Subject: The four stages of nations: from dictatorship to oligarchy to democracy to chaos, and back again

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point Yesterday I finished reading the book 'Adventure Capitalist' by Jim Rogers.

Between 1999 and 2002,
former Wall Street trader and investor Jim Rogers
drove with his wife through 116 countries, covering 245,000 kilometers, in a
custom-made Mercedes.

He explains which countries he would invest in and why - and which ones he
wouldn't touch with a barge pole.

I had read his 1991 book 'Investment Biker' whilst in the Maldives earlier this
year, and I wanted to see how his perspective had changed in the 14 intervening
years between his two books.

On page 265, Rogers talks about how impressed he is with Singapore.

"You will
not find another city in the world that is as rich and as safe as

He then points out that the country is under the absolute, authoritarian rule of the
country's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew (he governed Singapore for three
decades, retiring in 2011).

Rogers then makes this fascinating comment:

"[The Greek philosopher] Plato argued in 'The Republic' that there are four stages
in the evolution of nations: from dictatorship to oligarchy to democracy to
and back again.

The Chinese, whether or not they have read Plato, operate on the same principle.
They see it as the Asian way. A strong central government will lead to prosperity,
and the first few who become successful will maintain the stability of society until
the government of the few gives way to democracy.

But an unfettered democracy, as they see it
and Plato argued will inevitably
give way to chaos. Until, of course, a new dictator emerges."

As I contemplate the chaos that is Greece, trying to emerge from decades of
corruption allowed in a Democratic system, I marvel at how Plato had predicted
the inevitability of this situation 2,300 years ago.

In a democracy, politicians have to pander to the whims and desires of vastly
divergent interest groups. The end result? Corruption on a mass scale and chaos.

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quote  Quote of the Day:

“With an enormously high living standard, Singapore is perhaps the greatest
success story of the developed world in the past forty years. [...] Singapore did
not become successful because its government was evil but because
government was disciplined and smart and played by sound economic rules.

Lee went to work every day literally asking how he could make Singapore
better, and not simply that, but how he could ensure it would be better in forty
years. With a grounding in serious economics, he understand that developing
a sound economy required high savings and high investment.” [as opposed
to the reckless printing of money and debt increases in USA, EU, etc....]

Jim Rogers, 'Adventure Capitalist'

quote  Stat of the Day:

Singapore is the third richest country in the world, ranking behind only
Qatar and Luxembourg, according to Forbes magazine, with a GDP
per capita of nearly US $56,700.


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Success Story of the Day

point  "I went from zero to $3,000 in 30 days!"

"I paid $5,000 for coaching on how to build my list,
and I went from zero to $3,000 in 30 days thanks to
my new list!

I simply used adswaps and solo ads to build my list."
Daniel Falk


"Well I'm not sure if it's success per se, but I have almost 1000 followers
after spending $10.00 on, but it's really random...
Should I get another account where there's specific interests to get followers
that have the same interest?
Is there something I can do with these random followers?"
John MacMillan

==> Well done John!  I recommend you get in touch with Corinna X, and also
I suggest that you do what all our other Twitter success stories have done:
build up your accounts to 100,000 Twitter followers and just tweet interesting
content before starting to promote anything. (Note: we use Twitter mainly
to build our list)


"Hi Mark, I have read some sections from the laptop millionaire and it's
concise and simply done. Great work there.
I have a particular question about Fiverr. I was really interested in your
arbitrage method and wondering what other good sites would be good to
visit other than digitalpoint and ebay for bizs."
Wes V.

==> Just the ones listed in my book, for now, Wes.
But I'm in touch with Andres Gonzalez from yesterday's 'Success Story
Of The Day' section, and might have more to reveal soon...
(Andres turned $10 into $123 in 24 hours, thanks
to Fiverr...  you can read more about this here)


"Hello Mark! I just listened to your laptop millionaire book, so many great
ideas! I'm new to internet marketing, but i'm committed to learning the in's
and out's of your programs. Which one of your DVD courses would you
recommend for a person just starting out?"

==> Definitely the 'Rapid Income Generation Workshop' DVDs. It is a 3-day
workshop that cost £2,000 to attend, and you can buy the DVDs for a fraction
of that. I reveal absolutely everything during that workshop.
You can get it here:


"Mark, I hope you can help me out.  I have read your book the laptop millionaire
and am bound and determined to make what you say work.  I was inspired and
moved by your book. I am a widower and my age is 46, needless to say that
I am in a turmoil and I see the internet as the way to "financial freedom" 
I need to make a definitive change now.

I have gone to master resellers and obtained the rights to books. I have
contacted outsourced labor in the PI and have the basic format for the ebooks
that I want to sell. I cant find anyone to put it all together for me.  
I have had someone put something together through wordpress, but I cant
move the squeeze page to be the first thing seen. I am getting frustrated but
I will not quit!

Can you refer me to someone that is reliable that will help me put my site
together without breaking my bank account? If you could point me in the right
direction, it would be most appreciated."

Dwayne Breeden

==> Hello Dwayne. I have the feeling you are going about it completely the
wrong way. For starters, what is your target market? What is your long-term
strategy?  Are you actually building a business? Are you building a list?
Are you building a brand?
Think like a business owner... not like a business opportunity seeker.


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