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Well, that's because the US is built on ideas, not on blood. * As far as I know there are only two other states that have that weird foundation, namely the Soviet Union and France.

Ideas-based identity is dangerous as it gives its citizens an evangelical world view, be it la mission civilicatrice, world communism or Market Democracy (tm).

Blood based societies are often less aggresive, at least as long as they aren't, well, nationalists instead of just patriots. Then they tend to be of the kill'em all and take their stuff-school.

Blood patriots=safe, ideas patriots=dangerous. As it is easier to get the ideas patriots into foreign adventures in this day and age.

* Of course, it's never as clean cut as that, as the US has its WASP's, the Soviet had Russian imperialism, and the French had, well, France.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Wed May 6th, 2009 at 05:32:53 PM EST
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