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I'm an American anarchist who's spent close to two years overseas, in South America, Southeast Asia, and Western Europe. Each of the times I went overseas, I hoped to be able to find my niche - one where I could live in accordance with my true self - and each time I was disappointed. No matter where one goes in the world, one has to contend with a great deal of authoritarianism on a daily basis; there is no "good" place for an anarchist, just one that might be better than others due to a particular individual's background and interests. For those who have lived overseas - do your observations correspond to mine, and what lessons have you learned? I also welcome the thoughts of those who have not gone abroad.
by (110 points)
I thought a solution was to foment the destruction of capitalism and the state. Wherever you live, you can do that.
That's a facile response. Exactly how do you propose to "foment the destruction of capitalism and the state" when you live in a country where your work visa, and thus your right to continue to live in said nation, can be revoked at a moment's notice, for no good reason whatsoever?
Maybe it's time to repatriate?
Done 12 months ago.
Then I don't understand your question.
The question is open-ended, with the hopes that it would be a jumping-off point for detailed discussions about anarchist advocacy in unfamiliar surroundings, coping with authoritarianism on a daily basis in a foreign land, and possibly recommendations on what countries might be better than others in regards to both of these issues. Thanks for encouraging clarification.

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by (53.1k points)
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You can still find space away from work, worry, school and all the rest of it without shipping off to Timbuktu. I would also point out that a previous generation had the bright idea of finding their niche in the Soviet Union. We should know how that worked out.
by (2.8k points)
i think the question was if you want to be somewhere else, how to engage effectively in a new place. not that one would go to a new place in order to engage effectively.

but the implication of tourism makes my knee jerk, so...
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Embrace the struggle, don't try to find your utopia!