Americans are fleeing to the Super States, where taxes are low, and the cost of living is also lower. But money isn’t the only motivation. Americans want peace and freedom too. The big blue blob cities have proven over the last two years that they do not care about Americans’ safety. They prefer to empower criminals and defund the police rather than protect the weak and vulnerable. And when you try to protect yourself, they ban your guns. And when COVID hit, their only solution was job-killing draconian lockdowns. Govs. Ron DeSantis and Kristi Noem showed them an alternative path, but they ignored it anyway. At Spectator World, Gilbert Sewall discusses America’s ongoing inner migration and suggests it shows no signs of slowing. He writes:
The blue states and their vote-rich municipal cores are in peril. Should austerity and inflation cramp the private sector during the 2020s, employed voters will not pay higher taxes so that bureaucrats can enjoy lifetime tenure and secure pensions. They will not recklessly fund a public complex of dependency, mixed with sub-par services and public disinvestment. Law-abiding Americans will not put up with unrelieved danger.
As psychologist Jonathan Haidt recently observed, social media has compounded splintering and division, and done so by education, assets, political views, and custom. “When citizens lose trust in elected leaders, health authorities, the courts, the police, universities, and the integrity of elections,” Haidt says, the “shattering of all that was solid” redoubles popular effort to find residual expressions of kinship and consensus. The winners are places rich what Haidt has called “moral cohesion.”
The hunger for trust is provoking short- and long-haul migrations of people and capital. Try as it might, the coercive left cannot staunch flows of enterprise or rescind reserved local powers that curb its own power. The search for economic and civil security is animating America’s future. The flight from dysfunctional America shows no signs of slowing.
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