Gerard Dépardieu has left France for Belgium. And may he be blessed for it!
The Bedouins — the nomadic Arabs — have often prided themselves on their freedom and viewed their urban and village cousins as slaves. If a government becomes oppressive, the Bedouins can simply move away.
Many, many years ago, I was in the Sinai just after it had reverted from Israeli occupation to Egyptian rule. I found myself standing next to a camel, on which sat a Bedouin. Awkward silence. Searching for something to say, I commented that he must be happy to be back under an Arab government. He looked at me as if I were insane. “I am Bedouin,” he replied. He didn’t give a fig who claimed to govern him.
On another trip, I learned of an Israeli project to build housing for some of the Bedouins within Israel’s borders. But the Bedouins wouldn’t move into the apartments provided for them. They were willing to use the plumbing, but insisted on sleeping in their tents. They were free, and would not be enslaved.
Gérard Depardieu, even after confiscatory taxation, has enough resources to move elsewhere. Most French people can’t.
And if, or when, the United States goes down, where will Americans be able to go?