1. Freedom to Be Greedy I really am not being sarcastic. You want to be a successful capitalist, this is the only emblem of success you will ever have in this life. If you have ever lived in another country you know that the greatest danger to you being rampantly capitalistic is the fact that you have to pay bribes in order to do so. Every country on this planet actively works to ensure the poverty of its citizens, thereby rendering them vulnerable and compliant. The Third World is not an accident, it is the result of successive governments brilliance in the arts of thievery and deception. America does less of this. Wealth is still seen as success rather than the failure of the government to guarantee your destitution.
2. You Are Free to Personally Berate Politicians Mockery of the leaders will always have dire consequences unless you are in the public eye. In America, you will always be supported in your right to do so by somebody. If you can publicly scorn somebody in power your speech is as free as it will ever get. Elsewhere, the populace is riven by self-interest and centuries old bigotry which keeps anybody from looking at anything honestly.
3. People Still Care About Freedom You have no idea how broken people elsewhere are. The accept the excesses of their governments with a kind of apathy that simply does not exist here. The concept of speaking out seems to require more effort than they are able to muster, and being indignant is pointless. In other countries people accept what is given to them and try to survive within their systems of corruption. Apathy is contagious, and takes generations to build to where it is a cultural force, America still loves the rebel, still loves the man willing to break the line and stand up for something.
4. Poverty is a Legitimate Social Condition Anywhere on Earth being poor means that you have fallen from the ranks of the human. In America the poor exist. They may still not be exactly equal to the rest of us, but they are visible in the culture to an extent. The reason for the difference is that having pulled yourself up from the depths of poverty is seen as success here, whereas elsewhere it is something to be ashamed of, to be hidden. Having grown up poor in America means that you have overcome, not that you have a shameful past.
5. The Sense of Obligation Of course it is loathed in Europe, it is loathed everywhere, but merely as way of disguising envy. Americans feel that they have a right to a standard of life above the Third World. That they have a right to luxury, a right to survive. A sense of the absolute right to anything is unique to Americans are seen as “spoilt children” because they think that they have a right to consume, when really it’s what everybody else wants to do.
6. The Sense of Having a Shot America has a reputation, and provides the illusion of being a meritocracy. Of course the whole notion is mythical, but there is something wonderful about a country that pursues a mythical ideal simply because it sounds good. You land in America without a penny in your pocket and you can still make something of yourself. The Home of Enterprise. That right there is as close to Utopia as humanity will ever have.
7. Deserved Hedonism Working hard and paying your dues means that you deserve to have some fun. Deserve. You earn the right to party, to get drunk, to dance, to party, to blow off steam. Life rewards you with pleasure, it’s that simple, anything else is injustice. Fun everywhere else is luxury, is for the privileged, the handful with connections or who have been fortunate enough to be ignored.
8. Space Size, variety, places to hide, places to forget, niches within which only somebody like you can survive. It’s all here, and it’s nowhere else. You meet one Australian, I can guarantee that you have met a few thousand, whereas you meet one American, only maybe. There is space here to allow different groups of people to develop differently, enough divides to ensure variety, interesting mixes, odd mutations, and the open minds to nurture them. Inbreeding is endemic everywhere else.
9. Exotica Bigotry serves to ensure that the melting pot never ever gets stirred all that well, but the swirls of melted crayons still look pretty from afar. There is always a new experiences somewhere here, whereas old, small countries are books that do not stand up well to more than one reading.
10. Sophistication It’s easy to know more about life here, about excess, about darkness, about how people are. All the things that are hidden elsewhere is in the culture, all openly discussed, written about. It is easier here than anywhere else on this planet to let go of your Old World or Third World ignorance.
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