“Yes, every shred of evidence suggests that the old system is on the way out. And that’s a bit scary. The unknown is always uncertain. But what will come out on the other end will be better, brighter, and more free.” – S Black
Santiago, Chile ~ Chris Rose was dying from terminal heart disease. He didn’t have long, and before he passed, he wanted to make sure that his 18-month old son received his British passport.
When he went to pay the application fee at the British consulate in Hong Kong with cash, they told him, “Sorry we only take credit cards.”
The English teacher who had been living in Hong Kong for 20 years doesn’t have a credit card, and thus has no way of paying the passport fees for him and his son.
So they rejected him. They rejected a dying man from paying for his son’s passport with the very currency that they themselves issue. It’s obscene.
Facing intense bureaucracy and several months of waiting with no guarantee of success, he gave up on the hope that his infant son would be able to visit his grandparents back home.
It was only after the story was publicized in the local press in Hong Kong that the requirement to pay with a credit card was ‘waived on compassionate grounds.’
Think about how ridiculous this whole situation is for a moment.
First the government makes it mandatory that you have a passport in order to be able to move across arbitrary borders on the map that they have created.
Then they charge you money for the privilege of having a passport. In other words, if you want to leave the country, you have to pay up.
But then they won’t allow you to pay for it with the pieces of paper they force you to use as money.
Instead, they force you to use the government-regulated (and protected) banking industry, whether you want to or not.