I often get emails asking me the conditions under which I would choose to stay in the United States and not leave in 2025. Sometimes people ask, “Who could be elected that would convince you to stay?”
No one. America is not a fixable system anymore. Our last chance to turn things around was during the mid to late 1990s, and that was 20 years ago. Bernie Sanders or Trump nor Ron Paul nor God himself could fix the United States at this point if he was elected president. The car has already driven off the cliff, the two front tires are in the air, and your only option is to jump out of the car or grab the steering wheel and hope you don’t die. Turning the wheel left or right isn’t going to help at this point.
So is there anything that could happen that would convince me to stay? Yes. Two things, both very unlikely to occur in the next 10 years.
The first would be if someone invents something in the next 10 years which completely revolutionizes the entire world and brings prosperity to all. Think John Galt’s static electricity generator. Something that creates limitless energy with no pollution that’s super cheap, for example.
Odds of this actually happening before 2025? Possible, but very low. I’m not holding my breath.
The second thing would be secession, something I’ve discussed on this blog several times before. If one or more of the states in the US actually has the balls to secede from the union and it’s clearly run by folks who are for small government, I will either move to that state or delay my escape from the US a little while to see if any other states follow suit.
States giving the federal government the middle finger and actually seceding from the union, not talking about it or threatening it (Texas), but actually doing it, is the only action that would convince me that Americans were actually waking up and tired of being abused by its big government and big banks.
If even one state did this, it would be a game-changer for the US, and things would get very exciting. Then yes, I would probably stay, at least for a while longer.
Other than those two things, nothing would convince me that Americans (and their European brothers, who are even worse off) aren’t headed down a slow path of destruction. It doesn’t matter who gets elected or what jerkwads in office promise or which latest group of angry citizens protest.
What did Occupy Wall Street accomplish? What did the Tea Party accomplish? In both cases, nothing. Both government and the banks are far bigger and more powerful since both these mobs wasted their time protesting the inevitable (even if I agree with some of their views).
Technological revolution or secession, that’s it. Both likely at some point, but not in the next 10 years, and I’m not waiting longer than that.