How to Become a Sovereign Individual

05 Nov

Tor-Arne Moen Natural selection - Sovereign person

Tor-Arne Moen Natural selection

Addressed to Vern Jacobs (now deceased): I was given your e-mail address in the hopes of learning more about how to become sovereign. I would like to know the process and what steps to take in order to do this as well as information regarding any offices or people here locally who could help me in attaining this status.

REPLY: Based on the theory in “The Sovereign Individual” and in the Judeo/Christian bible you don’t need to become a sovereign person because that is an inherent element of being human. In the Bible, humans are given free will by God. As for the secular aspects of free will, that is limited by the government where you live and where you consent to be governed. (Your consent is presumed as long you choose to live in that country.) Therefore, you are already a sovereign person, but your freedom is limited by the laws of the country where you live.

The U.S. government structure was designed to permit every citizen to be a sovereign person to the maximum possible extent. However, in the course of two centuries the system has been subverted to the point where the U.S. is essentially a near socialist state. So that begs the question of whether there are any countries in the world today that provide maximum personal freedom. Switzerland is the only country that comes to mind but I admit to having a limited awareness of the lifestyles available in other countries. The Sovereign Society seems to favor Panama. If you have substantial financial resources, there are other countries that give you a tax incentive to live there.

Freedom House ( ) has a public web site that provides a lot of interesting information about the extent of civil, political and economic freedom in countries around the world.

With respect to personal sovereign status in relation to government laws, I am not aware of any legal or practical way to escape from being subject to the laws of a jurisdiction where you reside or where you are a citizen. And without being a citizen of some recognized jurisdiction, you can’t get a passport and therefore you are not free to travel. I suppose that a few people with great wealth have been able to acquire ownership of a private island that is subject to minimal jurisdiction by some larger country. Somalia is a country where the laws have broken down, but it’s not a place where I would choose to pursue a quest for greater personal sovereignty.

Within any specific country, keeping a low profile is the most effective way to have maximum personal freedom by avoiding confrontations with the authorities. Mark Nestmann writes frequently about personal privacy, keeping a low profile and asset protection. (See

Some writers have advocated a concept called the “3 flags”, “5 flags” or “6 flags” theory whereby you have citizenship in one country, reside in a second, house your business or investments in a 3rd country, separate your investments into a “4th flag”, separate your official residence (domicile) from your physical residence (the “5th flag”) and utilize the Internet to tie everything together (the “6th flag”).

You can escape from the tax and other laws of the U.S. by expatriating (giving up your citizenship) after you acquire citizenship in another country. Although you are still subject to the laws of each country where you have some connection, you can minimize your exposure to the laws of any single country with the 6 flags concept.

However, some of the proponents of this keeping a low profile also advocate the use of legal gimmicks like the “pure trust” (or its many variations) and such things as the Panama Foundation. See my portal on scams and schemes for tips on how to identify false prophets. (


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