If They Blow It Again, Pt. I

It occurs to me that given the popularity of the McCain-Palin ticket that some of us need to start making contingency plans if the American people decides to shoot itself in the foot for the third presidential election cycle in a row. I, for one, am stuck here for three more years due to a commitment I made to law school. After that point, I can flee to London or East Asia to practice American corporate law on behalf of foreign companies seeking entrance into the American market. However, most of you are more flexible in your living arrangements so it is primarily to you that I am addressing this post. This inaugural post offers England as a potential post-apocalypse destination. In addition to sharing our native tongue and being the womb from which our nation birthed, it is less obsessed with religious dogma. Indeed, it has gone so far as to apologize to Charles Darwin for “over-emotionally dismissing” his theory of evolution:

The Church of England will concede in a statement that it was over-defensive and over-emotional in dismissing Darwin’s ideas. It will call “anti-evolutionary fervour” an “indictment” on the Church”.

“The statement will read: Charles Darwin: 200 years from your birth, the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still. We try to practise the old virtues of ‘faith seeking understanding’ and hope that makes some amends.”

A church apologizing for its “over-emotional” rejection of Darwin? Ridiculous! What are they over there- educated?! How dare they apologize for rejecting a 150 year old theory that is the linchpin of biology! What is so breathtaking is that given how obviously correct (and belated) this move is, can you even imagine something similar in the United States occurring? We’re not even sure if the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate believes the theory (see: Matt Damon’s final question about Sarah Palin in his interview). In the United States, it is basically a badge of honor among some politicians that they don’t accept a 150 year old foundation of modern science. While I don’t want this series to be several installments of U.S. bashing, some of it will necessarily emerge from the unfavorable comparisons to the suggested destinations.

So, I offer England as a post-apocalypse destination (P.A.D.). More installments to come.


3 responses to “If They Blow It Again, Pt. I

  1. polisciafterparty

    It also occurs to me that we need some balance on these new locales, so I will probably post something later about Europe’s unhealthy disregard for the freedom of speech. Their most significant problem is that many of them lack a written and discrete constitution (privacy rights, freedom of speech, unlawful search and seizure have less meaning over there).

    – Legal Eagle

  2. It’s the same every election cycle, isn’t it? There are always some who declare that it is better to expatriate than live under whoever the Republican candidate might be. The problem is that no one ever actually leaves! I’ve been living in the UK since before the 2000 election (for entirely non-political reasons) and I keep wondering when they are going to show up.

    On a practical note, as an American lawyer who studied international law in London while I was in law school, it is not as easy to get overseas jobs as you might think. I suppose if you are going to a top-tier law school and anticipate graduating rather high in your class and the job market is right in three years time, you’ll be okay. (I graduated when there was recession across the whole legal market.) Just don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

    As for politicians using opposition to Darwinism as a badge of honor, it is worth noting that a CBS poll in the aftermath of the 2004 election found that 47% of Kerry voters believe that God created humans in their present form. Another 28% of Kerry voters believed in God-guided evolution. 56% of Kerry voters wanted Creationism and evolution taught in schools. 24% of Kerry voters wanted Creationism taught instead of evolution. I’m sure I don’t need to recount the even higher figures related to Bush voters. Like it or not, anyone running for President or Vice President who openly rejects (or worse, ridicules) Creationism or Creationists does so at their own peril.

    And finally, as a ex-pat I’d be happy to offer you some balance on living here.

  3. polisciafterparty

    That is what is so depressing about the state of American politics. Even the “good guys” have to pretend to be ambivalent about a foundation of biology- and God forbid if you’re an atheist! Then you have no morals!

    As for the international legal market- I know it’s a tough field. I suggested it more tongue-in-cheek (at the moment I am more seriously considering the DA’s office), but do relish the idea that if I do well enough in law school, there’s a safety valve in a failing country. I’ve recently been reading the “East Asia” series on Abovethelaw.com, which chronicles the obstacles and benefits of practicing corporate law in the emerging markets. I find London more appealing.

    – Legal Eagle

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