A couple of people on the Harry Binswanger List linked to an article about the Bolivarian Brain Drain. It details the exodus of the best and the brightest under way in Venezuela and those Latin American nations that are modelling themselves on Hugo Chavez’ “21st century socialism.” To rational and freedom loving people, such a brain drain would be looked upon as an awful event. But to a dictator, or would-be dictator, it is an unalloyed blessing. Chavez isn’t after happiness, or progress, or a higher standard of living. He is only after power, and the fewer brains in the country, the easier it is to maintain his power. So there is a definite up-side to brain drains—for dictators.
But there is a fly in the ointment. It used to be that such a talent emigration would head directly for America, the land of freedom and opportunity. That land exists no more. Where can freedom loving people go now? They are left to shuffle about from one semi-free state to another, looking desperately for the last, fading beacon lights of freedom in a darkening world.
Objectivism can relight the world. The question is when.