PNEWS re: Doublespeak & escaping the USA

1995-12-11

Richard Moore


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>Sender: Progressive News & Views List <•••@••.•••>

>On 12/10/95, Martin Kaufman <•••@••.•••> wrote:

>Enjoyed your post on Doublespeak.  You've obviously read your Chomsky and
>Herman.

rkm:

No I haven't.  Seeing what's going on is more a matter of perspective than
it is of insight, it seems to me.  It all seems so bloody obvious if you
step back from the media-inspired micro-debates, and track the basic moves
as they relate to power, ownership, and popular sovereignty.

>Was just wondering how you managed to get out of U.S.  (I'm assuming you're a
>u.s. citizen)

I was lucky in that I could telework, and then later was able to take an
extended sabbatical.  Working for a U.S. company via email seems to be
consistent with a visitor's visa in many countries.  That's one answer.
Living itself is easy in most countries, a work visa is what's difficult.
The easiest path is to find a U.S. company that has branches overseas, that
you can qualify for.  Once overseas, you can probably make contacts and
perhaps a firm there can sponsor you -- companies typically understand the
visa rules and how to use them to hire people they want.

Ireland, I understand, welcomes entrepreneurs -- people who can create
productive economic actvitity and have the resources to get it started.
I'm not sure what incentives are offered.  Working journalists can
typically get visas -- with imagination, you might write a column for a
paper in your host country ("the American perspective") or for a U.S. paper
("our roving correspondent").

>It must be nice, though,
>to be around less jingoistic, more literate people, no?

Jingoism does seem to be concentrated in the states these days.  Literacy
is high in both places, but it seems to have more venues for expression in
the UK or Ireland, at least in this reporter's experience.  Interestingly
enough, a majority of the people I meet in Wexford express an eagerness to
live in the U.S.  My own preference for living here is the community/family
spirit of the people, the refreshment that comes from delving into a new
culture, and the basic life style -- music, pubs, conversation, "sessions".
Without Internet I'd probably feel isolated.

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mike flugennock <•••@••.•••> wrote:

>...If I here one more platitude about how this
>is still the greatest country on Earth, I think I'll hurl. It may not be as
>bad as China, but it's getting closer by the day, it seems.

You might say the President's job is to deliver feel-good experiences.
People are encouraged to identify with exploits on the world stage, and
believe they are helping to fight evil.  When you stop believing in Santa
Clause, the whole mythology ceases to amuse.

>Given this
>country's steadily worsening record in economic/domestic policy, foreign
>policy and its growing disdain for the Bill of Rights, someplace like
>Holland or Sweden is looking better all the time.

Keep in mind that the U.S. increasingly runs the world.  It's not like in
Germany in the 30's when you could flee to an autonomous realm.  The "drug
problem", criminal "justice" laws, NWO alignment, unemployment, "reforms",
are all catching up with the rest of the world as well.  There's a case to
be made that no effective changes can be made without a strong U.S.
domestic progressive movement.  Someone needs to organize in the belly of
the beast.

But for those who choose to become expatriates, it would help if we could
have correspondents in the different countries.  You'd think Internet would
make that feasible.

Cheers,
Richard

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