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Spurning Erdogan’s vision, Turks leave in droves, draining money and talent

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  1. unknown user
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    These days in Turkey reason is homeless. The brain drain is the result of that. I'm a drop waiting for my turn to leak away. For an honest scholar, there is no room here anymore. Universities have...

    These days in Turkey reason is homeless. The brain drain is the result of that. I'm a drop waiting for my turn to leak away. For an honest scholar, there is no room here anymore. Universities have been strangled. Those who barely survived are being continually targeted. Prices climb, wages barely move. Meritocracy has been completely left behind, it's all nepotism now in order to hold on to as many institutions as possible. It was, and has always been a conquest, the aim was to fill the institutions and the industries with the new conservative bourgoisie and oust the old, secular one. For the educated academics and professionals, there are two options: succumb into this, or leave ASAP.

    Our lifestyles are affected by this "conquest" too. There are crazy taxes for alcohol. Constant censorship of all artistic activites. Constant encouragement of those who are adverse to us and to anything realated to modernity or the West. Promotion of a conservative, patriarchal, opressive, violent society. All in order to maintain enough fools so that they can hold on to power.

    It's getting a bit late for me, so I will not elaborate. I wish this video had subtitles. Still, though, I'm from Turkey myself, AmA. I'll answer tomorrow.

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  2. patience_limited
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    In a way, this is a continuation of the discussion started here about the future prospects of Turkey. Turkey is a substantial nexus of civilization, with population on the same scale as Germany,...

    In a way, this is a continuation of the discussion started here about the future prospects of Turkey.

    Turkey is a substantial nexus of civilization, with population on the same scale as Germany, so it's significant news when there's this kind of capital and intellectual dislocation. There's little question that the nation is in the final stages of democratic decline into authoritarianism.

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan is already pursuing the authoritarian's path of military incursions on external territory, repression of dissent, and currying favor with other authoritarian leaders.

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  3. patience_limited
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    Reading that there are 100,000 people in Turkey imprisoned for nothing more than political dissent (e.g. vague associations with Gulen) is chilling in itself. That really means there's no way to...

    Reading that there are 100,000 people in Turkey imprisoned for nothing more than political dissent (e.g. vague associations with Gulen) is chilling in itself. That really means there's no way to organize opposition through civil society, and it would take military force to get rid of the corrupt elite.
    Do you have an escape plan?
    What would you like to see the rest of the world doing to help?