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Old 03-27-2020, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Francis Vaughan View Post
Funny that the phrase "protect me and my family" is something that very quickly identifies the speaker as a US citizen. This isn't a good thing.
Ouch. Quoted for truth.

(I’m a US citizen - I teach undergrads a class on World Cultural Regions. When we get to the US, I tell them about our off-the-charts incarceration rate, our ecological footprint (though that’s no longer so unusual, and we’re slowly getting a bit better), our drug consumption, and our larger (and growing) economic inequality compared to most developed states — and ask them to find a common thread. We then discuss “individual” vs. “community” — while acknowledging that all cultures struggle with balancing these, the US geography and history is rather unusual in its emphasis on the former).

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