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Dec. 26th, 2001 | 03:43 pm

So I read in another persons journal that they're thinking that they might want to be emmigrating out of the US.

This reminded me of the book "Guns, Germs, and Steel". In it scientific development progressed a bit better in europe when they were broken into multiple competing states (and after the catholic church stopped being the central government). Since when one country decided to oppress their intellectuals, they could move somewhere friendlier.

As far as I can tell the U.S. has had a long love-hate relationship with it's intellectual population. People too smart are somewhat untrusted. (At least I've run into that problem occasionally, especially around fundamentalist types.)

Additionally as the religious fundamentalist and fascist types are trying to gain control of the government it's getting more difficult to try and express dissent, or even think for yourself.

Then the question is should one stay in the US and struggle to maintain a free and open society, or is it time to move on to greener pastures, and leave the US to the exploited workers and super-rich exploiters.

Perhaps if there was enough "brain drain", the US would loose it's place as economic superpower (followed by loosing it's military superpower status as they lose the ability to pay for a large standing military.

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from: artemii
date: Dec. 26th, 2001 03:55 pm (UTC)
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i think that if w wins again there will be a brain drain of liberal intellectuals.
i know a fair number that are willing to wait out 4 years because he didn't really win this time but are talking of emigrating if he wins the next election.

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from: alienghic
date: Dec. 27th, 2001 03:07 pm (UTC)
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I might question if we've been politically "balanced" recently.

But a right of center government is quite a bit less fightening than a far right government.

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from: alienghic
date: Dec. 27th, 2001 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Waiting for the next presidental election does seem like a reasonable landmark. Though I'd like to see what happens in the 2002 federal election. If there's a landslide victory for the arch-conservatives, I might want to leave sooner.

Hmm... the next question is how open are other countries for accepting liberal intellectuals immigrating into them.

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from: fromthemorning
date: Dec. 27th, 2001 03:53 pm (UTC)
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I think right now there is a growing amount of frustrated liberals (or ex-liberals) and leftists moving towards radicalism and similar ideas and approaches. It's like a whole new category. I'm not really talking about then Green phenomena, but some of them may link to that, but an increased desire among a lot of people to actually get something done, or those who are expecting it. You can't call them liberal but then you can't call them totally radical.

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