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neglect of cities and open warfare on workers since the late 1970's.

Here's a tour of Detroit:

Want to know why houses only cost a dollar in many parts of Detroit? Watch the video.

This is what anglo disease looks like when it enters terminal stage.


The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Wed Feb 13th, 2008 at 01:23:21 PM EST
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Ah. Point taken. You guys still have more land than people...
by GreatZamfir on Wed Feb 13th, 2008 at 01:53:43 PM EST
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The first few scenes of the video look just like the place where I was born.  The differences were no crime, no rap/drama, and no one telling everyone how really poor they actually were.  Anglo disease has been around a long long time.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Wed Feb 13th, 2008 at 03:12:24 PM EST
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Agreed.

In developed countries, however, such scenes are quite the thing of the past. Even the worst parts are nothing like this.

With the notable exceptions of the English-speaking parts of it.

Thus the term Anglo-disease. Imho.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Wed Feb 13th, 2008 at 03:28:19 PM EST
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I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Wed Feb 13th, 2008 at 03:41:12 PM EST
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The US may be a wealthy country but it does have 3rd-world levels of inequality. It's quite shocking.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Feb 13th, 2008 at 05:26:09 PM EST
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Not the English speaking parts in general. I doubt that Canada, Australia or NZ have anything like Detroit and, while there are some blighted bits of Britain (Liverpool for example), there's nothing as grotesque as Detroit or Baltimore here.

This sort of abandonment of urban cores is an exclusively Stateside phenomenon I think.

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Luke

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by silburnl on Thu Feb 14th, 2008 at 07:56:32 AM EST
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The desolation that is modern Detroit was one of the most shocking things I've ever seen.  I lived in Ann Arbor for several years, an isolated enclave of wealth supported by the university and the various industries it draws, but I made it out to Detroit on several occasions, and it is just shocking.

Seriously, neither China nor Thailand looked anywhere close to as bad.

by Zwackus on Wed Feb 13th, 2008 at 05:33:59 PM EST
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It's a modern ruin. Various parts of the old industrial east look similar. Detroit is particularly bad as it was not successful in bringing in any modern industry (semiconductors, biotech, etc) when heavy industry started to die off. Detroit and Baltimore in particular no longer have a reason to exist, frankly.

Most of the wealth in the US is concentrating in a handful of larger cities. The wealth on display here in San Francisco and Los Angeles was very surprising to me when I first saw it, and I grew up in a city (Minneapolis) that went straight from an agricultural center to a white collar town and as such has maintained its health and prosperity for many decades.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Wed Feb 13th, 2008 at 07:39:51 PM EST
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