Here’s my latest essay for CounterPunch. Here’s the first paragraph to whet your appetite for more (or not). Note: 17 minute read.
During a recent trip to Boston, I saw this delusional expression screaming at me in large red, white, and blue letters from the side of a passing cement truck. For the uninitiated, it’s a US cultural reference that has been metamorphosed into a bellicose nationalistic war cry replete with t-shirts sold on Amazon. After throwing up in my mouth a little, I chuckled. Here we go again, I thought, “the greatest nation on earth,” voluminous and damning evidence to the contrary, admonitions of love it or leave it, chants of USA, USA, USA!
Shalom (שלום), MAA
4 thoughts on “They Hate US ‘Cause They Ain’t US!”
You can also listen to this essay here if you have a spare 26 minutes. https://www.spreaker.com/user/12829388/they-hate-us-cause-they-ain-t-us
US is becoming a ‘developing country’ on global rankings that measure democracy, inequality https://theconversation.com/us-is-becoming-a-developing-country-on-global-rankings-that-measure-democracy-inequality-190486
From another reader about the US: “It’s a corporate oligarchy where the super rich own the political system and use it to exploit and divide the population while enriching themselves.
It’s the most dangerous nation in the world, a warfare state since 1941, and it dupes its citizens into supporting that by exploiting their patriotism.”
Reminds me of one of George Carlin’s sketches without the laughs.
Here’s my follow-up article: “We’re Here Because the US Was There” (17.11.22) https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/11/17/were-here-because-the-us-was-there/