anrec80 wrote:Dieuwer wrote:History has taught us that when government turns against its own people, the smartest thing to do is to leave immediately. Not stay and fight, but leave.
But in practice very few of those “freedom lovers” actually leave, and it’s the same everywhere. They know that they won’t get the same standard of living elsewhere. Russia’s example Navalny and Sobol. They don’t since in Russia he is an “opposition leader”, she is a prominent lawyer (and also an “opposition member”). Who will they be in the USA and what awaits for them? Construction workers or Uber drivers at best.
Same with Hong Kong’s Joshua Wong. There he is an “opposition leader”. Who will he be in the USA? He doesn’t know anything other than how to fight the regime and stage protests. There is no demand for this in the USA. And they don’t have any other in-demand skills. Furthermore, I will not be surprised if USA authorities are in fact careful about granting them a visa.
So USSR in 1970s was smart about their “dissidents” - they were just allowed to leave without any right to come back. Which turned out to be a very efficient and severe penalty - those people were prominent at home, and went all the way to the social bottom in the new country. Brighton Beach here in NYC is full of these stories.
Albert Einstein, Hans Bethe, John von Neumann, Leo Szilard, James Franck, Edward Teller, Rudolf Peierls, and Klaus Fuchs disagree with you.
The list of Soviet and Eastern Bloc "defectors" is even longer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_S ... _defectors
And not all of those on the defectors' list were top brass. Many were just middle class people. And no, they did not go "all the way to the social bottom in the new country."
Regarding a new job for Joshua Wong: maybe Amnesty International has a job opening for him?