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What's your story? Discussions your reasons for going abroad.
America: The Grim Truth (a great blog post)
Americans, I have some bad news for you:
You have the worst quality of life in the developed world – by a wide margin.
If you had any idea of how people really lived in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many parts of Asia, you’d be rioting in the streets calling for a better life. In fact, the average Australian or Singaporean taxi driver has a much better standard of living than the typical American white-collar worker.
I know this because I am an American, and I escaped from the prison you call home.
I have lived all around the world, in wealthy countries and poor ones, and there is only one country I would never consider living in again: The United States of America. The mere thought of it fills me with dread.
Consider this: you are the only people in the developed world without a single-payer health system. Everyone in Western Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand has a single-payer system. If they get sick, they can devote all their energies to getting well. If you get sick, you have to battle two things at once: your illness and the fear of financial ruin. Millions of Americans go bankrupt every year due to medical bills, and tens of thousands die each year because they have no insurance or insufficient insurance. And don’t believe for a second that rot about America having the world’s best medical care or the shortest waiting lists: I’ve been to hospitals in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Singapore, and Thailand, and every one was better than the “good” hospital I used to go to back home. The waits were shorter, the facilities more comfortable, and the doctors just as good.
This is ironic, because you need a good health system more than anyone else in the world. Why? Because your lifestyle is almost designed to make you sick.
Let’s start with your diet: Much of the beef you eat has been exposed to fecal matter in processing. Your chicken is contaminated with salmonella. Your stock animals and poultry are pumped full of growth hormones and antibiotics. In most other countries, the government would act to protect consumers from this sort of thing; in the United States, the government is bought off by industry to prevent any effective regulations or inspections. In a few years, the majority of all the produce for sale in the United States will be from genetically modified crops, thanks to the cozy relationship between Monsanto Corporation and the United States government. Worse still, due to the vast quantities of high-fructose corn syrup Americans consume, fully one-third of children born in the United States today will be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at some point in their lives.
Of course, it’s not just the food that’s killing you, it’s the drugs. If you show any sign of life when you’re young, they’ll put you on Ritalin. Then, when you get old enough to take a good look around, you’ll get depressed, so they’ll give you Prozac. If you’re a man, this will render you chemically impotent, so you’ll need Viagra to get it up. Meanwhile, your steady diet of trans-fat-laden food is guaranteed to give you high cholesterol, so you’ll get a prescription for Lipitor. Finally, at the end of the day, you’ll lay awake at night worrying about losing your health plan, so you’ll need Lunesta to go to sleep.
With a diet guaranteed to make you sick and a health system designed to make sure you stay that way, what you really need is a long vacation somewhere. Unfortunately, you probably can’t take one. I’ll let you in on little secret: if you go to the beaches of Thailand, the mountains of Nepal, or the coral reefs of Australia, you’ll probably be the only American in sight. And you’ll be surrounded crowds of happy Germans, French, Italians, Israelis, Scandinavians and wealthy Asians. Why? Because they’re paid well enough to afford to visit these places AND they can take vacations long enough to do so. Even if you could scrape together enough money to go to one of these incredible places, by the time you recovered from your jetlag, it would time to get on a plane and rush back to your job.
If you think I’m making this up, check the stats on average annual vacation days by country:
The fact is, they work you like dogs in the United States. This should come as no surprise: the United States never got away from the plantation/sweat shop labor model and any real labor movement was brutally suppressed. Unless you happen to be a member of the ownership class, your options are pretty much limited to barely surviving on service-sector wages or playing musical chairs for a spot in a cubicle (a spot that will be outsourced to India next week anyway). The very best you can hope for is to get a professional degree and then milk the system for a slice of the middle-class pie. And even those who claw their way into the middle class are but one illness or job loss away from poverty. Your jobs aren’t secure. Your company has no loyalty to you. They’ll play you off against your coworkers for as long as it suits them, then they’ll get rid of you.
Of course, you don’t have any choice in the matter: the system is designed this way. In most countries in the developed world, higher education is either free or heavily subsidized; in the United States, a university degree can set you back over US$100,000. Thus, you enter the working world with a crushing debt. Forget about taking a year off to travel the world and find yourself – you’ve got to start working or watch your credit rating plummet.
If you’re “lucky,” you might even land a job good enough to qualify you for a home loan. And then you’ll spend half your working life just paying the interest on the loan – welcome to the world of American debt slavery. America has the illusion of great wealth because there’s a lot of “stuff” around, but who really owns it? In real terms, the average American is poorer than the poorest ghetto dweller in Manila, because at least they have no debts. If they want to pack up and leave, they can; if you want to leave, you can’t, because you’ve got debts to pay.
All this begs the question: Why would anyone put up with this? Ask any American and you’ll get the same answer: because America is the freest country on earth. If you believe this, I’ve got some more bad news for you: America is actually among the least free countries on earth. Your piss is tested, your emails and phone calls are monitored, your medical records are gathered, and you are never more than one stray comment away from writhing on the ground with two Taser prongs in your ass.
And that’s just physical freedom. Mentally, you are truly imprisoned. You don’t even know the degree to which you are tormented by fears of medical bankruptcy, job loss, homelessness and violent crime because you’ve never lived in a country where there is no need to worry about such things.
But it goes much deeper than mere surveillance and anxiety. The fact is, you are not free because your country has been taken over and occupied by another government. Fully 70% of your tax dollars go to the Pentagon, and the Pentagon is the real government of the United States. You are required under pain of death to pay taxes to this occupying government. If you’re from the less fortunate classes, you are also required to serve and die in their endless wars, or send your sons and daughters to do so. You have no choice in the matter: there is a socio-economic draft system in the United States that provides a steady stream of cannon fodder for the military.
If you call a life of surveillance, anxiety and ceaseless toil in the service of a government you didn’t elect “freedom,” then you and I have a very different idea of what that word means.
If there was some chance that the country could be changed, there might be reason for hope. But can you honestly look around and conclude that anything is going to change? Where would the change come from? The people? Take a good look at your compatriots: the working class in the United States has been brutally propagandized by jackals like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. Members of the working class have been taught to lick the boots of their masters and then bend over for another kick in the ass. They’ve got these people so well trained that they’ll take up arms against the other half of the working class as soon as their masters give the word.
If the people cannot make a change, how about the media? Not a chance. From Fox News to the New York Times, the mass media in the United States is nothing but the public relations wing of the corporatocracy, primarily the military industrial complex. At least the citizens of the former Soviet Union knew that their news was bullshit. In America, you grow up thinking you’ve got a free media, which makes the propaganda doubly effective. If you don’t think American media is mere corporate propaganda, ask yourself the following question: have you ever heard a major American news outlet suggest that the country could fund a single-payer health system by cutting military spending?
If change can’t come from the people or the media, the only other potential source of change would be the politicians. Unfortunately, the American political process is among the most corrupt in the world. In every country on earth, one expects politicians to take bribes from the rich. But this generally happens in secret, behind the closed doors of their elite clubs. In the United States, this sort of political corruption is done in broad daylight, as part of legal, accepted, standard operating procedure. In the United States, they merely call these bribes campaign donations, political action committees and lobbyists. One can no more expect the politicians to change this system than one can expect a man to take an axe and chop his own legs out from underneath him.
No, the United States of America is not going to change for the better. The only change will be for the worse. And when I say worse, I mean much worse. As we speak, the economic system that sustained the country during the post-war years is collapsing. The United States maxed out its “credit card” sometime in 2008 and now its lenders, starting with China, are in the process of laying the foundations for a new monetary system to replace the Anglo-American “petro-dollar” system. As soon as there is a viable alternative to the US dollar, the greenback will sink like a stone.
While the United States was running up crushing levels of debt, it was also busy shipping its manufacturing jobs and white-collar jobs overseas, and letting its infrastructure fall to pieces. Meanwhile, Asian and European countries were investing in education, infrastructure and raw materials. Even if the United States tried to rebuild a real economy (as opposed to a service/financial economy) do think American workers would ever be able to compete with the workers of China or Europe? Have you ever seen a Japanese or German factory? Have you ever met a Singaporean or Chinese worker?
There are only two possible futures facing the United States, and neither one is pretty. The best case is a slow but orderly decline – essentially a continuation of what’s been happening for the last two decades. Wages will drop, unemployment will rise, Medicare and Social Security benefits will be slashed, the currency will decline in value, and the disparity of wealth will spiral out of control until the United States starts to resemble Mexico or the Philippines – tiny islands of wealth surrounded by great poverty (the country is already halfway there).
Equally likely is a sudden collapse, perhaps brought about by a rapid flight from the US dollar by creditor nations like China, Japan, Korea and the OPEC nations. A related possibility would be a default by the United States government on its vast debt. One look at the financial balance sheet of the US government should convince you how likely this is: governmental spending is skyrocketing and tax receipts are plummeting – something has to give. If either of these scenarios plays out, the resulting depression will make the present recession look like a walk in the park.
Whether the collapse is gradual or gut-wrenchingly sudden, the results will be chaos, civil strife and fascism. Let’s face it: the United States is like the former Yugoslavia – a collection of mutually antagonistic cultures united in name only. You’ve got your own version of the Taliban: right-wing Christian fundamentalists who actively loathe the idea of secular Constitutional government. You’ve got a vast intellectual underclass that has spent the last few decades soaking up Fox News and talk radio propaganda, eager to blame the collapse on Democrats, gays and immigrants. You’ve got a ruthless ownership class that will use all the means at its disposal to protect its wealth from the starving masses.
On top of all that you’ve got vast factory farms, sprawling suburbs and a truck-based shipping system, all of it entirely dependent on oil that is about to become completely unaffordable. And you’ve got guns. Lots of guns. In short: the United States is about to become a very unwholesome place to be.
Right now, the government is building fences and walls along its northern and southern borders. Right now, the government is working on a national ID system (soon to be fitted with biometric features). Right now, the government is building a surveillance state so extensive that they will be able to follow your every move, online, in the street and across borders. If you think this is just to protect you from “terrorists,” then you’re sadly mistaken. Once the shit really hits the fan, do you really think you’ll just be able to jump into the old station wagon, drive across the Canadian border and spend the rest of your days fishing and drinking Molson? No, the government is going to lock the place down. They don’t want their tax base escaping. They don’t want their “recruits” escaping. They don’t want YOU escaping.
I am not writing this to scare you. I write this to you as a friend. If you are able to read and understand what I’ve written here, then you are a member of a small minority in the United States. You are a minority in a country that has no place for you.
So what should you do?
You should leave the United States of America.
If you’re young, you’ve got plenty of choices: you can teach English in the Middle East, Asia or Europe. Or you can go to university or graduate school abroad and start building skills that will qualify you for a work visa. If you’ve already got some real work skills, you can apply to emigrate to any number of countries as a skilled immigrant. If you are older and you’ve got some savings, you can retire to a place like Costa Rica or the Philippines. If you can’t qualify for a work, student or retirement visa, don’t let that stop you – travel on a tourist visa to a country that appeals to you and talk to the expats you meet there. Whatever you do, go speak to an immigration lawyer as soon as you can. Find out exactly how to get on a path that will lead to permanent residence and eventually citizenship in the country of your choice.
You will not be alone. There are millions of Americans just like me living outside the United States. Living lives much more fulfilling, peaceful, free and abundant than we ever could have attained back home. Some of us happened upon these lives by accident – we tried a year abroad and found that we liked it – others made a conscious decision to pack up and leave for good. You’ll find us in Canada, all over Europe, in many parts of Asia, in Australia and New Zealand, and in most other countries of the globe. Do we miss our friends and family? Yes. Do we occasionally miss aspects of our former country? Yes. Do we plan on ever living again in the United States? Never. And those of us with permanent residence or citizenship can sponsor family members from back home for long-term visas in our adopted countries.
In closing, I want to remind you of something: unless you are an American Indian or a descendant of slaves, at some point your ancestors chose to leave their homeland in search of a better life. They weren’t traitors and they weren’t bad people, they just wanted a better life for themselves and their families. Isn’t it time that you continue their journey?
Blah blah blah, Falcon. Come on. America isn't the worst place on Earth. Spend a year in Somalia, THEN come and type this drivel.
Progress. Improvement. Evolution. Revolution.
Your ego is not your amigo.
Shut up with that bullshit, Man.
All you have to do is take a look at the dysfunctional American family...since the 1960's, the dysfunctions in all of life, and the destruction of the family unit, in individuals, to see the grim truth. It's sad.
Most people out of that SHITTY BOOMER generation only give one f**k, and it's about themselves, that's it. For the men it's control and anger and accomplishment. Then the women are incorrigible narcissists and materially addicted, cold people. I'm not perfect...but that's the sad truth.
You've got kids growing up with massive personality problems, mental issues, all kinds of issues because they didn't receive enough love from their parents who were too stupid materially addicted morons who left their brains out the door and rebelled against their parents.
Stupid BOOMERS ruined the country, and like ALL narcissists are incapable of accepting blame and or looking at themselves, instead blame OTHERS; actually they blame their OWN kids!
Misery and happiness are only states of mind.
My goodness this was a brilliant post, especially the above!
Today I met a Ukrainian-American young woman who lived all but the first year of her life in America, but she recently moved back because she did not like living there. We hit it off as we both are American expats living in Kiev. It is obvious that there is a vanguard of Americans LEAVING the ship before it sinks.
Almost every "everyday" thing in Ukraine is better from the services, the prices and the quality. The men here do not get jealous of foreigners because there is an abundance mentality, despite the hordes of Turkish and Arabic men running around here.
I just cannot imagine ever wanting go back to the USA for more than an occasional shopping visit.
Last time I was there, it was a classless, directionless, wasteland of uber-consumption and the world's worst women.
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As an outsider, nothing in that article touched on the things that made me not like america and not even want to visit there again. To emigrate there? Never.
The place is a soulless plastic wasteland with a plastic coca cola culture. Everything is overcommericaled, franchised, in your face. Even christmas is made to feel false and plastic, never mind the bs like valentines day.
Every town looks the same with fast food, car dealer, petrol station, motel strips. Each motel room looks the same. The smile is the same. The food the same. All plastic and false.
In europe, drive a few 100 km and everything is different and real. There is culture.
The ignorance is astounding. Most people don't know south africa is a country, and will even ask where in africa is that. They ask but you're white. Wtf. I can name all their 50 states and point them out on a map yet they know nothing about the world. And this in a first world country.
Then their is the all pervasive influence of jews. Stupid warning signs and liability signs so no one stubs their toe and you get sued by a jew lawyer. And those kikes must be the most neurotic and arrogant people on the planet. I thought sa jews were rude and obnoxious. Jews in america put them to shame.
The white people are more alien than whites anywhere else in terms of mindset, manners and behaviour. They are the most difficult to connect with because their culture is so different than other whites. If you try talk to the darkies in america there is nothing african about them. Far easier to relate to an african darkie. They even make me start missing african darkies.
My impression is that if there is a culture, the plastic, coca cola, hot dog, drive thru is the culture. It is soulless and leaves you feeling empty. It is a good feeling to get on a plane and leave.
Boomers i assume is the generation of the 1960s peace love sex drugs and rock and roll? The rock and roll was largely jew promoted, the timothy leary drug culture was jew promoted, the protest movement was jew led.
Boomer liberalism is anathema. It is like the drugs they take. Euphoric destruction.
All this poison destroyed american society then spread from america to the rest of the west. Or perhaps it took longer to take root elsewhere. Like mandela and the anc were funded and backed by jews, the anti-apartheid movement was led by jewesses and the end conscription campaign was led by jews. It only took off in the 70s and 80s. Yet it only took hold in a minority of whites and only by 1990 was the liberal left boomer mentality common.
In europe it caused the socialist left to take over in many countries and the immigration flood gates opened while birth rates plumetted.
The question is do you blame the boomers who were young and foolish or the previous generation who allowed this to take root? Since the mentality occurred in different decades around the world, the generation isnt the problem. Rather the libtard mindset
Great post, Falcon.
I would add any Anglo country to that list including Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. Those countries have the same issues and share the same culture as the United States.
I wouldn't live in any Anglo country even if you put a gun to my head.
I would never live in America, my auntie (RIP) was a GI bride who died from an ailment that would have been treated gratis on the British NHS - despite that, she insisted America was the greatest country in the world.
It has never held any appeal for me, I think this is the case for a lot of Europeans these days who have figured out that life is better in their own countries than chasing the American dream, this is not the case for millions of Africans, Asians and Latin Americans who make up the majority of new immigrants these days and these are the people who will change the mosaic of the country.
Ah, I've been looking for this post a long time. Globetrotter posted it here about six years ago, but I couldn't remember the title. It had a big influence on me. Thanks for digging it up.
The majority of immigrants to europe are also darkies, pakis, muzzies and all the non-white turd world excrement coming over the walls
That mosaic will also change.
There is nowhere to run or bury your head. You need to learn to survive. Just look at the jews. Ultra racism is a very efficient way to survive.
For every pom in the smallest village, a council housing estate for immigrants is planned. No need to go to patels curry den to see the culture. It will be next door.
No wonder I'm always itching to get out of the U.S. every time I go there. Fake smiles, superficial greetings just to get along, bland architecture, nothing to do except go to Sprawl-Mart or strip malls (unless you have a girlfriend or are married with a family), living down a cul-de-sac and having to drive everywhere. I don't see why I want to even visit the U.S. anymore.
Same down here in Mexico, though some parts of the country are somewhat USA-like, especially in the northern part. But even then there's more culture than in the U.S.
You hit it right on the nail. Americans only know about the rest of the world based on what they hear on the news. In other words, they're brainwashed. To really know the world outside your home country, you TRAVEL and experience different cultures.
On not knowing what part of Africa South Africa is in: reminds me of college days when, as a freshman, I bagged the hottest-by-far of some babes bussed in for a mixer from a women's college 60 miles away (they had such things back then). But I had to throw her back in the pond when she asked me where UCLA was. That just seemed beyond the Pale. My standards are much lower now.
I'm surprised none of you guys mentioned the prevalence of "fact resistant creatures" here. I'm shocked every time when someone acts like you're some kind of barbarian psychopath for saying what happened because that's what occurred!
It goes like: "ABC happened"-" Grrr/Hisss, how dare you?!"-"Well, it wasn't BCA/XYZ/123 that occurred!"-"Hmmpf! You think (some strawman argument or something like one)"-"Not true- ABC happened & I said so, then you went "Grrr/Hisss, how dare you?!" & I said that it wasn't BCA/XYZ/123 that happened, then you said (whatever they said)"- now they have no ground to stand on & their sneakiness is exposed, but somehow your fault (but they can't very well try to "forward that blame to a different address" since it'll just make them look like someone that makes up bullshit stories as they go-a lying imbecile that can't be trusted).
Of course, this also applies to court situations. This isn't a far-fetched idea, considering how litigious the country is. If the police officer decides to dispense "fake news," that can get someone locked up. If co-workers do it, it can get them fired (and also, maybe, arrested- considering how many things are a crime & how little it matters if they actually did one).
The grim truth is that we need a segregated society - at least women need to tone their shit down. They are all over the place with their skin, and attitudes... flaunting their obnoxious shit everywhere. I can't stand it. It's like women have no conception or care for how they effect the men around them.... concentration is out the window.
I'm starting to really understand why frank advocates a segregated society or spaces. Jesus, it's way too hard to concentrate with chatty Cathy yakking next to you all day, staring glances at you wearing nothing but a bikini top and cutoff jeans, or whatever else they want to wear to distract attention and distract you!
I can't stand it. It should be outlawed. Men need focus. I'm aware that there should simply be more male spaces around. Women and men should be taught that we're different, and that's ok. There should be laws against immodesty of women especially in dress code.
It is f***ing clear to me now that, women have excelled and exceeded in this environment by encroaching on the men. ADD is a typically male trait, that is just how males operate and we operate differently from females. We require a different environment. And we cannot learn together in the same way or concentrate or focus together because we are too distracting. This gender equality bullshit has to go. I can't stand seeing these women who act and think they're men, inserting themselves into environments with a boldface and just generally challenging men, obstinantly misguided by feminism to try to "fight the power" to be equal. They are the shock troops for Communism... Unless I'm trying to f**k, I don't need to be in that environment - I've come to that conclusion. This thing where men and women talk about 'equality' and try to meet in the middle, is incredibly, incredibly damaging to both sexes. But it's mostly women I see who think that they should be 'equal" and that men somehow should turn off their sex drives or their natural impulses ....it's women who are brainwashed to try to be equal like men. It DOESN'T WORK, dammit. I wish that they'd realize this.
I need to go live in a monastery somewhere, and come out only for sex and play.
I am with fschmidt on a lot of things. It's a shame we don't see eye to eye on some things.
Misery and happiness are only states of mind.
That's not true- I think if there was a segregation between men & women it would suck. I'll be honest: I've thought of an apartheid situation a few times. I've thought of having one where there was competing law enforcement agencies, so that way people aren't stuck with whatever they dish out. I've even thought of having a no-fault arrangement when it came to fighting or killing someone (just seems like people could defend themselves better on top of people more or less keeping their shit together about not instigating).
But public segregation of men & women? Nope. If a man can't do what he's doing because a woman's got tight pants on or something. People act like the gestapo when kids grow up already- I don't need them getting even better chances of having a disorder than they already have. If I want to randomly run into a woman that things take off with, I'm of a mind to have that environment.