Politics, Always Have an Escape Plan 

After Trump won the election in 2016 I seriously considered moving out of the US. Yes, part of it WAS Trump and a sneaking fear he would bring democracy crashing down in order to retain power – a fear that ultimately proved both precognitive and, at least for 2020, an overestimate of Trump's ability to harm the Republic.

But another part was something I discovered while researching how to be an ex-pat: namely it could actually improve my lifestyle.

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Politics, Escape Plan 

As part of that research I narrowed down the possible destinations and even spent nearly two months in my top choice; to get a feel for living there.

Afterwards I seriously considered moving to either Costa Rica or Ecuador, because my available resources would allow me to live quite well in either place – not because I was afraid of what Trump could do to my own country.

In the end I stayed here, but for family reasons unrelated to either motivation for leaving.

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Politics, Escape Plan 

It's now 2021 and Trump is no longer in power. However, it's also clear he has deeply damaged US politics; perhaps irrecoverably.

All political systems are flawed, because they are made out of people and people are flawed. However, you can paper over the flaws with norms and culture and things continue to lurch ahead in an acceptable fashion.

Yet Trump showed the GOP two things:

1. Norms can be broken

2. White Nationalism remains a powerful force in US politics

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Politics, Escape Plan 

So, today we look ahead to 2024 with trepidation. In my own case I'm not so much worried about Trump running again himself as I am worried the far-right will use the playbook Trump designed to usurp the Presidency for whichever authoritarian the GOP ends up nominating.

Because (a) the GOP will nominate an authoritarian and (b) they will try to stack the deck to win. Even if it means Republican state legislatures overruling the popular vote in certain states.

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Politics, Escape Plan 

Caveats: this is my opinion only AND there remains a possibility the GOP will recover from their current insanity AND even if they do try to game the 2024 presidential election they are quite likely to fail.

But they might also succeed.

And that means I need to once again consider an escape plan. Not because I am worried about myself, after all I'm an older white het/cis male with no influence. When the Jack-Booted Thugs are loosed, they won't come after me.

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Politics, Escape Plan 

No. My reasoning is more:

* It still makes sense economically

* If I have to live in a failed state, I'd rather it wasn't one I used to love

* I can blaze a trail for those less fortunate

Over the next three years I will revive my 2016 escape plan and update it as needed. I will support those who want to save my country. And I will carefully watch attempts to restrict or control voting in conservative states, using that as the bellwether for a right-wing coup.

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Politics, Escape Plan 

I'm guessing there are few (if any) who have stuck with this thread to the end. But, if you have, and if you are more likely than me to suffer should the White Nationalists manage to pull off a minoritarian victory, you might want to watch this space.

If I do have to activate my escape plan, I'd like to make sure you all get to come with me…

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