In the midst of all the frenetic, shallow coverage about “tax dodgers fleeing the country”, it’s nice to see that at least one newspaper ran a front-page story which honestly portrays the various motivations that Americans abroad had for leaving the country and the reasons that they ultimately cite when they take the big step of giving up citizenship. Joan Zyda of the Los Angeles Times wrote an in-depth article: “Changing Citizenship — Why Americans Go”; as the subhead in one paper put it, “More Citizens Switch Allegiance; Tension, Politics Tied to Giving Up Citizenship”. It covers all the various reasons: tax savings do get mentioned in a couple of paragraphs among its thousands of words which took up nearly an entire broadsheet page, but flight from U.S. militarism, government harassment of political activists abroad, and the desire to become a full member of another society receive far more emphasis.
Surprised you didn’t catch this one on Twitter or Google News? Sorry, I failed to tell you in my first paragraph: this article is from four decades ago.