Saturday, November 20, 2004

No more survivor guilt: America rocks!

Here's a fabulous piece on why Europeans are misinformed about us - they're socialist sheep, generally - and why we should be happy happy happy to live in the land of the free. Author Bruce Bawer has lived in Europe and can vouch for the surprising lack of halos and nuanced wisdom over there. (Note: Bawer seems to be pro-war and anti-gay marriage, etc.... Still worth reading for libertarians!)

I've excerpted the part reviewing NPR commentator Mark Hertsgaard's In The Eagle's Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World:

Hertsgaard compares America unfavorably not only with Europe but--incredibly--with Africa. If "many Europeans speak two if not three languages," he rhapsodizes, "in Africa, multilingualism is even more common." So, one might add, are poverty, starvation, rape, AIDS infection, state tyranny and corruption, and such human-rights abominations as slavery, female genital mutilation, and the use of children as soldiers and prostitutes.
. . .
Though at one point (apropos of American medicine and science) he concedes, with breathtaking dismissiveness, that "We Americans are a clever bunch," he usually talks about his fellow countrymen as if they're buffoons who have mysteriously and unjustly lucked into living in the world's richest country, while most of the rest of the species, though far brighter and more deserving, somehow ended up in grinding poverty.

Heh. The best part is his comparison of European and American mindsets. So follow the link and read the whole thing.


cash at home said...

Hi, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!
I have a home business lead site. It pretty much covers home business lead related stuff. Check it out if you get time :-)

Online Incomes said...

Hey I just love your blog. I also have a speed dating
blog/site. I mostly deals with speed dating
Please come and check it out if you get the time!

hiro said...

Your blog is excellent - keep it up! Don't miss visiting this site about maryland lawyer

Tom Naka said...

Your blog is excellent - keep it up! Don't miss visiting this site about united health care services inc
. It pretty much covers united health care services inc
related stuff.

Online Incomes said...

Hey nice blog, really nice! I just want to let you know I have an puerto rico vacation
site - blog too!
It's a free information site with tips and secrets for saving big money on your next vacation!

It mostly deals with puerto rico vacation plus other stuff
You Can Save Up to 50% off your next vacation
You Should check it out if you get the chance :-)

St Louis Cardinals BUFF said...

So many blogs and only 10 numbers to rate them. I'll have to give you a 8 because you have good content.

Free Access To More Information Aboutfinance article

Anonymous said...

Finding coca cola college scholarship information is a difficult process. Thanks for helping others find more information about coca cola college scholarship.

Davecoca cola college scholarship

Admin said...

Great blog, keep up the good work. Glad to see sites like this.

Here is another good site I said I would pass along.
Las Vegas

Adult Personals said...

hehehehe good topic, like the site.

Editor Choice said...

Enjoyed your Blog. Continue your great job. Thanks
Here an interesting site regarding: Chicago travel: Best prices at Chicago travel, best in travel industry in Chicago have great deals in travel industry on hotels, flights, Chicago tours, Concerts, Sports Tickets, Restaurants, sight seeing in Chicago and much more. Has an impressive guide on Chicago Travel Information, for your visit to Chicago, to provide useful travel information, hints and tips.

Anonymous said...

Came here searching for adult adult adult erotic erotic erotic online personals

Not a bad site you got here mate!

Check out mine
All about
adult adult adult erotic erotic erotic online personals

usa said...

Great Blog! Ilike it.I have Totally Free dating site for singlesTake a look if you have a minute. Thanks and have a good one!

Funclub said...

This blogstuff is great just looking around yours I have one too debt free living I have a website dedicated to gettin people out of debt all free info debt free living

Anonymous said...

I will bookmark this great blog on new orleans television station Hrere's another interesting blog on the subject new orleans television station

Danny White said...

Nice blog! I have a ameriplan free lead mlm site I thought you and your visitors might like.

Click on ameriplan free lead mlm to check it out. ameriplan free lead mlm

Danny White said...

Nice blog! I have a post free trade lead site I thought you and your visitors might like.

Click on post free trade lead to check it out. post free trade lead

Anonymous said...

Great Blog! Ilike it.I have Free dating site for singlesTake a look if you have a minute. Thanks and have a good one!

emporium resources said...

I was reading a erotic blog this mroning and couldnt figure out how to post this.

For the record, there is an awesome free blog service that uses wordpress instead of this which is more feature rich than these blogs and it is totally free. Hosting and all! If you want one or ten of them their link is

Anyway, thanks for letting us visit : )

Chris said...

Hey, You've got a very nice Blog!

Very informative. Be sure to check out my blog on the Make Partition History Campaign.

See you soon :o)

Balduci said...

Here is a web site that gives away free tickets to Las Vegas shows. If you are planning a getaway to Las Vegas they have other useful things like las vegas hair show Check it out las vegas hair show