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The American Mind

Post by Sean Hayden » Fri Sep 25, 2020 7:03 pm

...and what's wrong with it. We're going to attempt to lay it out here. :biggrin:

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Re: The American Mind

Post by Brian Peacock » Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:55 pm

80% of Americans are living pay check to pay check. 50% of those say they couldn't meet an unexpected bill of $500. If Dad gets injured at work, has to take time off, fails to meet the mortgage, and the family lose their home, Dad blames himself and says he should have worked harder and saved more.
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Re: The American Mind

Post by JimC » Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:57 pm

I don't mind this sort of thread.

Mind you, it could get a little dicey...

At some stage, the topic will be mined out, of course...

Never mind...
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Post by macdoc » Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:33 pm

20% of Muricans think they are in the top 2% income bracket. :ask:
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Post by Hermit » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:25 pm

"American mind" sounds oxymoronic, but the same can be said of the Australian, UK's and minds of quite a number of other nations.
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Re: The American Mind

Post by JimC » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:28 pm

The good thing about this thread title, unlike many others in Rationalia, is that it's not mindless...

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Re: The American Mind

Post by Hermit » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:32 pm

What do we want?
Mindanao!
When do we want it?
In the Philippines!


Ahem. Let's try this again.
So you talk about mobs and the working classes as if they were the question. You've got that eternal idiotic idea that if anarchy came it would come from the poor. Why should it? The poor have been rebels, but they have never been anarchists; they have more interest than anyone else in there being some decent government. The poor man really has a stake in the country. The rich man hasn't; he can go away to New Guinea in a yacht. The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all. Aristocrats were always anarchists. - G.K. Chesterton

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Post by JimC » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:38 pm

Mind your language! :lay:
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Re: The American Mind

Post by JimC » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:40 pm

I wonder if poor Sean minds that we've warped his thread?

I blame Hermit! :lay:
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Post by pErvinalia » Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:30 am

Selfishness would seem to sum it up pretty nicely I'd think.
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Re: The American Mind

Post by Sean Hayden » Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:48 pm

JimC wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:40 pm
I wonder if poor Sean minds that we've warped his thread?

I blame Hermit! :lay:
Mind, hardly. I see it as an opportunity to highlight the pitfalls of multiculturalism. If a handful of Australians can cause such disruptions, just think what encouraging participation from even less civilized influences may do. :tea:
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Re: The American Mind

Post by Hermit » Mon Jan 04, 2021 2:22 pm

Sean Hayden wrote:
Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:48 pm
If a handful of Australians can cause such disruptions, just think what encouraging participation from even less civilized influences may do. :tea:
That's an absolutely terrifying thought, given that 194 nations are less civilised than Straya.

Mind you, we do have an Achilles heel - Malburrrrrn. :hairfire:
So you talk about mobs and the working classes as if they were the question. You've got that eternal idiotic idea that if anarchy came it would come from the poor. Why should it? The poor have been rebels, but they have never been anarchists; they have more interest than anyone else in there being some decent government. The poor man really has a stake in the country. The rich man hasn't; he can go away to New Guinea in a yacht. The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all. Aristocrats were always anarchists. - G.K. Chesterton

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Post by Seabass » Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:20 pm

Brian Peacock wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:55 pm
80% of Americans are living pay check to pay check. 50% of those say they couldn't meet an unexpected bill of $500. If Dad gets injured at work, has to take time off, fails to meet the mortgage, and the family lose their home, Dad blames himself and says he should have worked harder and saved more immigrants and darkies.
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Post by Tero » Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:41 pm

What always annoyed me, before I reluctantly became one, is the thinking by Americans that America is always the best. We do in fact have good universities and we have money for research. But in the minds of young Americans and one 70 year old Finnish American, Johannes, is that all other invention, technology etc is pathetic.

It would be funny, though, if we were the first ones to get electric cars in significant numbers.
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Re: The American Mind

Post by Brian Peacock » Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:38 pm

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