A Loyal American Ponders Leaving the Country

Exploring ups and downs of the expat life

| January / February 2004

Not since the days of the Vietnam War have so many progressive-minded citizens considered leaving the country. Part of this, of course, is due to the militarism and civil liberties abuses of the Bush administration, but the increasing greed and incivility of daily life in the United States also feeds the drive to get away. And while there are plenty of good reasons to explore living abroad, there are plenty of pitfalls as well -- not the least of which is the notion that leaving home will somehow solve the issues that persuaded us to flee in the first place.
-- The Editors

See editor Jay Walljasper's "Confessions of a Failed Expat."