Below is an article that addresses why folks are changing their addresses and while it portends to explain the exodus, it also attempts to discourage it. The discouraging words are dealt with, with the responses in (parentheses).
August 12, 2013
Have things gotten so bad that it is time to leave the United States for good? That is a question that a lot of Americans are dealing with these days, and an increasing number of them are choosing to leave the country of their birth permanently.
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Some are doing it for tax reasons, some are doing it because they believe the future is brighter elsewhere, and others are doing it because they are very distressed about the direction that America is heading and they don’t see any hope for a turnaround any time soon. Personally, I have several friends and contacts that regard themselves as "preppers" that have decided that the United States is too far gone to recover. They have moved their families out of the country and they never plan to return. As this nation continues to head down the very troubled road that it is currently on, this trend is probably only going to accelerate even more.
In fact, some Americans are even going so far as to renounce their citizenship when they leave. This represents only a small percentage of those that are leaving the country, but as Bloomberg recently reported, the number of Americans that renounced their citizenship in the second quarter of 2013 was six times larger than the number that renounced their citizenship in the second quarter of last year…
Americans renouncing U.S. citizenship surged sixfold in the second quarter from a year earlier as the government prepares to introduce tougher asset-disclosure rules.
Expatriates giving up their nationality at U.S. embassies climbed to 1,131 in the three months through June from 189 in the year-earlier period, according to Federal Register figures published today.
Renouncing the country of your birth is not an easy thing to do. From the moment that we come into this world, those of us born in this country are trained to think of ourselves as “Americans”. The following is an excerpt from a recent article by Simon Black of the Sovereign Man blog…
It doesn’t matter where you’re from - the United States, Sweden, New Zealand, or Venezuela… many people all over the world are inculcated from birth with a sense that their country is ‘better’ than all the others.
We grow up with the songs, the flag waving, and the parades until the concept of motherland becomes deeply rooted in our emotional cores.
Not to mention, when so many of our friends and neighbors unquestionably fall in line, it’s a powerful social reinforcement that only strengthens the bond.
We come to view our nationalities rather ironically as a big piece of our core individuality. I am an American. I am a Canadian. I am an Austrian. Instead of - I am a human being.
It has taken decades… centuries even… to reach this point. So the fact that more and more people are making the gut-wrenching decision to ditch their US passports is truly a powerful trend.
Traditionally, the American people have been some of the most patriotic people on the face of the planet.
So why are we now seeing such an increase in the number of people choosing to leave the United States permanently?
Well, the truth is that there are a whole host of reasons why people are losing faith in this country and are deciding to leave…
-The U.S. economy has been steadily declining for many years and that decline now seems to be accelerating.
-We are being taxed into oblivion.
-The quality of the jobs in our economy is rapidly declining.
-The middle class is continually shrinking.
-Poverty is exploding.
-Escalating social decay in our major cities.
-Our culture is rapidly going down the toilet.
-Our health care system has become a complete mess and a giant money making scam. Obamacare is only going to make things even worse.
-Our politicians are tremendously corrupt, but the same clowns just keep getting sent back to D.C. over and over again.
-Our nation seems to be on a relentless march toward collectivism.
-America is rapidly turning into a "Big Brother" police state that is run by control freaks that seem obsessed with watching, tracking, monitoring and controlling virtually everything that we do.
Of course the list above could go on indefinitely, but hopefully I have made my point. A whole lot of people out there are absolutely horrified as they watch what is happening to America, and leaving the country for good is increasingly being viewed as a potential option by many.
But as tempting as "going Galt" may seem, please come up with a good plan first.
As one family recently discovered, hopping into a small boat and sailing off into the Pacific Ocean in search of a better life is probably not going to work out too well…
A northern Arizona family that was lost at sea for weeks in an ill-fated attempt to leave the U.S. over what they consider government interference in religion will fly back home Sunday.
Hannah Gastonguay, 26, said Saturday that she and her husband "decided to take a leap of faith and see where God led us" when they took their two small children and her father-in-law and set sail from San Diego for the tiny island nation of Kiribati in May.
(God is not known for teaching navigation. The sailors should have studied that before sailing. Casting your fate to faith even in an environment that God created does not ensure his babysitting.)
But just weeks into their journey, the Gastonguays hit a series of storms that damaged their small boat, leaving them adrift for weeks, unable to make progress. They were eventually picked up by a Venezuelan fishing vessel, transferred to a Japanese cargo ship and taken to Chile where they are resting in a hotel in the port city of San Antonio.
Yes, life in America is definitely going to be extremely challenging in the years ahead, but the grass is not always greener on the other side of the planet either.
(I beg to differ, for the grass is actually too green here. We do miss dead dry straw fields back home now and then, not to mention the snow and ice.)
There are a whole host of things to consider before you make a permanent move to another country. The following is an extended excerpt from one of my previous articles…
The following are 10 questions to ask yourself before you decide to move to another country…
Do You Speak The Language? If Not, How Will You Function?
If you do not speak the language of the country that you are moving to, that can create a huge problem. Just going to the store and buying some food will become a challenge. Every interaction that you have with anyone in that society will be strained, and your ability to integrate into the culture around you will be greatly limited. (Fiji speaks English)
How Will You Make A Living?
Unless you are independently wealthy, you will need to make money. In a foreign nation, it may be very difficult for you to find a job – especially one that pays as much as you are accustomed to making in the United States. (You can live VERY well off of Social Security in Fiji where your home and land is not taxed and electric power is free from your own making or cheap from the mains, same for water and phones and Internet are priced for people who make less than $2 per hour, so live off of interest or pension and very well.)
Will You Be Okay Without Your Family And Friends?
Being thousands of miles away from all of your family and friends can be extremely difficult. Will you be okay without them? And it can be difficult to survive in a foreign culture without any kind of a support system. Sometimes the people that most successfully move out of the country are those that do it as part of a larger group. (In the islands of Fiji you just join that successful expat group already here if you feel the need. In terms of travel time, Fiji is as far away from America as the drive from San Francisco to Portland Oregon, 12 hours. If you can’t be 12 hours from relatives, then don’t leave home without them. So far there is plenty of room out here.)
Have You Factored In Weather Patterns And Geological Instability?
As the globe becomes increasingly unstable, weather patterns and natural disasters are going to become a bigger factor in deciding where to live. For example, right now India is suffering through the worst drought that it has experienced in nearly 50 years. It would be very difficult to thrive in the middle of such an environment. (India? Not even a consideration I should hope. Fiji is green, plenty of water and rivers of flowing water and streams you can drink from.)
Many of those that are encouraging people to "escape from America" are pointing to Chile as an ideal place to relocate to. But there are thousands of significant earthquakes in Chile each year, and the entire nation lies directly along the “Ring of Fire” which is becoming increasingly unstable. That is something to keep in mind. (Chile also has roving bands of who knows what and with weapons. Fiji has no guns basically, not even the police and the big moat of ocean around the place keeps the drug lords from South America out.)
What Will You Do For Medical Care?
If you or someone in your family had a serious medical problem in the United States, you would know what to do. Yes, our health care system is incredibly messed up, but at least you would know that you could get the care that you needed if an emergency arose. Would the same be true in a foreign nation? (Medical is basically free in Fiji and their main hospitals have all the equipment and overseas doctors who left their homelands merrily tending to their fellow citizens sometimes. There is a joke that Americans are flocking overseas to be able to see their own doctors. Medical costs even in the private hospitals is so affordable that few bother with any kind of medical insurance.)
Are You Moving Into A High Crime Area?
Yes, crime is definitely on the rise in the United States. But in other areas where many preppers are moving to, crime is even worse. Mexico and certain areas of Central America are two examples of this. And in many foreign nations, the police are far more corrupt than they generally are in the United States. (Good advice, don’t move to Central America or Mexico, or even South America.)
In addition, many other nations have far stricter gun laws than the United States does, so your ability to defend your family may be greatly restricted. (when no one has guns, defending with other means is even more effective than a gun. The need to defend period is not an issue in Fiji, yet any big city will have its urban blight.)
So will your family truly be safe in the nation that you plan to take them to?
Are You Prepared For "Culture Shock"?
Moving to another country can be like moving to a different planet. After all, they don’t call it "culture shock" for nothing. (It is only shock to those Wal-Mart addicted and strung out on 100 daytime TV shows.)
If you do move to another country, you may quickly find that thousands of little things that you once took for granted in the U.S. are now very different. (That is the whole idea.)
And there is a very good chance that many of the "amenities" that you are accustomed to in the U.S. will not be available in a foreign nation and that your standard of living will go down. (Let’s see, in Fiji we have a maid that costs $2.80 US per hour. Our gardener gets the same and the handyman the same and the auto repair about the same and the Dentist, double that, so getting a car washed by hand, inside and out, with tip, try $6.50 USD. Movie DVD’s are only $1.65 and often out before they are in America.)
So if you are thinking of moving somewhere else, you may want to visit first just to get an idea of what life would be like if you made the move. (I recommend you take a holiday/vacation to Fiji to check it out and then, just stay; blow off your return ticket or use it for your residency visa bond.)
What Freedoms and Liberties Will You Lose By Moving?
Yes, our liberties and our freedoms are being rapidly eroded in the United States. But in many other nations around the world things are much worse. You may find that there is no such thing as "freedom of speech" or "freedom of religion" in the country that you have decided to move to. (Americans have no idea what real freedom is. Until you have lived in a benevolent military dictatorship, (Fiji style) you have not experienced Freedom.)
Is There A Possibility That The Country You Plan To Escape To Could Be Involved In A War At Some Point?
We are moving into a time of great geopolitical instability. If you move right into the middle of a future war zone, you might really regret it. If you do plan to move, try to find a country that is likely to avoid war for the foreseeable future. (America is always at war and one day one of those countries may do like I did with the bully kid on our street. We ganged up on him and solved the problem.)
When The Global Economy Collapses, Will You And Your Family Be Okay For Food?
What good will it be to leave the United States if you and your family run out of food? (The threat of not getting food deliveries in a crisis is very prime in America and most large countries with large cities.)
Today, we are on the verge of a major global food crisis. Global food reserves are at their lowest level in nearly 40 years, and shifting global weather patterns are certainly not helping things.
And the global elite are rapidly getting more control over the global food supply. Today, between 75 and 90 percent of all international trade in grain is controlled by just four gigantic multinational food corporations. (Fiji has more food than people to eat it, and so many kinds, types and varities. The stuff grows in our yards and much of it without permission. No one ever starved in these islands. Coconuts alone could supply all you need and their water was used in lieu of blood plasma during WWII, so don’t under estimate that little football that lives in the trees.)
Leaving the United States permanently and setting up a new life in another country can be done, but it isn’t for the faint of heart. (I know someone who had two heart attacks just as they arrived and now many years later, against doctor’s orders from NZ and without any of their big pharma medication. He is basically cured and the story is all about making that healthy change in living that only living in the clean air and pure world of paradise is this possible.) It takes planning, preparation and lots of hard work.
However, there are lots of people that have done it successfully, including quite a number of people that I know personally.
In the end, you have got to make the decision that is right for you and your family. Don’t let anyone else tell you what to do.
For many, staying in the United States and preparing for the tough years that are coming is the best choice. For others, getting out of the United States and heading for greener pastures is the right choice.
What about you?
What is your choice?
Please feel free to share your perspective by posting a comment below…
This article was posted: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 6:14 am
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