Guy Saperstein Original

Why I’m Leaving America

After six decades fighting for social justice and enjoying the embodiment of the American Dream, this couple are moving on from a lost nation.

By Guy Saperstein / Original to Scheerpost

My wife and I have spent sixty years fighting for social justice in America and trying to be good citizens, me as a civil-rights lawyer who litigated — and won — the largest race, age, and disability employment discrimination cases in American history, and my wife as a teacher, social worker, healthcare activist and philanthropist. I retired at fifty-one, having built an enormously lucrative practice, never losing a case as I pursued legal restitution on behalf of clients who had gotten the short end of the stick.

I was the very embodiment of the American Dream. But over the decades, I’ve become convinced that America is in terminal decline and that the battle for justice and equity is hopeless. The reasons are multiple. 

America once led the world in innovation. No more. We don’t even have one mile of high-speed rail, unless you count Disneyland. China has 30,000, and counting. Which country do you think is prepared to prosper in the next century?

We can’t even keep our roads repaired. America’s roads are a mess, many as bad as any Third World country. In fact, that is what America is becoming — a Third World country.

The battle is lost. America is in terminal decline and nearly 75 million Americans seem to be willing to pull it down further. How can it be that so many millions voted for a man who failed in everything he ever tried—a man who started more than a score of businesses and every one failed, who cheated repeatedly on three wives before each marriage failed, who is despised by even members of his own family, who went out of his way nearly every day to show that he is a racist and a sexist, a man who has been caught, according to the Washington Post, in more than 30,000 lies in just the four years he was president, who cheated at nearly everything, including golf, how is it that such a man is held up as a paragon of virtue by nearly half of the electorate? Something has gone seriously off the rails. 

I can no longer bear the chest-thumping triumphalism of the No-Nothing Party. I can’t stand the self-congratulatory promotion of the hoary notion of American exceptionalism. People who think America is the greatest in all things are people who simply have never been anywhere else. America is not now — and has never been — a representative democracy and won’t be in my lifetime and probably not in yours, either. Biden won by 7.3 million votes — a smashing win, right? — but if just 43,000 votes in a few states had switched, Donald Trump would still be president today. In California, Governor Gavin Newsom could have received 49% of the vote in the recall election and have lost and some Republican hack could have received 18% and won. And because each state has two senators, 18% of the electorate elects 51% of senators. Explain that to Cleisthenes.

We now have an active right-wing attack on voting itself, much of it racially motivated, but imperiling us all. And then, alas, we have the filibuster, which has almost made America ungovernable.

I want out. I’m tired of waking up to some crackpot ranting that COVID is a hoax, or vaccines don’t work, or masks are an assault on freedom, or that the 2020 election was stolen and Joe Biden is not really President, or that January 6 was just a peaceful gathering of fun-loving people.

While Trump has been diminished, we are surrounded by his supporters — Americans who voted for one of the most despicable men who ever strut upon the American stage, most of his supporters continue to believe — with no evidence — that he won. Most prefer superstition to science, many would apparently rather die than wear a mask or take a vaccine, and tens of millions believe cockamamie conspiracies. These people are not going away.

This woebegone predicament is likely to get worse. Moreover, our priorities as a nation seem perilously upside down. We spend more than twice the amount for healthcare as any developed nation and get the crappiest healthcare system in the world because the medical Establishment — mainly the drug companies — has Washington in its pocket. And that includes Biden. 

We have among the worst economic disparities in the world — which are getting worse — a hollowed-out middle class, money overwhelming politics, and even the Democrats unable to do anything about any of this.

We are exiting Afghanistan, which is good, but the forces of the American imperium, which includes many Democrats, are actively bemoaning the fact that Afghans might actually rule Afghanistan. We still have a military budget almost ten times bigger than any other nation on earth and nearly 900 military bases girdling the globe. China, the big bogeyman, has none. China is taking over the world at amazing speed because they are strategic, not just belligerent. If you think the expensive debâcle of Afghanistan and Iraq will mean any rethinking of American foreign policy or scaling down our massive defense apparatus, you are going to be sorely disappointed. The forces of imperial expansion in America are robust and thriving despite the defeats of the past half-century.

If I were a young man, I might stay, but after fifty-plus years of social struggle, I think I have a right to take a rest, enjoy my success and have some fun with my family. America’s downward slide is terminal, and I do not have the energy or influence to have a major impact.

I’m moving to France, which has a vibrant middle-class, a real labor movement and twenty times less violent crime than America.

I say: Goodbye America; you won’t be missed.

Guy Saperstein
Guy Saperstein

in 1972, he founded a law firm in Oakland which became the largest plaintiffs civil rights law firm in America, in the process successfully prosecuting the largest race, sex and age discrimination class actions in American history. Guy also prosecuted False Claims Act cases against Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. regarding satellite surveillance systems, and against Raytheon, Boeing and TRW regarding the sham National Missile Defense Program. A former president of the Sierra Club Foundation once described by Bill O’Reilly as “a member of the nefarious Left-Wing Mafia,” he is the author of “Civil Warrior: Memoirs of a Civil Rights Attorney.”


  1. Well, I hope you don’t possess the hubris to believe your success was anything other than the lucky happenstance of your birthplace and parentage.

    Now that you’ve extracted all you can you don’t have the good manners to simply shut up and leave, instead you are compelled to indulge in self righteous high dudgeon. I think you are too loud because you seek to exculpate yourself of the guilt you are experiencing, maybe for the first time. Lots of us have been in the trenches for decades, and most weren’t so well rewarded. Perhaps doing the right thing wasn’t ever your motivation to begin with, thus the conflicted loyalties and anger now. Just shut up and go.

      1. I wish I was younger and could leave this calamity of a culture behind. The end is coming,how soon we do not know but this crap can not last forever. There will be no place for the oppressing class to hide and blood will flow

      1. Are you the Ted Allen who wrote about White Supremacy,Noel Ignatiev was my brother.

    1. To invoke this argument you have to hugely accuse multinational corps of a hellofa lot more use of the earth under US feet with little to no compensation in return.

    2. Sir, “your shut up and leave” comment was the same lame “love it or leave it” jingoism from Trumpanzee types. With money all society’s problems and social ills become trivial. And there’s no place like home! Greener grass in France? Maybe, BUT IT’S NOT HOME! Saperstein’s comment was spot on and undeniable but leaving home is a heartbreaking decision and because of his good works, I wish him the best.

      1. Exactly! And the line “Now that you’ve extracted all you can…” drives home what the commenter seems to believe is everyone’s life’s goal.

        I know many people who have emigrated from the US for the same reason as Saperstein. Native born, and several previous immigrants to the US, leaving for somewhere else. All originally believed in the American Dream, and in the case of the immigrants, the exported propaganda about US democracy and it’s exceptionalism in honesty and caring. One, originally from the “third world”, labeled the US “the largest third world country on the planet” after he turned in his Green card. I disagreed at the time. What Saperstein describes is the hopelessness that millions feel. I have flickers of hope when I see youth marching for altruistic causes. But I, like Saperstein, know, it will not be in my time. I’ve traveled the world a little, and seen several places with cultures where happiness and community come before personal wealth extraction.

    3. Sir, “your shut up and leave” comment was the same lame “love it or leave it” jingoism from Trumpanzee types. With money all society’s problems and social ills become trivial. And there’s no place like home! Greener grass in France? Maybe, BUT IT’S NOT HOME! Saperstein’s comment was spot on and undeniable but leaving home is a heartbreaking decision and because of his good works, I wish him the best.

      1. Sir, “your shut up and leave” comment was the same old “Love it or leave it” jingoism . With money all society’s problems and social ills become trivial. And there’s no place like home! Greener grass in France? Maybe, BUT IT’S NOT HOME! Saperstein’s comment was spot on and undeniable but leaving home is a heartbreaking decision and because of his good works, I wish him the best.

    4. Telling Mr. Saperstein to “shut up and leave” is insipid and a moot point since he said what he had to say in his column that you just knocked. His commentary was spot on and after years of fighting for what’s right and seeing the level of wrong we the people have sunk to effected his happiness. But France? The Canadian side of Vancouver would be better, my point being that you don’t have to move to divorce yourself from the socio-political quagmire America is drowning in.


      2. You are right, why would we not want this thoughtful, insightful voice represented in our publication?

        EVERY post on this site is “moderated,” you were not being picked on.

    5. Do your homework before you comment on this Guy’s upbringing. Ditto with your assumptions about motivation.

    6. Hubris is this guys middle name. All you need to know about him is from his own words: “I retired at fifty-one, having built an enormously lucrative practice…” Enormously lucrative! Such bragging. There you have it. It was all about amassing money as it turns out. But he can feel good about it all because he made it all off the backs of the poor and suffering people. And now that he has made his fortune off of them, he turns his back and leaves, lest he have to endure any real suffering of his own. And then he has the audacity to put such arrogance into words like a middle finger to the rest of us. Like you said, just shut up and go.

      1. He didn’t make money off backs of poor people. On the contrary, his lawsuits put corporate money in pockets of women and people of color being discriminated by the companies they worked for. No more honorable way to earn a living, even if he got rich doing it

    7. Saperstein is right about America’s problems. And telling him to just shut up shows you’re part of the reason they may not reverse the decline

    8. Like so many Americans, you too, are quick to criticize and fault Guy for his decision. Glaringly absent are any words in praise or defence of life in America, especially in recent decades.

    9. Holy Mackerel! The comments here exhaust the bounds of judgment – towards this truth telling gentleman and of our educational system. Such sourness, bile, hatred even, condemnation, bitterness.So close to pillars of salt with hardly a whit of even the desire to understand. Caught in old concepts of either good or evil. And, who’s to say how much of this condemnation is driven by envy and jealousy, and plain ole victimhood. No wonder contemporary movies run to extroversion and sentimentality with hardly a fresh take about the human condition in the USA. Noteworthy, anger predominates with sadness wholly absent over this capable man leaving. Truth is in short shrift, indeed.

    10. you dont know Guy and you totally underestimate the outstanding and important work he has done for the oppressed and discriminated against. in the legal arena he put himself, and his limited monetary resources on the line over and over in order to successfully fight big corporations. after 60 years he deserves some peace and quiet.

    11. You’re so badass….help him pack, then.

      Sniveling liberal wastrels like you are exactly why the author is leaving.

    12. Mr. Dumas could not illustrate Mr. Saperstein’s points any better. Unable to have a rational discussion on the issues, he goes straight to an ad hominem attack.

  2. France??? Are you joking? France has an extremely right-wing government and the ultra right is increasing all the time. You are truly ignorant of the situation in France. I have friends who live there. It is no paradise. Racism is rampant. Social inequality exists there, too. As long as capitalism exists, the corrupt corporate-controlled governments will continue their raping and murder with impunity. This is happening in every capitalist country on earth, not just in the United States. And the United States is controlling more and more of its “allies” all the time. See the new pact between US, UK and Australia. You can run but you cannot hide. Unless you leave the planet, you will have to deal with reality here on earth. Do you really believe that any country is safe as long as the United States continues its warmongering and destruction? Do you think that climate change is only affecting the United States? Or the global pandemic? What foolishness.

    1. My heart hurts. All these angry voices. And I have compassion for the author and each one of the commentators. I’ve gotten to a
      certain age where friends have started dying, and I have begun pondering how many years I have left. I have witnessed the in-
      cremental ongoing destroying of our fundamental relationship to and appreciation of earth and with it a certain understanding of the all important significance of civic bonds as a necessity for the well being of the whole. The wondrous breakthrough concept and reality of ecology was so thrilling. The well being of the whole as dependent on right relation and balance. The worm in the ripe apple seems to have been the Powell Memorandum. And there was no corresponding consciousness requiring the unglamorous beauties of impulse control (inhibition) and the civic exercise of “No!” Don’t the truly wise maintain a vital relationship with Nature, Earth? Respecting her ways and learning from them to guide one’s own and our communities’ life force? Isn’t conscience Nature’s regulating power in humans? Wasn’t Jesus tempted in the 40 days wilderness dialogue with Lucifer to become as great as or greater than God? God here meant as the Great Mystery, The Great Unknown, Greater than Great and Smaller than Small? All the riches Lucifer (light bringer) tempted him with. I don’t know what I hate more – the idea of capitalism embedded in endless using of anything and anybody for Biggness and Power Over or the willingness of people to not grasp the personal power and knowing and evolutionary spark they carry and activate it to serve the whole of the Greater Good.

      1. Best comment yet. It gave me a well deserved laugh after the hateful and ignorant comments towards the author of this article.

    2. France wouldn’t be my first choice either. All of Europe is going down the rat hole of neo-liberal austerity, hyper corporate capitalism and jingoism. Once strong social bonds and working class solidarity are being eroded. There is really nowhere to go. Maybe some small, out of the way place that is off the radar of US imperialism and corporate exploitation and gangsterism disguised as “development”.

  3. Guy, you suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome. Not that anything you said about Trump isn’t true — you accurately described him and nefarious dealings. TDS occurs when you take everything bad about America and make it all about Trump. Nothing in your piece talks about the betrayals of Obama, Pelosi or even “The Squad”.

    We have been lied to by so many for so long about so much that we no longer believe anybody.

    Who believes the NIST report on the collapse of the WTC? Only the gullible. My first reaction when seeing it on TV was, “Bush did it!” — knowing, of course, Bush was nothing more than a figurehead clown put in place to be manipulated.

    We’re given a choice between a Red Pill and a Blue Pill, but unlike “The Matrix”, neither Pill shows us “reality”. In such an environment ridiculous conflicts, like that over abortion. can be exploited by both segments of the Oligarchy/Mafia that runs our country. We are now on the edge of our seats wondering if the Republicans will truly bankrupt our country this time as they put up a pseudo-show against the Democrats. Is this perhaps the Oligarchy’s plan to combat Climate Change? They build bunkers in the mountains of Southern New Zealand while they build their giant penises to take them to Mars and run away.

    The right choice for an American to make is “none of the above”, but then we are told that a greater evil will prevail if we don’t choose. We are propagandized, figuratively bludgeoned, into making that false choice.

    Why didn’t you mention an alternate choice? Why do you not talk about the Greens, the Peoples’ Party, or even the Forward Party?

    Americans need to see something resembling Hope or they will turn to a man who sounds like them, caters to their fears, and promises retribution against those who (they imagine) have wronged them.

    I do not fault you for moving to France, everyone wants to get away. However, I don’t think you are going to be satisfied with your move because the Empire will Strike Back.

  4. what hypocrisy.. although I equally despise the right and its lack of critical thinking skills, to rail against Big Pharma’s control over Washington and our dreadful healthcare system, and in the opposite vein support the draconian measures of the CDC and its pharmaceutical owners displays an utter lack of critical thinking and an example of drinking the federal health agencies Kool aid. To promote these dangerous experimental vaccines (I would be delighted to debate the author any time of the day about mRNA, vaccine science, the immune system, etc and rub his nose in his own BS) and so many other horrible decisions being made by Gate’s buddy Fauci, and yet criticize the medical establishment’s corruption, which doesn’t give a rat’s a-hole over your health, is ludicrous. You don’t see the irony in this?

    Guy, do your homework

    1. Thank you for expressing what went through my mind as I read the ignorant “health” summation by the author.

  5. I concur. An expat in eastern Europe since 2010, I am surprised that the exodus has reached biblical scale.

  6. Yes. I agree. I’ve noted this slippery slide for a few years now and it saddens me tremendously. There seems to be no stop to the abuse on citizens. The daily recounting of illegal, imoral behavior of our govenment, the never ending greed of corporations, the rape of our earth………
    France sound lovely. Take me with you?

  7. Guy: I commend you on your choice to leave the USA. I too started in the sixties. You may remember the Free Speech Movement and Cadillac Row. I became discouraged much sooner. The straw was Fukushima. When the radiation hit the West Coast the infant mortality rate went up 35% for ten weeks. I chose Ecuador. In their 2008 constitution they gave nature rights and banned GMOs. The air and water masses do not mix much because of the Coriolis Effect. 99% of the nuclear reactors and 100% of the nuclear weapons are in the North including France.
    As you well know, the US constitution is soaring language that is oft quoted but selectively enforced. Unfortunately the same holds in Ecuador. A lawyer friend describes the constitution as poetry.
    My intent is to create a self sufficient community to survive the probable catastrophe. Perhaps a few unregenerate hippies & their offspring will want to join in the effort. I hope.

  8. I had to leave too. I felt too afraid living in the US where I was born and raised. I have shifted my residence to southern Mexico where I feel much safer. I have to put up with a lot of Canadian snowbirds for a few months but at least there are few Americans. I have been to 42 countries in my life and yes, I choose Mexico as the place to grow old. I love the people, the culture, and the natural beauty. Of course, the government needs work but at least I don’t feel afraid of my neighbors all the time.

    1. That’s well and good for you. Unfortunately, the Mexicans who aren’t doing as well in their own country are criminalized and demonized in this country. Sure, the Mexicans like your money. This is American privilege for sure. Take the money and run.

  9. When I started reading I assumed you’re moving to Cuba or China. France? Are you kidding? Income disparities only slightly less extreme than in the US. Racism against Arabs / Muslims enshrined in state policy. Anti-immigrant policies and actions as bad as anything Trump said / did. Your privilege will take you anywhere you want to go.. Those of us with more courage and less privilege intend to keep building the progressive fightback, as hard as that is. Good luck.
    PS: Robert Scheer: What exactly was your point in publishing this?

    1. “Those of us with more courage and less privilege intend to keep building the progressive fightback,”

      Is it courage when you’re trapped?

      Is it courage to stay somewhere you don’t want to be and where you have no agency to change anything? Is remaining just accepting defeat.

      Maybe it is privilege to be able to move to France, but there are many other countries that will let Americans in for a residency. Canada won’t let anyone in that’s “too old”, which I recall to be 35. (Unless you can hire a great lawyer and are a billionaire).

      Here’s a story of a guy who did move to Canada

      Just because, I tried filling in the “move to Canada” website. They won’t let me in permanently. It looks like I could go to France.

  10. Good and coherent general sentiment. But the underlying Trump myopia and still-perceptible traces of party (democrat) and tribal (liberal) loyalty belie a gross statist utopianism that would have been childish even without Trump. 350 million is a lot of individual views, aims, goals, metaphysics etc that can’t even be corralled in the first place–except with some blatantly untrue nationalist mythology.

    suddenly it’s apparent that people hold different mythological views and you want to run for the hills? good for you…you should have done it decades ago.

  11. I understand exactly how you feel. I left the US sixteen years ago (today, in fact) and moved to Glasgow Scotland, partially to earn my PhD, but also to get away from the hellscape that America had become long before 2001. I also got tired of beating my head against the proverbial wall of ignorance permeating the US political and cultural landscape. I wanted a different life, and only leaving the US was able to give it to me. The UK certainly has a lot of problems, especially after Brexit, but I also have hope, particularly with the possibility of an independent Scotland. I don’t have any hope that America will pull itself out of the quagmire.

  12. Indeed:


    “to rail against Big Pharma’s control over Washington and our dreadful healthcare system, and in the opposite vein support the draconian measures of the CDC and its pharmaceutical owners displays an utter lack of critical thinking and an example of drinking the federal health agencies Kool aid.”

  13. Very interesting article and comments. Thanks to both. I think he is correct (unfortunately) I am in no way qualified to make an informed comment. But I did want to point out that China has one military base in Djibouti ( Africa ). But then again, most American citizens would not know that the US has 750 (? who knows ) military bases outside of the US. A horrible waste of money; over 50% of the federal budget.

  14. Pet Shop Boys “Building a Wall”

    Protection (prevention)
    Detection (detention)
    There’s no where to defect to any more.

  15. And what about the damned Democrats ..,

    and media who thrived with Trump and have French kissed the national security police state apparatus that President Kennedy, in the case of the cia, once vowed to smash into a thousand pieces? It smashed him and the others…

    Bill Clinton and Barack Obama did far more damage to the USA than even Nixon and Trump and little Bush plus Cheney/Rumsfeld.

    But all does seem lost …

  16. In the first decade of this century, I indulged in the occasional online flame war.
    By 2009, I realized that those people wanted to kill me. I knew by then that there
    would be right-wing death squads in this country and that they would have no
    recruitment problems. After all, they do it everywhere else – why not here?
    Since then, decals and tee shirts have proliferated with the acronyms RWDS
    and 6MWE. It’s coming. Don’t kid yourself.

    I haven’t indulged in an online flame war since, but everything that transpired
    thereafter only confirms my unpleasant predictions.

    If I were younger, I would depart for NZ, which I visited in 1987. But, I am now too
    old and will have to finish out the rest of my sentence here. I may get help in this.

  17. I am lucky to call Guy Saperstein a friend. Anyone who has had the opportunity to meet Guy (and his wonderful wife) and get to know him would consider themselves lucky. He is an honorable man who cares deeply about doing the right thing. So it is clear to me that the people offering nasty critiques of Guy do not know him or the good work he has done. I feel confident saying those criticizing him here have not done a fraction of what he has done for this country. “Shut up!” one commenter says. Guy served this country, and has earned the right to speak his mind on its sad condition. If you disagree with him, then I hope you will work as hard as he did to make things better.

  18. Well you are one of the privileged ones who can afford to move from the US. It won’t be what you think. Your move will not protect you from Climate Catastrophe. Over 15,000 people died from a heat wave in 2003 in France and they have had them pretty much ever since and will continue to have them. And as others have pointed out, corporate oligarchs have taken control of every country, including France. So enjoy your escape from one frying pan into another.

  19. I am retired in a medium-sized country in Latin America where I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer half a century ago. I and most of the other expats here are glad we’re here and not back in the U.S. This sentiment has only been reinforced by the craziness and polarization unleashed with the USA’s response to the Covid 19 pandemic. This applies to both sides of the political spectrum. (I voted for Bernie. Some of my friends voted for Trump. We mostly don’t discuss U.S. politics as we have better things to do. I do follow things on line and post comments and make donations because I care about the country I grew up in, but at this point it’s a sinking ship. I wish I was wrong but don’t intend to go down with it. I’ve told my daughter she’d be better off seeking her future elsewhere, someplace with a more promising future. I know it’s hard to pull up stakes and move to a new country and culture, but the number of Americans moving their lives elsewhere in the world is growing and, I suspect, will grow even more as America’s decline becomes even clearer. (Trump was only a symptom, the causes are much deeper and bipartisan.) I don’t agree with all of what the author of this piece says but I don’t think he deserves the nasty bashing from some of the commentators on this thread. The nastiness, now so common on all sides in the USA, is one more indication of the country’s decline and one more reason to move elsewhere. (If you think this behavior is normal, you don’t know much about the world outside America.)

  20. Can’t say I haven’t thought about it. The big challenge for the whole world is to just allow their human nature to mature to share honor, reverse our overshoot and create of system of “one-Earth” living. The immature narcissistic mindset in us all is the only enemy humans really face. The narcissistic rage, honor killings are understandable from imperial politicians, militaries, the police and street gangs alike. Personally undeveloped peoples don’t understand authentic honor or human dignity. The worst actors polarize them with propaganda- like the leaders of the US, UK, and French empires (have you read what Danny Sjursen said they are doing in Africa?) Propaganda about “wokeness” might be spreading because people are actually becoming aware of the bad faith and bad will of the shareholder empires. I hope moving to a place with a labor movement, strong middle class and less violence serves you well. The human issues we face are everywhere. History doesn’t repeat itself, immature narcissistic mindsets can’t admit mistakes. Macron worked for Rothschild bank securing a deal for Nestle to absorb Phizer’s baby formula- I remember reading stories about Nestle telling young African mothers that their formula was better than breast milk…. Empires are full of narcissistic mindsets, propaganda, bad faith and bad will by design and rewarded so. They try to make us lose faith in human nature, nothing serves their selfish schemes better.

  21. I wonder who paid his legal fees….I expect the taxpayer. One thing he might have focused on is legal reform. A major reason the US can’t have reasonable healthcare, high speed rail, fair elections (the election was stolen by the health care industry in South Carolina), empty prisons and on and on is the legal system. We might want to pattern our system on England with loser pays and copy the NHS with more funding. No sense reinventing the wheel.

  22. Macron is a fascist. The government brutalizes anyone who doesn’t go along with the program. Police brutality is off the charts. Good luck!

  23. My sentiments exactly. It’s depressing and it’s irreversible. I expressed similar sentiments in a paragraph in my substack article, Voila Trump! “No, my problem isn’t Trump; it’s his “supporters”. Regardless of Trump’s stated political positions—even if they were identical to those of Bernie Sanders—his behavior was so obnoxious, arrogant, and narcissistic—in short, everything parents warn their children not to be—it’s hard to understand how after four years of his lunacy 75 million Americans could still like, let alone for to vote for him again—especially at a time when we’re facing a choice between dying in the heat of global warming or freezing to death in a nuclear winter.”

  24. Another millionaire elitist who blames Trump for 50 years of income inequality, endless wars, poverty, homelessness, healthcare inequality, corporate corruption, etc.

    When the people revolt, your head will be first.

  25. France allows only the vaxxed to participate in public life, from cafés to trains with more restrictions to come. His American vax card is not recognized so he will have to jump through hoops to get a French digital one. Maybe even get a whole new round of “French” ones. Thousands of health care workers have been fired, the very same ones who were hailed as unvaxxed HEROES last year. (that should make you feel at home). Let’s hope you don’t need a nurse or an ambulance. (that should make you feel at home too). Or this: “When Macron made his announcement on Monday, plenty of people saw it as partly a public health measure but also a campaign message for the presidential elections,” observed Paul Smith, a professor of French politics at Nottingham University.” 250,000 people from ACROSS the political spectrum have been marching to protest, not the vax, but the illegality of this, discrimination (some still remember yellow stars) and the shredding of civil rights guaranteed by the Constitution because they know their history and remember the French Revolution. Is totalitarianism easier to accept in another country? Does “Show me your papers,” sound romantic if they ask you in French?

  26. Gee Mr, “Boomer”stein your ego will finally have the homecoming it deserves amongst the landed gentry of France. Enjoy that “well earned” economic and financial privilege. See y’a! Wouldn’t want to be y’a! So many class warriors amongst Mr. Scheer’s friends and associates,

  27. But, but, but……south Baptist church believes he was heaven sent. Even Mike P. barely escaped hanging by Donnie ‘s Confederates but still is friends( mind boggling). The sexy narcissist is impervious to sex assault / rape charges, so becomes the envy of hot blooded guys. The perfect narcissist is a stable genius who has great success to avoid taxes, and go bankrupt very profitably.
    All his life he weilds lawsuits as a weapon to intimate, and wear down opponents – a terrific American strategy.

    No else can lie/ misinformation /alternative facts but still be worshipped and be-loved, therfore he must obviously have greatest talents as you can ‘ fool some of the population all the time’.

    Please don’t blame it all on 75 year old Donnie, after all he a 4.5 year old toddler with perpetual apoplectic temper tantrums. He has millions of willing Confederates, most of them already headed in the same direction, Donnie just accidentally emerged as a Cult leader for a movement to overcome the ‘ Browning of America’ and the steady decline of the Yankee Empire. This movement is also expressed in the form of Nato, AUKUS, Quad, 5 eyes, IMF,
    and other organizations.

    There are many, many Donnie,… Remember the ” white man’s Burden”???

  28. our “leaders” hate us, we are here for profit & wealth extraction
    the opioid epidemic us a fine example

  29. Good luck to you and your wife in France Mr. Saperstein. I can’t imagine that it could be any worse there than on this ‘ship of fools’…

  30. Thank you for all the fighting you have done to make the world a better place. I share your frustration.

    I am a former 35 year long Democrat and am so disgusted by our party that I now vote third party. Somehow you are missing how badly they have betrayed us multiple times over many years. I can’t continue voting for the lesser of two evils.

    I watch “Democracy Now” regularly and my takeaway is that the whole world is going down the crapper. Corruption is everywhere. I’ve watched interviews with numerous scientists on “Collapse Chronicles” and “The Greatest Story” on YouTube and my takeaway is that we have damaged our planet so badly there won’t be a “next century.” We are lucky if we have twenty years left.

    You have been a light in a world that is increasingly growing darker. A world. Not just our country. I envy your financial freedom and wish you a good life.

  31. Guy is right:
    The country that I live in today uses the same words to describe itself, the same patriotic symbols and iconography, the same national myths, but only a facsimile remains. At present it is facing enormous challenges. The country of my birth has been so diminished as to be nearly unrecognizable. The “consent of the governed” has become an empty phrase. Our nation, as all are aware of now, has been hijacked by oligarchs, corporations and a narrow selfish political elite, a small and privileged group which governs on behalf of moneyed interests. Active and concerned citizens have continued to forfeit politics, thereby abandoning society to its most mediocre and venal public servants. The U.S. Senate, once a strong defender of constitutionalism, has declined to a pretentious, bribed, dysfunctional parody of itself.

  32. As a former European still living, as I was previously, in Scotland, I think that the comments here are horribly disparaging to Mr Saperstein. You should all thank him for his service, that is, the national service he did in his long career of defending cases of discrimination. I once flew back into Switzerland after working for five months in Iran during 1979 , crossed the border into France and spent the night In the small town of Bellegarde just over the French border. I woke to the sights and smells of market day in a provincial French town square, and it was heaven. The French gave you the Statue of Liberty. Why wouldn’t you want to go to France.? Just watch the Tour de France, which is televised from the air, and shows off a country teeming with a great human heritage. I went cycling in the Pyrenees and there were seventy-year-old locals taking road bikes out of panel vans and setting off up the Col d’Aubisque! Everyone should go to France to die and then forget why came!

    1. Ah, zee local market 40 years ago! Ah, zee smell of fresh baguettes! Ah, zee Tour de France! Zut alors, c’est magnifique!

      Wake up to 2021 and smell the café au lait, please.

      1. This is what happens when you follow the French into Vietnam.. you get to preferring the smell of napalm in the morning to that of café au lait.

  33. Turns out, the vaccine doesn’t work.

    And, ha. France. Echoing the sentiments of the other commenters. Wish you and your family well.

  34. Funny how the comments are all about the author and not the fact that we’re doomed.

    I say, “Thanks for trying and bon voyage!”

  35. Can anyone provide guidance on how to emigrate and good places to go?

    I’m retired and living in a converted school bus. I rely on SS and a small pension, with little savings and no assets. I too spent a career int public service and activism.

    What to do?

    1. My advice? Stay where you are. Live frugally, while trying to be comfortable. Be grateful not to be starving. Find someone to love.

      You will not be welcome anywhere. The world belongs to the rich. The only “good” places left are their private islands and floating fortresses, which are heavily guarded.

      Find joy in people that you care for and who care for you. Stick with it a decade or two, then die in peace and contentment. The future will be shit anyway; you won’t be missing out.

      I wish you strength.

      1. I was going to suggest Mexico. But can’t argue with staying out for now, unless the drones are released.

  36. Perhaps my greatest mistake in life was not having the courage to leave this country 40 years ago. The entire world is now in the grips of last stage capitalism and it’s results but living in the US is being at ground zero for the totalitarian dystopia coming to life now before our eyes.

    I often feel like a character in an Orwell/Huxley novel. At this point I totally accept my inability to do anything to change what is coming and am at peace with what will be. But I am afraid most of you, are not. Hell is the future, and it’s not far away now…..

  37. Hilarious. See ya’, you hypocritical, narcissistic, self absorbed piece of garbage. We sure will miss you.

      1. I agree actually, call it an emotional post. Leaving is not the answer, this is our/your country, bailing seems so shortsighted and an easy answer. I’ve lived overseas much of my adult life, and despite our issues I truly believe we have awesome people, it’s our leadership. Leaving in my mind is running, and that helps no one.

      2. Odd, most people here urging “don’t bail” must also believe that
        any marriage entered into is for life…..also odd, is these “don’t bailers”
        evidently can’t conceive the appropriateness to know when a season
        in your life is over….and it’s not altogether uncommon the signs of
        that closure can include spiritual fatigue, tiredness of giving more of your precious life force for what you understand/perceive
        is a losing battle or seeing it a battle of such magnitude that it’s
        time to pass the baton on cause the love, passion and commitment are gone. The steam for it gone. Not wanting to do it anymore. Like Corinthians talks about …there is a season for everything under the sun….this man’s season for giving of
        himself in the hyper-pressured often nasty legal field – and especially given its nature today – is over. Have the anti-bailers ever experienced
        their steam running out for something that they at one time held
        great enthusiasm? Why is it you are making this man “wrong”? And so
        vehemently? There’s something about you that’s all mixed up in your
        condemnatory judgement of him Isn’t there?

    1. “See ya’, you hypocritical, narcissistic, self absorbed piece of garbage….

      I truly believe we have awesome people,..”

      75 million of our most “awesome people” voted for THE uber “hypocritical,narcisstic, self absorbed piece of garbage” and will likely do so again if he runs in 2024. But in your mind the guy going to France is “shortsighted”. If your an example of the “resistance” then yeah it’s pretty hopeless.

  38. You seem to be one of the diminishing few who saw it right. Trump brought a course on America and only Divine intervention can save it from sliding into the deepest shithole.

    1. It was never Trump. Trump is not the disease, he is a symptom.

      At the very latest, it was Reagan. But it may have been Nixon. Or Truman. Or Kissinger. Of you could argue that American violence, superstition, exceptionalism, bigotry, and anti-intellectualism go back centuries. I know I would.

      Murder and money is all your so-called “nation” has ever been about. Read a book.

  39. The CCP in China represents only six percent of the total population of China, therefore, arguably they control about ninety-six percent of the population through authoritarian means. China is a corporation run by an oligarchy that is masked by communist ideology.

    America’s democratic decline, perhaps, is simply the transition to a corporate run government, like China.

    We have an unresponsive government well because we have an unresponsive oligarchy.

    Best of luck to you.

  40. “The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it.”-Carlin

    So it was a bummer and burnout happened.

    Problem is, it’s the Time Of The Deep Kimchi. Wouldn’t hold out too much hope the French have it any more together over the long term, it’s still the EU.

    Good wine and bread though so there’s that……

  41. Those of you defending the Saperstein’s decision, as well as their character, have the FINANCIAL PRIVILEGE to do so. Those of you in the upper 20% of wealth and income professional / managerial class are living at the expense of the other 80% of us. You may be wonderful people on the personal level and done much for social justice yet you are in denial about a “System” that has failed the majority of us. You keep believing and we keep dying, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. Confess and repent!!!

    1. You don’t have to be in the upper 20% to leave America. Guy has nothing to repent for. He fought the system and the system won. How can you justify holding him responsible for the system you are complaining about. Is that all you do — bitch?

      1. Punching up which you apparently don’t have the courage to do. Go along to get along. Admit to facilitating the System and pursue alternatives with your ill gotten gains.

    2. I’ll confess…there are too many people having children who can’t afford them. The parents, the children and mother nature would be better off if people simply had one child or better, zero(8 billion + humans are waaayy too many). The urge to procreate can be controlled if one tries. Fight the “System” by not supplying(by birthing) what will likely wind up as cheap, exploitable labor. Confession over.

  42. I have read and reread and reread Mr. Saperstein’s article, and I am increasingly amazed at all with which I am able to relate. I wish him well with inner peace and happiness and a well deserved tranquillity which could only be found outside of the US, especially at this present stage. I wish the same for his lovely wife.
    As for France? Don’t pay attention to naysayers who have obviously not travelled themselves. France is one of the primary destinations for American expats with at least 10,000 in Paris alone. Sure, the country has problems, but no country holds a candle to the US in that department. And the US, even with its clever marketing, can no longer cover up the signs.
    I wish that, in your article, you had touched upon the decades of chipping away at a once envied basic education system that has resulted in a lame ass electorate capable of supporting trash like Trump. Trump isn’t the problem. He is a reflection of what US society has become.
    My favorite contribution to US education over the last decade has been the elimination of cursive in curriculums across the country. Does anybody know how many historical documents are written in cursive? Oh, no matter. What the hell? Who cares if Joey can only write his name in block letters?
    For years I worked side by side with those attending college or recently graduated, many of whom couldn’t add or subtract, write a complete sentence, or read or write cursive. This is all resultant of a basic education system that’s just short of having been destroyed. Ever check PISA scores to see where we stand around the world? It’s shameful how far behind US children are. Let’s not bother with that, however. We have to fight the wearing of masks.
    I left the country seven years ago and on early Social Security. Anyone can do it. A great read is GETTING OUT:YOUR GUIDE TO LEAVING AMERICA.
    Many more are leaving than what those who commented can imagine. You will never know the figures, as the US doesn’t want you to know. Many are young couples with children who don’t want to raise them in the states.
    Thank you Mr Saperstein.

    1. Writing in cursive takes a lot of continuing practice. After decades at a computer terminal, I can hardly recognize my own signature. Cursive also takes time and patience. You can put out a much, much faster stream of letters on a laptop. At the same time, typing is no longer taught in school because by the time one is 5 years old, he probably has 3 years of experience.

      But, otherwise, I agree with your complaint about the lack of art and the abortion of history taught in schools now. History of the USA has always been a lie though.

    2. Early Social Security? So you left the country you justifiably despise, yet continue to cash the checks it sends you? Nice one! Talk about having your cake and eating it…

      People no longer learning cursive! I’m clutching my pearls!

      (For the uninitiated: cursive was invented to enable people to write faster than print, which obviously is completely irrelevant nowadays. In no way does its disappearance from education systems world-wide imply illiteracy any more than people no longer using dip pens.)

      1. Your replies to most are stunning. You are a prime example of US intellect.
        Cursive has been found to stimulate the brain, promote focus, and and be an aid to those with dyslexia.
        As for SOCIAL SECURITY?
        Read up on it pal! !! You really shouldn’t be commenting on subjects about which you know nothing. US SOCIAL SECURITY administration has agreements with countries all over the world for direct deposit to US citizens living abroad. You should educate yourself prior to making such snide comments.

      2. Really? How much more vacuous and vile can a mind be? You think she was “gifted” her benefits or that she worked decades paying into the system? It’s not entitlement. It’s her money, you thick muppet.

  43. Underabodhitree says that America has awesome people.. “It’s our leadership”, he contends. It’s pretty awesome for over seventy million to bet it all on Trump a second time to see if they could win back the America they think they lost, but nobody, however derelict in their civic duty, deserves the America Trump had for them. It’s Jonestown writ large.

    1. I would contend that most of those 70 million are not bad people, you can say misguided, even deceived. However, in my experience (granted data set of one), they are good people who want to do the right thing. I would say that about the vast majority of Americans across the political spectrum. My experience is Americans want mostly the same things – a just, civil society. But when we are constantly divided along race, gender, etc rather than class we get twisted into believing something that simply is not true. The vast majority of Trump backers are not “racist”, and they resent being told that they are, if we can’t talk to each other, we will never focus on where our problems really reside. Dividing us in two, where we stand across from each other hurling insults, is exactly what they want.

      I would also add, I’ve lived and worked in Europe on three separate occasions. No one, and I mean no one, does prejudice and racism like Europe. Live there, scratch the surface just a little bit, see what you find.

    2. Let A I handle it. Our political theatre has been Kabuki for years. France is a fascist country, so I’d pick another country to escape to.

  44. Life is what you make it, seems you made out pretty good there Guy. America, it’s just a name and place with dirt and dirty deals, right Guy? Oh, I know you worked hard, at least you say you did. I’m guessing your Bank accounts say you did. You paid your fair share by working for the underdog, is that right Guy? Years ago I knew someone that had a tire store. He employed 40 people. Paid them a livable wage. He and his wife had a 3 bedroom ranch, 3 kids and they all went to college and graduated. All on 5% profit. Anything over that 5% went back into his business. He made something for himself and others. People like him make America. They don’t use America for their self-aggrandizement and then take the money and run. In my view, we come into this life to help others, not make money. That job never stops, goes on vacation or retires and moves onto foreign soil. Yes Guy, everything you worked for made America what it is today. You won’t be missed, not by me.

  45. These comments ate fascinating, and confirm my suspicions that America is a nation founded on the practice of gambling. It’s as though Mr Saperstein had been in a game of poker and walked off early with his winnings. I suppose you don’t want that to become a trend, but I can’t see that any of you have a real stake in his game in real life, and every American in the conversation would be adamant it’s a free country, yet so many of you are professing to be glad to see him go. Are things so bad now that you do need to caution him to buy only American products while in France to support the U.S. economy, and you may need to write to your Congressional representative to insist there be a one in, one out policy, such that Mr Saperstein should have to find a French hostage to live in America in his place. Is this it? Are Americans indeed living off the scraps thrown them by the affluent? In this case maybe you can content yourselves with believing he’s now on an unending guilt trip, for leaving you with one fewer person in the gated communities to throw some food over the fence. Otherwise, maybe you should just wish him well in his new life in an allied European country.

    1. Probably would have been better for Sap to just not have written his farewell. Who knows? He obviously has doubts. I wish him the best.

      1. The reality is that all who are wealthy and yet also progressive in ACTION not just WORD still must own the fact that they are ultimately “in the struggle” by choice, not by necessity, and for them to elaborately and poblicly withdraw from that struggle while so many others don’t have that choice is not worthy of applause but merely tolerance that they have reached their human limit for compassion and empathy and self-sacrifice. Wealthy or just financially secure liberals and even “radicals,” many of them Boomer and Gen X veterans of the civil rights and anti-war and anti-poverty movmeents of the past 60 years, still are largely caught up in the mythos of colorblind meritocracy (after all, many of them were the children of working-class immigrants) and their own confidence that they could flip the system onto a better track. The limits of these dreams are by now clear, and their heartbreak is not, in my view, something to be mocked but rather understood and learned from. As Hedges and others point out, the delusions of white educated “progressives” are dangerous, a glue that unintentionally sticks us to the worsening status quo. This author seems incapable of interrogating his own class consciousness, to use a Marxist-Leninist term .

  46. I agree with you but unlike you I don’t have the finances to get out. Most of us who have worked as much as you have over the years have not had a lucrative career as we’ve toiled in the service of others. I do not begrudge your success which allows you to flee but many of us who have worked just as hard have no means to do so.

  47. “… that is what America is becoming — a Third World country.”
    The thing is that in 3rd world countries the rich are VERY rich. The US has been working on achieving that status for a while. Just about there.
    BTW, I left the US 16 years ago after a different but similar career. I was an architect, early (1970s) developer of passive solar architecture, did many beautiful solar houses for lower economic range families under various low cost loan programs, etc. I left for all the same reasons after US invaded Iraq.

  48. To comment the moderator’s reply above, how does this article get approved and published in ScheerPost in the first place? The lack of overall understanding of American politics (internal and overseas) made this author’s written article problematic. That’s why it receives so many criticism. I live in France and I agree with all the comments that France is not a place to move to. In fact maybe I also should write “Why I am leaving France.” But at the moment I get caught up in finishing an article to comment on a newly published French book “Les Mondes de l’esclavage” (The Worlds of Slavery). Someone has to call out France’s hypocrisy on its history relating to slavery and its present colonialism in Africa. But I will write “Why I am leaving France” when the time is right. Seeing not so many people know the situation in France encourage me to write, slowly, one step at a time. France and UK are also in decline following the US.

    1. “Someone has to call out France’s hypocrisy on its history relating to slavery and its present colonialism in Africa. ”

      Absolutely right, Haiti (a former French slave colony) got the economic screwing of all time by the nation of “liberty, equality and fraternity” which lasted for well over a century(ending mid 20th century). Haiti is an economic basket-case to this day because of what sucessive French governments did to it. France has no claim to moral superiority over any country.

  49. I know it will be tempting, but try not to cripple the country with endless civil rights litigation, vehemently fighting tort reform, endless lobbying for lawyers to sue the healthcare establishment, until its literally just a ridiculous game of overcharging dying people becoming 80 percent of total healthcare expenditure. Try not to back lawyers and big business creating tax shelters and draining the nation, while espousing doofy left wing politics. Try not to run for the cash at every turn, and then decry the results as white racism, and blame a population that grew up with dirt floors and a collapsed local economy.
    Try not to link your book sales to your next hidden, self serving economic endeavor.

  50. No matter where you go, there you are. Everyone in this comment section and everyone who isn’t in this comment would be justified in running away from wherever they are. If you’re an earthling and you don’t feel uncomfortable with the state of the planet, then that’s pretty weird.

    I don’t differentiate between political parties because there is nobody I’ve ever met from either party who is willing to throw themselves into the gears of this machine in order to stop the destruction of the environment and do away with institutionally driven socioeconomic inequality.

    This is all just mental masturbation for us folks who use lot’s of words to address ineffably complex feelings that we cannot understand because we are too afraid of the sum of all of these realities.

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