There's Something Great About America - The Disinfo version
The above links to the Disinfo version.
There are a lot of comments already and it was only posted a few hours ago. It's a mixed bag, some people seem to have misunderstood the title to instead read "Everything's Great About America". Click the link to read the reactions.
Some of my favourite responses so far:
I totally understand the sentiment being expressed in this article. It's talking of ideals which are very admirable, even if they are not always lived up to.
It is this idealistic and philosophical root that America projects most purely in its myths, and the sentiment the writer is expressing is the very same that inspired British comics writers to so powerfully intervene with the very American myth of the superhero, to the extent of reinvigorating and redefining it. From a distance. the British writers could see it in a way that their American counterparts couldn't, as an aspect of an ideal world, inspired by the perception of America viewed through the lens of myth.
I guess I'm in the category of those Skeptical of the Assassination of Bin Laden, but its an interesting juxtaposition you make.
I think Americans are kind of like the popular kids in High school. We don't really pay that much attention to the other little sub cultures, like the stamp collecting club, etc. We have homecoming and Student council.
For example, every Canadian I have ever met has strong opinions about American Foreign policy, our political parties etc. But Americans, don't have strong opinions about Canadians. I have only a dim inkling of their political structure, I must admit. Its just a place to buy Maple syrup, where there are some good Hockey players.
I mean, I'm personally really into Geography, but that's the sentiment of Americans. We're self absorbed. I remember as a kid though everyone was really into Princess Di. I think it just has to do with the dream girls have of marrying a rich guy and getting to be Cinderella. I don't think much thought goes into the ramifications of where the wealth comes from in terms of hereditary Monarchy and so forth. But that is an idea Americans are against by and large. The idea is that anyone in America can become rich with hard work. A lot of socialists here are pretty against that idea and trying to orgsanize the working class into a proletariat but its not really catching on.
The main problem stems from the celebration of an assassination (for it was nothing else.) The execution of an untried man, with enough doubt about his being part of it that the FBI didn't have him listed in their most wanted. The raid on another country to take him, breaking international & national laws, not to bring him to justice but to avoid justice. All done without any proof that they actually did kill Bin Laden himself, that he was alive & where they said he was, dumping his body at an undisclosed location at sea.
As for royal families, yes dumb people worship them, but as the U.S. proves, if the people don't have one they will create one, either by bloodline (the Kennedys) or celebrity (the Kardashians). As I see it, the U.S. has nothing to celebrate in that the U.K. royal family is bred to fill a specific role whereas in the US they are chosen for nothing other than entertainment, 'entertainers' paid $millions indirectly by the dumb poor & defended by them under the delusion that they could one day (somehow) become like them.
Then that brings you to 'social mobility' where the UK has the worst social mobility, as proof of existing class structure. So what is the US's excuse since it comes second or third on that list? In the UK they can point to the royal family & the aristocracy as proof (& reason) that exists, how does the US explain theirs?