This was bad news for American entrepreneurs, but we saw no apologies from DC’s parasitic bureaucrats. Instead of loosening the tax collector’s death grip around our only source of economic growth, maggots such as Senator Chuck Schumer decided it’d be best to prevent wealthy expatriates from ever returning to the country.
Acts of personal sovereignty such as Rich’s and Saverin’s threaten government officials because they imply that individuals will move as they wish. It suggests that successful businessmen really will leave the farm when they’re pushed around for too long.
In ways, Americans are even starting to self-secede. In Charles Murray’s newest book, Coming Apart. Murray explains how American communities are increasingly isolated from one another. The modern economy’s dependence on creativity began separating concrete doers from abstract thinkers in ways it had never done before. Creative minds didn’t want to live around people who slowed them down, and thus they relocated to new habitats where others were less likely to dictate their actions. Murray summarizes:
…they didn’t just separate themselves from the poor. They separated themselves from just about everyone who isn’t as rich and well educated as they are.
Is this not a cultural renouncement of citizenship?
Murray views this pattern negatively, but I feel an immense sense of happiness about what’s happening. It’s reassuring that the America where people cared about whom they associated with is still vital, living in the backdrop of our psyches yet remaining quiet and in constant watch for the egalitarian police.
It tells me that people will do everything they can to avoid unnecessary barriers on the path to success, and whether that’s renouncing your citizenship or moving to a neighborhood filled with people like you, nothing is so frustrating as being grouped together with a bunch of bumbling fools who insist you’re all brethren.
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