Private Life

In "The Privileged" I pointed out there are 46.8 million millionaires in the world, 18.6 million of which live in the United States. Some small number of those millionaires are celebrities, and others are well known because of their news-worthy activities, but the vast majority of millionaires live very private lives and you will never know them or of them. Many of them may very well be your next door neighbors, according to the book, The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy.

In Underground I pointed out that free individuals, including those millionaires who remain invisible to government are sometimes referred to as an, "underground:"

"I've called it an, "underground," world, but it is not either clandestine or, "secret," in any esoteric sense. There is no, "underground," movement or ideology, because the citizens of the underground world are not, "members," of anything. Their only common ground is their individual independence, their individual integrity, and their individual productivity. Like Christians' claim, they are, 'in the world, but not of the world,' at least not of the political world that is mistaken for the real world."

Under the heading, "How To Be Invisible," I listed links to some of the more radical methods millionaires and others use to make themselves invisible to the political world. Most free individuals, however, do not resort to such methods to maintain their private lives.

Practical Invisibility

The U.S. News & World Report article, "8 Habits of Closet Millionaires: How They Quietly Made Their Fortunes," describes some of the way millionaires remain invisible. The three most important which can be used by anybody who wants to maintain their privacy and freedom are: "Avoid debt," "Live like you're poor," and, "Don't tell people you're wealthy."

While these are meant as means of acquiring wealth, they are also part of remaining invisible to the political system. It is impossible to be in debt without that indebtedness being recognized and regulated by the government. The less any government regulated agencies are used by individuals, the less the government will be interested in or even recognize them. Frugallity, of course, makes it possible to accumulate wealth which would be otherwise lost to profligate spending, but more importantly draws much less attention to one's self than a lavish life-style.

The most important thing free individuals do not do is tell other's all their private affairs, especially not their financial status.

Some Ways To Keep Your Life Private

In her article, "Closet Millionaires: What Would You Do If You Were Wealthy?" Dawn Allcot wrote:

"To keep wealth private, it must be necessary to have the self-esteem to not care what people think, the willpower to make the frugal choice over the luxury item, and the belief that you're doing the right thing. Otherwise, you'll feel guilty, as if you're hiding a dangerous secret, and that's no way to live and enjoy your financial security."

There is no real necessity to hide one's wealth. The temptation to reveal more about ourselves with others than is either safe (or moral) comes from our innate trust of others and belief they have the same respect for privacy that we do. They do not.

In another article, Dawn describes, "7 things millionaires do that most people don't." These things not only help you preserve your wealth but protect your privacy:

Of course the way to one's own freedom and privacy will be different for every individual. These measures can be useful for many, but not necessary. The point is to understand there are many ways to find one's own freedom if one is will to do the work to achieve it.