Who Are the Bad Guys?

The bad guys kill for fun.
The most illustrious, most powerful men and women of the American political classes have always been fond of telling us who the Bad Guys were. According to them we’re surrounded by them, have been for a long time. In the 50’s and 60’s it was the Russians. Remember them? They had recently contributed 20 million dead to help us win the Second World War, but we immediately felt we had to be their enemies. Churchill, who was miffed for being sidelined by Roosevelt and Stalin at Yalta, actually advocated “neutralizing” them as soon as the war was over. Continue reading

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House Speaker John Boehner’s Exceptional World

Chinese dragonJohn Boehner, the new speaker of the House of Representatives, second in the line of succession to the presidency of the United States (after the vice president), recently attacked President Barak Obama’s State of the Union address because the president “refused to talk about American exceptionalism. We are different than (sic) the rest of the world,” said Boehner. Continue reading

Is This the Outbreak of The American Civil War II?

Sarah Palin targets liberal democrats
People on this side of the Atlantic and further afield have been wondering for a long time what’s going on in the U.S.A., and what is it all building up to? Please permit me to suggest that the American Civil War II, which has been brewing for past four decades (roughly since I departed for good; I never should have left them alone…) has suddenly, in Tucson, Arizona on January 8, 2011, turned into a shooting war. Continue reading

Just Say Goodbye, a Self-Exile Primer III/III

Making a Living Abroad

The Turncoat Chronicles-CoverLet’s consider your possibilities for making a living. Obviously, if you’re a writer or a visual artist, you’re in business.  You can do your work (almost) anywhere.  Or, if you have money to invest you might get into rental property or a business. This is trickier and, having failed in a couple of businesses myself, I wouldn’t recommend it. The European bureaucratic obstacles can be formidable, and doing business here requires a lengthy, expensive learning process. Can your work be done over Internet?  A lot of jobs can these days.  If that’s your case, then you’re home free. Continue reading

Just Say Goodby, A Self-Exile Primer II/III

How to Get Started

takeoff

You need to start out with a mission statement. That’s your North Star; it has to do with the essence of your project and your objectives. That is to say, what are your priorities and where do you want to go, not only geographically, but philosophically? Think hard about it and get it right. Again, you’re not in a hurry. This is the genetic code of your expatriation project, and if you get it wrong at the outset, when the cells of the embryo are just beginning to divide, you may run into trouble down the line. Continue reading

Just Say Goodbye, A Self-Exile Primer I/III


Fed Up?

The Turncoat Chronicles-CoverSo, you’re finally fed up with the seemingly endless string of cynical,  self-serving, and ruthless  magnates, politicians, and generals, and the infirm society they have created for you and your fellow Americans.  You’re frustrated, ashamed and depressed. You really want out.  You’re convinced, ready to make your move.

Would you like to hear a few suggestions from someone who’s been through it, and who has met a lot of people over the years who have achieved the goal that you aspire to? Maybe I can help you out. Expatriating one’s self is like any other worthwhile project; it requires some planning. You don’t just pack your bags. First you think the whole thing through, consider your alternatives, make preparations, and cultivate contacts, both in your home and destination countries—you’re going to need all the friends and business contacts you can get. Continue reading

Arundhati Roy–The Article the NY Times Refused to Publish after 911

Arundhati_Roy

I just ran across this eerily prescient article by Indian novelist, journalist and activist, Arundhati Roy, published by The Guardian on September 29, 2001, less than three weeks after 911. The New York Times refused to publish the article. They probably thought she was a dangerous Commie. And she is.  Just look at her face.

Here’s the link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4266289,00.html

Read’em and weep.