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In my opinion, it is impossible to approach general attitudes among Americans with logical arguments. The overwhelming majority of Americans don't know much about Europe, or any other part of the world for that matter. Many of them are raised in an atmosphere of rabid nationalism according to which American values are the only ones that count. To speak in the United States too highly, say, of Europe can provoke abrasive comments from Americans who might tell you, "If Europe is so great, then why don't you go back there?" When they shout, "We are the greatest country on Earth," they mean it literally and that your country is inferior to America. Unfortunately, people from a number of countries have helped fortify those attitudes among Americans. Germans, for example, have fawned over Americans for such a long time that many Americans must think Germany is an awful place to live in.
by Anthony Williamson on Wed Sep 10th, 2008 at 09:52:37 AM EST

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