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I live in a state which is just openly run by a lawless crime cartel, allied to Kool-Aid swallowing fundamentalist fanatics (who are gradually but steadily becoming more influential in the alliance).

Bad news for the talking heads lampooning this toxic oligarchy, from studios safe inside cosmopolitan bubbles, meanwhile: the US at large is headed the same way not too many years behind Ohio.
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@mattkuhns I used to wonder what sort of decision-making German Jews had to go through before making the decision to leave. Obviously, many didn't or couldn't if they wanted to. But I'm sure many saw Hitler's hellscape coming; so how did they decide, "We have to leave NOW"?

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@SKleefeld afaik there were many different answers—some left very early and some of course were still trying once it was too late—so I imagine there were different decision making processes and criteria too.

It has been nearly 11 years since I wrote in a blog post that "it's probably time to move toward the exits." Based on my experience someone can even conclude that "it's time to get out of here" in the abstract, and still a long time can pass before repeated pushing from one end and opportunities opening on the other make it into a real, practical consideration.

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@mattkuhns I guess I wonder where to strike that balance between upending your entire life on the *possibility* that things turn south but maybe not vs waiting until the *certainty* they have makes it too late. Like, how hard would it have been for people if they left Germany in March 1933 just as Hitler was given full power, but then he lost it or died or something, & Germany went back to a 1929 era state? That's some HUGE life changes for an emigrant over ultimately nothing.

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@mattkuhns In hindsight, sure, leaving Germany in 1933 would've been perfect timing. But as you're standing there trying to make that decision, you have, at best, incomplete information. It's basically gambling, but with your literal life as table stakes.

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@mattkuhns Just seems like an insanely daunting prospect, trying to make that decision and I wonder how many people essentially just froze at the very prospect of it. It's almost too big a decision to make, unless you absolutely have to. Of course, by that point, it's generally too late. So how do you wrestle with those calculations?

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@mattkuhns And I know you this, but just so there's no chance of mistake: Germany is a metaphor in this whole discussion. 😉

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@SKleefeld One hundred percent all of these comments. In my adolescence I learned history; in my 20s I actually started to get interested in it; in my 30s I guess I took a break and wrote some history; in my 40s I'm going through repeated experiences of "omg this really happened, it was real people, just like me and those around me, going through that, the past is not even past."

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