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"Apolitical" Fucking Americans

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 10:27:46 -0300 (CLST)

Wow.  Sometimes the selfish apolitical hypocrisy of Americans really
amazes me.

So, there's a mailing list I subscribe to which, off and on over the last
month, has had a few comments about outsourcing.  The usual - Americans
complaining how gloablisation means they're losing their jobs.

As ever, there is absolutely no context.  You wouldn't think that this was
the same country that is screwing the rest of the world every which way it
can.  That these are people in the world's richest, most powerful country,
complaining that others have a chance to compete with them.

So I write an email.  And I delete it.  I finally send another, saying
only that I've deleted a politcal reply because it was inappropriate, and
asking others to think twice too.

Moments later I get an email accusing me of hyperbole and, when I point
out that they had misread my email, accusing me of stereotyping.

Here's a stereotype for you:  You think "political" is a dirty word; you
think views are "political" only when you don't agree with them; you don't
see any connection between your being rich and the rest of the world being
poor; in short, you are an American.

Andrew

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