The Trickle Becomes a Flood?
Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers
by Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers: 'Good
Morning!' as a Defense Mechanism in Modern America
"The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe
place where we can go as we are and not be questioned."
~ Maya Angelo
I had many reasons for leaving the USA and moving overseas. One
of the big reasons was, because of traveling outside of the USA
a lot in university days, I began to realize that the story (brainwashing)
about the USA being the "Greatest Country on Earth" (that we were
all taught in school) wasn't exactly true.
The propaganda involving American exceptionalism and how "we are
different (better)" certainly wasn't true either.
Many people's of the world are proud of their countries (rightly
so) and think they are living in the best country in the world...
I've met many those outside the USA. Before I had met these people,
I was under the impression that everyone was desperately trying
to find a way to escape their country and get to the USA...
Maybe trying to escape to the USA was the dream of most people
during World War II. It's not that way today. In fact, it seems
that it's definitely become the opposite of that today; American
people are trying to leave the USA.
I notice that, over this last year or two, this talk and the topic
of folks escaping from the USA has gotten bigger and bigger. Of
course, the MSM doesn't report it. The fact that online and offline
publications (like my favorites International
Man and Dollar Vigilante) as
well as many other that have popped up supporting expatriation or
diversifying out of the dollar, shows you what readers of LRC have
known all along: People who can read the writing on the wall are
getting out of the USA.
"Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty
at home is to be charged against provisions against danger, real
or pretended from abroad."
~ James Madison in a letter to Thomas Jefferson
LRC has had many articles about this subject since just after the
Invasion of Iraq. When I told my friends this in the early 2000s,
they all scoffed. I doubt that they scoff anymore (or maybe they
are still clueless or in denial).
People with a basic grasp of Modern European History should have
seen the parallels of what happens to a country that wages wars
of aggression to what that means for the domestic populace. The
historical record of the Jewish people and some wealthy and educated
people leaving Germany and Europe in 1938 was a clue. By September
1, 1939, even those who wanted to leave, couldn't.
That the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq were a precursor to today
problems in the USA should have come to no surprise to anyone. Of
course these types of foreign adventures and wars of aggression
lead to a collapse of society; they always have throughout human
history. To think that these incidents and wars would not lead to
the current US debt, economic problems and a loss of freedom is
foolish. To think that foreign wars would not lead to a suppression
of the people and a rise of the police state is to ignore history...
These economic problems and despair, and other recent examples such
as the police
beating of OWS protesters were completely predictable and the
situation will only get worse. Or, even this wonderful
tidbit about how well life in America is today from Reuters about
a shopper pepper-spraying other shoppers or a man getting shot or
the grandpa getting beaten while shopping should surprise no one.
Merry Christmas, USA 2011! Did you remember to bring a helmet and
a flak jacket?
And while we’re on the subject, what's the problem here, officer?
What’s wrong with a woman pepper-spraying shoppers? If you guys
can pepper-spray peaceful protesters then why can't this lady pepper-spray
a pack of insane and possibly dangerous people out buying crap?
I mean, think about it, anyone who would get up early and line up
to buy cheap made-in-China junk must be insane and dangerous...
At least dangerous to themselves!
I think I can safely write this sort of review of the USA today,
but even 7 years ago, when LRC ran a post I wrote about how bad
the USA was becoming, in America
is Bankrupt, I received much hate mail and even a few death
threats. Today, from seeing so many different writings and publications
on the Internet similar to what I had written, talking about USA
expatriation is no longer laughed at, but has now become a common
The window has almost closed, folks. If you can get out now, you
should. You won't be able to so easily in the near future.
Jeff Berwick recently wrote an article right here on LRC entitled,
Recently I was surfing the internet and reading some of my favorite
writers and thinkers when something dawned on me. I read articles
or interviews with the following people – all of whom I respect
and enjoy their viewpoints – in approximately the following order:
- Marc Faber, The Gloom, Boom and Doom Report
- Doug Casey – Founder, Casey Research
- Jim Rogers – American investor and author
- Jim Willie – Hat Trick Letter
- Dudley Baker – PreciousMetalsWarrants.com
- Fred Reed – Author
Can you name something which they all have in common?
If you said that they are all top writers or speakers about free
markets and/or precious metals you'd be correct. But that isn't
their only similarities. They also all have expatriated from their
country of origin. After having read seven articles in a row I
realized that every person I was reading has already defected
from the USSA or other similar western countries.
Like I said, the people who can have gotten out while they can.
It is not unusual to write about these things today. It was risky
to do so seven years ago... But when I first decided to move to
Japan in the early 1980s, there was no one that I could tell my
fears to... In those days, if you had told anyone that you believe
that the USA was way overstepping its authority and turning into
the new Nazi State, American people would have thought you were
To recall an experience when I was working at a company office
before I came to the USA allows me to exemplify one case of just
how twisted the modern American mindset has slowly become. In 1983,
Ronald Reagan ordered the US
invasion of Grenada. For me, this was a quick preview of what
was coming for the USA. I didn't like it at all.
In 1981, I had worked as a salesman / broker. The other salesmen
were nice guys and most of them were typically at least 20-30 years
older than me and many of them were ex-military men.
One day when I came to the office they were having a celebration.
I walked in and it was a happy scene. A few dozens guys eating
and having several "toasts." When they saw me they shouted, "Mike!
Come on in! Have a drink! We're celebrating!"
I grabbed a drink and was very happy to join the party! "Wow! Drinking
at work? Cool!" I then asked, "What are we celebrating?"
To which several guys smiled and said to me, "We won a war!"
An older gentleman who was ex-navy said, "We invaded Grenada and
won a war! The Vietnam war is over! We've won!"
At first, I was happy too. But then it dawned on me... "What the
heck are we doing invading some Caribbean nation. Why do these people
celebrate? They probably don’t even know where Grenada is!"
The MSM was reporting that we invaded that island nation to save
US university students... Then the story was something about 5,000
Cuban regular army on the island building an airport... There were
so many excuses. (Sounds like Iraq?)
Later, I went to the public library and found out some truths.
First off, if you are Cuban, everyone is in the army so 5,000 "Cuban
regulars" probably means about 600 scruffy ille-equipped Cuban soldiers,
their wives and their 8 kids. The University students were never
in any danger and that the UK and several other nations severely
protested the US action as US imperialism (Nah! Couldn't be! We're
the good guys, remember?) And that a US puppet government was put
into power. So much for being the good guys.
While the invasion enjoyed broad public support in the United
States, and received support from some sectors in Grenada
from local groups who viewed the post-coup regime as illegitimate, it
was criticized by the United Kingdom, Canada and
Nations General Assembly, which condemned it as "a flagrant
violation of international
Everything the US media was telling us about this naked aggression
was a complete lie. I remember thinking,
"Hey! We're supposed to be the Land of the Free! We're supposed
to be helping people and spreading democracy (and I don't mean from
the barrel of a gun). We're not supposed to be invading other countries!"
The writing was on the wall for me. I could see what kind
of right wing America we were heading for. I was surprised that
no one else saw it coming, it seemed to me.
I was still young, cocky and believed I could do anything I wanted. And
I wanted to be free. I left the US police state. Now there are many
I do feel vindicated. I feel sorry for those in the USA who fail
to see what's coming. I feel so sorry for the 14 million homeless
in the USA children living in poverty. I am still, to this day,
astounded that even university educated people in the USA support
the vast US empire and military industrial complex.
The day of reckoning is almost here.
(in Tokyo) Rogers [send
him mail] was born and raised in the USA and moved to
Japan in 1984. He is the president of an Internet & Cross Media
advertising/marketing agency and a media production company named
He writes about marketing, the Internet and Social Media at the
Marketing Japan blog. His book, Schizophrenic
in Japan, went on sale in 2005.
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