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“If America was a startup, we’d all quit”

February 26, 2013

Welcome to the competitive government movement Michael Arrington. He writes at TechCrunch

America is an unsolvable problem, a nation divided and deeply in hate with itself. If it was a startup we’d understand how unfixable the situation is, most of us would leave for a fresh start and the company would fall apart.

America is MySpace.

But leaving America means renouncing your citizenship, moving out of the country and leaving family and friends behind. You can retain your citizenship if you like, but you’ll still be away from loved ones and still be paying taxes. You lose all the good stuff about America and have to keep all the bad stuff.

I love this country but we have a management team that’s both evil and incompetent. And the way “stockholder rights” are implemented there’s absolutely no way to stop or even slow down the rush to misery. I wish people had the choice of voting with their feet. This tends to keep the individual states somewhat honest in their dealings with citizens because they have to compete against 49 other states. But there’s no escaping the fed. It’s like a startup where everyone is miserable but no one is allowed to quit.

One Comment
  1. Sam permalink
    July 30, 2013 11:20 pm

    Interesting. I guess you could argue that renouncing membership (citizenship) is not too high a price to leave a tribe that makes you “miserable”.

    The bigger point is that you still need to find a better country to go to!

    Even if you want to “default to zero”, as in painless suicide, there are laws against that, too! I think that speaks volumes.

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