Single Status Update
Though I did mostly write this about myself, I feel that this subject could be relevant to more people here than just me, and it could also spark a general discussion on the political situation. I would like to hear from other Americans here on DW if they share a similar view or if they actually disagree.
The situation is getting very bad in the US and shows no signs of slowing, stopping, or reversing. So I'm hoping to see what options there are within the next 5 years:
*Canada seems like a good option, as I can just drive there, there's a similar culture, very similar accent, I feel that I have a mindset closer to theirs than a US mindset. It'd be convenient, the fastest way to get out, and I'd probably fit in relatively well.
*Germany seems even better, and though I have a few minor problems with it on principle, those issues actually aren't a problem. Religiously based laws are not enforced, and though the American in me says "I defend your right to speak even if I hate what you say", in practice I frankly don't care at all if some neo-Nazi scum get silenced.
*Australia would be nice, but Abbot is a fucking nut and the Internet situation there is even worse. Still seems like a better place than the US aside from the net stuff.
*I've heard good things about New Zealand, but I haven't looked into it enough yet.
*If Scotland gains independence and somehow manages to thrive as some sort of small progressive beacon of hope, it'd be a neat place to consider.
*As for countries that might not be ideal, I'd probably say the UK is worth avoiding as it has many of the same major problems as the US and is even more brazen about its surveillance.
Rant follows below:
Net neutrality is about to get gutted, we're about to be forced into another messy war without our approval or input. We're being poisoned by a lax and occupied FDA with cozy ties to big pharma and GMO companies. Schools are expensive and low quality. Americans are often unfairly ostracized abroad as a result of the US government meddling with the rest of the world with often disastrous consequences and I want nothing to do with it.
The US is the only country in the world to tax its people living abroad at the full tax rate as it does to local residents. The only way to avoid this is to renounce one's citizenship, and this possibility is quickly diminishing. It used to be gratis until 2010 in which a $450 USD fee was charged, and effective just today it has increased to $2350 USD.
They own us. They exploit us. We are serfs, not free citizens. The temperature is rising at an alarming rate, and I don't want to stick around long enough to be one of the frogs to be cooked. I just want to live a meaningful and satisfying life without major hazards coming at me left and right. The US is a dangerous place to continue living in.
You're about 18 right? A lot of people go through a "I have to get out of my country!" phase at about that age, including me.
I suggest you do some travel. Real travel, staying in a different country for a while, not just hitting tourist sites. What you'll find is the cliche that the grass looks greener on the other side; i.e. when you are in the thick of something it is very easy to see the positive aspects of a different area/country, but when you actually immerse yourself in that culture you see that its own problems, and that many of the problems of the US are shared with other countries. I'm sure some of our Canadian members could explain better than I can, but talking with Canadian colleagues last year the current administration in Canada actually has a very conservative government right now, and is disbanding research departments that were publishing data against the massive oil sands extraction operations.
As for things getting bad in the US: yes, things are shit, but things have always been shit. Is it really shittier now than during the Bush administration where we had a president who couldn't say more than five words without looking like a buffoon, invaded a country essentially unilaterally without UN support, and social conservatives were trying to turn back decades of social progress and return us to a "Christian Nation?"
Can either of those compare to the late 1950s, where there were essentially no health or environmental laws, a group of conservative congressmen were using the threat of communist infiltrators to infringe the civil liberties of anyone who didn't fit their social views, and with a single phone call the world could have been plunged into a civilization ending nuclear war?
I guess what I'm trying to say (and I'm not being condescending) is that it is very easy to get the feeling that things are going to shit when you don't have a broader perspective, particularly when you are young and probably just starting to follow world developments, so you don't have a frame of reference for how shitty things used to be. It may make you feel better to watch these Lewis Black routines from ~8-10 years ago, it shows how things were just shitty in a different way then.
Well, im not american, but i am currently living the USA, came to study, and im realizing that the quality of education is not what I thought it would be, and more importantly, and sadly, I'm coming to think that nothing that I could possibly learn while being here I couldnt have learned in my home country. Im too thinking about going to Canada, due to their cheap school costs. I dont know about the Canadian government being conservative at the moment, but figure they cannot possibly be as conservative and nuts as the conservative movement in the usa. Also, I agree that every country/reality/etc has its own problems, but strictly speaking about this net neutrality thing, it seems to be only be affecting the USA.