Why do people go to America

Why do people go to America? Moving involves tremendous emotional, financial and physical expenditure. It is a very different and unique culture full of surprises, your savings will vanish in the expensive dollar economy, and you will have to adjust to a car driven, credit history driven existence.

Why move to America?

The answer lies in the small notion of American dream-

  1. Freedom of speech
  2. Freedom of worship
  3. Freedom from want
  4. Freedom from fear

I can criticize, mock , insult  the American president when in America- a freedom I am denied in most other countries on the planet

I can worship anyone and anything, openly, loudly and not be afraid.

I can get a good living even as a blue collar worker and have unlimited opportunities to start y own business or startup with atmost ease.

But above all,

I am free from fear when I am in America. The FBI needs a warrant and the CIA wont hurt me. That is not true of other countries.

Yet with threats of deportation, there is no more freedom from fear.  Even to children. Hate crimes against minorities is an unprecedented high (by American standards) and even the press is now mocked (reversing traditional American politics or even  politics in other democracies). The Putinization of America is on  way and all we do is twiddle on Twitter.

So why move for the American dream?

As someone said, to dream the American dream, you first need to go to sleep.


Author: Ajay Ohri


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