And if the last two years have been an indication, the situation could get much worse before it gets better.
How can individuals limit the impact of government overreach in their day-to-day lives?
Doug Casey: The first thing is to become self-employed. You don't want a job where you're dependent on somebody else—or worse, some organization. The bigger the organization, the less relative importance you have, and the more danger you're in.
Assess your resources and abilities and try to become an entrepreneur. The world has an unlimited desire for goods and services; an entrepreneur figures out how to satisfy them. It takes thought, knowledge, and hard work—but there's unlimited upside. An employee, by contrast, just does what he's told for a wage. Most are easily replaceable cubicle dwellers these days. Being an employee is both high risk and low reward.
The second thing you can do is to not support the State in any way. The State is not your friend; it's your enemy. It takes a fat slice of your earnings and, in return, tells you what you can and can't do. Find ways to reduce your contact with it and deny it both resources and approval. Minimize the taxes you pay so that you don't feed the beast.