It looks like some rich libertarians are creating their own "utopia":
Silicon Valley billionaire funding creation of artificial libertarian islands | The Lookout - Yahoo! News
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb
Strongly consider expatriating to Brazil when I was sitting high on my share of my father's estate. Also considered Iceland, but just couldn't get past their gun laws; that was frustrating, on account of them getting so much else right.
I plan to settle in Kenya after teaching HS in the US for a few years (to give back to my country before I migrate).
There is a wonderful village on the wet side of the mountain that will make a great place for a botanical garden, organic demonstration gardens and cash crops (tea and coffee) and perhaps a satallite demonstration farm with classrooms for an organic agriculture college I am affiliated with. It has great people, a real sense of community and it is very peaceful. The cash crop brings plenty of cash with little labor, so the villagers are really the bougies of Kenya, with 1-4 acres per family and all the kids going to HS and even college.
I believe in a neo-exodus of the developed world educated to the developing world, to reverse the brain drain and finally own (thus be able to fix) poverty.
I want to lobby for and represent organic tea production to secure the watershed for those below. The village is at the 'top' (adjacent to the national forest), the first to get water from the mountain streams and artesian springs.
There is a huge difference between contributing to the societal pool for betterment of man, and there is being held to slavery to support others who won't contribute to that societal pool. Note 'won't' versus 'can't'. We are reaching that fuzzy line rather quickly, where contributions to society are crossing over to detriment of one's own support, and I watch in anger as some gleefully proclaim it as their just due.
Given the opportunity, I gladly give of my earnings and self to those who need help, yet the powers that be declare it is not enough and I am forced to give more under threat of penalty or imprisonment. Is that a society where people can flourish? Is that a society where one wants to live and raise families?
I can't answer for others, but when I reach that line, I will make the decision to fight or flee.
(good post, btw)
Building block or stumbling block.... choose.
It's not change as such that bothers me. It's the kind of change that's taking place. My family and I are making concrete plans to leave in the next 5 years.