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    Default What separates America from the rest of the modern Western world?

    Politically and ideologically?

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    More militaristic and interventionist.

    Stronger libertarian streak when it comes to socio-economics.

    Is politically ancient. Really, the USA has the oldest constitution in the world and is home to the oldest political party in the world.

    Has a significantly larger economy and population than any other part of the the western world or developed world anywhere (unless you count the EU as one thing, *snicker snicker*)

    Possibly the most obsessed with race, and one of the last places to end slavery.

    I'll think of others later.

    Bonus: Abnormal disinterest in soccer.
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    We are an immigrant-driven and federalized state-nation explicitly based on classical liberal principles (especially limited and divided government), with a 'built-in empire' that stretches across a resource-rich continent, and historically low barriers to entry in the business and, in the modern era, political arena (every organized interests group with a reasonable following can fairly easily promote their agenda against entrenched interests, and politicians are more beholden to constituents than to national party bosses, something that is almost unheard of elsewhere in the democratic world). Each one of these factors is unusual in itself, and no other nation has that combination of characteristics.

    The price of all of this, of course, is endemic gridlock (which I tend to view as more of a virtue), high operating costs with its inherent potential for corruption, and voter fatigue (the latter refers to depressed turnout from having so many and such frequent elections, especially when you can't simply refer to nationalized party platforms).

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    Well, it's very two-party oriented. The rest of the Anglophone world seems to have three parties (with confusing names like Liberal Progressive Conservative Party). (Tea Party isn't really a party. They don't even have balloons.)

    Í'm not sure if the two-party thing is a good thing or not. Probably, it's a bad thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    More militaristic and interventionist.

    Stronger libertarian streak when it comes to socio-economics.

    Is politically ancient. Really, the USA has the oldest constitution in the world and is home to the oldest political party in the world.

    Has a significantly larger economy and population than any other part of the the western world or developed world anywhere (unless you count the EU as one thing, *snicker snicker*)

    Possibly the most obsessed with race, and one of the last places to end slavery.

    I'll think of others later.

    Bonus: Abnormal disinterest in soccer.
    There isn't enough scoring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stansmith View Post
    Politically and ideologically?
    Two thoughts popped into my head: American Exceptionalism and they are highly religious as a whole, comparitively. I think these two factors have a lot of influence on politics and consequently how others perceive us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ceecee View Post
    There isn't enough scoring.
    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.
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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.
    I understand this. I'm a lifelong, diehard hockey fan. We are incredibly provincial when you get right down to it. I'm just saying that the lack of scoring is the reason most of the Americans I've asked aren't interested. Soccer also has the rest of the worlds' fans, they really don't have to make it more appealing or marketable.
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