This Guy Has Eight Passports
This “octa-citizen” has passports from Canada, UK, Ireland, Belize, Grenada, Dominica, St. Kitts, and Cape Verde.
Let’s be honest– that’s probably way too many. But the concept of acquiring multiple nationalities is completely sound.
If you have one nationality, it means that a single government has total control over your life, your finances, your business, and your personal affairs.
It means that you’re chained to the consequences of that single government’s decisions, no matter how destructive, no matter whether or not your agree.
If they decide to provoke another shooting war and impose a draft… or levy debilitating taxes… or print so much money that the consequent inflation causes social unrest… then you have little recourse.
A second passport is like an insurance policy.
Sure, hopefully you never need it. And hopefully you never need the fire insurance policy that protects your home either.
But if that day ever comes when you smell smoke, you’ll thank your lucky stars that you’re covered.
Having another citizenship means that if the worst ever happens in your home country, you’ll always have a place to go where you and your family are welcome to live, work, study, invest, and do business in peace and safety.
Again, maybe that never happens. HOPEFULLY that never happens.
But it seems risky to bet everything on hope, especially when there are so many substantial risks looming.
We often discuss the pending insolvency of some of the world’s most important central banks, as well as the outright bankruptcy of nearly every major western government.
History shows that countries in this position almost invariably experience severe problems as a result of their excessive debts and irresponsibility.
And it would be terribly foolish to simply ‘hope’ that repeating these same mistakes will somehow result in zero consequences.
Having a second passport doesn’t mean that you’re crazy, pessimistic, or even unpatriotic.
It’s just a sensible thing to do.
Worst case, even if you never actually need the ‘insurance policy’ of having another nationality, a second passport will provide additional options for visa-free travel and international business.
For example, US citizens who want to travel to Brazil need to obtain a visa in advance.
But citizens from dozens of other countries, from Argentina to Belgium, do not.
Being a citizen of certain countries (like Mexico, for example) entitles you to own certain property or start special businesses.
Again, maybe you wouldn’t ever use these benefits. But it’s hard to imagine you’ll be worse off for having additional options.
More importantly, remember that a second passport can often extend to your family as well.
So even if you don’t see yourself traveling or doing business or buying property abroad, your children and grandchildren might want to do so.