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All This Fuss About A Fiat Dollar

Shortly after the founding of the United States, the Constitution made it clear that the government was not to be in the business of printing paper currency. What gave the Founding Fathers the keen insight to incorporate such an important point into such a fundamental document? Jeff Thomas explains.

On the Ground in Colombia (Part 3)

Over the course of the last two weeks we’ve followed frequent traveler Mark Svoboda as he shared his findings on Colombia. Today Mark wraps up his report with the different residency options available in the country.

The Problem With Political Parties

It should come as no surprise that many of our readers are independent-thinkers, exceptionally freedom-minded and fiercely libertarian. The smaller the government, the better so far as they are concerned. Indeed, some believe there should be no government at all. That said, today’s feature might be of interest to the entire spectrum of political persuasion even if for just a lark: a small government without parties – just independents (supposedly) working for their constituents rather than vested interests. Jeff Thomas explains…

On the Ground in Colombia (Part 2)

Last week Mark Svoboda introduced us to Colombia, a country he toured last year as part of the search for his next perfect homeland. Today Mark continues with his comments on the country, including lifestyle in Bogotá and Medellín, transportation, as well as the most common concern for Colombia: safety.

Beating the Piñata

The process of tax collection can be compared to that of opening a piñata: one beats the thing and with, sufficient effort, gets a stream of goodies to fall out. Yet more effort = more goodies. With enough effort, every piece of coin, candy and food is shaken out – almost always by destroying the piñata in the process.

On the Ground in Colombia (Part 1)

Over the last several months we’ve had the opportunity to meet Mark Svoboda, a Russian-by-birth and current American resident looking for his next “Shangri-La” around the world. So far he has reported on Malaysia, Singapore, and Tanzania. Today Mark heads to South America for his findings on Colombia…

The Burning Barn

Expatriation, both of assets and oneself, is a common thread in many articles and forum posts on the International Man Network and elsewhere. Today, Jeff Thomas talks about the opposite side of the equation – repatriation – returning to one’s original country.

Germany Invades Poland

Is the US taking a cue from Hitler and 1939 Germany in dealing with other nations? If so, what might be the outcome of such tactics? Jeff Thomas examines and compares Hitler’s Germany and present-day USA.

Law and the International Businessman

In this increasingly international world, many businesses are going global for new growth. Here to help guide us through the “legal minefields” of such a move is US-based consultant and foreign business expert Ed Marsh.

“Culture Games”

Have you ever thought about how terribly thin the line is between playing and fighting, between games and conflicts, between sports and battles? This blurry area was in part what inspired author Suzanne Collins to write The Hunger Games. In case you haven’t heard of it, the book has been adapted to film and is now showing at a theatre near you. The story raises the question, is this art imitating life, or life imitating art?

“Culture Games”

Have you ever thought about how terribly thin the line is between playing and fighting, between games and conflicts, between sports and battles? This blurry area was in part what inspired author Suzanne Collins to write The Hunger Games. In case you haven’t heard of it, the book has been adapted to film and is now showing at a theatre near you. The story raises the question, is this art imitating life, or life imitating art?

How to Obtain Residency in Asian Countries (Part 2)

Last week we introduced you to Michael G. Hines, an educator living in Bangkok. As Michael noted, teaching English in Asia is a great way to get one’s foot in the door, as nearly all the countries will issue a work visa. Then it becomes much easier to pursue residency. Today, Michael continues his tour of Southeast Asia as he covers the basic requirements needed to get residency in Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.

I Want a Pony for Christmas!

Entitlements are a dangerous thing for an economy and in today’s article, Jeff Thomas analyzes where such things come from and where they can lead.

How to Obtain Residency in Asian Countries (Part 1)

Many native speakers of English are considering a fulfilling career as language educators in Asia. This is not surprising at all, given the high demand for ESL/EFL (English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign Language) teachers in the thriving economies of the region and the reeling job market at home. In fact, quite a number of people from the US, UK, Australia, and other English-speaking countries have already made the decision to leave their home nations and seek more satisfying careers elsewhere in Asia.

HYPERINFLATION – “I’ll wait and see how it goes before I make my move”

Though the definition of “inflation” may have changed over the years, there is no confusion as to what “hyperinflation” is. The question is: will hyperinflation occur within our lifetimes? If so, what might it look like? What will happen to our wealth in such a situation? The ever-insightful Jeff Thomas discusses the history, cause, and results of such a situation.

HYPERINFLATION – “I’ll wait and see how it goes before I make my move”

Though the definition of “inflation” may have changed over the years, there is no confusion as to what “hyperinflation” is. The question is: will hyperinflation occur within our lifetimes? If so, what might it look like? What will happen to our wealth in such a situation? The ever-insightful Jeff Thomas discusses the history, cause, and results of such a situation.

Creating a Better World, One Couch at a Time…

For all those who want to explore the world on a severely limited budget… There is a relatively new way to visit a country and get to know the culture through immersion – without having to spend money. It allows you to see more of a country than most tourists ever dream possible. It’s called “couchsurfing,” and correspondent Mark Svoboda is here to tell us more about it…

Creating a Better World, One Couch at a Time…

For all those who want to explore the world on a severely limited budget… There is a relatively new way to visit a country and get to know the culture through immersion – without having to spend money. It allows you to see more of a country than most tourists ever dream possible. It’s called “couchsurfing,” and correspondent Mark Svoboda is here to tell us more about it…

DUMB-OCRACY

A democracy seems a fair way for a group to come to a decision, but can there be times when the majority-rule is less than fair? Jeff Thomas offers his thought-provoking take on the subject…

Thoughts on Singapore

Singapore is widely considered a desirable expatriate location, but why? As the discussions on the IM Forum clearly show, there is great diversity among individuals regarding where they want to live and why. We can research the facts and figures of any given location to learn about its tangible features. But what about the intangibles – our awareness of a place and how it makes us feel? To research the intangibles, we rely on personal opinions and today we share those of Marwood Dent, a first-time contributor and resident of Singapore.

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