A question often asked of libertarians complaining about the oppressive policies of government.
Well indeed, why don’t we?
In many cases it is either extremely hard, or simply pointless. When it comes to all around liberty, it is pointless because there is no spot on Earth where power hungry narcissists (or politicians as we call them) are not sticking their noses in your affairs. But this does not mean that people that are dissatisfied cannot leave in the case of individual matters of liberty.
And so what you can now see happening is an exodus from high-tax and high-regulation states in the U.S.
People are voting with their feet. The natural result of this, statists being statists, is that in order to make up for the loss in tax revenue to be able to continue funding Miss Ellis’ knitting club and help for poor, homeless, and sick teachers (the most oppressed people in the world), taxation will likely be raised for the remaining fools. And so the whole thing will spiral out of control like a Yankee version of Greece.
If you don’t like it, why don’t you leave?
Well, people don’t like it, and they’re leaving. Will you like paying for the shortfall? Will you not bemoan that dissatisfied Californians actually follow up on your advise?
Here is the thing. Socialism, or any of its varieties, will never work as long as it has not spread across the globe, at which point pure force can keep it around for longer. But in the case of states like California, relief is just one border away. Like Cubans crossing the waters to Florida; like Mexicans crossing the border to the South, socialism drives people away. The Berlin Wall was meant to keep people in; not out.
So as a libertarian i can only shout: “flee… flee… flee…” And let that wretched state, and others like it, fall down onto its own rotted foundation.
Don’t vote with your mouth because nobody will hear you. Vote with your feet.