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    Quote Originally Posted by superunknown View Post
    Damn straight.
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    We're geographically isolated. But then again, so is Canada and Australia, and they seem more in-line with the rest of the "Western" world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcockburn View Post
    We're geographically isolated. But then again, so is Canada and Australia, and they seem more in-line with the rest of the "Western" world.
    The USA cut themselves off psychologically in 1776 when they committed symbolic patricide by successfully revolting against their symbolic father, the King.

    And like all patricides, they deny their desire to kill the father. So they must forever live outside the family.

    And like all revolutionaries they eat their children. In particular the USA ate their children in the Civil War.

    And after the psychological crimes of patricide and infanticide, what forgiveness?

    And without forgiveness there is only denial, denial and denial.

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    We met the Americans en masse for the first time in the death camps on the Thai-Burma railroad during WW II.

    In the death camps the stress was so high whole groups reverted to their national characteristics.

    The British maintained their class structure in the death camps, the Americans tried to corner the market in scarce food, while the Australians shared their food equally, looked after the ill and dying, and never let a mate die alone.

    We knew we didn't share the class values of the British, but we were surprised to find we didn't share the market values of the Americans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    Is politically ancient. Really, the USA has the oldest constitution in the world and is home to the oldest political party in the world.
    I get really tired of people saying the Constitution is "old" and "outdated."

    Part of why we do Democracy better than other nations is that our Constitution is better in that it has the Elastic Clause. We can amend the Constitution without having to scrap it and completely rebuild it.

    Age has nothing to do with it. We've amended it regularly. It's up-to-date.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tkae. View Post
    I get really tired of people saying the Constitution is "old" and "outdated."
    You're being a bit defensive. I'm saying it is old, which is not necessarily the same as outdated.

    Quote Originally Posted by tkae. View Post
    Part of why we do Democracy better than other nations is that our Constitution is better in that it has the Elastic Clause. We can amend the Constitution without having to scrap it and completely rebuild it.

    Age has nothing to do with it. We've amended it regularly. It's up-to-date.
    First of all, other countries have an amendment process, too, and all of them have light requirements than the USA. The US government puts a higher bar on constitutional amendments than anyone else, so as a result, ours undergoes changes the least often. Even if that weren't the case, there's no denying that a new constitution every 80 years is going to give you something fresher than something 230 years old, amendments or not.

    And I have to ask; what makes you think the USA does democracy better than other countries?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tkae. View Post
    we do Democracy better than other nations.
    C'mon, you have two parties of business, you don't have a party of the workers. The USA is more like a one party State.

    You don't have compulsory voting, so you don't know what the people want. And the people recognise this by not voting.

    Your parties are funded not by the State but by business. So money matters more than votes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpankyMcFly View Post
    I work with a soccer fanatic and he's explained to me that the soccer purists and traditionalists won't change the rules to make it more appealing and marketable.
    Well I hope they don't dumb it down just for the Murcans. That would be awful for the sport.

    I don't really watch football myself, or any sport for that matter but I can appreciate the art of this fella.

    He's poetry in motion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stansmith View Post
    Politically and ideologically?
    To be honest, I think the core values that birthed the U.S. have been spread quite effectively across the world.

    Oldest surviving Democracy and all.

    Ideologically most of the world has become like the U.S. in this respect.

    Politics are simply the way the wind is blowing. Currently, there is a ridiculous amount of partisanship and dysfunction in government.

    A lot of people have answered culturally, but I think we are at a point where culture is mostly global.

    Think Japanese anime, Korean pop music, Bollywood movies, and so on...

    But as far as comercialized and exported brands and their recognition, U.S. companies still dominate that list.

    http://interbrand.com/en/best-global...ands-2013.aspx
    (8 of the top 10 brands come from the U.S., I don't believe this to be a coincidence.)
    1) Apple
    2) Google
    3) Coca-Cola
    4) IBM
    5) Microsoft
    6) GE
    7) McDonald's
    8) Samsung
    9) Intel
    10) Toyota

    Perhaps something that would annoy the extreme wings of both parties is that 7 of the 8 U.S. Brands were founded in Blue states. Four of them in California (Apple, Google, McDonald's, Intel). I don't believe this to be a coincidence either.

    The reason the U.S. is a superpower in a very real sense is the culture that is embodied in places like Silicon Valley. (San Fernando Valley, New York city, Cambridge/Boston area, Research Triangle in North Carolina, Northern Virginia, Austin in Texas, Huntsville in Alabama,...)

    Two possibly hard to swallow message that the U.S. has managed to convince most of the world of is:
    1) Accept commercialism or risk irrelevance. It takes resources to make things happen, and markets are rather good at properly allocating them.
    2) Accept diversity or accept stagnation. Creativity does not thrive in places of intolerance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    Two possibly hard to swallow message that the U.S. has managed to convince most of the world of is:
    1) Accept commercialism or risk irrelevance. It takes resources to make things happen, and markets are rather good at properly allocating them.
    2) Accept diversity or accept stagnation. Creativity does not thrive in places of intolerance.
    This is true.

    Markets know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

    And creativity is now the content of the electric media, while the medium is the message, and the message is presence.

    Creativity is the content of the electric media to distract our minds, while the medium itself rearranges our senses and changes our perceptions so presence is just taken for granted and so invisible.

    All we see is creativity, we are blind to presence.

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