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Reader comment on item: [Symposium:] Why Does the World Hate America?
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Submitted by Consul (United States), Nov 19, 2006 at 23:23

It may look like America is some bloviating jerk, but you mustn't look at message boards. On the Internet, anyone can say anyhitng anonymously and never be called on it. Most of your post is full of misconceptions about the US. Anyone who gives money to a TV evangelist or gets Botox is, quiote simply, laughed at. Driving down the Interstate, SUV's and pickup trucks are few and far between, with sedans dominating. And no one is afraid of being mugged where I live.

Our country is not "swaggeringly insistent on exporting" our culture: it just seems that your country's people are lapping it up. If our culture was so "dull and formulaic," it would be cast aside. However, seeing as it runs rampant and is imitated by people around the world, I think we must have done something right. Free markets at work.

"Stop bullying, crapping all over and promoting globalisation (read Americanisation) of the rest of the world, America."

Globalization? we never pushed it. It is a product of (here we go again) the FREE MARKET. That is where our real freedom lies: the freedom to engage in "the Pursuit of Happiness." Sound familiar? The French may be able to trounce nude down the street, but they are not allowed by their government to fire unproductive workers. That is why the unemployment rate hovers around, what, 10%? Here in the US it's more like 4.6%

So you see, You can't judge Americans on some jerk who posts something on the Internet. Most real Americans are perfectly happy to hand you your arse in the economic, cultural, and militaristic fields.

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