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[–] ponchoman275 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It would be pretty stupid to not move into a great place because of the political leanings of it's inhabitants. If it's a shithole and the people are politically insane then that makes sense but if you like the area then why not move there? Either you just don't discuss politics if you don't care about it much much or you will always find some people who have similar political views if you love discussing politics. Personally I find discussion much more fun with people I disagree with than just entering an echo chamber circlejerk. Move there and run your own farm, seems like a cool plan.

Also perhaps one of the reason why places like Oregon, Washington, Massachussets etc. are among the greatest places to live is precisely because they are very liberal instead of conservative shitholes like Alabama, Texas and the south in general etc.

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[–] olltre [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Hey man, thanks for the response, I appreciate what you had to say. I think im typically more on the moderate side, but as a white male, its almost been instinctual for me to be drawn further to right lately as a result of identity politics and the demonizing of white males by the left, it probably wouldnt be to bad as long as i wasnt out in the street wearing a trump hat or somthing like that lol.

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[–] ponchoman275 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Ultimately I understand that you want to be in a place where you won't stand out and I feel the same way. From what I understand Oregon is generally very white so you really should have no problem fitting in in that regard. Even if people disagree with your political opinions you won't get beaten up like you might be in Chicago or Baltimore because the vast majority of people living in Oregon are probably very civil. Cascadia in general is very safe and it genuinely seems like one of the best places in the USA to live in. I'm an outsider who is no fan of the USA but if I had to pick one spot to move it would most likely be Oregon, Washington or some of the northeastern states like Massachussets, Maine etc. So go for it, I hope you find a spot that you like.

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[–] ponchoman275 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Even if liberal states and cities generally have a better life quality, public institutions, the environment etc.?

It's not certain but there have been quite a few studies about the topic of intelligence and it's relation to political ideology, but some contradict each other. Nevertheless it's worth a read.

http://theconversation.com/do-smart-people-tend-to-be-more-liberal-yes-but-it-doesnt-mean-all-conservatives-are-stupid-57713

http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1968042,00.html

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/unique-everybody-else/201305/intelligence-and-politics-have-complex-relationship

Edit: I should also mention it varies by country. In my opinion generally intellectuals in the USA lean liberal whereas intellectuals in my country lean conservative. History and the current political climate and culture plays a heavy role. Academia in general always has a strong liberal leaning.

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[–] olltre [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

where did you move from when you left DC?