I often mention my desire to escape the United States. There are only two things I can see for the future of this country: economic collapse and an all pervasive police state. When these two things are finalized I want to be watching from afar. Central America and East Asia are two possible destinations I’m considering. Another possibility, the one currently at the top of my list, is Iceland.
Iceland has a lot going for it. The island nation has a history of statelessness, an anarchist as the mayor of its capital city, the wherewithal to strike against the bankers that caused its financial crisis, the fortitude to stand up for whistle blowers, and the balls to tell agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to get the fuck out.
In addition to all of those things Iceland, unlike the United States, also has a police force that isn’t bat shit insane:
Icelandic police have shot dead a man who was firing a shotgun in his apartment in the early hours of Monday.
It is the first time someone has been killed in an armed police operation in Iceland, officials say.
That’s right, yesterday marked the first time that armed Icelandic police officers killed a person. I don’t think there’s an individual state within the United States that has made it an entire year without its police officers killing somebody. Iceland’s history of focusing on arbitration over brute force continues to shine through even though its stateless era ended almost a millennium ago.