Saturday, April 15, 2006

Why I am Anti-American

As an American, I feel fully justified in being anti-American. Most Americans have an unquestioned belief that America is a good place, but don't really compare it with the rest of the developed world. On average Americans are ...

  • stupider (PISA/TIMSS)
  • more often poor
  • incarcerated
  • shorter-lived (OECD)
  • longer-working (OECD)
  • economically unequal (OECD, Gini coefficient)

Add to this that America, the country, is one of the most violent, authoritarian countries in the world - most Americans believe that US foreign policy supports democracy, when in fact, it more often supports military and authoritarian governments - and that in and of itself justifies hatred of America, if not of Americans; a more thorough understanding of US history would conclude that the US is instrumental in creating the terrorist threat.
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