means of restricting movement
    • Ports of Entry – Airports, Seaports
      • Architectural barriers – Designing the rat maze
      • Government Goons are People Too
      • “You can always opt for the manual inspection”
    • Customs and Quarantine
      • “A suitcase full of dried fish”
      • America’s absurd border entry process
      • When automation makes the process slower
    • Unofficial Ports of Entry – Borders
      • Border fences and walls
      • “Build a wall between the US and Canada”
      • Berlin Wall
      • “All border controls boil down to some guy standing on a wall who’s not going to let you in with your life.”
    • Mobile Border Patrols
      • “Your Papers, Please”
      • “These days totalitarianism comes with a smile”
      • The INS goes Up in Smoke
  • Next Episode Teaser
    • Joe’s wife coming to America
    • Joe moving to Australia and becoming a citizen
    • Impacts of mass immigration on the built environment

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