November 3rd, 2004 - Open Knowledge
Nov. 3rd, 2004
11:36 pm - Where're you gonna go?
"Where're you gonna go? Where're you gonna run? Where're you gonna hide? Nowhere. Because there's no one like you left."
-- Carol Malone, Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Unhappy with Bush's election? Want to emigrate? It's more difficult than you might think.
A lot of the people on my friend's list are unhappy with the results of the election. I don't blame them -- I fear what Bush will do, given that he no longer has to worry about being re-elected. Even many Bush supporters aren't wildly enthusiastic about him -- for many, he was simply moderately better than Kerry.
However, was Kerry that much better than Bush? He was better on a few issues (such as stem cell research) but worse on others (nationalized healthcare, anyone?). Had he won, a roughly equal number of people would've been just as unhappy with his win.
Why are so many people unsatisfied with our government? And more importantly, what can we do about it?
May I recommend read Patri Friedman's paper Dynamic Geography: A Blueprint for Efficient Government?
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