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How long have you lived overseas?

Well, I’ve been spending half my time overseas for about the last 20 years. The vast majority of it has been in Brazil, and this country is quite strict about its immigration policy. It can be done, but for someone like myself, it’s just too difficult of a nut to crack. Thus, without intending to do so, I’ve been living this transitory lifestyle for a long time. In fact, there have been countless times, where I vowed never to go back to the US and contrarily to never leave it after returning.

Since the only realistic way (for me) to remain here indefinitely is to marry a Brazilian, and lacking the courage (no guts – no glory), I haven’t been able to stay. Every time I try to linger in the US and grind it out, I eventually lose my mind and give up. Life in America is an absolutely soul-crushing experience, but leaving it is almost as hard as staying. I suppose it all goes back to Kierkegaard’s wisdom: ‘If you stay, you’ll regret it. If you leave, you’ll regret it.’

What made you decide to leave the US?

I was always a restless soul, and moving around America lost its allure pretty quickly as I found each locale to be slightly worse than the last. I followed the Iran/Contra affair in the news, and I arrived at the conclusion that the US was nothing more than a banana republic (without the bananas), and I would have laughed at anyone who suggested that “caravans” of immigrants would be trying to enter the country in 2018.

When in college at Michigan State, I met a Brazilian girl as one of the six students (out of 45,000) studying Portuguese. Knowing her and her friends gave me the courage to investigate the place for myself when I graduated in 1989.

Since then it has been a comedy (tragedy) of errors as to why I haven’t been able to establish some sort of residency. For the most part, I was attracted to Brazil because of the fun atmosphere, and this exacerbated my lack of self-discipline.

What do you miss about not being in the US?

Seeing my Dad.

What are the challenges of living where you are as a foreigner?

For six months per year on a tourist visa, there really aren’t any. My credit cards and bank debit card work, and short-term housing is always easy to find. I speak the language fluently, and there are enough foreigners around here to acclimate the locals to strangers. Probably the biggest hassle is being asked a couple times per day for money by street beggars, but I get the same experience walking the streets in America.

While foreigners are common, Americans are extremely rare in this part of Brazil, so I’m regarded as a bit of a curiosity. It’s usually a bonus. For the most part, I barely feel like a foreigner. I’ve spent so much time here, it’s turned into my second home.

The only thing I can’t adjust to is the constant invasion of my personal space. People bump into me, cut in front of me, stand too close to me… I could spend 100 years here and never get used to it. Of course, if the person invading my personal space is an attractive female, I don’t mind it at all! ;)

What are some of the pleasant surprises you’ve encountered in your new home?

The biggest pleasant surprise I’ve had in the last few years has been the realization that I could learn to dance forró. I’ve tried taking lessons for other types of dances several times both here and in the US, and I could never get the hang of any dance. I found a dance studio here in Natal that really wants their students to dance. Sure, it’s a business, but they really take an interest in you. It’s impossible not to get caught up in their enthusiasm, and before you know it, you’re dancing!

What are some of the unanticipated problems?

I’ve been here for too long to remember what the unanticipated problems were. My biggest gripe is having the tourist visa expire while I’m having a big time and being forced to return to America. Even at that low point, I start to kid myself that happiness is just a state of mind, and there’s no reason why I can’t be just as happy in America. And it actually works for about the first month I’m back, I bounce around America with a wink and grin, and America smiles back.

After one month, the reality starts to dawn on me, and I become ever more cautious. My interactions with people become increasingly businesslike, and I dread any unnecessary contact with anyone. All the fake smiles and “have a nice day” start to ring increasingly hollow, and the sneers become more and more menacing. Even places I visit on a regular basis seem less and less hospitable. I feel like a burden wherever I go, and I view everyone as an unavoidable obstacle to my goal of leaving without any trouble.

My financial battles with all my usual nemeses start to become increasingly complicated and dire. Thoughts of shotguns and five-gallon containers of gasoline begin to fill my mind, and I develop a bunker mentality. Shit starts getting real!

Ah, but the question was about my troubles here in Brazil, but somehow I got to thinking about the Land of the Free!

What is some advice you have for Americans who also want to get out?

ORDER IT NOW

Depends on the person. If you’ve never lived outside of America, go somewhere that seems interesting to you. Stay as long as you can. If you run out of money, go back to America and make some more: Rinse and repeat. Better yet, try to learn a skill you can do remotely like programming or writing. It won’t be easy, but what could be harder than spending your life in America.

If you’re afraid you might regret it, don’t worry, there’s a good chance you will, but you’ll regret it more if you stay home.

I’m too old to be living this life, but I’ll stick with it until I find something better, run out of gas, or the Empire finally collapses.

–Sean (51-years-old)

 
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  1. Interesting, and I’d enjoy having a beer with this fellow.

    But the column makes no mention of ever having raised a family. If this man traipsed around like a man child and never bothered marrying, he doesn’t care much about perpetuating his family and his nation (NOT the same as his “country” and certainly not the same as government).

    He is a BIG part of our problem. He contributes nobody to our people who can fight, in the military or otherwise, who can keep or reclaim territory and resources, who can further our traditional language(s), beliefs, mores, and culture.

    The advice in the column doesn’t work for people with children — you know, people who give a damn about the future beyond themselves. People who care about leaving behind morally upright, honest, industrious, family-serving, nation-defending, strong, kind people when they leave this mortal coil.

    Whee, never growing up, dying without issue, abandoning the other good people in Brazil and the USA to whatever befalls us, without trying to stand alongside us and strive or fight as needed. Yeah, learning a cool dance makes up for all that.

    And done while bitching about how everyplace in the vast diverse USA is too much to bear, that’s not real impressive. He talks as if all of America is the same, a big hateful, sarcastic, anti white PC pit, I.e. Los Angeles writ large without the great weather. It’s just not. Sounds like our commenter Jeff Stryker, who acts like the whole country is Detroit, and even worse, like the whole country was Detroit three decades ago.

    Grow up, men, raise a family, and fight for our future. That might be in the USA or it might not, but get your head on straight and assess the USA and your options reasonably,

  2. @RadicalCenter

    Of course, my rant against the poor guy doesn’t apply if he’s medically unable to have kids, which is “none of our business” but would be very relevant. Then again, that’s not all that common, typically less than ten percent of men being truly infertile.

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @Reg Cæsar
  3. Anon[319] • Disclaimer says:

    According to Wikipedia, as 0f 2013, the racial makeup of Natal was 48.38% Pardo (Multiracial), 46.99% White, 3.65% Black, 0.30% Asian or Amerindian.

    I wonder what the crime rates are.

  4. eD says:

    So the obsession of commentators on this site with both race and breeding come up in the first three comments, off of an article that doesn’t even remotely feature either. Impressive.

    • Agree: L.K
  5. Dumbo says:

    So the obsession of commentators on this site with both race and breeding come up in the first three comments, off of an article that doesn’t even remotely feature either. Impressive.

    LOL. Yes, true. Let’s wait until someone manages to mention the Jews.

    But the thing about having or not children is relevant in this case, as it basically is a form of establishing oneself in a place and focusing less on oneself and more on the future generation. I wonder why he didn’t marry a Brazilian, as it would be relatively easy for a gringo, and even more in the Northeast, and it would solve his Visa problem really fast.

    Incidentally, I notice that most countries in Latin America are very harsh against illegal immigration, while in the US it’s almost the opposite: illegal immigrants are hardly bothered while to migrate legally even through marriage can be a hassle and sometimes impossible.

    • Replies: @TheBear
    , @Will Jones
  6. anon[161] • Disclaimer says:

    as i was reading it i thought it was Linh Dinh

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  7. Denis says:

    America is not an easy place to live, and unfortunately, because of how expensive it is to live there, it’s an even more difficult place to leave.

  8. Sampa says:

    For those that asked about the crime figures, here you go

    Natal in 2017 was the most violent city in Brazil and the fourth most violent in the world, with 102 murders for each 100k inhabitants. The state of Rio Grande do Norte was also the most violent state in Brazil with an average of 64 murders per 100k inhabitants.

    https://www.blogdobg.com.br/ranking-coloca-natal-como-4a-mais-violenta-do-mundo-e-a-primeira-do-brasil/

    https://g1.globo.com/rn/rio-grande-do-norte/noticia/rn-e-o-estado-com-a-maior-taxa-de-crimes-violentos-de-2017.ghtml

  9. Was the first pic in the article of food?

    Yuk.

    I’ll stay in Texas, thanks.

  10. republic says:

    Hard to believe that this guy who is fluent in Portuguese having lived there for many years is seemly unable to get a resident visa. Very odd. Many opportunities there to start a business. Renewable of a tourist visa does not require him to return to the US, many go to Argentina or Paraguay to do so. Getting to Brazil has gotten much easier since the beginning of this year as Brazil used to require Americans to get a visa,due to the principle of reciprocity, but the fall in tourist arrivals from the US led Brazil to start the issuance of an online Evisa which is granted in a few hours for a small sum in comparison to the previous fee of $170 and having to wait for many weeks. (that is the cost of a US tourist visa for Brazilians).

    Natal, by the way has one of the world’s highest crime rates.

    • Replies: @Low Voltage
  11. Would also be curious re this guy’s experience of Brasil’s notoriously huge street crime rate

    The article presents an image of a much shallower character than many described by Linh Dinh … a guy borderline boomer – genX in age, the dude seems to be living life as if trying to always remain on USA college ‘spring break’ tho in his 50s, with Brasil his ‘Florida forevah, party hearty’ stomping ground

    The comments above re children etc have a point … no seeking to settle down, wife-up? Have a family, even if an adopted one? Or just some kind of deeper engagement with life and other people?

    Just the party life in a looser, warmer-emotion country where that is easier to do? Where lots of girls are poorer and he has yankee dollars, the unspoken background one guesses

    It seems the interview is basically about ‘techniques of muh hedonism’ … not a very appealing picture of USA-Americans or humanity

    • Replies: @republic
    , @Low Voltage
  12. republic says:
    @Brabantian

    https://anthrosource.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jlca.12243

    Natal is one of the sex tourist capitals of the world. Many non-stops flights from many European cities.

    A similar situation exists in the Dominican republic.

    It was off the radar for American men with that particular inclination due to the formerly strict visa regime of the Brazilian government.

    However as I indicated in my above remarks things are much easier for US citizens now.

    Also it is highly possible the US will soon grant Brazil visa wavier status.

    • Replies: @bj
  13. In an Internet comment, I said Brazil was the Latin American country with the most similarity to the USA, and then as if to confirm my mostly un-read comment, Brazilians elected a Brazilian Trump. Further confirming my comment thesis, the Brazilian Trump did not do what he said he was going to do in his campaign.

    • Replies: @Sampa
  14. @eD

    Maybe you should stick to CNN.

    • LOL: RadicalCenter
  15. republic says:

    the Brazilian Trump did not do what he said he was going to do in his campaign.

    what was that?

  16. @RadicalCenter

    Grow up, men, raise a family, and fight for our future.

    Raise a family with some filthy, past-her-prime, used-up, American whore who’s been pumped and dumped by every bad boy in town and who will ass rape you in divorce court right after savagely taking all her anger and resentment against said bad boys out on you?

    Not a chance, buddy. Après moi, le déluge.

  17. Generally speaking…
    In Latin America you can’t flush your toilet paper. The plumbing is that crappy, pun intended. The food and water is also substandard, health-wise. And if you require peace and quiet, forget it. Some of the nicer hotels and bnb’s are exceptions to some extent.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
    , @Anonymous
    , @augusto
  18. Dumbo says:
    @The True and Original David

    I don’t think so, maybe you have been going to the wrong places. The main problem in Latin America is violence, corruption and criminality, but not plumbing, food or water. Well, maybe in Mexico and in Central America. But Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile are pretty much OK in that respect. Actually, food-wise it is probably better/healthier than the U.S.

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
  19. JackOH says:

    Linh, thanks for this interview with an American ex-pat.

    ” . . . [T]ry to linger in the US and grind it out, I eventually lose my mind and give up. Life in America is an absolutely soul-crushing experience, but leaving it is almost as hard as staying.”

    ” . . . I arrived at the conclusion that the US was nothing more than a banana republic (without the bananas).”

    Well, I can’t disagree with Sean’s quips, that’s for sure. I’ve described my own thoughts in considering emigrating from the States, but let me just repeat an anecdote told publicly by a former mayor in my area. Shortly after being elected, he was visited by the priest who’d married him and his wife, who’d been a refugee from post-WWII Europe. The priest’s mission? Bag man for one faction of the Mob. The mayor tossed him out.

  20. @Ray Huffman

    You’re right, it’s better to assume that the worst will happen — a good excuse for not taking any risks or having the balls to get out there and try — stay unmarried, do nothing to perpetuate your family, and leave nobody behind to help the other good people struggling in this world.

    Grow up.
    Man up or die out.

    • Replies: @WHAT
  21. @eD

    ‘So the obsession of commentators on this site with both race and breeding come up in the first three comments, off of an article that doesn’t even remotely feature either. Impressive…’

    We could all have a nice discussion about how nice beaches are, but I, for one, wouldn’t have much to say. Would you?

  22. anonymous[269] • Disclaimer says:

    MISSING AMERICA

    “LEAVING IS (ALMOST) A SOUL-CRUSHING EXPERIENCE”

    I don’t understand why the average white male would feel this way. It bewilders me that any white male from the average background with the average skill-set would “miss” anything about the US at all.

    [MORE]

    Miss American women?

    Why? Divorce-rape? Infidelity that leads to divorce that leads to the male homeless and estranged from his children?

    Western expat married to Asian, Arab or Latino women are more likely to remain married than to American women.

    Miss American television?

    It is garbage that denigrates whites anyhow. And besides, you can get a satellite dish anywhere and watch Netflix anyhow.

    Safety and security?

    I never encountered the dangers of Phoenix, AZ in Dubai or Asia. You are much safer on public transport in Dubai or Bangkok than you are on a public bus in any US city. I’ve never seen a “chimp out” in Dubai or Asia.

    What is the average white-collar white guy going to do if he moves to rural sticks in the US to get away from urban crime? Clean chicken coups?

    You are more likely to find a job or start a business overseas then in rural areas.

    “Freedom”

    I am free to believe that gays spread AIDS and certain minorities can be dangerous overseas. Most locals would agree with me.

    I am free to walk anywhere without local police doing a “Rambo” number on me (Though Latin American might be different).

    I am free to drink anywhere (Though I don’t) in Asia. Taxis are cheap. I can get totally drunk and nobody cares.

    I can pay for female companionship or have casual relationships paid or unpaid if I want.

    I can gamble anywhere if I want.

    Employment?

    I was better off overseas than I was in the US. It was the reason I went to Dubai as a young man. Endure the urban hellscape and live in a tiny apartment to hold a job or move to the sticks and clean chicken coups?

    Miss fellow countrymen?

    1) No whiggers.

    2) No SJW freaks.

    3) No rednecks.

    4) No tweakers, Opiate addicts or other junkies.

    5) No Cholos.

    4) No hood-rats.

    5) No dull-eyed nympho low-class single-mothers of any race whose fornication I pay 18 years for.

    6) No whiggers.

    7) No (THEM).

    What is there for a white American man to miss? When we leave the US it deprives women and various minorities and lobbies of our tax money, but their presence deprives us of a pain in the ass.

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @Anonymous
  23. anonymous[269] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ray Huffman

    A YOUNG MAN’S EXPERIENCE

    Up to the point that I moved overseas as a young man, my life was a mess. My college girlfriend whom I had expected to marry broke up with me; I found myself living in working class parts of Phoenix where brushes with Hispanic and black were frequent; I earned a pittance salary.

    By chance, a high school buddy offered me a job in Dubai because he was looking for a flat mate.

    I was 25 and single with no dependents. So I went.

    In retrospect I lucky. There was no divorce-rape from my college girlfriend and a lengthy custody battle to see my kids. No concerns about footing the bill for a private school so that they did not get pounded by blacks or cholos or trailer trash in public school.

    There was no mortgage for a house whose property value never recovered after the Great Recession.

    No credit card debt. My wages were good overseas and one can start a profitable business for as little as $10,000.

    And above all else no real crime. My pockets were picked in the Philippines once. Another time there was a burglary.

    But this is nothing compared to the constant tension of the US urban cities where Cholos and blacks sometimes run around a corner and assault whites for no reason.

    All in all, it is a good thing my life was for shit as a young man in the US as a young man.

  24. Anonymous[392] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    yeah me too. it took me a few paragraphs to clock it definitely wasn’t his writing style. far too bland!

  25. Anonymous[392] • Disclaimer says:
    @The True and Original David

    In Latin America you can’t flush your toilet paper. The plumbing is that crappy, pun intended.

    Why don’t they use water toilets, like civilized people?

  26. bonaparte says:

    I’m Brazilian, and I’ve been to Natal many many times… Great place, sea, sun, good food, cheap places to stay. Foreign men there are mostly European, there are direct charter flights, no visa requirements. Poor, humble Brazilian women OF THAT AREA are constantly looking for foreign men… They dream of marriage, kids, stable life. Bear in mind that Natal is a tropical seaside “small” city in the poorest part of Brazil. Low literacy, third world public hospitals, general lack of good government.
    Violent crime is rising explosively because of the economic crisis. No hate crime to speak of, but armed robbery is common. Do not resist. You WILL be shot if you do. It’s a business deal: give your money keep your life. If you have nothing whatsoever, you WON’T GET SHOT (most of the time) because it’s BAD for business. Police will get involved, for no gain to the robber. Capitalistic, rational decisions. Police is ALSO capitalist: you want your wallet, credit card, passport back ? Let the police know you will pay a reward. They will find it for you, and for an extra reward, even bring you back a picture of the “thief”. Do not try to stiff the police. They are armed, shoot people dead every day, and do not like dishonest clients. São Paulo, in the south, is radically different, a cross between NYC and Latin America. Anywhere in Brazil, it’s best to be polite to policemen, AND do not show Rolex watches, hundreds of dollars in cash, gold jewelry, etc. Most are honest, but the bad apples WILL take such things from you, and they prefer not to have witnesses in case it gets to the courthouse. Police in Brazil face death every day. In Rio alone, more than 100 police officers were shot dead this year. They are used to this, and they shoot (and get shot at…) every week. Don’t mess with them, they are YOUR protection.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    , @utu
  27. Anonymous[658] • Disclaimer says:
    @RadicalCenter

    Sounds like our commentator Jeff Stryker, who acts like the whole country is Detroit, and even worse, like the whole country was Detroit three decades ago.

    Stryker’s back as can be read from some comments above. Unz got fed up of his ‘vacuous incoherent rambling’ and blocked his (fake) a** but hes gone anon now. he’s easy to spot though. I’ll leave that as an exercise for you ;)

    Wonder why Ron allows this piece of c*** to post and pollute the comments section is beyond me. Ron is really TRUE to his word about real FoS. Not the JYT version. Perhaps Ron has employed some Algorithm to allow/deny posts based on some criteria but it looks like it needs to be updated to “detect” noise like his comments. A good task for a budding AI scientist! Who’s up for the task??

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  28. Truth says:
    @RadicalCenter

    Of course, my rant against the poor guy doesn’t apply if he’s medically unable to have kids,

    If he was (cough) “medically unable to have kids” (cough) why the fuck would he want to live in Brazil?

  29. Truth says:
    @Ray Huffman

    Raise a family with some filthy, past-her-prime, used-up, American whore who’s been pumped and dumped by every bad boy in town and who will ass rape you in divorce court right after savagely taking all her anger and resentment against said bad boys out on you?

    Right!

    (Or he could choose a beautiful attractive woman who loves him, is interesting and funny and educated, and would be an excellent mother like EVERY woman I have had the pleasure of dating in America, but I guess the choice is his).

  30. Truth says:
    @anonymous

    Jeff, stop dicking around and just go back to using your name.

    • Replies: @renfro
  31. niceland says:

    I met two women from Natal few months ago. They were working temporarily over here in Iceland for a friend of mine. It was a bit strange to learn how desperate one of them was to find a man – so she could stay here. She was around 30 or so and gorgeous. Not every day I see such creatures in desperation to find a man.

    My friend likes her and introduced her to a good man her age. That guy lost his wife in a car crash, on their wedding day 8 years ago, single ever since with a broken heart. They say he is smiling again.

  32. WHAT says:
    @RadicalCenter

    >equating “growing up” with marrying a whore
    >”radical center”

    Ahahahahaaaa.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  33. bomag says:
    @eD

    Make that the first four comments.

  34. Sampa says:
    @Endgame Napoleon

    Obviously the Brazilian Trump hasn’t kept any of his campaign promises yet……he only takes office in January.

    • Replies: @Truth
  35. So how does this guy finance his lifestyle? Is he working in the US then running off to Brazil when he has saved enough money? Or is he programming/writing remotely?

  36. @Ray Huffman

    Raise a family with some filthy, past-her-prime, used-up, American whore who’s been pumped and dumped by every bad boy in town and who will ass rape you in divorce court right after savagely taking all her anger and resentment against said bad boys out on you?

    Most American MEN don’t have that problem. Almost all my college class-mates are still married 20 years on, have 3 or 4 kids, nice houses and are doing pretty well. My male friends who are divorced for the most part dumped their wives for younger, more playful models. The bitter incel experience is not necessarily representative of American life.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  37. Being a Dutchman whose ancestry here can be traced back to 1650, at two precise places, nobody ever lived more than say thirty miles away from these places, I’m always flabbergasted about lack of connection with a geographic area.
    I live, now since 1970, at no more than 150 miles from these places, where houses and farms where ancestors lived still exist, as do the villages of these houses etc.
    Since approx 1970 nephews etc moved away, one even lives in LA.
    But the connection with the fatherland remains.
    My impression is that in the USA no such connection exists.
    Without any problem, or so it seems to me, USA citizens accept a job thousands of miles away.

    Now this phenomenon is not unknown, though it was only recently that I saw French historians, from the French colonial era in N Africa, explain that two types of nation concepts exist:
    - the nation connected to a geographical area
    - the nation based on (extended) familie ties, tribes, religions, cultures.
    These French historians see the geographical nation as something European, the non geographical, ideological, one could say, as from the Middle East, non sedentary people, nomads.

    Into what category I must place USA citizens, I really do not know.
    The third possibility of course is no nation at all, the, what some in Europe see as ‘hamburger culture’.

    Clear is of course that in Germany the battle between the two concepts rages.
    The geographical nation followers are neonazis, according to the ruling class.
    But what sfinx Merkel thinks in this respect is an enigma, on the one hand ‘the people are those who live here for some time’, geographical, on the other ‘the Islam belongs to Germany’, an ideological idea, it seems.

  38. …After one month [back in the U.S.], the reality starts to dawn on me, and I become ever more cautious. My interactions with people become increasingly businesslike, and I dread any unnecessary contact with anyone. All the fake smiles and “have a nice day” start to ring increasingly hollow, and the sneers become more and more menacing. Even places I visit on a regular basis seem less and less hospitable…

    That’s how I felt when I lived in the Tri-State area (NY-NJ-CT), particularly the menace. The author might try one of the civilized American states, particularly those of the Old Confederacy.

  39. @bonaparte

    Thanks for this useful guidance.

    niceland – how does a woman from Brazil get a visa to work in Iceland?

    • Replies: @niceland
  40. Swan Knight says: • Website
    @Ray Huffman

    Agree. Do what I did and marry South American. Our kids are White, champion athletes, smart, and the separation of genes has made them healthy

    • Replies: @Hapalong Cassidy
  41. Swan Knight says: • Website

    Brazilian Super model Raica Oliveira is the World’s most beautiful woman since the invention of photography. Do yourself a favor and duckduckgo her images

    • Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike
  42. @jilles dykstra

    ‘…But the connection with the fatherland remains.
    My impression is that in the USA no such connection exists…’

    Indeed. However, the problem can be that you’re still here — but the ‘fatherland’ is gone.

    Most of my ancestors moved to California between 1864 and 1900; one of my great-great grandmothers was part of the first class to graduate from the University of California, or so memory has it.

    So California was the land of my family’s memories — specifically, the San Francisco Bay Area and outlying points such as Sacramento and Monterey. Well, it’s all gone now — almost literally.

    I was told once I had a very strong California accent. Maybe I did — I couldn’t say. I don’t have it any more. I doubt if anyone does.

  43. @jilles dykstra

    ‘The third possibility of course is no nation at all, the, what some in Europe see as ‘hamburger culture’…’

    There are people like that; I used to move them when I had my business.

    They lived in Berkeley or Atlanta or Albuquerque — all indifferently. They belonged to some anodyne culture that is prosperous, and apathetically liberal. Their parents themselves had moved to the town they were born in. Next year they could be in Portland, Oregon or Portland, Maine — as far as I could tell, it was all the same to them.

    Stalin had Jews in mind, but he coined a term that describes them very well: ‘rootless cosmopolitans.’ It’s hard to see them as real people.

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  44. JackOH says:

    Career advancement was the #1 driver in my thinking about leaving the States. But, as soon as I’d thought of career as a compelling rationale, I felt pretty much tossed about by emotions that amounted to one thing–I’d be leaving the down side of America. We talk about the down side here a lot, so I won’t belabor it.

    Among American ex-pats there must be, in my opinion at least, a significant number of “semi-politicals”, people whose primary motive for leaving was employment or marriage, but who found in their new country a way of life or political equilibrium they found better than that in the United States.

    Does anyone know of an ex-pat American literature–essays, or even fiction?

  45. Anon[424] • Disclaimer says:

    Well , Lin Din , you exagerate . Natal is located in the ass of the world , it is an african city , it is very dangerous , it is one of the poorest areas of a poor country .

    You should advice more prosperous areas to yankees thinking about emigration .

    • Replies: @Low Voltage
  46. @Swan Knight

    And don’t forget one of the most important things: since your kids are part South American they count as Hispanic. That’s absolutely gold gor affirmative action purposes and is only going to get more valuable in the future.

  47. utu says:
    @bonaparte

    Brazil is pretty awful unfortunately the US and Europe are is in the Brazilification process so it is hard to escape Brazil.

  48. @Colin Wright

    My idea of a cosmopolitan is quite different, someone interested in cultures and their histories, without seeing one culture as much better or worse than another.
    I alas was there just a few days, in the mid eighties, but Aleppo was for me the most cosmopolitan city I ever visited, more cosmopolitan, my subjective judgment, than Paris around 1958.
    But Stalin was wrong, jews are not rootless.
    Jewish history, and religious ideas, even for atheistic jews, is their roots.
    Few here can listen and understand to lectures in French, but a woman as Francine Kaufmann, Torah expert, atheist, I see as with roots, jewish, and being cosmopolitan, could not see any contempt for any other culture or religion, except, of course, the nazis.
    But which jew can escape from the jewish group pressure that Hitler was the worst ever in human history ?

  49. Anonymous[274] • Disclaimer says:
    @anonymous

    Oh Jeff…

  50. Anonymous[274] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    It’s about repetition. He keeps posting the same thing over and over with only superficial variations. Wally does this too, but at least he’s got something important to say.

    Perhaps Linh Dinh should meet up with Jeff and do an article on him? Jeff will think he’s been taken seriously and regale Linh Dinh with his entire life learnings. Linh will dutifully transcribe it all and the rest of us will get to have a laugh at Jeff’s expense.

    • Replies: @TRASH(NOT)
  51. @Dumbo

    You really can’t flush your toilet paper though. Or at least you’re not supposed to. That’s why they place little trashcans next to the toilets.

    This isn’t just Latin America either. Same problem in Greece.

    It’s very telling when a country chooses to economize on plumbing by making it unable to accommodate toilet paper.

    I can’t speak to the water quality in all of Latin America, but in Mexico once you get the southern parts of the country even the locals avoid drinking the water.

    Sanitary standards for food in America are quite high, if not as high as in Japan or Western Europe. Certainly much higher than in Latin America. You can eat perfectly healthy in America, the trouble is that the efficiency of American capitalism bombards you with vast amounts of unhealthy choices around the clock. The government and medical establishment compound the problem by continuing to double down on the failed dietary standards first adopted in 1977.

    In Latin America food isn’t so convenient or commercial yet, and people eat what they always ate. But this is changing. Mexico is now as obese as America, and obesity in Brazil is soaring.

    Latin America certainly isn’t a hellhole and has many advantages over America, but the problems south of the Rio Grande are real.

    As for the subject of this piece he’s clearly a failure. Generally speaking anyone who describes his homeland as “hell” is bad news.

  52. @Swan Knight

    THIS is the most beautiful woman in the world???

    Not a chance.

    • Replies: @Swan Knight
    , @Truth
  53. @WHAT

    Since you’re having so much fun attacking things I never said, I guess you don’t need the rest of us t have an argument at all. Have fun!

  54. @Peter Akuleyev

    It sounds like a very risky plan. He’s fifty or so now. What happens when he has no substantial savings, no employer-provided medical insurance, and needs to rely on Brazilian government-provided medical care at age 70 or 75? Or NO medical care or insurance, if he can’t get Brazilian or some other citizenship.

    Not being arrogant. The cost of living in too much of the USA, especially the cost of medical insurance and medical care, continue to worry my wife and me. Those of us staying in the USA might not be able to count on the same level of access to excellent medical care that our family has now, either. Especially with tens of millions of poor recent immigrants and their relatively poor offspring getting in line for the doctors and hospitals with us, on our tax dollars.

    Just saying that he is trying to ignore reality and the onset of old age, and none of us can do that, sadly.

    I do wish him the best and a big part of me admires his adventurousness. I went abroad for similar mischief too, though for a much shorter period, and glad I did. And I do understand what could lead any of us to choose that life if things in the USA weren’t working out long enough, financially and socially. Merely seems shortsighted from what we learn in the column.

    It could be a happy medium to go sow some wild oats, if you must, and then have a full, mature life as a husband and father who does his small but essential part to carry his family and culture into the next generation.

    • Replies: @utu
    , @Anonymous
  55. @Peter Akuleyev

    People who wait merely until their early 20s to get married, and attend religious services together even somewhat regularly, have a much lower rate of divorce than that mythical fifty percent divorce figure we have heard about for decades.

    Of course, a large and growing proportion of Americans — white Americans rather than just Africans, for the first time — never get married. A sad trend that harms all of us, and the perpetually single folks most of all.

    • Replies: @Curle
  56. bj says:
    @republic

    “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow you die.”

    The man is typical of the expat scum I avoided in my travels. It is no accident the hedonist is in a third world country where prostitution of underage children is the tourist attraction.

    American women sex tourists also infest these third world honey pots, in their sad search for pleasure at the expense of humanities future.

    Libido Dominandi-Sexual Liberation and Political Control by E Michael Jones examines the social engineering leading to the degeneration and collapse of human aspiration into swallow slavery of the passions.

  57. utu says:
    @RadicalCenter

    I do wish him the best and a big part of me admires his adventurousness.

    Sure you can if you want but this guy is on the loser trajectory like most expats I have seen in Latin America. In his age over fifty he is beyond the point of no return. I do not mean return to the US but return to mature normal grounded life. It does not matter if he returns to the US or makes up his mind and settles in Brazil. Whatever happens he will be unhappy and miserable for being stuck. He could find solace in spiritual life but this is unlikely for a guy who spent all his adult life flying his penis thousand miles every few months.

    • Replies: @AaronB
    , @Biff
  58. No one would launch a thousand ships for the babe but no one in their right mind would kick her out of the bed as well, unless they are into taking up the schwing-schwing, which is alright by the newly interpreted constitution, though not by the oldest book. Perhaps, Linh Dinh should hook up with Glenn Greenwald, another Yankee gone South, who has managed to live in Brazil and eke out a living as writer, all the while criticizing the land of his birth. It needn’t be lonely on the crowded planet.

  59. Curle says:
    @RadicalCenter

    Which of the competing forces is most responsible for the situation you describe I cannot say; feminism, predatory capitalism, divorce lottery, finance lottery, plain old romanticism? I do get annoyed by Christians, and I was one most of my life, who neglect the role of meddlesome Protestant ministers seeking to end the liquor trade in bringing about 1) the income tax; 2) the female vote; 3) perhaps even our involvement in decades of useless wars. Protestant ministers helped usher in the current era.

    Dumb fanatics ruined things as they always do.

  60. Swan Knight says: • Website
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    In my opinion, YES. Post a picture of who you consider the World’s most beautiful. BTW, number two is Candice Swanepoel

    • Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike
  61. @RadicalCenter

    Yea, that person is Homo Faber (for those who read Max Frisch’s novel). If everyone were like that, we’d all die out in one generation. Hardly an example to follow.

    • Replies: @utu
  62. AaronB says:
    @utu

    He does not sound very unhappy in Brazil :)

    His chief source of unhappiness seems to be spending time in America.

    It almost sounds like you are trying to reassure yourself that you are the one who made the right choice…:)

    • Replies: @utu
  63. Truth says:
    @Sampa

    Você vai se cansar de ganhar!

  64. AaronB says:

    I want to be one of the few voices here who come down on the side of appreciation for this Sean fellow who chooses to live in Brazil.

    There seem to me to be two kinds of people on this earth – the self-improvers and the self-accepters, or the world-improvers and the world-accepters.

    America is a country populated mainly be world and self improvers – the core experience of these people is dissatisfaction. These people are endlessly dissatisfied.

    Self accepters cannot find happiness among this type of person, and vice versa.

    The self accepters cannot understand why the self improvers are so serious and unhappy, and why they can’t see the joy and beauty in life, and the self improvers are disgusted by the laziness and hedonism of the self accepters – don’t they understand this world is a dreadful place without joy or pleasure, and we must sacrifice and work hard in order to improve it – a task that may never be complete?

    The self accepters generally view the self improvers with pity and tolerance, whereas the self improves view the self accepters with disgust and outrage, and typically seek to persecute them.

    The modern world is seeing a movement of people across the globe according to which countries embody their aporoach to life – and this is perhaps one of the best things about this time period. Of course the movement of people’s is far from perfect, and many outlying cases and cross and counter currents continue to exist.

    My advice to self accepters if you are economically vulnerable – when dealing with self improvers, do not present your lifestyle as a joyous affirmation of life and freedom. This will enrage them and provoke persecution. Present yourself as a failed loser who has failed to live up to their standards. This will assuage them.

    Of course, if you are not economically vulnerable, you can say what you want :)

    • Replies: @utu
  65. Truth says:
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    Not bad on the 16 y/o eunuch scale though.

  66. AaronB says:

    The reaction of many here to our good Sean is that of the caged animal to the one that escaped :)

    • LOL: Biff
    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  67. renfro says:
    @Ray Huffman

    Raise a family with some filthy, past-her-prime, used-up, American whore

    Well its that’s the only kind of woman that will have anything to do with you then its your problem , not America’s.

  68. TheBear says:
    @Dumbo

    Let’s wait until someone manages to mention the Jews.

    You just managed, dim-wit.

  69. renfro says:
    @Truth

    There was never just one person posting under Jeff Stryker, there were at least two, maybe three.
    Now he and or they are under new names…likely they are room mates.

    • Replies: @utu
  70. Kamazi says:

    I enjoy your stories a lot.
    I’ll share a little of my life. As I child I lived in England and Morocco. Graduated from college in 1975 I began living in Mexico most of Central America, and briefly Venezuela. Stateside I lived in Maine (where I grew up) Boston, New Bedford, San Diego, Atlanta, Orlando and Miami. During the process my 2 kids grew up went to college in the States and El Salvador, where I currently have been living by teaching for the past 15 yeaars

    I greatly identify with your frustrutions of going in and out of the Land of Coca Cola. After 9-11 I made up my mind to stay out. A few years back I toured South Asia for a few months with the idea of relocating, but recently have considered heading to Vietnam which seems to pay okay for English teacher. I don’t think I will though because El Salvador seems to be working just fine for us at the time although it does have some serious propblems

    Have you seriously considered living in Vietnam permanently or is there an immigration issue?

  71. utu says:
    @AnonFromTN

    Homo Faber is actually a successful engineer who does things like work (faber) and happens to travel. This guy travels and occasionally happens to work.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  72. utu says:
    @AaronB

    It almost sounds like you are trying to reassure yourself that you are the one who made the right choice…:)

    Or it could be

    “It almost sounds like you are trying to give him a good advice as one who made the bad choice of not settling down soon enough.”

  73. utu says:
    @renfro

    Do you think Thomm (mostly like Indian) who likes to talk about white trash and very strong on pro immigration belong to the same team?

    • Replies: @renfro
  74. @Swan Knight

    I leave you free to find the photos, but the following are women I consider in the upper 5% of beauty (that being subjective and my further opinion being that there is no one MOST beautiful); all when the were in their prime of course and in no particular order:

    Kate Beckinsdale
    Monica Bellucci
    Jennifer Tilly
    Marilu Henner
    Raquel Welch

    Now that said, you do understand how supermodels are picked right? The gay fashion designers choose them because their physiques resemble those of early teenage boys.

  75. niceland says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    how does a woman from Brazil get a visa to work in Iceland?

    Good question, I don’t think they can. These two probably came here as tourists, could stay for few months, and didn’t have work permit.

  76. utu says:
    @AaronB

    do not present your lifestyle as a joyous affirmation of life and freedom

    But this guy did not do it. He sounds torn and conflicted and not really happy neither here nor there. Certainly he is not the self improver because he is caught in his teenage mentality and he is not the accepter either. He is the escaper who neither can improve nor accept but rather run when he is forced with either improving or accepting. America has more escapers than any other country and it worked for America while the frontier was open and when since it closed down they are very unhappy because they can neither improve nor accept. Because of them some problems in America are perennial. The escapers can’t accept other people and can’t work with them to improve what is common for them, i.e, the environment and culture around them. The immigrants are usually the escapers who feared the unknown less than the known, who had less commitment to improve the place they were living in and rather hoped to come to places where somebody else made an effort to make life better for everybody. And usually when they come to places where people already made life better for everybody they will make life worse for everybody and as condition deteriorate they escape for another better place. They have no commitment, they are sociopathic and they use the cumulative effort of generations of other people without giving anything in return. They are like eternally wondering Jews who have no consideration for people who built and who own the place to which they move.

    • Replies: @AaronB
    , @renfro
  77. @AaronB

    How sad and childish that you think marriage and family life is a cage. I’m running out of ways to saw GROW UP, MEN.

    • Replies: @AaronB
  78. niceland says:

    Why pass judgment on this guy?

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
  79. AaronB says:
    @utu

    Unlike you I did get the impression he was quite satisfied with life in Brazil.

    He says he returns from Brazil with a cheerful optimistic attitude that gradually gets worn down by combative interactions with Americans – I got the sense it’s hard for him to leave America because his spirit is so worn down towards the end.

    The question of escaping is more ambiguous – surely escaping from a hopelessly bad situation is a good thing. Escaping chains is a good thing – and one can easily imagine how a gaoler would try and make the word “escapism” into a negative word (which surely sheds some light on the status of that word in English)

    Of course, running from a fixable problem is not admirable – so its a judgement call. One has to decide if America is fixable, or if it has been designed from the beginning as a haven for the self improver type – in which case it’s basic character may be incompatible with other types. Or if it developed that way over time.

    As for the rootless character of America, that strikes me as caused precisely because it is based on self and world improvement – the “now” has no value because we are on a perpetual journey to a better place. So what’s the point of developing a beautiful architecture that harmonizes with the natural surroundings, or a delicious cuisine that utilizes fresh local ingredients, or any of the pleasures that focus on enjoyment since happiness must always be sacrificed to a future that never arrives, and the present has no value?

    It is precisely the self accepter approach to life that develops a rich culture – which I loosely define as a complex system of maximizing enjoyment of ones current unique place and place across the full range of human abilities and faculties – spiritual, physical, emotional, visual, tactile, auditory, and gustatory, etc

    As for belonging to no one place and constantly changing one’s abode often, this too may be positive or negative – one can appreciate and enjoy the unique profile of each place and contribute to it while there without being bound to it in a narrow provincial sense, or one can come like the predator with the intention to loot and leave, with one’s true loyalties lying with a transnational community, like the Jews.

    But I note that the issue here isn’t that Jews are rootless – rather, they are too firmly and narrowly rooted in their tribe and not the place they inhabit – or any place. This is hardly true cosmopolitan rootlessness – it is rather an extremely narrow provincialism.

    Lets remember that nothing human is alien to me was a Roman ideal, and that Christianity and Buddhism have always been against provincialism and in favor feeling oneself to be a citizen of the world.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
  80. Swan Knight says: • Website
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    Thank you for the reply. Raquel Welch was astronomically sexy. Of course she is now in her Seventies. Raica looks like Raquel. Few people know that Raquel Welch’s birth name was Raquel Tejada. Welch was the name of her second husband. Although born in Chicago, both of Raquel’s parents were legal immigrants from Bolivia.

    Models are often slender because clothes look better on a hanger than on a person. A ramp model’s job is to sell the clothes, not herself. Raica Oliveira, Candice Swanepoel, and Adriana Lima are best known for modelling Victoria Secret lingerie. I see no resemblance what-so-ever between them and a male youth

  81. AaronB says:
    @RadicalCenter

    A cage isn’t always a bad thing – and some people can flourish only in cages. But not all cages are for everyone. It’s worth remembering that Christianity does not consider marriage the highest ideal, just one valid option.

    But there is something odd about the vehemence with which you and some others here condemn and use pejorative language against those who have chosen differently than you.

    The world is a big place – I do not understand the persecutory fury which you direct at people who have chosen to live more freely than you, unless it is a kind of resentment at having chosen the cage.

    And as I said, the cage of marriage and children is a perfectly valid choice for many and brings joy and happiness into their lives – a cage is not necessarily a pejorative. And if you were genuinely one of these, you would feel no persecutory fury at those who have chosen not to live in your cage.

  82. @utu

    That’s true, there are differences. The similarity is that Homo Faber does not form long-term connections with other people, like this guy, to the point that he even does not know that one of the chicks he picked up was his own daughter.

  83. Sergio says:

    It is amazing how stupid Gringos are and even a Vietnamese moron. They don’t realize that Brazil is in America like U.S. They’ve been brainwashed for so long that U.S. is synonymous with America that are unable to think stright. They must by their nature fuck up everything and treat is as the truth. That makes the necessity to exterminate the fake America to bring sanity to the world. So be it.

    • Replies: @augusto
    , @ploni almoni
  84. Alfred says:

    I suppose it all goes back to Kierkegaard’s wisdom: ‘If you stay, you’ll regret it. If you leave, you’ll regret it.’

    Kierkegaard is really cheerful Dane.

    His name means “graveyard”. Or “church yard” which is in practical terms the same thing. :)

  85. @AaronB

    Oh sure, the POSITIVE meaning of the word cage. How did we all miss that ;)

    Hey man, don’t feel bad, I’ve had to walk back intemperate and overstated comments on this site too.

    As for Christianity’s view of marriage and children, I’d not follow any part of the religion that treated them as merely equally worthwhile and fulfilling choices along many. I don’t treat the Bible or any one person or institution’s interpretation of it as binding and readily providing the specific answer about the right course of action.

    I want to know what works in the real world, and that can depend on circumstances. Civilized people, nonmuslim people, English-speaking people in the USA, white euro-descended people anywhere in the world — nowadays, any of these groups can ill afford large numbers of likeminded and/or genetically or culturally kindred prone to forgo having children and investing their lives faithfully in their upbringing.

    For example, the Catholic Church tells us that priests should not be married and have children. Even when I was RC, I strongly disagreed and found their position to be ill-advised and unnatural. If clergy truly are, on average, more intellectual / scholarly / thoughtful, and striving somewhat more successfully than the rest of us to do good and avoid vice and evil, we should want them having children. One among numerous considerations.

    Defending ourselves takes young ablebodied people in the military and, unfortunately, I’m days to come, in our own cities and towns. The people who show up will prevail physically and culturally over those who don’t. “Not showing up” means that we will become badly outnumbered because so many of our folks — racially or culturally compatible — didn’t bother to have kids, and lost the belief that our peoples and way of life is worth fighting for (in any sense of the word necessary).

    • Replies: @AaronB
    , @anon
  86. @AaronB

    PS I think that is a misuse of the word persecutory. I didn’t call for the guy to be “persecuted”, I’m just criticizing him and the growing number of decent people who are letting their families and civilization die out.

    I don’t have any reason to think he’s “a bad guy”, and I’m verrrrry far from a paragon of virtue. Just that he’s letting the rest of us Dian. Put simply, our children will desperately need the children he’s never going to have.

    • Replies: @AaronB
    , @AaronB
  87. Felix.... says:
    @RadicalCenter

    At this point there is no future for whites except as slaves. If you have white children you are literally breeding a generation of slaves. If you really want kids as a white man and don’t want your descendants to be chattel, the only way I’d advise it is to move to a non-white country and have children with a non-white woman. Those children can then hopefully be subsumed into the native population and escape the fate our alien elites have in store for us.

    Me, I’m perfectly happy to live life as a bachelor until the music stops. There is no point spending my precious years fighting for a people whose descent from supreme world power into chattel slavery came entirely from being craven, subhuman cucks rather than being defeated and overpowered by the overwhelming might of the enemy. A people who finds joy in worshiping the other, who feels pride in the victories the other has inflicted on it and shame on the defeats it has inflicted on the other, deserves to be slaves. Apres moi, le deluge indeed.

    • Replies: @L Woods
    , @RadicalCenter
  88. @MikeatMikedotMike

    Kate Beckinsale and Jennifer Tilly are both part Asian.

  89. AaronB says:
    @RadicalCenter

    Well, I guess the positive way of saying cage might be a cozy walled town that provides a sense of security :)

    This has value, but its not for everyone, at least not all of the time.

    I think you have it backwards – if you want people to “show up”, you have to give them a way of life worth defending. Currently, and for some time, the West has failed in that. Too many people find life in the West unsatisfying – and this dates from the mid 19th century, although its reached epidemic proportions today.

    Insisting people stay and fight for something that does not satisfy their emotional and psychological needs is to have it backwards.

    Of course, it’s reasonable to say one should stay and try and change life in the West so that its fulfilling – but this must depend on one a judgement about how feasible this is.

    It seems reasonable that many have decided the very basis upon which modern Western culture rests is designed to not fulfill the emotional and psychological needs of many, if not most, human beings.

    Thus it’s perfectly reasonable to go to a place that fits your needs as a human being.

    Beyond that, I’d say that a good culture is one that lets people of a variety of dispositions flourish – the Middle Ages had a place for nearly every human type, from the money seeking merchant to the merry wandering minstrel who had no interest in a stable life, from the warrior to the monk, etc.

    The more I live, the more I realize humanity is composed of a variety of types, and the more I think the political challenge is to harmonize these disparate elements. I think the greedy person obsessed with money should have a chance to become a millionaire, but he shouldn’t be allowed to reorganize the entire economy around his predilection – as is happening today. This will lead to revolt.

    Similarly, the married man should not try and force his predilection on the monkish personality type or the adventurer type, or the eternal bachelor type, and vice versa.

    My points are two separate points, but interrelated.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  90. augusto says: • Website
    @The True and Original David

    Yeah, but Natal and its permanent sun shine is one of the most atractive cities in the whole northeastern part of the country.
    By the way, the Us of A has used the place back in 1942 up to 44 as an air base just to make a geographical short cut to North of Africa where the german panzers of the mythical general Rommel was doing a razia all over.
    People are friendly and easy to deal with.
    Also social, away-from-legal and circumventing pathway things are one of the highligts in local culture. He could have done thru it if wanted without fuss.

    • Replies: @republic
  91. AaronB says:
    @RadicalCenter

    He’s not letting you down – the West has let him down. If life in America did not involve constant combative interactions, and was more human, maybe he’d stay.

    And you should accept that your choice with regard to marriage is not for everyone, and that some people can legitimately choose other paths.

    An unwillingness to provide for the full range of personality types is one part of how the West fails its people.

    • Replies: @L Woods
    , @Hyperborean
    , @renfro
  92. augusto says: • Website
    @Sergio

    Problem is we are the dispensables, sergio.

  93. L Woods says:
    @Ray Huffman

    Of course, everyone rushes in to posture: “all my great multitude of lovers have been beautiful and wonderful! Ha ha loser!” It never ends.

  94. L Woods says:
    @RadicalCenter

    I don’t give a damn about your “future.” The idea that I owe it to anyone to “grow up” after a lifetime of being shit on by this society is laughable.

  95. AaronB says:
    @RadicalCenter

    I also want to say that I don’t believe anyone has any kinds of abstract duties to any abstract entity known as the state.

    If a community embodies a worthwhile way of life, it will naturally command the affections of its members, and their desire to defend its ways and perpetuate them will be unforced and rooted in natural affections.

    That a community is experiencing large scale defections is itself proof of illegitimacy.

    The concept of abstract duties – not based on natural affections – towards abstract entities are bound to be felt as oppressive burdens, and require shaming to implement. This may work for a time, but ultimately will cement that societies demise – as this compounds the very emotional dissatisfaction that makes it necessary.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  96. L Woods says:
    @AaronB

    The rise of big business and the financialization of the economy has made America a land by and for sociopathic finance bros. Even at a lower level, this personality type is hegemonic. For the rest of us, we have a choice of being “losers” or being miserable (and probably still ending up “losers” anyway).

  97. L Woods says:
    @Felix....

    There’s so much more real talk over on this side of the house.

    • Replies: @idgaf666
  98. Thim says:

    Killing yourself going back and forth. Why keep coming back to America? Just stay there get a job teaching English and pick one, about late 20′s, and marry her, and stay in Brazil. It is not too late, not at 51. There is still time. That is how you will find happiness.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Low Voltage
  99. renfro says:
    @utu

    Do you think Thomm (mostly like Indian) who likes to talk about white trash and very strong on pro immigration belong to the same team?

    I don’t know haven’t paid that much attention to him.
    But I am 99% sure about the Stryker team. I examined his archive because of something he said earlier and in doing that it was obvious that there was more than one Stryker.

    I have wondered about the flock of “”anti everything about America” posters here…..they all sing the same song. ….are they a group with ‘a agenda’ ?…..maybe so.

  100. @niceland

    Exactly.

    Some people choose to live on sailboats and spend their lives cruising. Others call them juvenile or escapists for doing so but maybe people who choose oddball alternatives are just living out their lives in the way that best suits their natures.

    Maybe he would have made a lousy parent and has the honesty and courage to call it as he sees it in himself.

    We’re all just learning our parts. There’s no infallible script that directs our lives; if there were, our lives wouldn’t be so problematic.

    • Agree: niceland
  101. idgaf666 says:
    @L Woods

    I would argue East Asians have just a dark a future as white Europeans. If you add the lower testosterone and servile nature to the decadence of modernity, East Asians are the most cucked pathetic race. Imperial Japan was the last chance Asians had of getting their shit together.

  102. @AaronB

    “But I note that the issue here isn’t that Jews are rootless – rather, they are too firmly and narrowly rooted in their tribe and not the place they inhabit – or any place. This is hardly true cosmopolitan rootlessness – it is rather an extremely narrow provincialism.”

    Precisely.

    Something that needed to be said. But won’t be heard just because of that.

  103. renfro says:
    @utu

    I had a boating friend years back who was a very likable fellow, he sold yachts for the local Bertram dealership…outstanding yachtsman and everyone’s go to guy for boats and gulf stream fishing. He was divorced at 30 and managed to stay single and play,,,but he was always broke and talking about what he was gonna do some day when he decided to settle down….have his own yacht brokerage, etc etc….it was always what he was gonna do ‘some day’…he never made any decisions toward that on a ‘today’ basis.
    Meanwhile he rode around in a old convertible with his cap on backwards like the teenagers wore them…..he did that until he was 65 and then died of heart attack.
    My wife said he was a Peter Pan, the guy who never grew up.

    The Seans are Peter Pans. Different strokes for different folks I suppose

    • Replies: @Stan d Mute
  104. @MikeatMikedotMike

    all those gals are old and played-out and blown-out

  105. @AaronB

    AaronB, you are incorrigible.

    Are you never going to stop spouting these facile cliches?

    • Agree: utu
  106. idgaf666 says:

    In the end, who gives a shit where one lives? The world is going to hell in a handbasket. The current world is such a hellish dystopian nightmare that I can only imagine things getting worse and not better. In which case, better to have a global nuclear war to cleanse the planet of all the filth, degeneracy and insanity that plagues it instead of becoming even more enslaved then we are now. I pray for WW3 at this point. Lost all hope in anything changing for the better. Fuck the World, 2Pac was right!

  107. renfro says:
    @AaronB

    He’s not letting you down – the West has let him down. If life in America did not involve constant combative interactions, and was more human, maybe he’d stay.

    That’s odd I live in America and I don’t have constant combative interactions and don’t know anyone who does.

    An unwillingness to provide for the full range of personality types is one part of how the West fails its people

    You must be kidding, we have every personality type and as many if not more crackpots and nut cases as any country on earth.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    , @AaronB
  108. renfro says:
    @L Woods

    How have you been shit on by this country?

    • Replies: @Stan d Mute
    , @Truth
  109. renfro says:
    @idgaf666

    Well you can end your misery and hopelessness by killing yourself now if its all that horrible.

    • Replies: @Truth
  110. @AaronB

    Very well explained, thank you.

    It may be that God, or nature, made some men not suited to marriage and children, but I’m skeptical that such a large number of people, especially our people, “should be” giving up on perpetuating their own families and people, as are doing so these days.

    We will need, and sorely miss, the many, many good people who are not being born nowadays.

    • Replies: @Stan d Mute
    , @AaronB
  111. @renfro

    Glad to hear it, and your experience is generally more like my experience in the USA until very rcecent years — positive on balance.

    Then I moved to Los Angeles, AND during the same period the general nastiness, sarcasm, reflexive quick anger, lack of kindness and social cohesion, lack of identity, slothfulness, refusal to deeply commit to and care about others (like, cough, CHILDREN), etc., seemingly accelerated. So my experience has changed a lot for the worse overall. So, my assessment of most people and places in the USA is closer to yours, not nearly as uniformly bleak as Aaron’s — but not what it used to be.

    • Replies: @renfro
    , @Truth
  112. @idgaf666

    Do you have children? With that attitude, I hope not. And don’t you give a damn about the suffering of everyone else and OUR children?

    At times, many of us feel that pessimistic, even hopeless. But not as a permanent state of mind, wishing for destruction. Perhaps that is exactly where the love and bond of your wife and children would come in, as well as some kind of “religious” faith and spirituality.

    • Replies: @idgaf666
  113. anon[824] • Disclaimer says:

    “Anti-American”

    If you have a guaranteed income of $1500 a month why would you live in low-income apartments or trailer parks among the underclass of every race when you can live in a nice clean villa on the beach in Philippines and enjoy high standard of living and 19 year old girlfriend?

    This mostly applies to working middle-class white men over 45 who have already been divorced and whose kids are usually already adults.

    But what does the US offer a working middle-class white male that Asia or Latin America doesn’t it.

    I don’t know who gets the idea that this anti-American.

    Most white males who do live overseas are firmly in the middle class at some end of that spectrum. The poorest whites in the trailer parks or rural poverty don’t have the money or initiative to go anywhere and wealthy whites making 6 figures would have no motivation to.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @TRASH(NOT)
  114. @L Woods

    Wow, you’re a real admirable, loyal, resilient, and useful “countryman.” Good to have you aboard with rougher sailing ahead. Jeez.

    • Replies: @anon
  115. @AaronB

    Fine, but the duty is not to the State, but to each other and our posterity. The State is secondary, a mere instrumentality, and admittedly an inherently dangerous one at that.

    • Replies: @AaronB
  116. @Felix....

    I wouldn’t go that far, but cannot deny that I understand your sentiment.

    My kids are white/Asian and learning mandarin — a language I can’t stand the sound of — largely on my initiative. I’m not convinced that whites and predominantly white people have no good future anywhere, but these kids will need to have options that I never would have thought necessary. Clearly we are being targeted, with more openly vicious treatment coming. And “we” will include whites, white-looking mostly-white people, and anyone who tries to protect and help us and the remnant of our societies.

    Now to beat the poor dead horse: our chances are greatly diminished by selfish, shortsighted, or just demoralized whites and other civilized people “checking out” and saying “what’s the use, we are doomed” and not creating new life.

    Create those beautiful new little people, love them, nurture then, teach them, sadly, to get ready to fight.

    • Replies: @L Woods
  117. anon[824] • Disclaimer says:
    @RadicalCenter

    EXPAT RESPONSE

    MANY (Though not all) of the guys who post here would not want to live anywhere but the city they were born.

    But don’t tell the guy with disability pension of $1000 a month that he is not better off in a nice villa in the Philippines on the beach than in Section 8.

    I’ve met a fair number of older black American guys in the Philippines and they all live there because it is less dangerous than the hood.

    A good number of the white posters here are rural, went to a school with a 4-H club and never had to stand at a bus stop downtown somewhere or lived in low-income urban housing.

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @RadicalCenter
  118. anon[824] • Disclaimer says:
    @RadicalCenter

    “Rougher sailing ahead”

    I knew a Polish guy in Flint named Stanley (Last name omitted) at my state college. His sophomore year summer he got a Polish Catholic girl pregnant and did the right thing. Returned to Flint, dropped out of college and married her.

    He got a job managing a tanning salon.

    Flint slowly turned into a third world. He was stuck there. I FACEBOOKED him. He told me awful Flint had become.

    So much for fighting the good fight.

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @Anon
  119. Anonymous[408] • Disclaimer says:
    @RadicalCenter

    It could be a happy medium to go sow some wild oats, if you must, and then have a full, mature life as a husband and father who does his small but essential part to carry his family and culture into the next generation.

    This is good life advice. No reason one has to return to their home country, though. This fellow could have tuned into the local economy and then started a family there. The biggest hurdle is adjusting from party lifestyle and taking a real step back in living standards to get by on whatever you can make while you figure out something better.

  120. Biff says:
    @utu

    but return to mature normal grounded life.

    Yea man! Like slaving away at a crap job which earns you just enough money to pay FIRE and taxes in a society that if you own anything of value, you have to pay government rent on it(property taxes). So don’t own anything such as a house – one small medical emergency and it’s gone. What little money is left; it will get you a phone and a flat screen – you are now entertained.

    You know? The shit life you wanna give to your children.

    And after the next false-flag terrorist attack make sure you do your patriotic duty and go shopping!

    Only losers set course for a different future.

    • Replies: @Low Voltage
  121. Anonymous[408] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    Jeff!!!! Stop posting the same thing over and over. Please.

  122. renfro says:
    @RadicalCenter

    I am fortunate to live in semi small town south, about 40,000 people where my southern ancestry culture is still alive and well. Its not perfect, no place is but by and large society here is kind and courteous and arguments, political and others, end with the standard….”well there you go”…meaning you go your way, I go mine.

    I am aware that isnt the case elsewhere and that’s why I wont live elsewhere…couldn’t pay me enough to live in LA or NY or any metro. …life is way too short for that headache.

  123. unit472 says:

    Linh Dinh, enjoy your writing a lot but you are in your fifties. Time runs out but not the need for money. Hopefully your father will leave you some because you seem to have neglected or wasted that aspect of reality. One health event and your peripatetic lifestyle will come to an end. Better hope it happens while you are in the USA.

  124. schrub says:

    Natal sounds a bit too grimy and unsafe for me.

    If you want the total opposite, take a trip to Blumenau in Brazil’s south. It is 95% white (Idahoans would be envious) and very, very German to boot. The world’s second largest Octoberfest celebration (after Munich’s) occurs here.

    The toilets work. The crime is very low. The girls are blonde and blue-eyed and it is even better off financially than Chile (which is the wealthiest single country in South America).

    It might be a place to spring for if things get a bit too touchy up here. Bring your lederhosen.

    https://www.nytimes.com/1994/05/04/world/blumenau-journal-a-city-of-blonds-builds-walls-migrants-keep-out.html

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blumenau

    Here are what the women look like. (wow)!

    https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/555561304012105546/

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @E. Rekshun
  125. I was in a mall in Augusta, Georgia today. Holy sh*t! I need to get my new visa and get back to eastern Germany ASAP! Either that, or follow Lihn to Vietnam. Don’t have enough moolah laying around for Japan. I’ve been all around this country; stick a fork in it, it’s done. The demographic writing is on the wall. The last 3 years in Saxony have been so nice.

    • Replies: @Anon
  126. @renfro

    The Seans are Peter Pans. Different strokes for different folks I suppose

    Bingo! I was wondering if anyone would make this observation when after a hundred comments I saw yours. I’ve known many of the type and recognized him instantly. His childhood friends would marvel at a class reunion that old Sean hasn’t changed a bit since his high school days.

    Left out of Dinh’s piece is that our Sean is an inveterate drug/alcohol consumer in addition to being a womanizer, that he’s never achieved anything, and probably has at least two kids who aren’t getting any child support money while being raised by a single mom or mom and cuckold stepdad.

    These guys are a blast to hang out with although usually broke.

  127. @renfro

    How have you been shit on by this country?

    Can’t and don’t pretend to answer for him but share his sentiments in large part. How about just one example? Being lied to about virtually everything since birth is mine, but one could add a litany of others.

  128. @RadicalCenter

    We will need, and sorely miss, the many, many good people who are not being born nowadays.

    Why are you guys all assuming that this Sean has no kids? His type often has more, indeed many more, kids than those of us who choose to settle and raise our own.

  129. Agree on Raquel Welch and will add Sophia Loren!

  130. The inauthenticity of American life leads to some strange outcomes. Once a person has been atomised and ‘cosmopolitanised’ (through tv, Internet, university, international travel etc) he spends the rest of his life trying to claw back some sense of authenticity.

    The more inauthentic a person, the greater the desire to to find some mythical authenticity. Some do it by fetishising ‘oppressed minorities’ or the poor. Some by going abroad, ending up in the South American jungle in a village with only a hole to shit in. “I was the only white man within 100 miles,” he’ll brag to his friends, like some farm-bred dairy cow bragging about seeing a buffalo.

  131. Sampa says:

    Well said.

    I’m an expat living in Brazil too, in my case with a permanent residence visa thanks to a specialist skill set. Retirement is beckoning and that will be spent on a boat, cruising to wherever the mood takes me. I’ve been an expat for almost 25 years now, since a nasty divorce left me with little alternative if I actually wanted to live a life and provide for my children. That after 15 years in the military travelling the world.

    Does that make me an oddball? Juvenile? Escapist? Not in my eyes, it all seemed perfectly natural to me, even if others don’t understand. Unlike the author of the article my future is provided for and my children are now parents themselves. I visit my home country occasionally but these days I feel like a stranger.

    I do think that the author is making a big mistake though, by going back to the US. If he really wants to escape from America he needs to go full expat, going “home” every six months is just an extended vacation.

    • Replies: @Jim Bob Lassiter
  132. idgaf666 says:
    @RadicalCenter

    I’m nihilistic at this point. You have to be an Asian-American man who’s red-pilled to feel this kind of nihilism. Nihilism charged with anger. Looking at how pathetic so many other Asians are, both in Asia and in Western countries, I feel embarrassed even being born into this race. Not to menti0n the social consequences of being an Asian male. So please excuse my cavalier attitude.

  133. AaronB says:
    @RadicalCenter

    We have a duty to each other as long as we are part of that community, but we have a right to leave it if it the community no longer functional for us.

  134. AaronB says:
    @RadicalCenter

    Thanks.

    No, you’re right, its unnatural that so many people are giving up on families these days.

    But that means their society has failed them, not that they must be admonished and hectored to stay and have kids. That just compounds their initial dissatisfaction with their society (part of what makes the West unsatisfying is its way of life is rooted in abstractions rather than natural affections)

    A good society commands spontaneous allegiance.

  135. AaronB says:
    @renfro

    There are good places in America, and you may be living in one of them.

    Conversely, you may not realize that you are having combative encounters. Before I went overseas, I did not realize how harsh life in America is. I thought it was normal. I thought the whole world lived this way.

    When Americans expatriate, they typically have to go through an adjustment period where they tamp down the aggression, the loudness, the assertiveness – necessary skills in America that are counterproductive elsewhere.

    Even so, there are many friendly and good Americans even now.

    Yes, we have every personality type but our society suppress non mainstream types, and certainly economically it is hard to make a living if you don’t conform.

  136. republic says:
    @augusto

    A little known historical event was the visit to Brazil of FDR, the first US president to fly to an international destination by air. He was going to the Capablanca conference in January 1943, he flew from Key West to Brazil, in Belem then to The Gambia in West Africa and returned to Natal,Brazil,
    where he met the President of Brazil, before returning to the US. 17,000 mile round trip

  137. @Sampa

    “I do think that the author is making a big mistake though, by going back to the US. If he really wants to escape from America he needs to go full expat, going “home” every six months is just an extended vacation.”

    Or in the less expensive alternative just slum around in Uruguay, Paraguay. northern rural Argentina and Bolivia for however long it takes to return to Brazil with a renewed visa.

  138. @renfro

    that team has gone anon now, so those of you who had him “blocked” will have to bear with his life “lessons” the way his keyboard bears it. On the plus side, he/them is/are such a (gang of) dummies that it is easy to spot him/them, spit on him/them and then move on.

    The only people he has positive things to talk about are the Brahmans and (((them))), a match made in heaven I say. That tells you why he/they are spamming this site like there’s no tomorrow. He/they are here to frustrate. But I think we are better than that [to take the bait]. He thinks he is on Robert Lindsay’s site (which is now down). He had a serious hard on for the Indians [dot] and similarly spammed that site which had some very insightful and unique perspectives on those “other” Indians that are coming by the planeloads here

  139. @anon

    Hay Patel, I thought you once said you were low income in the US [scrapping the streets of Detroit or some such] and now you call yourself middle class? You better stick to one thing Patel.

    By the way, have some of your motel cousins in the US chime in too under your name. We’d like to hear their perspective of life in murica as well.

  140. Truth says:
    @renfro

    Oh, obviously an agenda. The question is “are they paid employees?” and if the answer is yes, the next question is, “by whom?”

  141. Truth says:
    @idgaf666

    …Yeah, I know, and such small portions.

  142. Truth says:
    @renfro

    …It didn’t give him the palaces, luxury vehicles, 8 figure bank balances, and silicon-aided supermodels that were his birthright.

    • Replies: @L Woods
  143. Truth says:
    @renfro

    His life is horrible, but suicide would rob him of his one true happiness; making every one else miserable…

    • Replies: @idgaf666
  144. Truth says:
    @RadicalCenter

    AND during the same period the general nastiness, sarcasm, reflexive quick anger, lack of kindness and social cohesion, lack of identity, slothfulness, refusal to deeply commit to and care about others (like, cough, CHILDREN), etc., seemingly accelerated. So my experience has changed a lot for the worse overall. So, my assessment of most people and places in the USA is closer to yours, not nearly as uniformly bleak as Aaron’s — but not what it used to be.

    Maybe, and I’m just throwing this out here, Sport; you’ve just grown into a miserable old man?

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  145. Truth says:
    @anon

    Jeff, let’s take a moment to remember the good ol’ days…

  146. Truth says:
    @anon

    He got a job managing a tanning salon.

    Damn! Woods is right. If the intellectual elites are struggling, what hope is there for the rest of us?

  147. Truth says:
    @schrub

    If you want the total opposite, take a trip to Blumenau in Brazil’s south. It is 95% white (Idahoans would be envious) and very, very German to boot. The world’s second largest Octoberfest celebration (after Munich’s) occurs here.

    The toilets work. The crime is very low. The girls are blonde and blue-eyed and it is even better off financially than Chile (which is the wealthiest single country in South America).

    So let me see if I understand this:

    This place has beautiful, tanned, Latin-American white women, who are middle-class, educated and traditional, and virile, good-looking Latin-American white men, when a relatively profitable lifestyle?

    So why the fuck would some 5’7 60 year-old dumb, pasty IT tech from Cleveland want to move there, again?

  148. idgaf666 says:
    @Truth

    Oh you a shrink now? Anything to contribute except childish ad hominems?

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @L Woods
  149. Truth says:
    @idgaf666

    Nah, that’s about it.

    • Replies: @idgaf666
  150. @Sergio

    The literal meaning of words cannot be taken literally. Because America is in the compound South America does not mean that Brazil is in the US and vice versa. It is the same problem many people have with the Semite in Anti-Semite; it does not mean Semites. This is a problem of autism and those who are autistic. And it is growing.

    • Replies: @Patricus
  151. idgaf666 says:
    @Truth

    And so you prove my point about the world being hellish, because its filled with “people” like you…

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @L Woods
  152. @schrub

    Wow! Thanks for sharing. Blumenau looks great! Great weather, but sixty-five inches of annual rainfall is a bit much though about the same as Miami, FL

  153. Anon[319] • Disclaimer says:
    @An American in Germany

    Census.gov shows Augusta, GA as 57% black as of 2017. Wikipedia shows Augusta, GA as 65% black as of 2013.

  154. Anon[319] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    He got a job managing a tanning salon.

    Business must be pretty bad…Flint is 54% black according to Census.gov.

  155. Patricus says:

    Too bad so many commenters find the US unbearable. I live in an area, near a major city, where we never lock our doors. Don’t even know where the keys are. We leave car keys in the ash trays of unlocked cars so we don’t have to search for keys. I have a shot gun but it has been in storage for a decade. Neighbors are friendly but will leave you alone if that is what you want.

    OK so there are no Africans or Latinos. Nothing against these people but I don’t want to live in social degradation. There are a few Indians and Asians and they have been agreeable. The climate is mild and anything produced on earth can be purchased nearby. I’m not rich.

    Are Brazil and the Phillipines really that great? I think I would prefer to avoid the sight of beggars and malnourished people.

    Within miles of home I could find sumps of disorder, despair and crime. Just prefer not to live there. In any US state I could easily find pleasant spaces, perhaps excepting many cities. It would take a week to scope out the nice places in an unfamiliar area. Sorry so many find their way to areas of decay amd broken dreams. There have always been places like that. Even Switzerland and Norway have no go areas.

    You can choose to be happy or miserable.

  156. Truth says:
    @idgaf666

    Well I don’t know, Old Sport but I might be able to help you evade the hellish world just slightly here; I don’t think a sobriquet that pays homage to Satan is helping…

    • Replies: @anon
  157. Patricus says:
    @ploni almoni

    Ploni Almoni: good point about literal meanings of words. It irks me when Jews call Arabs anti-Semites. I understand the word developed through many generations of usage but Arabs are in fact Semitic people and only a minority of Jews are accurately described as Semitic people. So the language is lacking precision. It is gibberish.

    Couldn’t we call Jew hating people anti-Jewish?…or Jew liking people pro-Jewish or philo-Jewish. Think I will try this in the future.

    American is another crude word. Innuits in the Arctic circle and those at the southern tip of South America are all Americans but very different people.

  158. AaronB says:
    @Patricus

    It’s a big world. Evidently large numbers of Westerners do not find the lifestyle congenial – evidently many do.

    Thankfully, to a certain extent people can now go or stay, as they like.

    Life in America isn’t so “bad” – if you are a highly competitive person, you might enjoy the combative interactions in a place like NYC.

    If you are interested in technology, Silicon Valley might be your place.

    If your primary concern is comfort and convenience, having a large house and car, most of suburban America is great for that.

    Western Europe is also great for certain types of people.

    • Replies: @bjondo
  159. anon[783] • Disclaimer says:
    @Truth

    Fair enough. Just gonna use “anon” instead of the Satan sobriquet haha. You seem to be good-natured with a sense of humour. When I’m out in public spaces minding my own business, I notice people just staring at me, and not exactly giving off friendly vibes. Its things like this that tell me something about the world is off these days. Usually stare back and they just turn away. People these days….

    • Replies: @Truth
  160. utu says:
    @Patricus

    “Too bad so many commenters find the US unbearable.” – Mostly losers.

    • Replies: @AaronB
    , @L Woods
  161. AaronB says:
    @utu

    The truth is I agree with this, utu. People who leave America are those who do not have what it takes to measure up. Instead of working hard and marrying in America they flee to other countries. They are contemptible. You are correct.

    • Replies: @L Woods
    , @daniel le mouche
  162. When I started to read the article, I thought it was Linh Dinh speaking, but I didn’t recall him ever going to Brazil and when I saw the picture I realized that the partly oriental man wasn’t him. It would save a bit of confusion if the title said that Linh Dinh is interviewing so and so.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  163. @Dumbo

    If you look at his picture, he’s at least half Oriental so he would be spreading his Asian genes in Brazil not white American. His kids would be considered Pardo.

  164. L Woods says:
    @Truth

    Which, naturally, you’ve enjoyed over the last decade or two between sessions of trolling the “losers” at iSteve.

    • Replies: @Truth
  165. @Patricus

    There aren’t enough acting and production jobs on the Hallmark Channel for everyone.

  166. L Woods says:
    @RadicalCenter

    Your “failure” (as it would often be framed in these parts) to attract a white woman is liable to get you branded a selfish “loser” yourself around here. I’d be a little more wary of casting stones from glass houses if I were you.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  167. L Woods says:
    @idgaf666

    No, that’s pretty much his entire schtick.

  168. L Woods says:
    @utu

    The unironic use of the word “loser” is the surest indicator of a shallow mind.

  169. Linh Dinh says:
    @Will Jones

    Hi Will Jones,

    I just realized that my one-sentence introduction, below, got chopped off. Since Ron is swarmed with so many tasks, small glitches sometimes occur. Anyway, if you click on the link in the intro, you can read about American expats in France, England, Costa Rica, Mexico, Turkey, South Korea, Vietnam and Nepal:

    In 2015, I started an Escape from America series, featuring American expats, so here’s the latest:

    Linh

    • Replies: @Biff
    , @JackOH
  170. bjondo says:
    @AaronB

    This is high fructose corn syrup talk.

    America, at moments, has been good to great.

    Problem is it is rigged. Like getting into the Ivies (see R.Unz).

    The elites, actual and manufactured, have a desire for turning

    gold into rust, jobs into OxyContin, labor into sweat.

    They(elites) get 99.9% of the benefits of the rust, drugs and sweat.

    Of course a few will make it. This is necessary

    for the system to continue its rigged, crooked, merry way.

    More would make it and elites would burn (not literally, of course) if only americans

    had more French blood in their veins.

    5ds

  171. L Woods says:
    @AaronB

    Lol. “Measure up.” Imagine thinking those who decline to “measure up” to the expectations of the country that venerates Colin Kaepernick and the Kardashians are the ones worthy of contempt rather than the ones who do. How very, very rich.

  172. L Woods says:
    @idgaf666

    Not merely filled with them, but run by and for the benefit of them. They are our Worthy Betters.

    • Replies: @idgaf666
    , @idgaf666
  173. Tony says:

    More lin dihn anti American nonsense disguised as an article on Brazzil.

  174. @Hapalong Cassidy

    Kate Beckinsale has a mother with the last name Loe but she’s English. Her father was English too and they both look the part. Jennifer Tilly had a Chinese father and her mother was of Finnish and American Indian decent.

    • Replies: @Hapalong Cassidy
    , @Flip
  175. idgaf666 says:
    @L Woods

    I think nihilism is bound to make a huge comeback soon as more and more people wake up and realized what a rigged game all this bullshit is, with sociopaths incapable of empathy running everything into the ground.

  176. idgaf666 says:
    @L Woods

    Have you noticed the extreme hypocrisy of certain groups constantly being coddled and excuses made for all their shortcomings, blaming racism etc. While other people don’t get any sympathy or understanding, just branded losers because they aren’t handed everything on a silver platter like most “sucessful” shitbags are? I cant wait for this retarded system to burn down and collapse, which thankfully it looks like it will soon, debt collapse and nuclear war baby! The roof is on fire, let the mother fucker burn haha

    • Replies: @L Woods
  177. Biff says:
    @Linh Dinh

    I clicked your link Escape from America and read nearly the whole damn thing(had a hard time stopping). Certain things one can identify with. This stuck out:

    Very low taxes, almost makes you feel like you actually own your place instead of renting it from the government, as you do in the U.S.

  178. L Woods says:
    @idgaf666

    My sentiments exactly.

    • Replies: @idgaf666
  179. idgaf666 says:
    @L Woods

    To be honest cuckservatives are more annoying to me than outright subversive fruitcakes. The antifa SJW’s obviously know what they are doing, whereas cuckservatives seem naive to the point of being retarded, actually thinking Trump is on the side of the “people” against globalists bla bla bla. Haha fucking chumps.

    • Replies: @L Woods
  180. @renfro

    “I have wondered about the flock of “”anti everything about America” posters here…..they all sing the same song. ….are they a group with ‘a agenda’ ?…..maybe so.”

    Or maybe they all seem like the same guy because they aren’t very creative.

  181. L Woods says:
    @idgaf666

    Those are the meta-cucks. The basic cucks were anti-trump.

    • Replies: @idgaf666
  182. Truth says:
    @anon

    Well, best of luck to you, My Friend, I hope you find some level of happiness.

  183. Truth says:
    @L Woods

    No, I have none of those things, nor have I put in the work to acquire them, nor do I particularly desire them.

  184. JackOH says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Linh, thanks for your “Escape from America” series, which I hadn’t known about. I read Steve Church’s letter from Paris, and his brief lament for his boyhood America, and it was touching.

  185. @Anonymous

    Oh boy we should ask Linh to find who this(ese) guy(s) is(are). Perhaps let him/them have a got at it and have him/them vomit his whole life (s)experience right in a single “interview”, so we can be spared from his “sufferings” once and for all ;). I think Linh’s a master at keeping a straight face when talking to “men” like him. That’s what makes him great

  186. @Will Jones

    Jennifer Tilly’s sister Meg was a hottie back in the day too. I used to think Meg was the older one because she care to prominence in the early 1980’s while Jennifer didn’t break it big until a decade later. Turns out Jennifer is actually older by a couple of years.

  187. idgaf666 says:
    @L Woods

    Also one gets the feeling in public spaces, of people just staring at you for no reason, usually in an unfriendly way. Are most Americans these days mentally challenged or have lots of insecurities? You know society is fucked. I stare back and they just turn away without any conversation being struck. These days it seems you gotta mentally prepare yourself for random hostile interactions when out and about. I guess its because I’m an Asian dude who does not look stereotypical. Been working out for 2 years and I’m well-built for my height. Shaved head as well. I don’t look like the metrosexual twigs from South Korea, Taiwan etc.

  188. @AaronB

    L Woods’ reply is correct. You two are a couple of morons. Try gaining a bit of subtlety, not to mention intelligence. You sound like the Politburo, as do pretty much all the lousy commenters on this ridiculous site. ISteve, Shamir, bah!

  189. Flip says:
    @Will Jones

    Beckinsale is 1/8 Burmese through her father.

    • Replies: @Flip
  190. Estefano says:

    I am Brazilian, born in Sao Paulo. I have been living in the US for about 20 years and am a naturalized American citizen.

    Being from SE Brazil, I really cannot make a comment about living in Natal (NE of Brazil), but I do have many friends from the area. Some of the comments that I’ve read here are appallingly derogatory and reflect the reality of most Americans: arrogantly uninformed about the rest of the world… isolated and self-absorbed in their own island – the price for being part of the Empire. This attitude does not surprise me. Read about the ancient empires (the Egyptians, Assyrians, Greeks and Romans) and how their citizens viewed the rest of the world… sadly, all empires meet the same end…

    Yes, it is true – the Brazilian NE coast is made up of poor states (when you compare them with the more affluent SE and Southern states settled by European immigrants); the latter certainly have higher standard of living and education. The NE states have a population of mixed ethnic backgrounds, as Europeans loved mingling with native Indians and Africans. The culture in the NE states is quite different from southern Brazil. The climate is truly tropical, with thousand of miles of paradise-like coastline. The food is delicious, healthy (no processed foods or GMOs) and people much warmer than us from Sao Paulo and farther south. Yes, there is poverty and violence. But people will rob you for money and goods and then leave you alone. The poverty and violence are different from what you encounter in the US.

    So, here is a bit of my own fallible opinion. I am very thankful for the opportunities that the US has afforded me – professionally, culturally and education-wise. But here is the truth: you will find the good, the bad and the ugly both in Brazil and the US. I have seen poverty in my own home-town (Sao Paulo) that makes me ashamed of it. But I have also walked in downtown Philadelphia, Atlanta, NY and they were not at all different. There is ugly crime in Brazil; they may put a gun to your head to get your wallet your purse or your car, but they will let you live. In the US there are other forms of crimes that send me chills down the spine: for instance sexual crimes… hate crimes… mass killings for ABSOLUTELY no reason. In the US I won’t dare to let my 10 year old daughter play unsupervised in our front or backyard. Her friends come to OUR home – not the other way around (who knows if your friendly neighbor is a rapist or serial killer?). My wife and I homeschool because we don’t want to see her as another victim of mass shootings in schools; and we rarely enter “gun free” zones (you are kidding me???)

    I love many things about the US, but also I dislike many others. I wish that Americans would have had the wisdom to maintain the nation on the course established by her Founders. But in sheer ignorance and arrogance the foundations of the US have been completely trashed. Consequently, now we find ourselves under a mega shit pile of debt, with our necks under the boots of a selfish, immoral elite that is ravaging, raping, pillaging and destroying the middle class; we live under a surveillance/military state that deprives us of our freedoms. What once was a great, honorable, wealthy, productive republic has turned into a greedy, warmongering lunatic nation bent on conquering the whole world by using all means possible: fake news, false-flag operations, a destructive financial system based on perpetual debt, deception and even the use nuclear weapons if necessary…

    Empires don’t last. The writing is on the wall…

    I moved my family to Alaska, where we feel safer and far removed from the US. I may be wrong, but I feel that to put the nation back on its Constitutional track a second Revolutionary War is much needed, but Americans are too sedate (and oblivious to reality) to put up a fight. As such, like the author of the article, we have options on the table: we all have our Brazilian and New Zealand passports ready. Whether we stay in US soil or not will depend on the way the US goes down: with a quiet whimper or a big bang?

  191. I seriously doubt any school shootings are even real, like everything else on the Funhouse News. Also, I personally believe there is precisely zero chance of another revolution, other than of course the one we’re smack in the middle of and no one knows it, all engineered by Master: the dumb dumb, ultra-callous, gansta, drugged out brave new world of the present and all future time. Welcome! (It will only get far, far worse.)

  192. @RadicalCenter

    Of course, my rant against the poor guy doesn’t apply if he’s medically unable to have kids, which is “none of our business” but would be very relevant. Then again, that’s not all that common, typically less than ten percent of men being truly infertile.

    The Buchanans are medically unable to have children, but Pat didn’t run off to Brazil. He stays here and fights for his nieces and nephews.

    It’s fascinating how so many eugenicists and those obsessed with demographics for other reasons (e.g., Pat) don’t have children. I assume it’s rarely by choice. Infertility seems to concentrate the mind.

    • Replies: @A. Vickstrom
  193. @Anon

    According to Wikipedia, as 0f 2013, the racial makeup of Natal was 48.38% Pardo (Multiracial), 46.99% White, 3.65% Black, 0.30% Asian or Amerindian.

    Brazil’s racial statistics are like hate-crime figures in the US. They tend to be bleached more than a little.

    Many of those pardos, and some of the whites, would be censussed as black in the US.

  194. @RadicalCenter

    And done while bitching about how everyplace in the vast diverse USA is too much to bear, that’s not real impressive. He talks as if all of America is the same, a big hateful, sarcastic, anti white PC pit, I.e. Los Angeles writ large without the great weather.

    The author has an Asian name and the man in the photo (possibly him?) is Asian so implying his axe to grind is just with the anti-White attitude common in urban America is a gross simplification of the issue.

    The brutally honest truth is that America is the most depressing place I’ve ever been. I’m English, living in the Midwest right now but have traveled across the Northeast, Dixie, and West Coast – and I’ve never seen a place with such an upside down culture. I’ve known 2nd gen Korean & Chinese men living in America who feel the same way. I can completely sympathize with Americans who want to leave this place behind.

    • Replies: @Low Voltage
  195. @Reg Cæsar

    The Buchanans are medically unable to have children, but Pat didn’t run off to Brazil. He stays here and fights for his nieces and nephews.

    Is fighting to hold America together a good thing at this point? Why keep fighting for a country which does nothing but export Hollywood tripe across the planet?

    I think it would be best at this point if America were allowed to peacefully divide into several sub-nations. I also support the separation of Scotland & England as most of the SJWs are in Glasgow & Edinburgh (London is a problem spot too).

  196. @Estefano

    Yes it’s a good idea for Americans to have a second passport if legally possible, and NOT from a country in the EU or from the UK (assuming they ever finally leave the damn EU).

    Gain respectable fluency in some other language, too, even if it’s just Spanish to retire in Latin America.

    Our children have a second passport and we will be encouraging them to gain educational, professional, and personal contacts abroad from a young age in case they find it wise to flee the USA.

    Meanwhile we will encourage them to leave California, where we currently live, for somewhat less invaded parts of the USA, and don’t expect that it will be safe and comfortable for them to return here a generation hence.

  197. @Estefano

    I can see Alaska becoming independent and allying with Russia.

  198. @L Woods

    Not concerned. Proud of my wife and kids and our life. Doing more to raise a generation who will work to reclaim our country than most of
    Those who would criticize on that ground.

  199. @Truth

    I’m happier than ever, “Sport”, and you can try dealing with LA people for years and see if I’m the problem, LOL.

  200. @anon

    I’ve lived in almost all cities, mainly larger US cities with black or Latino majorities, my whole adult life. Spread over many states. Now 2500-plus miles from where I was born and raised.

    Other regular Unz posters may fit your generalization better, I don’t know.

  201. iffen says:

    The Hill:

    The Trump administration has reportedly unilaterally reinterpreted a 2008 agreement between the U.S. and Vietnam in order to pursue deportation for certain Vietnamese immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before 1995.

    Now we know the real reason you hauled ass back to Nam.

  202. @republic

    If you think it’s easy to get a permanent visa, try to do it. On a tourist visa, you can only stay six months per year: No exceptions.

  203. @RadicalCenter

    I’ll be attending one of the best samba shows of the year tonight in a luxury box with an open bar under the stars on a warm summer night. Not only that, I’ll be accompanied by a hot girl 20 years younger than me. http://www.carnatal.com.br/

    What will you be doing tonight?

  204. @Anon

    There’s plenty of crime, but like everywhere else, most of it is drug-related. Racial distinctions are almost irrelevant here. People aren’t black or white, they’re just darker or lighter (the lighter the better).

  205. @Anon

    Lin didn’t write it. I did. You’ve obviously never been to Natal, so why are you commenting on it? Brazil is far from a poor country, and Natal isn’t even close to being one of the poorest areas.

  206. @anonymous

    Congratulations on your escape!

  207. @L Woods

    He’s just one of those guys who wants everyone around him to be as miserable as he is. To wit, he is a true American.

  208. @Brabantian

    What is it with you guys and crime? Yes, there is street-crime in Brazil. I was pick-pocketed once in 1989, and that was it. You have to be careful, but you don’t have to go hang-gliding to experience some danger in life.

  209. @Patricus

    I think I would prefer to avoid the sight of beggars and malnourished people.

    America is full of beggars! It is a nation of beggars! You can’t buy a cup of coffee without the cashier holding out a jar for your spare change! Do you think this happens in the rest of the world?

    As for malnourished: Americans are without a doubt the most malnourished people in the world. They don’t go hungry, but they are poorly nourished. More than half of the country is suffering from some dietary disease. Go outside and look at people. Just look at them. Do they appear healthy to you?

    • Replies: @Patricus
  210. @A. Vickstrom

    The brutally honest truth is that America is the most depressing place I’ve ever been.

    The owners of America want us this miserable, so we’re more anxious to celebrate the destruction of some society that has refused to pay their tribute. A happy and sane people would never tolerate the wreckage we impart on others. Think about it, what kind of a country could have a publicly acknowledged drone assassination program?

  211. @Peter Akuleyev

    Both. I’ve run a relatively successful business in the US, and I write blog articles (marketing stuff) when I’m in Brazil. It ain’t easy, believe me.

  212. @idgaf666

    You obviously live in America. I feel the same way when I’m there. Do yourself a favor and leave! Go anywhere! Get out!

  213. @Thim

    Sure, just get married. A piece of cake! I’ve never known one married man in my entire life who said that marriage was the path to happiness. Most marriages don’t last. Brazilian women are a lot sweeter on the outside than Americans, but they are every bit as hard on the inside.

    The ones who are the most likely to want to marry have nothing to lose, and I do. If you marry someone from a more traditional culture, you’re going to become part of their family. You’re going to be expected to help them out, and if you don’t, the family gatherings are going to become very cold experiences. NB. There’s a family gathering almost every other weekend.

    I’m not saying I would never get married, but I don’t take the idea lightly.

    • Replies: @daniel le mouche
  214. @Biff

    I agree with your assessment of things, but for me, one of the worst aspects of life in America is having to deal with the nasty women. I’m not just talking about their gluttonous habits and lack of grooming, a significant minority of them lack any professionalism much less gentle manners. It never ceases to amaze me how often I have to endure some snide comment or rude gesture from a female worker when I’m back in the States. I’ve actually had to tell women that I wasn’t their husband. How employers can tolerate their behavior is incomprehensible to me.

    The fact that I have NEVER (not once) encountered it outside the porous walls of “The Shining City on the Hill,” leads me to believe there is some sort of strong unspoken social taboo about this. Having to endure it so regularly in America changes our disposition and expectation in social interactions. When you have to keep your hands up even around women, you begin to feel alienated and hard.

    You may not notice it if you’ve never lived outside the country, but since I spend enough time both inside and out, it never fails to make an impression on me. You can’t pay the bills with pleasant daily encounters, but it sure makes you feel better about being alive.

  215. @Low Voltage

    ‘I’ve never known one married man in my entire life who said that marriage was the path to happiness.’

    I do not see how a man can be happy that isn’t married. Life’s pointless without marriage and, preferably, a family. I only mean this for men beyond, say, thirty. Or forty. But, to have a family while young is something I really wish I had done, say at 25 or so.

  216. Patricus says:
    @Low Voltage

    Tips are not the same as begging, at least in the United States. Salaried serving staff have a way of being indifferent to customers. Tips motivate performance.

    Poor Americans are often fat. Maybe their diets are not the best but we can’t tell people what they can or can’t eat. I like Moon Pies and beer. Kale, not so much.

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