When a dissenter with a current government policy speaks out, he may often get the response, “If you don’t like it, move to Canada.” We need to ask the question whether this retort is an ethical and logical way to handle disagreement.

On its face, moving seems like a plausible, peaceful solution. If you don’t like Nike shoes buy Adidas or f you don’t like a salad, get a steak. So maybe, if we don’t like a country’s policies, should we move? The answer to that question may be yes. A Jew in Nazi Germany maybe should have moved his family for pragmatic reasons. The question I want to ask is whether all the other Germans would be right in claiming a solution is to, “Move to Canada.”

First of all, telling everyone to move where they’re not oppressed (or perceived to be oppressed) isn’t always practical. One may not have the funds for a plane flight to the other side of the planet with their family and start a new life. Maybe, they are barred from immigration due to a pandemic or due to a country not allowing people from a certain jurisdiction to enter their country. Another issue, is that governments with nearly unlimited power have taken over the whole globe. Through tanks, conquest, or purchase using citizens’ money, tyrants have staked out claim over the whole planet. One may not be able to practically escape the tyranny they live under.

Second, we have to ask who is the victim here.  An example may be if a dictator or a 51% mob says all blonde haired people should pay a 99% tax then they say that if the blonde haired people don’t like it, they should leave. Clearly, the crowd is advocating that a victim be the one to move. This would obviously be advocating that a victim be further victimized rather than putting the blame on the dictator or mob. If a war lord or mafia takes over a town and starts enacting draconian policies, is it logical to say, “If you don’t like it, you’re free to go.”? Clearly not! It is the warlord who is in the wrong and the warlord should be the one who moves to Canada!

When someone raises a policy issue, the correct way to handle is to wrestle out whether that policy is just. The incorrect response it to say, “If you don’t like it, leave your home, family, job, way of life, friends and culture.”