Confessions of a Failed Expat

Why we need to bring the best of the world home to America

| January / February 2004

In the aftershock of the 1980 election, when Ronald Reagan won big, I went job-hunting in Toronto. I wasn't sure I wanted to launch my journalism career in a country whose chief executive believed that trees cause pollution and poor people use food stamps mostly to buy vodka.

Now we are up against another hard-line Republican administration, this one even more radical than Reagan's, and I hear more people talk about fleeing the USA. (See "A Loyal American Ponders Leaving the Country," page 58). My own attempt to expatriate didn't work out. I was a graduate student with limited professional experience, and Canadian immigration laws made it almost impossible for any magazine to hire me. So I took the train back home to set forth in the world on my native soil.

Pay Now Save $5!

Utne Summer 2016Want to gain a fresh perspective? Read stories that matter? Feel optimistic about the future? It's all here! Utne Reader offers provocative writing from diverse perspectives, insightful analysis of art and media, down-to-earth news and in-depth coverage of eye-opening issues that affect your life.

Save Even More Money By Paying NOW!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5 and get 4 issues of Utne Reader for only $40.00 (USA only).

Or Bill Me Later and pay just $45 for 4 issues of Utne Reader!

Facebook Instagram Twitter

click me