The Problem with "If you don't like it here, why don't you just move?"
At first blush, the retort of “if you don’t like it, then leave” can be compelling.
To some degree it can make sense that if one does not like the state or town that they live in moving themselves to another place they would enjoy more is certainly an option.
But thinking about it more deeply, the problem is obvious. It is simple enough for ME to move, but what can’t I move?
I cannot move my land. Again, to a statist this is not a problem but why not? Unavoidable here is the implication that your land, your property actually belongs to the state as well as to you. The fundamental mismatch between political boundaries, which are arbitrary, and geographical boundaries which are not, is the crux of the problem of government and consent.
Do I alone own my property and myself or not?
We need a meme that goes something like this:
Statist: "If you don't like it leave"
Statist: "NO, not like that!"
Also, why would I want to leave the United States? Wouldn't that just make it easier for the US Government to drone bomb me?
Does taxation really depend on threats of violence? Isn't taxation part of the social contract?