We left the U.S. We chose Chile.Submitted by Ellie Dee on Thu, 08/08/2013 - 18:27
We've left the US. We chose Chile.
First, what happened? Five things, mainly:
1) I was first awakened in 1998 when I read US CODE 50 1520a and 1520b http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/50C32.txt which is entitled 'restrictions on use of human subjects for testing of biological and chemical agents. But… When you read more closely, you realize that it should be re-titled as: Loopholes for facilitating the use of human subjects for testing of biological and chemical agents. It was absolutely an awakening for me, that the government does not exist for our benefit. Read this, and it should remind you of the Tuskegee experiment. Note: one of the articles in that code talks about 'prior notice to Congress', but it only requires prior notice to senate and/or house armed services committees, which can be (and most of the time are) not open to the public, and are classified.
2) I put my first Ron Paul sticker on my truck in 1999, and was hooked to his message. Was heavily involved in my local Paul 2012 campaign (plus a trip to Iowa for the caucuses)
3) My increasing disgust at the one-party system culminated in 2012 presidentials, and how the establishment media absolutely destroyed Paul's chances.
4) police officers can now, with impunity, conduct roadside orifice checks for drugs without reasonable cause.
Recently, an officer was allowed to return to duty, after conducting roadside A N A L and V A G I N A L intrusive checks on TWO women, using the SAME GLOVE, under the pretext of looking for drugs. Four orifices, two women, one glove.
5) I was fed up / concerned / worried / scared / outraged / freaked out / saddened about:
- the increasing police state
- the increasingly absurd news headlines
- the increasing worry over the US's economic conditions
- the worsening dollar and the actions of the federal reserve
- the overabundance of laws that invariably make everyone a criminal
- the decline of civility and the increase in the culture of violence
- the fact that Obama has proven to be equally controlled by the military industrial complex
- the anti-free market, anti-achievement culture
- the acceleration (quickening) of things such as questionable mass-shootings, questionable terrorist attacks
- the environment that I would be raising my future children
- the increasing radiation threat from fukushima
- the increasing apathy of the American people
- the war being waged on our farmers
- the war on drugs as a pretext to assault our liberties
- the war on the second amendment
- the electronic balloting system, and the mainstream media - both of which have undermined the US electoral system.
- the mainstream media is putting all its effort into dividing the populace along easy cleavages, including race, socioeconomic strata, religion, and more.
- pot-bellied pedophiles, sticking their hands down our pants to allow us to travel.
Since we left in April, things continue to get even more interesting… Hastings, NSA lies, Snowden, Benghazi revelations, US government supporting Al Qaida openly, etc.
So, people are unique. They deal with challenges and crises in different ways. Some are thinkers, some are doers, some are fighters. Some are none of the above. Some are all the above. I am a thinker and a doer, but I am not a fighter - particularly in the face of what I perceive as overwhelming opposition - whether this opposition be in government, or in the disinformed, over-fluoridated, over-medicated, under-stimulated masses who worship their captors.
But there are different ways to fight tyranny:
- You can fight with arms, which I will not do.
- You can fight with a pen, which I gave up on doing
- You can fight by simply communicating with my fellow man, one-on-one, which I continue to do
- You can starve the beast, by withdrawing your consent, and voting with your feet, going to another place that your kind is welcomed and can flourish. Bingo.
My attitude is that America holds a place alone in the world, shared with no other country. The foundations upon which America was formed were not through common ethnic or linguistic backgrounds, or homogeneous religious underpinnings, or the benevolent, iron fist of a monarch, or careless nation-building and border-drawing by generals and surveyors from far-off lands, or common fear of an outside aggressor. Instead, America is the only country that can claim to have been conceived based on the rule of law and the concept that rights are innate to the people – rights that the government can neither claim to give, nor assume to take away.
As a result, America is a concept, not a geographic entity. It is portable, you can carry it in your heart, and spread the seeds of America anywhere you go. To wit, I'm amazed at how I meet people all over the world who are decidedly more American than Americans are – in their independence, self-reliance, refusal to submit, their entrepreneurism, their determination to carve out their own destiny, their reluctance to accept caste, class or predestination - whether they be a humble person on a street corner who buys bottled water or fruit in bulk, and sells it to me for a profit, or the legions of young people with the fire of creativity and entrepreneurism that burn in their eyes. America no longer corners the market in opportunity, quality of living, or wealth-building potential.
Chile has a large number of Basque (Euskadi) descendants, so they often smile knowingly, when I reply to their question of where I'm from, by saying, I'm from 'La Republica de Texas.' I call the Estados Unidos, the Estados Hundidos (the Sunken States of America). Immediately, they want to associate Texas with George W Bush. I remind them that Bush was not Texan, rather he was from an old Connecticut dynasty and moved to Texas, and did tremendous damage to Texas' image as gentle, hospitable, honest, generous, merciful, god-fearing people.
Many of you will stay and fight and possibly lose everything. I respect you.
Many will consider me a coward for having 'turned tail and run'. It's possible.
But if America is to be rebuilt after she collapses, do we not need some who remained outside to protect and increase their fortunes in order to return to her and help lift her back up? We're going to find out, as this great ship of state sinks, that those who have consciously shrugged the yoke of unquestioning patriotism, will rise with the tide, and find that smaller nations that are more nimble, and offer a better cost/benefit ratio, will vie for your and my citizenship, and we'll shop for jurisdictions the way one shops for a car.
But why Chile?
I chose Chile in 2006, when I saw the 'writing on the wall'. You can probably imagine how difficult it has been, having seen the writing for seven years, and sometimes feeling trapped. It took me a few years obviously to make it happen, but my extensive research proved to me that there were very few surprises or disappointments in my conclusions. It was really a fantastic, fascinating exercise, how I chose Chile. Something I recommend that you try. I knew nobody from Chile. I had never been to Chile. I went into this process with no loyalties or hopes. My wife is dual-citizen of two beautiful non-US countries (not Chilean either) and I even refused to show preference for those. I applied a criteria of 'gotta-haves' and 'deal-breakers' which may be different from yours. The process took me over three months to complete, and I ended up writing a non-distributable, non-bibliographed report of over 150 pages in relevant information.
Here were my criteria
- a country where I speak the language in varying levels of comfort (english, spanish, portuguese, mandarin, french)
- large english-speaking percentage of population, making it easy for friends and family
- low population density
- transparent government (low corruption)
- not a target for terrorism
- no adventurist/aggressive foreign policy
- protected from airborne illnesses
- not involved in armed conflict
- relatively low cost of labor
- olive oil and wine producer
- low violent crime rate
- positive business environment
- extremely rare incidence of venomous snakes, spiders, or insects
- A stable government possessing a low likelihood of upheaval
- Beautiful, varied landscapes
- A positive place to raise children
- A high level of education
- The ability for expatriates to invest in and / or own Real Estate
- A government with a strong respect for personal wealth
- A government that understands the importance of a free market and jobs creation
- A privatized social security system
- The ability to import personal belongings without penalties
- A country that is heavily infused with European elements
- The ability of us to obtain visas and work in our new homeland
- Ease of importing family pets
- Lack of widespread diseases.
- A relatively low number of disease-carrying insects or other pests
- ready availability of organic, non-GMO produce, with outdoor markets
- opportunity for gamefowl hunting
- A clean, hospitable environment and culture
- outdoor culture
- sacred property ownership rights - even for non-citizens
- ease of receiving retirement/pension from home country of our elders
- stable, minimally-leveraged banking system
- Excellent, stable internet / telecom infrastructure
- Mild, moderate weather with four distinct seasons (preferably Mediterrenean-style, with diurnal variation)
- on or near the sea
- affordable land
- rich, arable soil
- net food + water exporter
- not near its carrying capacity
- high food production per capita
- quality roads
- low pollution
- healthy, happy, sustainable ratio of sunshine days to rainfall days
- sustainable practices (in agriculture, business, and personal behavior)
- quality, affordable healthcare
- availability of international schools
- ease and cheapness of domestic travel
- modern amenities
- rich cultural activities
- proximity to ski resorts
- not tropical
- proximity to sailing opportunities
- natural beauty
- ease for pensioners/retirees to receive their IRA/Social Security/401K
- high quality, affordable healthcare system
- healthy, wholesome environment
- cheap availability of quality, fresh fish and seafood
- small, low-funded government that can't afford to regulate or nanny me
- population with high literacy
- loose gun laws, and solid gun rights
- weak or non-existent organized crime organization(s)
- civil, stable populace
- self-sufficient populace
- diverse agricultural zones, to produce diverse agriculture
- unlabeled wine bottles, cloudy olive oil, still-quivering fish and seafood, and all the sailing I can handle
- less-intrusive, less-regulatory government
- population doesn't hate Americans
- landmass must be large, but not too large, or too small
- large enough to be able to do long road trips
- abundance of water
- high quality of life
- reasonable cost of living
- population to be majority centrist, and not overwhelmingly socialist or hostile to free enterprise
Thanks to Blake Sawyer (whom I don't typically listen to), I recently added some Fukushima-inspired factors:
- southern hemisphere, because air in northern hemisphere air virtually doesn't mix with southern hemisphere
- southern hemisphere, because ocean currents of northern hemisphere virtually don't mix with southern hemisphere
- southern hemisphere, because 95% of pollution is generated in the northern hemisphere
- southern hemisphere, because 85% of rain forests (a natural pollution filter) are in the southern hemisphere
- southern hemisphere, because there are water shortages in the northern hemisphere
- southern hemisphere, because there are only two operational reactors in the entire southern hemisphere
- southern hemisphere, because fukushima and depleted uranium continue to be a problem in the northern hemisphere
- southern hemisphere, because 96% of storm-related deaths are in the northern hemisphere
- southern hemisphere, because majority of population is in the northern hemisphere, and can't feed itself
- southern hemisphere, because climate is far milder (less wild) in southern hemisphere
- southern hemisphere, because life expectancy is much, much higher
With those criteria in place, the exercise was fascinating, because candidates that I thought were strong, quickly fell off the list. Italy, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Croatia, New Zealand, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Belize, all failed. This unknown country kept rising up the list, until it knocked New Zealand out for top spot. Like doing a dot-to-dot, all of a sudden, Chile appeared. Chile fired on ALL cylinders above.
A few observations:
Cost of living. Cost of housing (buy or rent) in Santiago is absurdly, astronomically expensive. Once you get out of Santiago, you'd be amazed at what you can get. You can get a great one-bedroom in Viña del Mar (the tony town 5 miles up the road from Valparaiso) with incredible ocean views for $750 a month, furnished. For $1500 a month, you can get huge, 3-4 bedroom furnished apartments with equally nice views in Viña del Mar. However, Viña del Mar is a bit new and artificial for our taste; My wife and I prefer the bohemian Valparaiso for its cultural scene, restaurants, bars, microbreweries, colored houses jumbled on top of each other in the hills, the sparkling jewel-like quality of her hills at night, the incredible walking tours with the largest collection of pedestrian funiculars in the world, and some great, old houses can be rented for a song. Plus everything we need is walkable nearby. We brought my in-laws, though, and they are much happier being elderly in Viña. Used car prices are on par with what you would pay for the same in the U.S. We purchased a loaded Japanese 4x4 SUV in Santiago, costing within +/- $2000 of what we would have paid in the US.
Gun rights. Chile has loose gun laws compared to its neighbors. Each household can have up to eight guns. That means your 10-month older can be the proud owner of a Mossberg. There is a permit and registration process, but it's easy. cheap, and navigable. Only drawback is that no 'military-style' weapons are allowed (i.e.: AR, AK, etc.)
Stable political climate. Because Chile has already experienced oppressive, bloodthirsty government through both radical marxism (Allende), and radical fascism (Pinochet), the Chilean political environment is centrist. Currently, they have a center-right president. Next election, they'll have a center-left president. NO consecutive terms are allowed for president. As a result of Allende and Pinochet, the Chilean people harbor an innate, healthy mistrust of government, and do what they can to prevent the government from amassing more power. As a result, government employees (public servants) consider themselves advocates of the people, rather than blind enforcers. I've gotten pulled over a few times for not having a complete set of documentation in my car, and rather than writing me a ticket, they simply tell me to go back home and put it my car.
It's civil. Chile is largely made up of a very civil society. Yes, they have their share of angst-ridden marxist graffiti taggers, and thefts of opportunity, but the real wake-up call for me was when the earthquakes of 2010 arrived, rather than mass-looting, riots, and rapes in the street, Chileans were quite civil and orderly, helping their fellow man when needs arose. Contrast that against a natural disaster occurring in any major city in the U.S.
It's not Argentina. Chile has the benefit, if blessing, of having Argentina as its next-door neighbor, so they are reminded on a daily basis of exactly what NOT to do - whether it be monetary policy, economic policy, export tariffs, resentment toward the private sector, press intimidation, civil rights, allowing unions to hogtie the country, import duties, subsidies, and foreign entanglements to distract from problems at home (Falkland Is.).
Stable monetary policy / system. Chile contrasts itself so sharply from most of its South American neighbors. It has the most open market in the southern hemisphere, a free press, low/no export tariffs, and it actually has two forms of currency - the paper peso, which is loosely pegged to the dollar, but like the Hong Kong dollar, it may de-peg, if the Fed continues its destructive path downward, and the other form of currency is the UF (unidad de foment). The UF is not available in paper, but rather is a benchmark for valuation. Real estate, insurance premiums, and more are typically priced in UF. The UF is not pegged in any way to the Peso. Rather, it is considered inflation-proof, and is supposedly politically immune from influence. One UF equals fifty US dollars. Chile, because of the stable environment over the last couple of decades, has fostered a rich environment of saving and investing, so there is a lot of faith in the banking system, and you have the option to hold your assets denominated in UF, rather than Pesos.
Meat. They get their beefs from Argentina and Brazil, who don't grain-feed their cattle. All grass-fed, and thanks to the Argentine influence, they know how to serve a rare steak, done perfectly. In the south of Chile come lamb of quality that would rival the finest from New Zealand or Colorado.
Private enterprise is not evil. The Chilean society doesn't harbor the same level of resentment toward the private sector, and many, if not most, are proud of the private sector's role in Chilean society. Trash collection in Santiago, for example, is privatized, and extremely efficient. Chileans understand the important role that businesses and entrepreneurs have in creating jobs and generating wealth. The end-product is a very rich, high-quality domestic industrial base that provides quality goods and services to the Chilean people.
Sensible immigration. The immigration policy is quite 'pro-Chile', unlike the US immigration policy. Chile only wants those who are either productive, entrepreneurial, can contribute to Chile, or at the very least, are self-sufficient. If you have no proof that you can support yourself, you're unlikely to get anything beyond a tourist visa. In a further effort to encourage the influx of productive, high mental capital, the Chilean government has launched StartUp Chile - a program that provides $40,000 in equity-free capital to entrepreneurs with business ideas (or businesses less than three years old) to move / establish their operations in Chile. It has been an unbelievable success. Chile also passed a law in April that made it the EASIEST an CHEAPEST country in the world to form a corporation. Free, and done in one day, online.
Friendliness. Everyone is approachable. Because Chile - and particularly Valparaiso and Santiago - has had a long history of non-Iberians playing significant roles in their formation and independence (O'Higgins, Pratt, Walker, Edwards, Pullman, Bennett, Wilson, Simpson, Roberts, etc.), anglos / caucasians are not regarded with resentment, but rather passing curiosity. It's easy to strike a conversation with anyone on the street, or in a restaurant. It reminds me a lot of what I would have pictured America to be like in the 1950's. Happy people, blue-collar workers who are proud of their work, wealthy people who don't engage in 'conspicuous consumption.' While not overly familiar and flamboyant like the Brazilians or Argentines, Chileans are indeed more reserved and conservative, but can quickly become good friends. I choose conservative and reserved, when it comes to riding out a global economic storm for a few years.
Developed. By 2015, Chile will be considered a first-world country (up to you to consider that to be good or bad). The tallest building in Latin America is in Santiago. Santiago is considered the #1 city to conduct business in Latin America. it's also considered the most internet connected in latin america.
Quality of life and ease for senior citizens. Seniors are respected and cared for here. You would particularly like Viña del Mar - which attracts family-types and elderly. Elderly from the US find it incredibly easy to move to Chile, because Chile has made it nearly effortless to continue drawing your social security (or IRA, or 401K) in Chile.
Ease for foreign retirees/pensioners. Retirees from US, Canada, EU, Brazil and more find that it is virtually effortless to receive their IRA, Social Security, 401K, or pension distributions in Chile. Chile has established reciprocity agreements with several major countries, for seamless processing of pensioner distribution. Fill out a few forms, and in a month or two, it's done. They do this, because they (unlike the US) want to attract those who can pay their own bills, and be self-sufficient, and spend their money here.
Privatized social security. Chile has the envy of the world, with their solvent, sustainable, privatized social security system - architected by Milton Friedman. You're required to pay X% into it, but once you do, it's YOUR responsibility, how you want to manage it. What's your risk profile? What are your income/returns goals? You choose. As a result, it's not a ticking time-bomb, sword of damocles, hanging over the heads of the citizens and their grandchildren. There is no balloon payment for this republic.
High-quality, affordable healthcare. Chile's healthcare is full of options. You should read about their world-class privatized healthcare system, called FONASA (Milton Friedman helped architect it). Everyone, including pensioners, are required to pay 7% of their income to the healthcare system. Everyone. Unlike the US, there is no selective taxation. And if you want to also get your own private, clinic-based coverage, ISAPRE, you can, for elective procedures, and US-trained physicians, etc.
The climate. What climate do you want? Chile offers it. Want Palm Springs, sunny all year? Go north to Iquique or La Serena. Clear desert nights, with the most stars you've ever seen? Go to San Pedro de Atacama. Want San Diego weather? Go to Valparaiso (same parallel as San Diego, but south of the equator). Want Denver? Go to Santiago. Want British Columbia? Go to Chiloe. Want Alaska? Go to Cohiayque or Torres del Paine. I'm from Austin, so I'm delighted that Valparaiso where I live, is less hot (by far!) and less cold, than Austin, thanks to the moderating effects of the Pacific. Just two days ago, I confirmed through Google Earth, that we had over 100-mile visibility out our window, up the coast.
Seafood and fish. The seafood is incredible. The cold, rich Humboldt current sweeps up the side of Chile, making her waters boil with sea life. And cheap to boot. Scallops, ten species of clams, five species of mussels, some bigger than your hand, sea urchin, abalone, keyhole limpets, king crab, blue crab, stone crab, sea squirt, squid, low-mercury (southern hemisphere) swordfish, tuna, grouper, rockfish, hake, mackerel, escargot, conger eel, salmon, pippin, giant barnacles, corvina, seaweed, langoustines, oysters, smelt, shrimp, octopus, flounder, and more. Can't get Chilean sea bass, though. They're all sold to the highest bidders in US, Japan, and Europe.
Olive oils and wines. Incredible selection of olive oils. To wit, a Chilean olive oil won the gold medal in the 2012 SOL d'Oro Competition. Brand: Petralia. Chilean olive oils are incredibly rich, thick, robust, varied, and tend toward the fruity rather than the grassy, so they are perfect for my palate. Their wines are incredibly high quality, and extremely cheap. Spend $10US on a quality bottle of wine in Chile is equivalent of spending $30 in the US. Because Chile is protected from the south by the Antarctic, from the east by the impassible Andes, from the north by the Atacama, the driest place on earth, and the Pacific ocean to the west, it has been shielded from devastating airborne illnesses and crop diseases. The result is that Chile boasts the oldest vineyard rootstocks in the world. The Carmenère grape was re-discovered in Chile, after the French had long ago lost the grape to disease.
Libertarianism. Chile has at least three Libertarian expatriate communities - Galt's Gulch Chile, Simon Black's Sovereign Valley, and Freedom Orchard. Two of these are a short drive from Valparaiso. People may not know the L word here, but they live it. They are the product of their own actions, because they don't have a money-printing government to take care of them. Families stick together and take care of their own. Chileans believe that if you don't work, you don't eat, so you don't have a lazy leech like culture that has metastasized in the U.S. I can be a libertarian here. If I want to take the risk of buying raw milk, or purchasing filets of fish from an 'unlicensed' street vendor, or buy land, grow produce and sell/give to others, it's my choice. Chile's government is too small and insufficiently funded to protect you from yourself.
There are negatives, of course. And the list below is by no means complete, but rather what I've personally experienced in my short time here. These primarily apply to the cities, not the country.
- Yet another country that can't control its dogs (stray and 'owned') and their accompanying dog-crap. You average 250 paces before stepping in dog crap. I've mastered the hop-scotch dance.
- in cities where the trash collection isn't privatized, trash can pile up, and it's right on the curb, where the aforementioned dogs scatter it around
- Valparaiso was given 70Million by UNESCO, now that it is a UNESCO world-heritage city, and yet they still couldn't solve the dog crap problem, or the trash problem.
- the annoying 'gimme free stuff' marxist student movement
- any exterior, single-color vertical surface becomes the canvas for marxist graffiti taggers. I wage war by immediately painting over them.
- can't get a bank account, until you have a temporary visa (not same thing as tourist visa)
- can't get a cellphone plan until you have a bank account, so you have to settle for the more expensive pre-paid cellphone plan
- relatively high income taxes (lower than US), but if you're smart, you don't derive income from your home country
- Santiago is extremely polluted and congested. That's why I prefer breezy Valparaiso. It's 10º Celsius warmer in Valpo than in Santiago.
- in the 1990's, nearly half of Chileans were below the poverty line, so they still eat to survive, rather than to enjoy. They prefer a $2 hot dog, over a $4 seafood lunch. As a result:
- Chilean cuisine is largely uninspired, though they have the best ingredients in the world.
- earthquakes. i've only felt a couple of tremors since my arrival, but how would you prefer to die? Murderer, democide, radiation poisoning, bioweapon, or earthquake?
- the sea is a bit chilly to swim in, even in the summer, but you can get used to it!
What other countries did we consider?
Costa Rica got knocked out for a few reasons:
- Landmass is too small
- Next door to Panama, which made both countries vulnerable to Marxist guerrillas and narcotrafficers from Colombia (remember, this was in 2006).
- Land prices are absurdly high, because it has already been 'discovered' by US/Canadian expats (and because the landmass is too small)
- It's really just another central american country with the same challenges of corruption, crime, culture, etc.
- Net food importer (based upon my research).
- Not a diverse enough industrial base
New Zealand got knocked off the list in 2006, because of the then-recent laws banning gun ownership (I haven't followed them since then). Also, it's a bit too remote, small landmass, too dependent upon the fate of Australia, and too close to China's sphere of influence. Australia actually BRAGS that they sold 90% of their mineral and resource rights to China! Couple that with the fact that the US is shifting their naval projection to the western pacific, and the likelihood that Australia may one day default and reneg on their agreements with China, and I see a conflict brewing. If China invades Australia, New Zealand would be too easy to overlook. Also, New Zealand has publicly toyed with the idea of seizing private pensions and banking holidays. I'd look at owning farmland, but now that you're disarmed and you have an angry Maori population to contend with, no thanks.
Uruguay got knocked off the top-four list, for a host of reasons:
- Once you leave Montevideo or Punta del Este, it's just as backwater backwards as Paraguay.
- Very volatile banking and tax environment.
- It used to be considered a 'tax haven', but
Jose Mujica became president. Billed as 'the world's poorest president', he was a marxist guerrilla (like Dilma in Brazil) trying to foment a Cuba-like revolution in Uruguay in his younger years.
- Not enough of a variation in climate zones
- More corrupt than Chile
- Too small of a landmass
- Far too dependent (influenced) by Argentina's economic conditions. If Argentina sinks, so goes Uruguay. (same goes for Paraguay)
- Flat as a pancake and hot as hell.
Paraguay got disqualified because:
- No coastline (so no sailing, no seafood, no diving, no sea breezes)
- Flat as a pancake, hot as hell, not a lot of breezes.
- Arguably the poorest (and most corrupt) of all S.A. nations.
- Not enough of a variation of climate zones.
- Still quite a backward country.
- A bit too close for comfort to the Bush family, and the Moonie cult for me.
Australia was disqualified for us, because:
- incredibly high cost of living
- very limited gun rights
- they brag about having sold 90% of their mineral and resource rights to the Chinese
- public entitlements time-bomb
- target of terrorism (for their involvement in Afghanistan
- lots of natural predators
- dozens of venomous species
- water shortage issues (except for queensland)
Belize was disqualified despite the fact that it claims itself to be a 'former British commonwealth.' Rife with corruption, very violent cities, extortionist culture even at the highest level of government, not enough variation in climate zones, typical Central American banana republic.
Indeed, Brazil is the future powerhouse. Nobody denies their potential - due to their sheer size - Brazil has tremendous potential. But their public spending is out of control, their consumer debt is spiraling (and resulting in something like 20% default rate, and many suicides), unsustainable inflation (both in money supply, and reflected in $30 pizzas, spiraling bus fares, etc.), unsustainable public entitlement program, the same Keynesian stimulus fever as the US, and extremely violent culture overtaking even the most traditionally peaceful, civil areas, including Curitiba, Porto Alegre, and others.
Chile only has a population a bit north of 16 million, so they don't have the numbers to 'dominate' South America, but it has plenty of dumb neighbors to watch and learn from. Though, since it has free trade agreements with several nations, including US, China, Australia and more, many of the other S.A. nations use Chile as their doorway to the world.
Couple that with a very tight banking policy, and Chile is a good wharf in a storm.
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Bill Lanphar - http://www.escapeartist.com/efam/58/Argentina_Chile.html
Bill Lanphar (2) - http://www.escapeartist.com/efam/68/Investing_In_Chile.html
Bill Lanphar (3) - http://www.escapeartist.com/efam/50/buying_Land_Chile.html
Kyle Hammons - http://www.kylehammons.com/blog
Simon Black - http://sovereignman.com
Jeff Berwick - http://thedollarvigilante.com
John Cobin - http://www.escapeamericanow.blogspot.nl
A good online Chile expat club - http://chileconnection.ning.com
A good online Chile expat club - http://www.expatexchange.com
A good online Chile expat club - http://www.internations.org/chile-expats
Incredible network of hiking trails - http://www.senderodechile.cl
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