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Top 10 Controversial Topics About The US

Al Davenport . . . Comments

Anyone who has been following this site for any reasonable length of time knows just how controversial (or, at least, divisive) any U.S.-related list is bound to be (“Too American,” anyone?). This is because, by nature, the United States is a controversial country, one that most people seem to either strongly like or strongly dislike (something we will address very soon). But to what extent is its controversial nature based on misconceptions or one-sided arguments? In the spirit of creating healthy discourse, I’ve decided to compile ten topics related to the country that merit educated discussion. Note that not all topics worthy of discussion are here, nor are all topics here the most worthy of discussion.

We’ll start off with a couple of light ones that shouldn’t be surrounded with controversy as much as misconception, which I will attempt to rectify. As we work our way down, though, you will notice that the topics will become less trivial or one-sided and more controversial. With the touchier topics, my only intention is to elucidate why there are two lines of thought, by presenting facts from both sides. Be warned, as a U.S. resident, I will tend to shed a more positive than negative light on most issues, but wherever I see room for disagreement, I will do my best to give both sides the same consideration.

10

Beer

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When people fault American beer for being bland, they almost invariably have names like Budweiser or Miller in mind. What they don’t know is that the U.S. has an extremely rich and diverse craft-brew industry that produces, by many accounts, some of the best, if not the best, beers on the planet. American breweries like Three Floyds, Russian River, Founders, AleSmith, and Cigar City enjoy a level of reverence among beer enthusiasts that equals and frequently exceeds that of the very best European breweries (arguably Westvleteren, de Struise, de Molen, Mikkeller, and Rochefort). Among the most popular styles are the imperial stout, the barley wine, the sour ale, and the double IPA, which are stronger in taste than most German and even Belgian styles – you might consider them opposite of bland. Even skeptics who assert that U.S. craft beers are not as “refined” as their European counterparts admit that they hold a couple of American brews among their favorites.

On the other hand: Americans still largely favor Bud Light and Miller Lite when purchasing beer. There are more than 1.700 craft breweries in the U.S., yet they were able to capture only 7% of the U.S. beer market. In all, while it is inaccurate to say that American beer is bland, it is fair to say that Americans, by and large, drink bland beer.

9

Love or Hate

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Controversy: Does everyone else dislike Americans?

After a decade of strong anti-Americanism all across the globe following the “War on Terrorism,” the notion that a majority of people in the world actually like the U.S. almost seems inconceivable. With Bush no longer in charge, though, such is the case. Global surveys indicate that, over the past three years, a plurality of people in the world have approved of the U.S. as a global power. Per the 2011-2012 BBC World Service Poll, 47% of people across 22 countries have a mainly positive opinion of America’s global influence, versus 33% holding a mainly negative opinion. The EU, per the same poll, had a minimally higher 48% approval rating. Gallup’s 2011 Leadership Poll shows that 46% of people in 136 countries approve of the leadership role of the U.S., with 26% disapproving. In that poll, only Germany surpassed the U.S., with a 47% approval rating. Pictured above is a crowd listening to Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in (you guessed) Berlin, as a reminder of how constructive the relationship between the U.S. and other countries can be given the proper leadership – and how responsive people can be to this.

On the other hand: I don’t need to remind you that the approval ratings of the United States five or six years ago were, in fact, abysmal – and I do mean, abysmal. And regardless of the man in charge, Anti-Americanism is a widespread phenomenon, make no mistake. But the next time you hear someone say “that’s why everyone hates [you] Americans,” just remember that, fortunately, the world isn’t as stubbornly hateful a place as it’s made out to be.


8

Xenophobia

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Controversy: Do Americans dislike everyone else?

A frequent point U.S. skeptics make is that ethnocentrism makes Americans distrustful and disparaging of other people. Again, the BBC poll on the influence of 22 countries proves exceedingly revealing. In all but four cases, Americans were more likely to have a positive opinion of any given country than people from the rest of the world were. In fact, Americans are much more likely to have a positive opinion of 5 of the other 21 countries than of the U.S. itself. What about immigration? It is a common belief that Americans generally oppose the entrance of foreign nationals to their country. In fact, Gallup’s latest poll shows that 66% of Americans have a positive opinion about immigration, with 63% saying immigration should either be kept at its present level or increased. While Canadians are equally (if not more) welcoming, people in large European countries can be less enthusiastic: 60% of Germans think there are too many immigrants in their country, 66% in France voice similar concerns, and 77% of Britons would either like to reduce or halt immigration.

On the other hand: It is perhaps understandable, sometimes even justifiable, that some people have come to associate the U.S. with aggression and disregard for others – after all, that is sometimes the image the U.S. government can project. But to make sweeping generalizations and say that Americans themselves are particularly hostile to or even distrustful of other people is a mostly groundless notion.

7

What’s in a Name?

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Controversy: Americans are not the only Americans

To most Ibero-Americans (i.e., non-francophone Latin Americans), the entirety of the New World is a single continent called America, not two distinct ones, North and South America. As such, they frequently – and correctly – identify themselves as americanos in both Portuguese and Spanish. This perspective is validated by the existence of the Organization of American States, whose flag is pictured above, or the five-continent flag of the Olympic Games. Many are offended, then, by what they perceive to be cultural insensitivity (some say, imperialism) on the part of U.S. citizens, who almost invariably mean “U.S.-related” when they say American.

On the other hand: While Ibero-Americans are completely justified in defending their use of the word in their languages, taking the fight to the English language – unbound by Iberian practice – is an exercise in futility. First, continents are not legally defined entities; therefore, what constitutes one is not a matter of fact but of perspective. For whatever reason, most people in the world understand North and South America to be two distinct continents, which renders the term American in the continental sense impractical for them. On the other hand, the derivation of American as the demonic of the United States of America is linguistically sound in most languages – and consistent with that of other demonyms, historical or otherwise (e.g. Colombian referred to the United States of Colombia some 150 years ago).

As a result, little ambiguity surrounds the word American in English or in many other languages that use an equivalent term to refer to the U.S. (German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, Arabic, Dutch, etc.). Most importantly, disputes over these matters should not fuel resentments or serve to justify political frictions; one cannot assume that Americans call themselves Americans (which they did before even becoming a world power) out of malice or arrogance. Ibero-Americans frequently refer to themselves as “latinos,” yet they’re far from being the only Latin people by linguistic association; I doubt they willingly exclude Italians or Quebecois from the term out of malicious ethnocentrism.

6

Crime

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If there is one thing, besides constant involvement in international conflicts, that reinforces the idea that Americans are a violent people, it’s America’s murder rate. At 4.7 murders per 100,000 people in 2012, it is by far the highest in the developed world. This might be partly due to the exorbitant gun-ownership rates, but mind the fact that Switzerland’s are also high (though nowhere near as high), and yet its murder rate of 0.66 is among the world’s lowest. Some U.S. cities are exceptionally violent: New Orleans’ 49 murders per 100,000 people put it above Colombia or Jamaica. Unsurprisingly, police departments in cities like Baltimore fire more bullets annually than the entire police of countries like Germany. Such dire numbers make one question the effectiveness of correctional procedures in the United States, a country that jails more people than any other and sentences more prisoners to death than any other but China. Gangs, drug-related issues, and poverty are all factors that contribute to this wave of violence. Of course, crime does not affect all equally; income, age, race, and gender are related to the likelihood of both committing a crime and being victim of one.

On the other hand: America’s murder rates are high, but its overall crime rates are similar to those of other wealthy Western nations. We know murder to be the most heinous and violent of crimes, so by no means does this offset the fact that America suffers from unnecessarily high doses of violence, but given that any random, law-abiding citizen anywhere is much more likely to become the victim of a non-murderous crime than to be killed, it would be statistically fair to say that America is a safe country. It has been estimated, for example, than any given person is three to six times more likely to be victim of a crime in London or Paris than in New York. This is consistent with the fact that many variables play into the likelihood of being victimized, which makes crime (and murder) in the U.S. highly localized: where New Orleans has a murder rate higher than Jamaica’s, Fairfax County in Virginia has one comparable to Luxembourg’s.

5

Poverty and standard of living

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Despite being one of the richest countries in the world, the United States’ standard of living is marred by persistent poverty and inequality (both in wealth and income). These issues are aggravated by the fact that, due to the highly capitalistic nature of the U.S. economy, the government does not provide as many services to all its citizens as other rich and not-so-rich countries do (like universal healthcare), which directly affects the poor above all. In that sense, for example, while the percentage of people considered to be “poor” in France is the same as in the United States, any French citizen can enjoy top-notch healthcare without any financial woes, which only those who pay for health insurance in the U.S. can. Because of their higher equality, people in countries like Denmark or the Netherlands tend to show more uniformly that they are all (or, rather, almost all) satisfied with their lives or that they are “thriving” rather than “struggling” (something Gallup periodically asks of people in different countries), whereas there is a more marked difference in the U.S., where a relatively high percentage of people decidedly respond that they are “struggling” and dissatisfied with their lives.

On the other hand: poverty is invariably measured by national standards, so it is difficult to compare poverty rates across countries. Usually, a person or family is said to be “poor” if their annual income is, say, less than 60% of the median annual income of the country. Because the United States’ middle class is wealthy and the country enjoys the world’s highest median household income, the standard by which someone is said to be poor is also the highest. Thus, even though America’s poverty rate is more than twice that of Sweden, 40% of Swedish households earned less than $25,000 (international dollars) in 2010, compared to 26% of American households in the same income bracket that year. Overall, the United States still enjoys a very high standard of living by most measures. The U.N., for example, ranks the U.S. as having the third-highest Human Development Index; tied with the Netherlands; below Norway and Australia; and slightly above New Zealand, Canada, and Ireland.


4

Ignorance

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Surely, you’re aware that Americans continually fail to show geographical awareness, struggle with foreign languages, or have their scarce knowledge of international current events. These are all common motifs in the larger discourse about American ignorance and make the effects of the relatively low percentage of Americans who graduate high school (77%) evident. Americans also come under fire for letting religion hinder their knowledge and acceptance of modern science, as evident in the fact that 46% believe in pure creationism (up – up! – from 40% last year); unsurprisingly, U.S. students rank below their Europe’s in math and science. Americans’ positions on sexually charged issues (gay rights, abortion, obscenity) are also criticized for putting religion above human rights. Lastly, American politics can be so unpopular across the globe sometimes that accusations of ignorance and even idiocy frequently fall on the U.S. electorate. A recurrent theme in these arguments is that U.S. media has a dumbing down effect – both news outlets that fail to provide more than one perspective and Hollywood productions that perpetuate stereotypes and misconceptions of what the world is like.

On the other hand: Ignorance, unfortunately, is not easily measurable. To the extent that it is, there are way too many variables to consider; for the sake of space, I’ll go over only a few here. We know that primary and secondary education are not America’s forte, but what about higher education? The performance of U.S. colleges and universities remains unparalleled, with several international publications showing that anywhere from 50% to 66% of the world’s top-100 institutions are in the U.S. And given that most top private universities offer extremely generous grants to those in need, top higher education is attainable for all. Statistics confirm this: the OECD’s “Education at a Glance” ranks the U.S. as fourth in percentage of adults with postsecondary degrees (fifth including non-OECD countries) and the second in non-technical degrees. Arguably as a result, the U.S. workforce has been at or near the top of global productivity rankings for many years. The last data show that it is only behind Luxembourg and Norway in both per-worker and per-hour productivity. The U.S. also remains a scientific powerhouse, with the third-highest citation index in the world. It’s no wonder, then, that the European Commission ranked the U.S. as the second most innovative country in its Innovation Union scoreboard.

3

Did the US “save” Europe?

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We could write entire lists about lastingly controversial aspects of World War II, but arguably the most frequent (certainly not the most transcendental) one is whether the U.S. “saved” Europe from fascism. Americans are quick to bring up the issue whenever they have an argument with a European, saying something to the extent of, “we saved your backsides in World War II.” Europeans obviously fire back by pointing out a few very telling numbers, which the American is most likely unaware of, as it would be very hard to ignore them: while the Americans lost around 420,000 men in the war (110,000 of whom perished in the Pacific Theater), the Soviets lost a staggering 23,400,000 people fighting the Third Reich. To say that America saved (let alone single-handedly) Europe, in light of such numbers, is almost an insult to the country that took the brunt of the Wehrmacht’s charge. The devastation caused by the war in the Soviet Union was so brutal that it’s even visible today—if you look at Russia’s population pyramid, you’ll notice it looks extremely deformed and asymmetrical. Naturally, far more German soldiers died in the hands of the Red Army than in the hands of the combined Western allies. It is irrefragable, then, that if anyone deserves to say that they saved Europe (i.e. defeated the Third Reich), it was the Soviets.

On the other hand: that the Soviets were the main force behind Nazi Germany’s defeat doesn’t mean they were the sole force behind it. Much has been discussed as to whether the Russians could have won a war against the Germans without Western intervention. Many point out that U.S. and British troops arrived to Continental Europe long after the tide had turned against the Germans, and so without them Europe would have been “saved” anyway. What this position doesn’t account for is the fact that the United States had been furnishing the Soviet Union with lots of provisions (in the form of weapons, materials, and logistics) to sustain their fight against the Germans through the Lend-Lease program long before D-Day. By many accounts, including Russian historian Boris V. Sokolov’s, the Red Army would not have been able to defeat the Wehrmacht within any reasonable timeframe if they hadn’t been aided by the West. Their mobilization and transport capabilities were particularly dependent on U.S. provisions, as a majority of their fuel, trucks, and railcars came from the United States. The U.S. was the main industrial and economic force behind the Allied effort, and a Nazi defeat would have been highly unlikely without America’s contribution to the Allies. The price in the form of lives that the Soviet Union was incalculable and far greater, but the War was an effort that several countries undertook and we should not belittle their respective contributions.


2

Healthcare

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Apart from its murder rate, if there is one thing that separates the United States from all other industrialized countries is its lack of universal healthcare. In 2010, there were almost fifty million people (16.3% of the country’s population) who lacked coverage – that’s more people than there are in Spain. Universal-healthcare skeptics in the U.S. frequently cite costs as the reason why they oppose it, arguing that they don’t want to pay for other people’s healthcare. Nonetheless, the United States spends more money both per capita and as a percentage of GDP in healthcare than any other nation. In a nutshell, others spend less and cover all. The WHO ranks the U.S. healthcare system as 37th in the world, partially due to the country’s poor performance in infant mortality and life expectancy – far from what one would expect from the number one spender. The result is that medical expenses are the number one cause of bankruptcy in the country. With only a third of Americans supporting Obama’s healthcare reforms and Republican leadership pledging to reverse them as quickly as they can, there seems to be no solution in the foreseeable future to any of these problems.

On the other hand: Though coverage and costs place the U.S. healthcare system among the least desirable in the developed world, the country’s healthcare industry counts with some attributes that would probably make it one of the most enviable, if sweeping reform made it more affordable and ensured coverage to all Americans. The WHO ranks U.S. healthcare as first in responsiveness, which measures the efficiency and quality of care. It also counts with some of the world’s most prestigious hospitals (Johns Hopkins, Mass. General, Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson) which have pioneered many of today’s most innovative medical procedures. The U.S. cancer survival rate was also the world’s highest according to The Lancet Oncology Journal, which attributes this high performance to the availability of cutting-edge treatments. These qualities only make it more regrettable that politics, greed, special interests, and an unwillingness to change the status quo make U.S. healthcare so dangerously unaffordable.

1

Good or Evil?

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Controversy: The United States – a force of good or a force of evil?

There isn’t a more fundamental matter in defining pro-Americanism and anti-Americanism than this very question. With the very likely exception of beer (and you’d be surprised), all of the aforementioned controversies reflect, in one way or another, that core disagreement as to whether America is a force of good or a force of evil. And, more than anywhere, it is here that it is important to acknowledge that both sides have myriad valid arguments to defend their position, as America has done plenty good and plenty wrong. When it has flexed its muscles, it has done great things like standing by West Berlin and carrying provisions to the city when the Soviets cut them off or dispatching its super carriers to aid calamity-stricken countries (Haiti and Japan being recent examples), but it also has done awful things, like lending its support to Pinochet or overthrowing – along with the UK – Iran’s democratically elected government in 1953, the aftermath of which resonates with increasing force today in international diplomacy.

But not all of its actions are unambiguously good or bad; most people, for example, believe that its defending Western Europe from being overrun by the Soviets was a good thing as it ensured democracy and prosperity to the region, but some, of course, disagree and argue that the Cold War was an unnecessary exercise that put the so-called military-industrial complex in control of the world’s affairs; most people also believe that America’s invading Iraq was unjustifiable to begin with and became aggravated when all the civilian casualties started to pile up, but others would argue that something had to be done about Saddam, a dictator under whom many perished as well.

Then there is, of course, the matter of the American people, and what they have done for the world. On the one hand, we have people who have spread hatred toward those who don’t adhere to their religious beliefs (I’m looking at you, Fred Phelps) or aren’t of the same skin color, put corporate profits above the wellbeing of their fellow humans, and dedicated their lifetimes to perfecting and optimizing weapons of mass destruction. On the other hand, we have great people who have cured or even eradicated diseases, spearheaded the Green Revolution (which has saved over a billion lives, by most estimates – and I’m looking at you, Norman Borlaug), and made great contributions to science and technology, knowledge, and arts.

Regardless of what the big players do, there is one thing that’s certain: the overwhelming majority of Americans are, like most people from all other countries, good people who are simply trying to get by. Like people from other countries, Americans are compassionate, caring, dedicated, and only wish the best for humanity. If they are not perfect and have undesirable traits, it is because of their human condition, which – unless a very capable chimpanzee has finally mastered the art of using the Internet – all of us share.



  • dsd

    bing

    • greensmurf

      The writer of this list will wake up with their dick in the hand…..

  • Arkon

    Well…. U cant’t have both, either love em or hate em.

    • Zach

      What’s funny is that the United States has very little actual Native Americans. We technically are mostly Europeans and Latinos, so hating us is basically like hating your own children.

      • even the native Americans were immigrants from Eurasia who crossed the land bridge connecting ancient America with the Siberian region.

      • Armin Tamzarian

        Hating our own children. More like hating our retarded cousins.

        I know you Yanks are all about loving your cousins, sometimes a bit too much, but saying Europeans shouldn’t hate Yanks because they have common ancestors is retarded.

        • Get It Right

          I’m guessing you’re from Britain…

          Lemme share this with you in the easiest way possible: Your Royalty are a bunch of inbreeds.

          Take a look at all the incest in Renaissance England…

          The point at which gene’s break down is about the 4th or 5th “circle” of a family, and every person on earth is related to someone in one way or another about 50 circles or so out.

    • Oh we’re not allowed to have mixed feelings? i was unaware

      • plod

        Technically People Who Were Sent To The New World Were People Not Good Enough To Live In England

        • Yes. That’s why they won

          • plod

            Who Won???????

  • Poor List

    Can we rename this list:

    I’m an American and here are 10 reasons why other countries can go f*** themselves

    • dongly

      Oh no…that name would explain how to an “American stupid” lol…. Hell yeah you are an American!!

    • Whyyoustupid

      This list was pretty unbiased. Just because it didn’t fuel your hatred for America doesn’t make it a bad list.

      • sjarrel

        There’s no such thing as unbiased, just saying.

        • Pauly

          Is biased, yes. US is POOP!!! Caspia #1!!! Stenaj e brtzu!!! LONG LIVE CASPIA, BEST ARMY OF THE CASPIAN SEA!!! MIGHTIEST ISLAND EVER!!!

          Too bad it sank. I blame secret US plot! USA GO 2 HELL!!!

          • Someone

            Pauly, one day you will wake up and realize that no one, on the internet or off it, cares about you or what you have to say.

          • Pauly

            U mad brah?

          • Jukes

            I care more about what he has to say then some stupid united statsian like the moron who wrote this list.

            Usa can kiss my ass hope 9/11 happens a million more times to them.

          • ParusMajor

            I care. I think Pauly is funny.

          • plod

            Jukes I Agree With Everything You Said Except The 9/11 Thing

          • Db

            forgive me,…I’m american… but caspia?? Where the hell is that? My auto correct doesn’t even kno..

        • NedNoodle

          But why are they so load? That’s what I want to know.

    • greensmurf

      I agree

    • Pablito Funk

      This is why the world hates you!!!!

    • mgs

      thats right. deal with it.

      • mgs

        america has been the greatest country for millions. deal with it.

        • ParusMajor

          Shut up, you! Denmark and Sweden are the greatest countries. Maybe Switzerland as well.

          • plod

            I Would Say Sweden They Have No Problems AT ALL They Weren’t Even In WWII

          • mgs

            you are naive. i can list many problems with any european country. chimp.

          • ParusMajor

            Chimp? LOL :D

          • Get It Right

            YOU HAVE AN OPINION THAT DIFFERS FROM MINE, I COMMAND YOU TO CEASE SPEAKING AND LISTEN TO MY COMPLETELY RETARDED REASONING.

            That’s what you make your entire country look like, I hope you’re happy.

          • plod

            mgs Sweden?????????

  • Bobo Poopy

    I feel like this list was trying to redeem America to everyone else.

  • benji

    Too American.

    • Bob

      I see what you did there.

  • Missy

    Good list. Provided a few giggles.

  • Jadakiss

    America is the best country period. Strongest military, best looking women, and without our entertainment business this world would be bleak. Thank us instead of hate us because your country sucks.

    • souljacker

      I think the best looking women are possibly Swedish, polish or maybe Indonesian or something. the USA is way down the list.

      • Josh

        The us has every race and culture and is probably the most diverse nation in terms of ethnicites. Im pretty sure mathematicallY the number f good looking women is higher too in terms of population. Although im sure some wise guy whos never been around the country will reply sayig everyone is fat, whoch is ignorant as hell, and then go on to call americans ignorant. Logical thinking of antiamericans.

        • souljacker

          although, native Americans are often very good looking, both men and women.

        • Armin Tamzarian

          Most of Western Europe is quite culturally diverse. France, Netherlands and the UK all had African, (South)-American and Asian colonies, from which a lot of people came to those countries. Besides that, especially France has large Arab communities and Germany has especially many Turks.

          Besides that, cultural diversity doesn’t imply beauty.

          In my humble opinion, the Flemish girls are most beautiful, followed by the Dutch.

          • souljacker

            I love dutch men. not really got round to looking at the ladies yet!

          • ParusMajor

            Listen to moi, dude, Dutch women are really hot! :D

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        • odaltyr

          Wait, are you saying that because the US is diverse it must mathematically have better looking women? What the..?

          First of all, the US isn’t the only very diverse country, some are even more diverse. Secondly, since when does diversity make better looking women? The only thing diversity does is satisfy all tastes…

          Anyway, I’ve been to the US and in many countries in Europe. I don’t want to criticize, but I did struggle to find attractive girls in the US. It’s nothing genetic or course, since the US is a mix of all ethnicities, there’s just something about US culture which makes many girls look fake, and unclassy, unsophisticated in a bad way.

          • Ctr

            As far as science is concerned, the more genetically diverse a breeding pair is (a couple), i.e. Different races etc. Then the more healthy their children will be. In that respect diversity is key. That shit is huge in America, parts of the south notwithstanding, and it is mostly accepted in the us. This is a fact not often brought up by Europeans and those others that look down on the us. We are a remarkably diverse country, and as far as people my age (around 25) are concerned race is not a factor in terms of romance. Many other far more homogenous nations (I’m looking at you northern Europe) are much less accepting than we are. The united states seems so intolerant because our media puts shit out there from our craziest rednecks, but the bottom line is that we have a unique situation of a world power composed almost entirely of immigrants. No one else can say that.

          • Daniel Evans

            @CTR. I do believe your country is less accepting than most countries. You haven’t accept same-sex marriage and whatnot. Where do you get your facts because the USA is DEFINITELY NOT the most accepting country.

            …please and thank you.

        • kate1989

          Actually in 2010 Australia, Switzerland and Luxembourg were the top 3 multicultural (diverse nations in terms of ethnicity) countries in the world.

          As of 2012 the US ranked the fattest country in the developed world as well..

          I’m an Australian and we got #5 so I feel your pain with that one!

        • Aunt Jemima

          Yes but you assimilate them all. Toronto, by the way, is the most multicultural city in the world.

          • plod

            NOT IN USA THOUGH TEAM GB

    • you guys invented rap ,jersey shore and kardashians among other terrible enemies of intelligent civilisation . nothing to be proud of. You owe us all the greatest and most sincere apology .

      • skeeter1971

        Damn. You got us there. Sorry about that.

      • tyler

        I would make a comment about if only the Turks were a little more successful we would never have had the kardashians altough that may be a little harsh but i’m sure an exception could have been made in this case

      • red82991

        Yes, well we also invented jazz, produced some of the best films and plays ever written and have generally contributed a great deal to the arts. You are correct in citing examples of some very poor taste, however I have seen my fair share of trash come out of Europe and I’m certain that whatever country you’re from is no exception.

        • dsalidaspodias

          I SHALL NEVER FORGIVE YOU AMERICANS FOR INVENTING GLEE SEASON 1, 2, 3, ..n

        • Not here, But there

          One of the best inventions ever: Disney World.

          Walt Disney was American. Disney World is spread through many countries around the world, giving many people jobs and entertainment. Many children around the world know who Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy are.

          Hooray for that.

          • Sanny

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      • Jadakiss

        ok but europe has France and that is worse than anything America can produce.

        • adada

          Try the South.

        • ParusMajor

          Try Italy. Even worse than France lol… :D

      • DGMdragunov

        Who says rap can’t be intelligent?

        • ParusMajor

          And who sayz FAP cannot be intelligent? LOL :D

      • Yeah don’t forget that tons of bullshit come’s out of France, Germany, and Italy. France, your food is overrated. Italy, you’re influenced too much by the Roman Catholic Church. And Germany’s government censors media and art too much. And while I don’t personally like it, not all rap is bad. America gave me thrash and death metal. Both of which kick ass. Not that I’m a big fan of this country, I just don’t mindlessly hate it.

        • ParusMajor

          Gabe… art thou joking? America gave you metal? What about England, Norway, Germany or Finland????

      • Brackus

        But the thing is, NO ONE cares what your country has invented.Good or bad.NO ONE cares.That shows your country is shit.

    • Armin Tamzarian

      Because Shaun of the Dead, Lola Rennt, Batoru Rowaiaru, Iron Monkey, Mad Max, La vita é bella, El laberinto del fauno, Il Bueno il brutto il cattivo, Cidade de deus and many more were all American films, only with strange accents?

      • Jadakiss

        Youre naming off what you think to be great foreign movies and you start off with a semi funny zombie movie!? Please if that’s the argument against America’s movie business then you are way in over your head little girl.

        • Armin Tamzarian

          Way to reinforce the stereotype of the culturally challenged Yank. Shaun of the Dead was quite an entertaining film.

          But hey, I shouldn’t expect a culturally challenged Yank (no pleonasm) to understand British humour.

          • Jadakiss

            i don’t understand British humor because it isn’t funny. Show me any movie topic with the best British movie you have in it and I’ll show you an American movie 100x better than it.

          • souljacker

            I don’t think either British or American films are the best in the world currently. Korean cinema is currently my favourite I think.

          • ParusMajor

            True, souljacker. Korean films (by Chan Woo Park) and Japanese films (by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, etc) are the best.

    • aadmi

      and all the women are whores.

      • Jadakiss

        stop making assumptions just because your mom was born here.

        • JackJack

          Bwahahahahaha!!

    • ParusMajor

      BEST LOOKING WOMEN?? In the USA??? Are you f*ing mental or haven’t you ever seen Swedish women???

    • Free thinker

      Strong military because America spends so much money on it, at the expensive of useful things like decent education, universal healthcare, and fair distribution of all services. The US certainly doesn’t have the hottest women. If you thing that, you need to get out more. However, it’s possible that the US has some of the fattest women. American entertainment is aimed mostly at retards.

  • Josh

    Ignorant americans is always used, yet those saying that are always ignorant in their judgement. The world seems to expect the u.s to be perfect. When we go in to help people tell us we should mind our own business, when we stay out of foriegn affairs such as in the world wars or in syria, they plead for our help and inviolvement. No matter what we do people hate us. An i laughed at the wwii section. You obviously lak some fundemental understandings of the difference in tactics, tech, and so many other factors that would cause so many more soviet deaths. Educated part but you lacked understandong yourself, all while accusing americans (i know, a lot use thos argument of we save you without proper knowlege) of not knowing their facts. Bottom line is, you have a nation whos base of launching attacks is not beong attacked. The soviets nearly lost leningrad and their country was under brutal seige. The us was safe at the mainland, and when your homeland is not being attacked, you can expect a significant less amount f deaths. Also, i believe that death toll involves civilians as well if i recall, i may be wrong. Also, the u.s. was fighting on two fronts, the soviets did not become directly involved againsy the japanese until later 45. And finally, you seem to lean towards the aoviets being the significant reason towards europes liberation. For most of the war, germany had soviet forces surrounded until they broke out and seiged berlin barely before the us. However in fact, us and british forces fought in africa and the coast, and without the push from the east, there is no way the soviets would have reached the french shore in time wothout an incredible civilian death rate from years, and the allied air power that obliterated the german war machine producong the supplies hindered the reaupply efforts. This is it in a nutshell, not to mention the difference in tactics, battlefields, tech, units and the like. The US and soviets both dis their part along woth all allies, and to ac like america saved europe is ignorant, but acting like the soviets and the rest could have done it without america and clear out the awful japanese enemy (10x more difficult of a enviroment and enemy too) is ignorant itself.

    Goodday to you all.

    • Jeff

      Not everyone hates or feel disdainful towards the US and its great people. You are a great nation. I am not an American by the way. The whole world can never deny the great contributions, the great minds and the helping hand. You can never really please everyone. I now how you feel but people are people and they will always find misinterpretations, deficiencies and shortcomings despite everything your Great Nation has done for the world. Cheer up! Have a great day ahead.

    • Lee Mack

      Trying to make an educated arguement with multiple spelling mistakes, never capitalising US and basically taking shit equals daft arrogant yank.

      • Capitalizing* jackass…

        • Armin Tamzarian

          British-English spelling, jackass. Or do you think harbour, centre, catalogue, leukaemia and licence are spelled wrong too?

          Anyhow, you just gave another reinforcement of the stereotype of American ignorance. Funny how Yanks keep yelling there’s nothing to the stereotypes, yet they keep adhering to them.

          • plod

            5 Mins After 9/11. George Bush: Hey It Was Iraq I. Know It Let’s Take Their Oil To Stop Terroeism. ???????????

      • U.S.* talking* he wrote a story, you wrote the lines and had more errors retard…

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    • FriendlyBob

      Syria needs help. You should go there. Iraq didn’t need help, you shouldn’t have gone there. Libya needed help, and you went there. Nobody’s hating america for going to Libya, because the libyans asked for help. Iraqi’s never asked for an invasion. Get my point?

      • Michael

        Yes but then again, everyone looks at the US as an international police. We’re not. We can’t tend to every foreign affair. We don’t NEED to go anywhere but where we choose. Your country should go help if they see it a problem.

        • Maybe its because the US spends the most money on its millitary in the west, its an economic superpower. So if any country goes into a war the Americans don’t like the sanctions would basically kill the other country’s economy so as a result the Americans not only help sometimes when its requested but act as world police themselves with compleate disregard of international law (eg. Vietnam, Iraq etc.).

    • DogFather

      Another thing most people forget is that Russia had a treaty with the Reich to carve up Poland. Russia sat on the sidelines of WWII until Hitler launched his ill-advised operation “Barbarossa” which, of course, was the invasion of the Soviet Union. (Apparently, Hitler didn’t read about Napoleon’s fiasco trying to invade Russia). I feel for the Russian people of that time, of course, but Stalin made Hitler look like an amateur when it came to killing civilians. He starved millions of his own people. One reason the Russian body count was so high was due to the fact that Stalin, out of paranoia, decimated his military officer corps a few years before WWII kicked off–mostly his best and most experienced. Just think how effective they would have been if their most effective leaders hadn’t been shot in the head in the basement. By the way, I am an American and am far from ignorant. We aren’t perfect–far from it. My family has been here since the revolution and I am proud to be an American and have served my country in the army overseas (Korea); fortunately I was in during Reagan’s second term and he knew how to keep the communists at bay. With our current regime, I think we aren’t the nation we should be although I thought Bush was a bad president as well…sorry, I got off topic. I liked your post, Josh.

    • Shipoopie

      tl;tr

      lol. What a waste of time.

  • Vince

    The world does not hate the US. It’s only those on the left that do. Every person I’ve ever dealt with that has complete disdain or hatred for this country has been on the left, ideologically.

    • Jane

      Hey, not all of us hate you guys, America’s just unfortunate enough to have some pretty over the top right wing people, and like every conceivable cross section of humanity, there are some ignorant or unkind people, but please don’t generalise about us either.

      • Vince

        It might sound like a generalization, but the evidence is pretty damning. From outside the US, the leftwing countries/leaders all despise the US and would love to see its demise (Castro, Chavez, etc). From within, first you have the Hollywood Hall of Idiots who idolize those who hate the US (particularly the aforementioned). Then you have various special-interests who work to dissolve long-standing traditions, private organizations (eg Boy Scouts), most notably the ACLU. Can you name a single leftwing organization that seeks to build strong family values, positive morality, respect and gratitude among the young and impressionable? Government programs like food stamps, welfare, etc. do little to nothing to build people beyond the immediate emergency. Europe is an ideal example of where leftist/liberal concepts have brought about nothing except an ungrateful, entitlement-seeking, largely lazy population. If the US seeks to follow that model, it’s demise will come hard and fast.

        • sjarrel

          That entire left vs right stuff is a grossly oversimplified model. To claim all people that hate America are from the left is just, pointless.

          It’s also easy to criticize welfare or any other form of aid if you’re not in a position to ever require it.

          • Vince

            I have been in the position to require it. Three years ago the bottom fell out of the graphics business here in Los Angeles and, with two kids, I had little choice. It was the last thing I wanted to do, and hated having to do it. It’s demeaning having to put your hand out, for me anyway. After 8 months I was glad to be off it. I’ve watched my folks in Australia go on the dole, and Dad became a lazy slob overnight.

          • sjarrel

            Yet you did not become a lazy slob overnight.

        • SINpatria

          The Boy Scouts should not be a source of pride, seeing how the guys who run the orginization are blatantly homophobic, right wing, conservative uber-christians. I do not think a privately owned orginization that is aloud to discriminate against poeple because of sexual orientation should have any kind of government backing. Down with “the hate scouts”

          • Vince

            The key is “privately owned.” They’re not a public or government institution. You can hold all the “I hate rightwingers” opinions you want, since you’re a private person. If the Boy Scouts became a government institution, then their codes could come into question.

            Since you’re all against the Boy Scouts, can you offer a similar alternative started run by left-wing groups? There isn’t any.

          • SINpatria

            Vince, you have no idea what your talking about. Read alittle more about the BSA.

        • Armin Tamzarian

          Okay, so all leftwing countries hate the US, but the leftwing EU and European countries are largely loyal allies of the US? How did that happen?

          By the way, do you find it strange those leftwing leaders hate the US when they tried to kill and/or depose them multiple times, and place embargo’s on them, all because they don’t listen to the US?

          Also, you’re right about food stamps doing nothing to help beyond the immediate emergency. That’s why most countries with welfare also offer reintegration projects, extra education, job searching advice and such, so that people can get to work again. Yes, that’s socialism, but the other option is to do nothing to help the immediate emergency. Personally, I think letting people die from hunger or exposure is way worse than socialism.

          Lastly, Europeans are no more ungrateful, entitlement-seeking or lazy than Yanks. I don’t know where you got that nonsense.

  • Me

    Isn’t “american” synonymous with “stupid”?

    • Ni99a

      Like you are very smart. Pfffttt

      • 1gav

        Only when you don’t capitalize “American” and incorporate all Americans across two continents does one become synonymous with “stupid”.

    • Jadakiss

      Someone is mad that their work visa got denied :( did we send you back to your shit hole country and you’re mad at us?

      • ParusMajor

        Ha! Jadakiss! My Visa didn’t get denied, actually they tried to offer me a green card several times! But I prefer to live in Europe. :D

    • ParusMajor

      No. That’s too lame as a commentary. Some Americans may be stupid, but YOU are stupid if you generalize. Not all of them are like George W.

  • M1L0SH

    1. Beer I don’t know when I try ill judge. But heard stories about how bad American beers are. And i think that best beers must be German, Holland, Belgium, Czech etc. so in my opinion Europe 1 America 0

    2. You are dicks and people don’t like you accept it. Actually people don’t like you because of your dickhead politicians, playing global game of Risk. And you are still doing it.

    3. I don’t live in America so i cant tell how Americans treat foreigners and what they think. But judging by what i heard over here Americans are very xenophobic which they don’t have right to be. Practically they are all foreigners. That might not be true things change some people are xenophobes some are not.

    4. Who call themselves Americans unimportant to me. Fine they are all Americans its just shorter to call them Americans then citizens of USA or whatever …

    5. Crime is directly connected to your live standard. Safe you say oh you can just get killed no biggie. Well not owning a gun legally doesn’t mean criminal wont find gun on black market. So gun-ownership don’t mean higher crime rates.

    6. Poverty is big problem for many countries. But if you ask me i would rather live somewhere in Europe, like Norway, Holland etc. Serbia can barely be counted as Europe by living standard and social\healthcare.

    7. Well there you might be right. You have dumbest average population but have some of the best experts in the world.

    8. Saving Europe you say. My favorite topic. Don’t agree you did not saved Europe from anything. Fine you fought the war, but as said Soviet Union smashed Wermacht to bits then allies fought what was left of them. Lend lease i don’t think so. Soviet union have almost unlimited resources both manpower and raw material, huge industries in Ural, Siberia and size of their country as bonus. Lets not forget the climate which was always problem for any invaders. Beside that Soviet union received some 4000 sherman tanks on the other hand Soviets produced some 70000 T-34 tanks. So thats about comparison how much US helped Soviets and how much Soviets helped themselves. And do you think allies could win the war if Germans defeat Soviets early on. Relocating millions of elite troops west instead losing them in the eastern front. Even if the gun was American soldiers were Russian.

    9. Your thing again Europe 1 America 0

    10. Dividing global politics in good and evil is childish. Is that influence of Christianity on your thinking. Its just politics it can be said they are all evil regardless of what country they came from. And as said ordinary people are just trying to have a life. There are good or bad people in every country.

    • Gabe

      When you criticize Americans for being ignorant yet you base your opinions on ‘heresay’ or ‘I heard this’ then arent you yourself ignorant and therefore a hypocrite?

    • Maggot

      Poverty is big problem for many countries. But if you ask me i would rather live somewhere in Europe, like Norway, Holland etc. Serbia can barely be counted as Europe by living standard and social\healthcare.

      That’s fine, your personal preferences are what they are, but this is a general problem with a lot of these kinds of nationalistic comparisons. As exemplified by your trite “Europe 1 America 0” scorekeeping, many times the US is compared to “Europe”, which is of course a group of individual countries, all with their own unique pros and cons. But typically, the positive attributes of various countries within Europe are compared to the US as if it’s a one-for-one comparison. Such as your saying you’d rather live “somewhere in Europe” and then skimming off the cream, discounting their own less-desirable areas within them. Surely you aren’t referring to your desire to live in an Oslo slum, are you? But you also say it as if the US, or other countries within Europe for that matter, don’t also have idyllic places to live, far removed from crime, poverty, crumbling infrastructure, pollution, etc. Whereas in the same breath you easily just dismiss another country with unfavorable characteristics by saying it isn’t representative of the group. Well that’s convenient. Hey I’d like to eliminate places like Detroit, San Francisco’s Tenderloin, East Los Angeles, South Bronx NY, etc. etc. since they “can barely be counted” too.

    • Shipoopie

      LOL You should just write your own list because that’s the only chance you have of getting anyone to read your long, worthless comment.

      • qwerty

        i read it

      • hoyeay

        I read it too. Stupid ass.

  • Jeff

    I must admit that I admire and like Americans. I am a Filipino and I am very much aware of the differences between us in many aspects. In my opinion, the reason the US is very progressive and highly developed is because of the fact that they are Americans. They have really good traits that enable them to be a progressive nation and people. The way they see the world, value for time, their approach to challenges, their sense of individuality and independence is profound. I am not an expert to say these things but I guess this is my conclusion based from my daily experience with them. There are bad and good things in every culture, country and ethnicity. You can not certainly have it all. I wish we Filipinos could be more like the Americans or the Japanese in how we deal with things. Do not get me wrong. I do not want to be an American, I am proud of being a Filipino. I will not forlorn being one. Its just that I believe there are really good traits and behaviors that we Filipinos can learn from Americans and from the rest of the world. Americans are really nice people. I enjoy talking to them and dealing with them. It doesn’t take so much time to realize how warm and nice they are.

    • PHL

      musta dn sayo :) awhile ago, Admiral Samuel Locklear the head of US forces in the Pacific reaffirmed American commitment to support the Philippines. Qouted, ” I’m looking forward to giving the message to the Filipino military and to the leaders there that the United States is a very reliable ally. We want the Filipinos to be a reliable ally to us as well,” a good news for us Filipinos, just hoping they will stand on it. yes China is a Great nation, they are first to use gunpowder and papers. China is also first to sells cheap junks to the world .

  • PHL

    i just love them. dont care whatever reasons why other country hate them. as a small country like ours, Philippines, which is incapable of different things (because of politics). usa always come to aid us, i’am hoping that they will side on us with our conflict with those chinese bully. those chinks pretend to be communist when all they got is to be hypocrites. they are scumbag.

    • Jeff

      Kababayan! Musta? I fear the US will not take sides. It will aggravate the situation. Really. Being an ally though, they will come to our aid if China would initiate an assault against our Motherland. Its a great thing that the US is maintaining neutrality within the reaches of the Pacific not just for our benefit but also for our neighbors. China can only bully small nations. Big ones? I doubt. They cannot bully Japan or South Korea. They can bully us really bad and there is no nobility in that. China is a great nation, a Great Bully and also a Great Coward.

      • tyler

        except China just bought the US

  • I’m normally not a fan of opinion lists because invariably they are horribly uninteresting as they devolve into “10 books I really like” or “10 movies I’ve seen and you havn’t”. These lists are why blogging was invented – so we can more easily ignore you. Today’s blog is apparently “10 opinions I have on American things” aka “Look how contraversial I can be with my social and political views.” aka “If I had a girlfriend, she’d be making fondue in her panties with how edgy I am”.

    I don’t know what the selection process is for lists but if this is the best they can do, I might as well read the Huffington Post.

  • Lazar

    The author states that the americans spend the most money on healthcare, and that it is the best quality for those who can afford it. Yet somehow he fails to see the connection between the two. He states that “politics, greed, special interests, and an unwillingness to change the status quo make U.S. healthcare so dangerously unaffordable”. If it’s still not obvious, making it affordable will deteriorate the quality. Coming from a country with free healthcare, I know how terrible it can be.

    • sjarrel

      Free health care is still better than having your people go bankrupt because they have cancer or got bitten by a rattlesnake.

  • Ni99a

    Somebody please explain to me why south americans are so but.thurt at USA citizens calling themselves American. They are universally known as American. You Brazilian are called Brazilian. Argentina: Argentinians. Mexico: Mexicans.

    Since Yanks are deemed informal, the last thing I want to call the USA citizens is The United State of America Citizen.

    See how hard it is? American is nice enough.

  • antifa

    fascism is quite rife and alive in europe. maybe thats why you should never let an american finish a job, because they simply don’t.

    • Armin Tamzarian

      Antifa are the worst fascists themselves. Always trying to silence others, with violence if necessary.

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    • Where is this fascism? There are neo-nazis, and right wing groups, but it’s hardly rife…

      • ParusMajor

        Did you evah hear about Anders Behring Breivik, dude?

  • Armin Tamzarian

    This list isn’t American enough.

    Anyhow, a few points:

    – The comparison of the view of immigration is hardly justified. The people who immigrate to the US are demographically way different from the people who immigrate to Europe: Latino economic immigrants compared to mainly Islamic and African political refugees. The first group comes to work, the second not per se. The cultural differences, especially religion, are way greater between the secular/Christian European countries and the largely Muslim immigrants, than the Christian (Catholic) Latino’s to the mainly Christian US.

    The American problems with immigrants mainly focus on economic aspects, whereas the European problems focus on cultural aspects.

    Besides that, most European countries have more social security, which makes the immigrants a greater financial burden upon those countries.

    – Aren’t the Mexicans and Canadians Americans also, when considering that only the North Americans are Americans?

    – It’s not fair to say America is safer because on average it’s safer than London or Paris. Just like in the US, crime is centralised in larger cities, while on the countryside the crime rate is way lower.

    – The poverty thing doesn’t take into account that wealth in Sweden is distributed way more evenly than in the US.

    Also, saying that if the poverty line in Sweden is at X dollars, means that the same amount should also be the poverty line in the US, ignores differences in cost of living.

    – Having 60% of the top schools in the world, doesn’t mean your education system is healthy or good. It’s like saying country X has the strongest inhabitants, because they have 60% of the gold medals in weightlifting. It only means the top is very good, but the rest could be total shit. Seeing the arguments made here, it wouldn’t surprise me.

    Also, a lot of your innovation comes from the outside. The US import a lot of scientists.

    Productivity rates aren’t that great an indicator of education. It also has a lot to do with the high level of industrialisation; one guy with a machine often produces more in an hour than a guy without a machine.

    – The high quality of healthcare is great, were it not that so many people have no access to it. When opening it up to everyone, quality will most probably go down somewhat.

    Nice try to write an apology for the US, but not good enough.

    • Maggot

      The American problems with immigrants mainly focus on economic aspects, whereas the European problems focus on cultural aspects.

      True but one thing being overlooked on this topic is that the “problem” most Americans have isn’t with immigration in general, so much as it is with illegal immigration. Economically speaking, as you pointed out, the main opposition is that “illegal aliens” are taking jobs (not to mention other services/benefits/resources) that should be going to citizens and tax-payers first. I’m oversimplifying, but you get the idea.

      • Someguy

        Wait so you’re telling me that the jobs people get shoveling dirt and clearing trash should go to the “hardworking” Americans those jobs are taken because because no one else takes them because a food number of Americans are too delicate for such work. I know because I have one of those jobs

        • Maggot

          Yep, that’s what I’m telling you. I knew that would come up, which is one reason why I said I was oversimplifying it. I’d be curious to know if you are being paid at least minimum wage and are filing tax returns? And are you working under OSHA-safe conditions, and are you and your family protected if you become hurt, disabled, or killed on the job? Etc. If not, I’m not blaming you; in fact I applaud you for doing whatever you have to do to feed your family…taking whatever work you can find. But I do blame the people doing the hiring. They create the incentive and the demand for illegal immigration, which ultimately puts an undo strain on resources.

          • SpartaBug93

            your picture reminds me of my ex boyfriend…yea sad…

      • Thank you, Mags. Something noone has brough up, is how larger the US is. This makes us all very differrent, depending on location. Culture changes throughout the US, like it does in Europe. The east coast and west coast are different, just like the cultures of the north nd south differ. Also, sot everyone agrees with our Government. Yes, we elected them. But did we know exactly what they were going to do? Did Obama promise things that haven’t happened yet? Does Congress make it difficult for s.hit to get done? Yes. The reason many Americans diagree with illegal immigration is mostly because of jobs. Not because we are upset they are taking jobs we don’t want, but because it gives companies a different option, where they don’t hve to spend money on insurance and provide sfe working conditions. If the companies didn’t have the option to pay criminals and illegal immigrants under the table, then they may be decent jobs. Also, many of us believe the government is to blame for this. If they didn’t make it so hard to leaglly come to our country, then there would be a lot less illegal immigration.

  • Armin Tamzarian

    By the way, the best thing about Yanks is that they usually get all agitated when someone says something negative about their country. It has provided me with many a laugh.

    • I disagree. I’m American and I only get agitated when someone insults me just on the grounds that I am American. I (along with many Americans) hate the government and the way healthcare is run disgusts me. However, I don’t take that out on the citizenry.

      • ParusMajor

        OK, Gabe. You are intelligent American, not like Dubya. :D (I am Swedish, btw).

  • Patriotic Bald Eagle

    WHY? COS ‘MURICA!

  • Gobblegobble

    Interesting how you bring up poverty and standard of living, then cite the HDI without taking into account the IHDI (Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_inequality-adjusted_HDI

    Doesn’t look so peachy now, does it?

  • Moo

    The comments are even more entertaining than the list :D

  • odaltyr

    I love the US and all, but the biggest beef I have with the US is how utterly insane some of your public figures can get, and they can be that way without ruining their career.

    I happened to be reading about “freedom fries” the other day. For those who are ignorant or too young to have heard about it, it’s when the US congress or whatever called to replace “French fries” with “freedom fries” because the French government dared to not agree with the US on the war in Iraq. Apparently, not agreeing with everything the US wants to do is considered a grave insult by some. Some Americans got batsh*t crazy about it, pouring French wine in the gutter, bashing their car if it’s a French brand, replacing every mention of “French” with “freedom”. What I’m sure of is that no other modern democracy would ever react so childishly. This is a typical case of “only in America”. The French government simply didn’t agree with a US policy, and that was enough for some Americans to think that France was an enemy of the US, or that the French hate Americans. I remember these incidents being reported on French TV. Everyone here was just baffled by how insane this got. I wanted to laugh about it, but it was simply too ridiculous to be funny.

    Otherwise, the US is kind of a mixture between two extremes. On the one hand, the US probably has some of the craziest and most idiotic vocal groups in the Western world, and simultaneously the best scholars and scientists in the Western world. The US has a huge range in that sense. ^^

    • cameo1107

      I didn’t see any of that happening over here; the Freedom Fries thing was a big joke and nobody used it. I can’t imagine anyone bashing in their own car either, and I don’t know a single person with a French car anyway; all the cars I see around here are German, Japanese or American. Italian for the super-rich.

      • odaltyr

        Yeah, I know most Americans found it stupid. I’ve never met in person an American who wasn’t embarrassed about it, but then again the only Americans I’ve met were those culturally open enough to visit Europe. But still a significant chunk of Americans did take that “freedom fries” ridiculousness seriously, including the diner in Congress.. Otherwise, it apparently hit pretty hard because most of the anti-French sentiment in the US today stems from that period.

        Otherwise, there are videos around of people cheering as they pour French wine in the gutter, calling for boycotting French restaurants and products, and yeah, there’s a video of some guy bashing his French car with a huge hammer (sure, French cars are rare in the US, it doesn’t mean they don’t exist).

        So I agree, most of those with that attitude were just a fringe of idiots, but I stand by my initial statement : only in America. You’d never see such ridiculous resentment towards a Western ally in any other Western democracy, except in the US. France disagrees on important issues with Germany, the UK, Canada (..etc..) all the time, and sh*t like that never happens.

        Again, I’m not trying to insult the US or Americans, there are simply cultural differences which blow my mind sometimes. I think it may be due to the US being the sole superpower, a sort of “leader” of the Western world, which makes some Americans believe that they should always have their way and be exempt of contradiction or criticism, which is perceived as an act of aggression, if not treason.

    • DogFather

      Hey Odaltyr, I am an American and I agree with you…sometimes I see the crap that gets on the news as well as no-talent idiots like the Kardashians and I shake my head.

  • gleccles

    I’ve never quite understood how people on a low income or unemployed survive in the US. What happens if you break your leg and have no insurance?If you lose your job and have kids to feed do they give you any benefits until you can find work?

    • UmbraTempestas

      I can’t say about the rest of the US but in Alabama, the churches get together and bring you food and if your injured help out around the house and take up collections for your medical bills, regardless of race or religion. You just have to ask and explain the reason you need help. Also we lower-income folks normally go to the health clinic where costs are much cheaper, usually 20-60 USD.

    • anl

      food stamps, wic, medicaid, the food bank….and a hole lotta prayers. my husband and i have two little girls and are considered middle class. we have insurance and he makes good money….but sometimes we struggle…so i dont know how some of our friends make it. i dont even think lower and middle class exsist anymore…its just common folk and rich.

      • cameo1107

        Oh, the ‘lower class’ still exists, believe me. It’s those of us who don’t bring in good wages and don’t have insurance. There are homeless people panhandling on just about every corner in the Twin Cities. I see a huge difference between people who are living paycheck to paycheck to pay their mortgage and insurance premiums (not you specifically, just generally speaking) and people living welfare check to welfare check trying to get out of the shelter.

    • DGMdragunov

      Yes, this can be pretty confusing to a non-US resident. The federal government provides the unemployed (mind you, the recently unemployed) with welfare, so yeah, you are taken care of until you can find work. As for the broken leg, you could try a free clinic.

  • Headmire

    This American is too list

  • ersatz

    No mention of the native american genocide or of the countless violent coups backed by the USA?

    • Maggot

      No mention of the native american genocide

      What’s “controversial” about that? You would be hard pressed to find an American citizen today who would defend that. Why didn’t you just throw in slavery as well? There are already lists on LV that discuss these various “worst moments” or “shameful events” type of things, for the mere sake of simply mentioning them.

      • ersatz

        It’s controversial because it’s excluded from the canonical world history depicted in nearly every textbook I’ve come across with, and when it does appear it comes with plenty of euphemisms . Even the wikipedia page on the subject does that.

    • Because Europeans were involved in that just as much. Does the name Christopher Columbus ring any bells?

  • oouchan

    I love this list. Living in the US…I see all of these daily. Especially where I work since it’s such a diverse crowd and most of that crowd are from other countries. I agree we have a lot of problems, but we aren’t doing much to fix them. It’s ok to identify them, but we really need to focus on correcting these…especially ignorance. Still believably in fairy tales and on top of that doing horrible in key subjects like math and science is just down right embarrassing.
    Hopefully one day we can pull our heads out of the sand and actually become as great as we think we are.

    Ponderous list.

  • Njm

    When i think america i think of Michele Bachmann
    As a typical american

    • Vince

      You need to get out and meet some. She may be typical of a certain strain, but there are as many different strains within these borders as there are stars.

      • Njm

        Ok fair enough

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    • HHenry

      I’m not only a U.S. citizen, I live in Minnesota (the state that Bachman comes from). I can guarantee you that many of us think she is the purest kind of idiot. Please don’t judge us based on her example. Some of us are actually sane and kind and open-minded.

      • rmg1501

        “most are sane and open minded”..agree
        “most are ignorant”..hell yeah

        Its almost like the media wants to keep you ignorant of what’s happening outside and you just ‘buy’ whatever they show.

        Anyday, the educated middle class in developing countries is more ‘globe aware’ than their american counterparts..

        • DGMdragunov

          It’s not almost like the media wants to keep us ignorant. The thing is the major media outlets and news networks are blatantly biased. For example, CNN is a liberal, left-wing network, whereas Fox News is overly right-wing. Their respective audiences are usually also politically aligned as such. People just buy what they want to buy.

          • Njm

            To be honest it seems that only the young Turks attack the democrats and republicans ….. Even tho they confess to being liberal I believe there coverage is more fair then the main stream media

        • That is north Korea in the USA we have access and ability to have the same globe_awareness as you. Why does everyone think were so un-aware and close minded??

          • ParusMajor

            Because you cannot spell.

  • mike

    list sucks donkey balls

  • dischuker

    One of the many questions that this post raises…

    How has the “Green Revolution” saved over a billion lives?

    • UFAlien

      Because it’s not what you think it is. It’s not the new “go green” initiative, it’s a period from the 1940s to 1970s that revolutionized and increased agriculture around the world, mostly in Mexico and India.

  • lavendR

    I am an American and I am utterly ashamed of my country.

    This list states that our health care makes thing like cancer more survivable but the lack of universal health care and disparities in economic background make this “survival” possible for only the well off. Matter of fact, a lot of the pro’s for the US only apply to a small portion of the affluent in this country. Also any of these pro’s do not counterbalance the arrogance, narcissism and cruelty the US demonstrates especially in a country that prides itself on being a democracy. Our ignorance and lack of compassion is inexcusable.

    • kate1989

      I don’t think you should be ashamed (but I don’t want to tell you how to feel) because every country has something that it does well and something that is wrong or worse than another nation, it just so happens that America is in the spotlight! This means America has a lot more pressure put on it with so many nations looking to America to see what they’ll do next.

      I am Australian and even though we have done some stupid things I am still proud to an Australian and a global citizen!

      • Vince

        Growing up in Australia and exposed to various influences from the US (movies, TV, music, fast food, etc) it was easy to view the US with a pretty high level of disdain. “Those Yanks are all full of themselves, think they’re all high and mighty,” etc. Then again, the Australian “tall-poppy syndrome” seeks to bring down anyone with an overt sense of self-importance. When I got to the US, I was bombarded by an overwhelming degree of ignorance, particularly geography (“Where’s Australia?”) and history (“Australians fought in Vietnam? Who knew?”). But it’s open doors to the world and determination set it high, and even now, while people grumble about it all day long, it’s the one place people want to come to (especially to escape their oppressed or disadvantaged home country). Before outsiders decide to gripe about the US, they should consider the ills of their own place, and work at improving that. No, don’t be ashamed of the US; despite its foibles, it’s proven itself a decent society. Few places can claim that.

        • sjarrel

          Australia is like a US outpost these days, closest resemblance.

      • plod

        What Does America Do Well But Eat

        • ParusMajor

          Indeed. LOL :D

    • Maggot

      I am an American and I am utterly ashamed of my country.

      One of the good things about your country is that you are free to leave it.

      • sjarrel

        That’s easier said than done.

        But being ashamed of your country is a waste of time, be ashamed of yourself for not making a positive difference.

      • ITF Tae Kwon Do Guy

        I cannot leave North Korea. :(

  • kate1989

    I must admit I have not been a great fan of the American government in the past but I never thought that meant that all Americans were like that. As an Australian I have ‘face-palmed’ when people representing my government and country have made a stupid (in my opinion) decision or said something questionable.. I am sure a lot of Americans have done the same!

    In the end we’re all human beings that are fallible and being stereotyped as ignorant, violent or evil is unfair for any nation.

    People commenting about America being the best country in the world and saying other countries suck are perpetuating the stereotype that American people are ignorant.. though those people probably are regardless of their nationality.

  • Jt

    America doesn’t have a high murder rate because of the gun laws. Honest people who have guns don’t shoot people. The elephant in the room for that is the all the thug blacks. Look at every crime ridden major city in the USA. What do they have in common. You guessed it stupid thu life blacks

    • UmbraTempestas

      Its not the blacks that are the problem, its the thug life anyone. Thug whites are just as bad as thug blacks.

      • Jt

        Well being that black account for about 14% of the population yet commit around 52% Of the murders doesn’t mean anything.

    • sjarrel

      Sure, because guns have nothing to do with it and other countries don’t have thugs.

      • Jt

        Right because the same could be said about a cooking knife, a hammer, or even a car. You could use practically anything you want to murder someone. A good honest person could have a nuclear bomb an nothing would happen to anyone.

        • Sean

          Sure because racism and profiling are unheard of among law enforcement. Low income living situations don’t breed crime and a silent status quo that’s been in place for as long as we have been a nation wouldnt possibly sway those numbers to a controversial level. Being black doesnt not equate to being a criminal. Being Jt does however, equate to being a racist.

          • Jt

            Stating statistical facts is racist these days I guess. You must be a liberal

        • sjarrel

          Just because you could use practically anything to kill somebody doesn’t mean it’s all equally easy to do so. You’ll note that no military is sending its troops to the battlefield with cooking knife’s and hammers.

          The fact that a ‘good honest’ person wouldn’t use his gun to kill people doesn’t mean that a bad person wouldn’t having an easier time doing just that with a gun.

          If it became legal to drink and drive that wouldn’t affect the behavior of your good and honest person, but the extra accidents would still kill more people, some of them good and honest.

          Even if it was only black people doing all the killing, not giving them guns would be a good place to start lowering the numbers.

  • Ironman

    The U.S. is the best country in the world. Diversity in all aspects is what makes it a great place to live. However, I’ve gotta admit many Americans are too full of themselves… They talk about other countries and their people, when they don’t even have the smallest idea of what they’re talking about and are usually just generalizing or talking about things everyone else says. And thinking it’s a privilege to live in the U.S., blocking the borders to thousands of immigrants who are looking for better quality of life. Many Americans ignore the fact that the country is ran by Americans and immigrants alike. And the average American believes blindly in the stuff the government says, another issue. Apart from those aspects, mainly ignorance, it feels great to live in this great country…

  • PoorMe

    I love USA and I think it is good. USA has some bad people and has made some bad judgments but we can say nothing can be 100%. Interfering in others business is not welcomed any where whether it is middle east or other places.

    All in all judging USA as evil and hating it is not accurate. It is land of dreams and freedom.

    • PoorMe

      I am not US citizen neither I get any benefit from them nor they have something they want from my country. So, I am totally liberal.

  • Interesting list that’s bound to stir up some trouble… To answer the questions:

    10. Beer: American pilsners and lagers are the most popular. They also taste like piss. Give me a nice weissbier any day of the week.

    9. No, not everyone dislikes America – or likes us. That’s life. You can’t be everyone’s buddy or enemy. Someone is always going to like (and hate) you.

    8. Are we xenophobic? Not really, but a bit. Certainly no more than other countries (witness the World Cup for a good batch of patriotic rah-rah among other nations).

    7. We are aware that there are other Americans. We’re also aware that Canada is not a state. Please continue.

    6. Crime. Yes, our murder rate is high. Sadly, when you dig into the statistics, it’s mostly because of one thing: black men killing other black men. If you normalized the number of black-on-black murders to the percentage of the population, our murder rate ends up being equivalent to Australia and Canada. There’s plenty of theories as to why, running the gamut from ridiculous (rap music) to downright racist (it’s in their blood). My own personal opinion is that it has to do with the high rate of fatherless homes in the black community (boys with no men to teach them how to be good men). Whoever is right, the fact is that there is a large group of people who are more at risk of committing and dying from murders, and it’s a terrible situation.

    5. The whole “poor” thing is silly. While there are people in our country who are truly impoverished, our “poor” typically live very comfortable lifestyles with homes, cars, health care (believe it or not), and often jobs. Compare “poor” in the US to “poor” in, say, India for some perspective.

    4. What’s more ignorant? The ignorant people in the US or ignorant people around the world who think that Americans all overweight, wear cowboy hats, and talk with a Texas drawl?

    3. Did the US “save” Europe in WW2? Well, yeah. So did the Brits. So did the Ruskies. The US didn’t save Europe on its own… the Allies did.

    2. The health care debate will continue for decades. We’ve got an awesome health care system that costs a lot of money. Most of those costs are handled by insurance – and a lot of those costs come from government regulation (ever see a graph of medical costs before and after Medicare?). Obamacare’s own costs are estimated to skyrocket over the next decade or so, and there’s a lot of question as to whether Americans will be willing to put out the tax dollars required to keep it afloat.

    1. Good or evil? Looking at our history, mostly good. We’ve certainly had our bouts with evil (slavery, the treatment of American Indians, etc.), but most of our existence has been to exemplify a land of freedom, opportunity, and strength. While we certainly have the military power to overtake many nations, we’ve not done so – and have been comparatively very cautious to use power at all. Still, we’ve also courted controversy, and not everyone is going to see us as good or evil.

    So there you go. Now let’s see you do a list about the controversial topics of other countries.

    • HHenry

      Oh my gosh, the world might just be coming to an end. My “handle” is not “The Annoyed Donkey”, but it could be. I found your reply to be both thoughtful and reasonable. Should we let the idiots in Washington know that compromise is occasionally possible?

      • I can be thoughtful and reasonable when called upon. :)

        The fact is that, right now, the US political system is highly divisive. That’s what happens when you elect a charismatic President who’s on the far end of the American political spectrum who’s spent most of his career building on divisiveness, not unity. Sadly, my own side has partly gone to the other extreme as a reaction to this.

        I daresay that had the Democrats nominated a more moderate Democrat in 2008 (like Hillary Clinton or Bill Richardson), the nation would not be nearly as polar as we are right now (and would still have the Presidency, since McCain’s campaign was apparently run entirely by monkeys).

        • sjarrel

          I like how you blame the other side for this divisiveness that plagues America’s politics. At the very least it’s down to both sides. But it seems to me that the problem is with the system itself, in that the two party system promotes this idea that the opposition is against the ruling party, seemingly regardless of the merit a particular idea might have. And then of course the fact that the campaigns seem to be based more on personality and slander than actual substance. Case in point: Obama birth certificate, Romney tax and business history.

          • Actually, I stated “Sadly, my own side has partly gone to the other extreme as a reaction to this.”. The right is fully culpable for their own behavior.

            But the fact is that the country is run by a leftist President and a leftist Senate (and, until 2010, a completely leftist legislature). Their extremism is going to, by the nature of extremism, generate an opposition movement that is as extreme as they are.

            A centrist President would have lessened the division by providing a bipartisan middle ground. Heck, it wouldn’t even take a centrist President – just someone willing to meet the other side in the middle (like Clinton and GHW Bush) to make things work. Obama, sadly, has run his entire administration based on conflict, not compromise, and the country has suffered for it. Had he at least tried to meet the Tea Party GOP in the middle, the country would at least feel better today.

          • sjarrel

            Still not all that different, as while you use the word sadly and say the right is fully culpable for their own behavior, you also explain it as a reaction, to the left in this case. A reaction is by definition not the cause of the situation, landing the ‘blame’ on the left side. It would be just as easy to blame the extreme right for not compromising. But before we go into a debate on that, the real problem in my eyes is this polarity that exists. It is not a necessity for a country to be divided in two political parties that are so against each other, sometimes before they consider their duty to the country they aim to serve. Saying one side is more to blame than the other is as much to blame for the situation as anything else, in that it skirts around the real problem and legitimizes the current situation.

          • A reaction is, by definition, an action. In human beings, it’s a choice, and yes, the right is fully culpable for their divisiveness. I didn’t think I was being that obtuse.

            “Saying one side is more to blame than the other is as much to blame for the situation as anything else, in that it skirts around the real problem and legitimizes the current situation.”

            The “real problem” is human nature. It isn’t partisanship. Heck, to a certain point, I think a good conflict between differing views is a good thing. The problem is that once on side wins an election, they seek to control every aspect of the conversation. Witness, for instance, the left’s war on Fox News (they can’t be content with controlling every other major media news outlet – they must silence the competition).

    • sjarrel

      Good or evil primarily depends on perspective though. A Pakistani father who’ve lost his son to a drone attack might not be swayed by talk of freedom. Some very evil men didn’t bring down the WTC to make it more inconvenient for US citizens to fly.

      On the point of calling people Americans I’d like to add that people from all over the world call you guys Americans, it would be foolish to complain to the US about that.

  • Stinky_List

    BS list…

    Our HS drop out rate is approx 8% in 2010, not 22%… Does not include GED’s obtained after age 18 either.

    List is full of opinions, ignorance, assumptions, and plain wrong information. My guess this is recycled homework by some grade school kid.

    • sjarrel

      The real joke about the educational system in the States is how far people have to go into debt to attain a degree.

  • red82991

    As an American, (from the United States, let me specify) I do not always agree with the ways of our nation. In fact I am often directly opposed to the things I see around me. There is a great deal of ignorance here, there is violence, there are those who would impose their religious views on those unwilling to accept them.
    Yet there is much good here as well, each of those things mentioned has its opposite in abundance. There is love, caring, intelligence and tolerance here and a freedom that has set an example for a free world.
    But while I may criticize our wars, our policies and our foreign relations, and in truth it would be wrong of me to deny that to the citizens of other nations, the truth is that if you put up any country to be judged you will find a myriad of troubles. Therefore, those critics of the United States, I urge you if you dare, to put YOUR country before the firing squad and let us see how it stands under scrutiny.

  • TheDoctor

    Agreed. Most internet commenters have the IQ of a chimpanzee.

    • Chimpanzee

      I am a chimpanzee and I find that offensive.

      • Paradox

        Depends on how smart you are. :)

        • sjarrel

          I think some celebrity on a Televised Dutch National IQ test scored lower than a chimpanzee once.

      • 1gav

        American chimpanzees are some of the smartest chimpanzees on the planet.

        • Paradox

          Hah!See?Our little chimp is not Dutch. :)

  • James

    Well this is the best list about the USA I’ve read in a long time on this site if only because it’s actually balanced. My only gripe was with a couple of the entries where a point was refuted and then only seconds later agreed with.

    “…the Soviets lost a staggering 23,400,000 people fighting the Third Reich. To say that America saved (let alone single-handedly) Europe, in light of such numbers, is almost an insult to the country that took the brunt of the Wehrmacht’s charge.”

    Then:

    “Many point out that U.S. and British troops arrived to Continental Europe long after the tide had turned against the Germans, and so without them Europe would have been “saved” anyway.”

    OK, fair point, Europe would have been saved without the UK and USA intervening due to the success of Soviet campaigns in Europe. Then in the same paragraph:

    “The U.S. was the main industrial and economic force behind the Allied effort, and a Nazi defeat would have been highly unlikely without America’s contribution to the Allies.”

    OK so now you’ve contradicted yourself. You first stated that Europe would have been saved without UK or US support, then not a minute later you state the exact opposite.

    That was the only one that really bothered me. Otherwise, good list!

    • sjarrel

      The lister was just trying to balance some people’s opinions there I think. Of course it’s very hard to predict what may have been either way, most of that stuff is just guess work.

  • inconspicuousdetective

    well you can’t please everyone.

  • Lifeschool

    Another list of sweeping generalisations. Yes we see national crime figures and gun control (should be in place of healthcare perhaps) as steriotypes of American but not all americans carry guns or love/hate crime. Trying to apply national figures of a sub-continent and saying “they are like this” is nonsense and illogical. At best you could make a case state-to-state. As for ‘who won the war’, WE did! My Grandfather couldn’t have done it without yours. WE did it as a human race.

    • sjarrel

      Generalizations are the entire point of this list in the first place. And since the list is concerned with the United States as a nation, state to state comparisons would be rather useless. You can compare statistics across nations, that is a thing.

  • Jt

    Canada/USA/Britain/Australia. When the shit hits the fan these are the people who stick together through thick and thin, and have each others back. Everyone else can kiss my ass

  • Paradox

    “There are more than 1.700 craft breweries in the U.S.”

    Yeah, like a LOT more. :)

  • Wes

    I’m an Englishman and I like our cousins accross the pond. Yes we see all the fat gits on telly here and I find the mental Christians a bit scary, but the normal people are just like the normal people in every country. I’d say my sense of humour is Americanised too.

    I’m going to America for the first time next year and I can’t wait to go. I’m going NY over a long weekend so hopefully I can catch a Giants or Jets game, cos although you stole your game from the UK (Rugby League), it’s the best sport on the planet. I’ve also heard the micro breweries in NY are amazing.

    • cameo1107

      NFL tickets are expensive and can be hard to get as the games sell out ages ahead of time- but college football is really popular here too and might be a lot easier (and cheaper) to get tickets for. Good luck, enjoy your holiday! :)

      • Wes

        thanks mate. Yeah I’m hedging my bets by going over a long weekend to either pick up a Sunday or Monday game……..not that the wife will be happy. I love college football so yeah good tip, thanks for that. I play in an amateur team over here but the standard isn’t great and equipment is expensive so I’ll be taking a spare case for some cleats and pads and trying to watch some decent football.

        • i think it`s cool you like american football ! if you don`t have a favorite team root for the arkansas razorbacks…..go hogs go !!!

          • Wes

            done. I chose my favourite NFL team because Homer Simpson was bought them by Mr Scorpio so I’m now a die hard Broncos and Razorbacks fan

        • cool….

  • Sam

    The crime one should have focused on the fact that we habe the highest per capita imprisonment rate in the entire world, more than Iran, China, or North Korea.

    • ..,,l,,..

      Actually inprisomment rate in North Korea is 99%, meybe more

  • Mitchie

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  • hep

    I like this list. I am an American and I thought you made a lot of good points. Very good.

  • plod

    America Invaded Iraq For Oil not To “Fight” Terrorism

    • Jt

      yea we sure gotta a lot of oil out of it, considering ga prices are up
      About 100% since the war and oil to heat your home is through the roof in costs.

      • sjarrel

        That’s a great argument Jt.

        In fairness though, America never said it was about Terrorism, but WMD’s, which turned out not to exist, to the surprise of impressionable children everywhere.

        But Saddam deserved to go. It might have been better to just send a hitman or two though.

  • FA

    This list made me hate the USA even more.

    • sjarrel

      You might want to reevaluate some of your life choices, like for instance where you base your opinions on.

  • Derp

    Did you know the USA is a country?

  • ND

    Whenever I eat in a restaurant in the USA I alwasy ask the waitress what locally brewed beers they have. I have never been disapointed. Millers and Budwiser don’t even deserve the name “beer”.

  • rallierf1

    Good list, however evil vs good? neither! USA looks after her own interests and doesn’t care about the means used. This is perfectly logical as any superpower would do. However it could be worse as it could also be better.

    About poverty: When I think of poverty I am mostly thinking homeless people who don’t have the means to survive and have a decent life. I haven’t been to the USA but my first impression is that in such a powerful country there are many homeless people which depict an ugly picture.

    About education: Many of the graduates become american. Most of them are immigrants. USA in my opinion is a very attractive country for bright minds who strive for success. The USA provides them with all their needs thus becoming the world’s think tank.

    Ignorance: Apart from the very educated and those travelling out of the USA most of the 3rd generation and beyond USA citizens have no idea that anything exists beyond USA. That is sadly true.

    Heathcare: Like education it suffers from a common denominator, which is the government doesn’t really care about providing the service to its people. The capitalistic nature pushes for private sector innovation and profit, thus does not enable poorer people benefit from either high standard education and healthcare.

    Crime: I live in Cyprus, all of us have military rifles at home yet the crime rate is very low. Crime is directly associated with education in my opinion.

    Xenophobia: I don’t think it is a valid point. USA relies on immigrants for development.

    All in All USA is a perfect place to live in for educated and people who strive for success but far from it otherwise as you have to rely only on yourself and nobody else. However if you are a hard worker even without high level of education or drive for success you can still cut it out and live a good life. I think!
    I don’t love or hate the USA, like I said for me is just another country that looks after her own interests and sometimes the means to achieve that are not so important. Personally I hate other countries much more and for example I would never imagine how life would be if for example Germany or the soviets were the world leader. All systems are fair and unfair but some more than others.
    Evil or Good? True NEUTRAL

  • Shafi

    The USA is a joke, the people are so unintelligent and bigoted. I despise America!

    • Anise

      But America is such a lovable country D:! I am foreigner, and in my opinion Americans are some of the nicest people I have ever met. I was treated worse by my own country, while America is the best thing that ever happened to me. Of course it has its flaws, but doesn’t every country.

      • ParusMajor

        No, Anise. Sweden has no flaws at all (lol). :D

  • Alex

    Awesome list.

  • Alex

    I went to Florida last year and loved it, I now want to go live there. That pretty much proves that America did actually win world war 2. Also best beer in the world? No beer is any good, it all tastes like something you shouldn’t drink. Would anyone really drink beer if it didn’t have alcohol in it? No, we would all be drinking missiles, or milkshakes if we had decent predictive text.

  • db

    What this article fails to say is the Americans value INDIVIDUAL CHOICE and INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS above all else. Many people have CHOSEN not to buy health insurance and to pay out of pocket. Health care is a commodity and not a right.

    • sjarrel

      Yes because a lot of people can’t afford it. Or did they choose not to be able to afford it as well?

      In an affluent country like the US, health care should be a basic right. This whole individuality you seem to value so high conveniently forgets that an individual in today’s complicated society cannot function without other people in it.

      • ParusMajor

        BTW, have either one of you read “Atlas Shrugged”?

  • SaturdaySportsman

    One reason it seems that Americans don’t know as much about other countries as other countries know about the US is that the US exports so much of its culture around the world. For example, Australians, name three US tv shows on your local stations. Americans, name three Australian shows on your local stations. See the difference?

    • sjarrel

      You don’t need a TV show to teach you basic geography. So maybe the difference is that Americans get all their education through a television set?

  • french666

    hers a synopses…america is——, but no not really, because its hard to measure that accurately

    :repeat:

    all in all, if you’re an american reading this, keep this in mind……

    hush little baby dont say a word
    mommas gonna buy you a mocking bird-

    shhhhhhh, off to dreamland little american, wasnt this list soothing?
    yes, yes, no chaffing, calming words, yes good…..

    *kisses sensitive american*

    *tucks him in*

  • What I think people who hate the U.S. do is confuse the government with the people. Some think that since we are supposed to be a democracy that we have final say in the government’s policies.

    This is not the case. Big business has more say than the voters. We, the people, are just along for the ride.

    • sjarrel

      People who hate the U.S. confuse those short news segments they see with an unbiased and comprehensive study into the world and what goes on in it. I imagine them to be the kind of people that, upon discovering a sandwich on the sidewalk, shove that baby right into their mouths, without even checking to see if it’s not super disgusting. Making their own sandwich doesn’t even come into it.

      • Brandon

        Perfect statement. Plain and simple everyone hates America because we are in fact great. You all complain about our country but not once do you see an Americans Really caring about the Swiss or aussies or Brits etc. ask us about them and we wont have much to say. Mainly because we are content with America. And not flamboyantly jealous for attention. I mean come on did you see who won brittains got talent?

        Cliffs: worry about your own country.
        And if America’s so bad whysomany who want to come here for a better life. Doesn’t make much sense

  • Vlad

    Boring list. USA is a the greatest nation on earth. Shame it’s full of dogshit people. Ignorant idiots. Narrow minded self centred racist homophopic intolerant uneducated uninformed scum. No history to that place. If there is a god, he won’t save America, a place where there is still the death penalty! 911 was the government #conspiracy #justsaying Imagine being able to drive at 16 but not drink til your 21. Can’t wait for yellowstone to blow.

    • Maggot

      If there is a god, he won’t save America, a place where there is still the death penalty!

      Hey, I thought “god” was in favor of the death penalty? Anyway, if there is a god and a so-called judgment day, don’t you think people will be judged on the basis of their own merits, rather than what country they happen to live in?

      • sjarrel

        Not if he created man in his image.

        • Geko

          And then head explodes…

    • raphanobrassicaceae

      “USA” “the greatest nation on earth”

      Always, fucking always said by people who have never been outside of it.

      Just because in your movies you’re always “the good guise” it doesn’t make you the best nation EVAR!!!1

      this shit reminds me of best korea

  • Marco from KY

    Healthcare is bad in the US? People come from Canada for our health care. I know someone who lived in France for two years, (They are liberal, Obama supporters), but said that the health care there is pathetic compared to ours.

    My niece broke her leg and it required an operation. (Here in the US). She didn’t have the money, but the hospital/government paid for the entire bill. (Well over $20,000).

    The reason that nations like Norway, Sweden, Denmark, etc can have universal health care is that they know we’ll come to their rescue if war breaks out. Therefore, they spend little on their military.

    • skin2win

      WHAT? I’m Canadian. Our health care is absolutely top-notch. Explain, uninformed one.

    • sjarrel

      Yes because war is ever on the horizon, which is the only reason America accounts for like 70% of the military spending in the world, or something along that line.

      Also, military and health care are mutually exclusive, that’s just common knowledge.

    • ParusMajor

      Marco, orly? What about if war never breaks out if you don’t monger it all the time? So we in Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, etc. DON’T ACTUALLY NEED your US military to save us? Did you ever think of that, warmonger???

  • Andrew

    Amazing. Those who live in other countries and cast aspersions on the United States (generally Europeans) make their own argument against themselves. You sit there and make your claims and sweeping generalizations about 350,000,000 people you’ve never met and a land you’ve never visited. You find joy in lifting yourself up and denegrating an entire nation of people. The fact is, the closing lines of this list are true. The United States of America is a nation made up of human beings. That unbreakable connection to the human condition makes them flawed, but no moreso than any other human beings. They are people, people by and large seek only to live day to day. They seek to love others, raise families, learn, work, and choose their own destinies. To say they are all evil, or stupid, or uninformed, or imperialistic is to say that ever bee in the world wants to sting you personally. It is THAT opinion which is uninformed, which spreads hate, which retards understanding and creates isolationism. Presidents, congress, and military leaders aside, the people who reside in the U.S. are just that – people. They’re made of the same stuff we all are. If you think otherwise, go there. Stay a while. Avoid the big cities. Meet the people. Talk to them. Not just one or two people, but a number of them. Keep your European snobbishness out of it and just meet some new people and find out about them. Bring your understanding. You will be surprised.

    Let’s try to be kind.

    If you don’t want anyone to defend the U.S. and you want this entire site to spend all day pumping out anti-U.S. rhetoric, then talk with the server admin and see if all U.S. based ip addresses can be blocked from accessing the site.

    Otherwise, stop the hate, the elitism and the devisive talk. You are the real child here.

    Please. Be kind to people.

    • Andrew

      Just realized in the re-reading of what I wrote above that not only are there typos, (sorry about that, I should have proof read) but that in my opening lines, I myself made an innappropriate generalization by stating that those who speak ill of the U.S. are “generally Europeans.” I cannot back that statement up with fact and even if it were true, that is of no consequence and I should have left that label out of it. I retract that and I apologize. Thanks

      • sjarrel

        Don’t forget the European snobbishness. People from other parts of the world are also quite accomplished snobs these days, thank you very much.

        One thing of interest is that everybody eager to ‘defend’ America (as if such a thing was necessary here) is always quick to distance themselves from the government, military and even big cities that are, last I checked, still a part of America. Everything looks like roses, as long as you discount everything but roses.

        And just because you have to use generalizations to describe some things, doesn’t mean there isn’t some truth to it. Obviously it doesn’t apply to everybody all the time, and obviously some (most?) generalizations are just plain idiotic, but that doesn’t take away from the concept in itself.

        For instance, Americans on average are far more competitive in sports than say, the Dutch. In a US high school it’s quite common for the athletes to train 2 hours a day, every day. In the Netherlands that’s hardly ever the case.

  • HelloLV

    #4 is ironic because it is so ignorant to label Americans as what it did.

    It’s like saying all Europeans are nudists, or that all Muslims are Arabian terrorists.

    • ParusMajor

      But we are all nudists, at least here in Sweden! :D

  • jon

    Well-done!

  • Anna

    I agree with this list.

  • Murillo Viestel

    One of the best lists I have ever read here.
    I am not American, but since I am always studying the world’s history, the United States is by far one of the most fascinating countries. By its geography, by its history, its peoples and its ideals.

    I do not think a country can be Good or Evil. Some people can, but not a country. Like every other country or empire, the United States made some great things for the world and some bad things too. But what must be kept in mind: it’s just the “Strongest Empire” around. One day or another, it will fade away, like all of them did.

  • George

    Why does how many lives a country lost fighting a war matter determine how well they did? Should a country be penalized because they have better trained soldiers and better equipment? I never understood that whole argument “They did more to win the war because they lost more people.” They lost more people because they picked people off the streets and gave them rocks to fight with. Not just in WW2 but in other wars as well I hear that.

  • I think jadakiss is forgetting the special air service. Without question the best regiment in the world. And don’t start spouting shite about army delta load of bleeding spice boys high fiving each other while blowing up civvies. Uk ruuuuules

  • #10 — Why is American beer like making love in a canoe?

    Because it’s f*cking close to water.

    And yes, I’m an American

    • ParusMajor

      LOL :D But you are right, Czech or Irish beer is way better than American beer. :)

  • drizzle

    you forgot the biggest problem with america – THE SOUTH

  • Awful list. Please give us somthing informative and interesting rather than a febile tackle at an irrelevant and unnecessarily controversial topic. I have learnt nothing.

    But on the subject of Americans (British) I dislike them for more reasons than I care to list, but they are responsible for many good things in my life, so there arrogance and ignorance about the world (generalisation) can be forgiven.

  • Marsha

    Wow. I didn’t know you couldn’t accept modern science and be a Christian at the same time. As bad as America can be, and is to some extent, I wouldn’t live anywhere else. I love my country.

    • sjarrel

      Modern science indicates there is no god, which is kind of a big part of being Christian, I thought.

    • ParusMajor

      I like to live in Sweden. I didn’t hate Finland, Japan or France either, when I lived there. :)

  • Meh. I still think Namibian beer is the best, followed by South African beer. Not that I’m a big fan of beer to begin with.

    As for crime and healthcare, I’m too busy trying to deal with South Africa’s dismal crime rate and broken healthcare system to gossip about America’s.

    I will say that I felt very welcome in America, and that I’ve never really had any desire to hate Americans. Except for the war-thing, but that’s another controversial thing.

    As for ignorance… hey, at least it makes for a good joke :)

  • Martin L

    Decent list, Andres. Good job, well written, truthful. You pretty much did what you set out to do.

  • jimbo

    Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If you hate America, you hate these things…

    • dickbutt

      you have been lied to

    • ParusMajor

      Oh, wait… that’s France isn’t it, not the USA?

  • Johnv

    Top cities with the highest murder/crime rates.

    New Orleans

    Detroit

    St Louis

    Oakland

    Memphis

    These cities are predominantly …yeah you know it. Call me a racist or whatever but the truth is in plain sight for you to see.

    • skin2win

      It’s easy to agree with you…easy…

    • ParusMajor

      OK: racist! LOL :D

    • ParusMajor

      Although you did forget Oslo, Norway. And Anders Breivik.

  • skin2win

    Damn fine work…

  • tara

    Why is it when Americans talk about WWII, they never talk about the fact that a bunch of countries helped them out in their war against Japan? So, we can say, “If it weren’t for us, you’d be speaking Japanese.”

    • Lilly_Pop

      @tara Americans love to win all the credit, because after all, they are the “biggest and best country in the world”. But I agree with you. They always do that. Is so unfair!

  • ugh

    it never fails to amaze me when other countries like to point out America’s shortcomings when they have their own to answer for. considering the fact that Europeans brought slaves to America, Europeans decimated the indigenous people of America, Europeans were the ones coming over here, so therefore you are knocking on yourselves. and truthfully, who can be proud of certain aspects of any culture. maybe you should pull the log out of your own eye before pointing out the splinter in someone else’s. but I’m sure you will slam on me for voicing my opinion, so good day to you all.

  • raphanobrassicaceae

    this list should be named “an apology of the USA”

  • Cash before Ethics

    If Pearl Harbour didn’t occur the Americans would never have entered
    the war , they were quite happy making money out of the war until then .
    England only finished paying off it’s war debt to the USA in the mid 90’s , the Russians told you to go get stuffed , they paid with blood . If Hitler had not declared war on America , America would of left Europe alone and fought in
    the Pacific first , then entered the European theatre .
    Churchill is quoted as saying ” You can always trust the Americans to do the right thing , after they have tried everything else “

  • MacMurphy

    It’s nice to see everyone getting a few laughs at our expense. We get our laughs by coming to your country and sticking a machine gun in your face. We went to Iraq because it was fun. What you need to understand about Americans is that we are all f-ing crazy and every 10 years or so we get bored and visit our neighbors. Then we leave them in a pile of ashes.

    • AHAHAHAHAHA!Yes, I do want people to laugh, I have been following Listverse for a some time.Although we Americans don’t get bored, we spend a few months of searching through the countries news and history, and when we find something we don’t like, we declare war.

      Also, I would like to go to London someday and buy a history book. And only read the part about The American Revolution.

  • Despite a decidedly left-wing bias, the list is still more even-handed than the comments which follow it.

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  • Melo

    God! Everyone bloody hates everyone here! Okay, the US has offered the world some great things, but then again so has near everybody else! I’m not American, I’m Australian (And yes, we have been voted the most multicultural nation, in all of surrounding Sydney for example sociologists have coined various ‘pocket nations’, residential area’s which have very high populations of singular cultures, regardless America is VERY multicultural, but you’ll find these day’s almost all nations are!) There are many things America does have to offer, but it too has its large faults (Again, ALL countries do), I myself find big fault in the American ‘right’ (politically), but then again I find big fault in the Australian ‘right’ as well. As was mentioned on the list, the media can often be one sided – because we communicate globally through the media, has it occured to anyone that we may only be seeing one side of a country? E.g. I’ve heard it common to assume in Australia we are shown to have kangaroo’s living in our backyard – living in Sydney, the last time i saw a kangaroo was either at a zoo or by driving several hours out to rural Canberra. I therefore assume that the media has a habit of taking one very seperated but reoccuring phenomenon and making it seem extremely concentrated. THEREFORE everyone assumes ‘all’ Americans are fat, or ALL french people are hairy, or ALL asian people are good at math, regardless it tends to create a stereotype, and to reiterate, whilst stereotypes ARE based on a particular fact, it is most definitely not all encompassing and is most likely just seen concentrated within one place at a particular time and therefore becomes assumed knowledge.

  • The love Americans have for Budwieser, Coors, and Miller is based more on the price than the taste. The big breweries make so much of that swill that it can be sold for much less than the flavourful, craft beers. My three favorite american beers are Lienenkugels from Chippewa Falls Wisconsin (their seasonal selections are awesome), Moose Drool Brown Ale from Montana, and Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale from Oregon. imports like Smithwicke, Guiness, and Kronenbourg 1664 are other favs.

  • asdfghjk

    Dare I say too American?

  • Matthias

    That’s weird that some think this list is pro-American, considering that the writer frequently compares the United States to European models, surveys and statistics and discloses, whether implicitly or explicitly, that America should adopt those same systems, which I highly disagree with entirely. The Euro is at its lowest value in its existence, Spain is verging on a 30% unemployment rate and massive bank failure, France is broke already, The UK’s violent crime rates are spiraling upwards and Greece has reverted back to the dark ages with its citizens setting fire to legislative buildings in the capital and China just approved lower interest rates and higher loans to the EU. Yeah, America should adopt the EU’s standards because then we’d not only be broke (like we already are), but our unemployment can be at 30%, the citizens burn our capitol down and most of our banks fail and close on citizens before they can retrieve all of their capital, not to mention we should strip citizens of any right to bear arms like the UK and still have violent crime rates increase, but at least everyone would be forced to have government healthcare, yeah? Because our government is just so highly renowned for its efficiency…

    • I love America.LET THE CONTROVERSY BEGIN!

  • markobt

    Start with a well-known fact, throw some random ‘Fairfax County in Virginia has crime rate comparable to Luxemburg’s’ and brand the topic controversial. I guess the article is purposeful– I think I know your target group:)

  • AlphaBase1

    Not a bad list – a good effort. But the author is clearly a leftist, and frames all the ‘bad’ parts of the U.S. as where it is not leftist enough.

    Here’s the only two facts you need to know about America:

    1. If you you’re willing to work, have personal initiative and avoid obvious ‘bad decisions’, the U.S. is a utopia.

    2. You may spend a lot of time thinking about America and Americans – good, evil, George W. Bush, healthcare, Obama, beer, whatever – but know this: Americans never think about you. Ever. Chances are we can’t find your country on a map, and we don’t care. It doesn’t matter. So rage all you want if it makes you feel better. We’ll still like you anyway.

  • LouisW

    All countries could easily fill a list of 10 massive flaws, and the same arguments would go on and on. Nevertheless the greatest delinquency with the U.S as a country at the moment is that so so many of its citizens choose to only help those who have the means to help themselves, and leave millions of the unfortunate struggling alone

  • TiredOfIgnorance

    As a American, I really liked this list. The one on “ignorance” is quite true; however, most of the ignorance stems from religious beliefs that parents force on their children. The fact that America is a predominantly Christian nation leads to ridiculous notions about how Creationism is true (hint: it’s not), or how gays shouldn’t marry (hint: that’s hindering human rights), and so on and so forth. I’m not endorsing atheism by the way (I’m theistic), but I wish my fellow Americans would look at the facts.

  • Mike

    Actually I don’t give a shit who hates me, I just want the fed to take it’s hand out of my wallet when i’m trying to support my wife and my 4 children. I strongly disagree with welfare or universal health care. If people don’t like me and I don’t like them then maybe we should stay out of eachother’s way. I’m not the fed so who is the asshole I saw on here that wishes 9/11 would happen to us over and over again for shit that I had nothing too do with? What a piece of shit. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone or any civilian of any country. Flying planes full of people into buildings full of people? I don’t have a problem with other nations but they need to stay the fuck out of my life (UN) along with the federal government who is constantly tormenting me and my family with regulations and taxes. It’s like people abroad and liberals here just can’t stand the thought that people who live in the US and love our Constitution just want to be left the fuck alone. People who think like me are starting to get pissed off.

  • Non-tex

    The best way it has been related to me is how Americans view people from Texas is how the world views people from the United States.

  • Freddi

    All countries have good and bad people. The US of A is so larege in terms of population and area that they have a huge number of both kinds of people. I’ve lived in the US and the people there are generally very nice. I think the government has really underhanded agendas that are causing all the bad things (e.g. ignorance) to be sustained. One day the American people shall realize that they are being had and that day will not be a good one for whoever is in charge at the time..

  • bucslim

    Aren’t you forgetting all of the contributions I’ve made to this great nation?

  • Planet Earth

    I’ve read a bunch of comments and one thing stands out the division between people . We all need to realize that were all on the same boat called planet Earth .

    For example take a scenario what if a Alien race in the universe made contact with us they would have to deal with a lot of B,ullS,hit . Half the world is beyond poor while the other half is way better off and 1 % of us have so much money that they could save and educated the entire 7 billion of us.

    We need to unite Stop the S,tupid war’s and start really exploring the Universe we all come from !

  • re ignorance vs advanced degrees, I have met many highly qualified, degree’d individuals who were also profoundly ignorant. Not the same thing.

  • Kam

    Reading these comments will tell any U.S. citizen jus how ignorant the rest of the world is when it comes our culture, and how it varies from race to region. It’s no surprise that hate mongers have generally focused all of their attention to negative stereotypes and events (While disregarding the opposite) and using them to grossly generalize every single person in the country. What the world sees through the media, is in no way an accurate representation of the average American. The same goes for our politicians, they do not represent us, though that was their specific job description when the U.S. government was born. Rarely, or closer to never, will you find a citizen here that will tell you, its a good idea to trust a politician. I could go on for days, but in the U.S. people have to work for a living.

  • Byron

    Wow. First off good list. It’s perhaps impossible to address controversy without being controversial. That seems to be the paradox. Still its a great job trying to answer questions without simple answers. Nothing about a discussion like this can be empirical even with the best data presented. It’s important to consider that the no single country can be easily summed up especially one with so many parts. I suppose the world needs a dog to kick. Pardon the express. Sometimes its the US. Human nature? Ironic too how how people can be bigoted against America especially when blaming bigotry on the whole place.

  • Izzy

    One of the best lists in a long, long time. Great job!

  • Alec

    There’s good and bad in any country. However the major problem i think the world has with Americans is their plain ignorance of world affairs, other cultures, religion and people. You can say this is normal in any country however the US is (or was) the world’s superpower and thus your votes and government affects the world as a whole. But ask a Typical American where is Australia or France and they cannot locate it on a map. You are an extremely insular people.
    Yes the US has made a lot of great contributions to the world but there are negative, such as support of dictatorships and wars which Americans are typically ignorant about. The rest of the world just view americans in general as plain hypocrites.

  • Anthony

    Coming from a non American id sure as hell prefer the USA at the helm than say, china. I think most people are grateful that the foremost world power isn’t a human-rights abusing religious nut-house country.

    • ParusMajor

      I prefer Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Finland. I don’t really care for the USA.

  • Alucard

    Sorry for the crime rate but if the stat’s would break it up by race, you’ll find that the blacks are the most violent. Take them out of the equation and our crime rate is lower than most of Europe.

    • aaa

      What you’re saying is black people are not Americans? Stop being racist.

  • Spacebar

    I think the only issue I have with the USA is its foreign policy. After a decade of war in the middle east, what has actually been achieved and what was the actual goal!? As a veteran of Afghanistan, I certainly don’t know. Perhaps even more annoying as a Brit is the fundamental lack of support in the recent war of words between the UK and Argentina. Whilst the UK has followed the US into two deeply unpopular conflicts for the sake of unity and the “special relationship”, the minute Argentina raised the issue of the falkland islands again, The USA unequivocally stated that they would not condone military action on either side and would not participate. For anybody who is unaware of the falkland island situation, the Argentinians previously invaded a British colony on the pretense of claiming sovereignty despite the fact that they have never settled the islands and the inhabitants identify themselves as British citizens. Doesn’t seem like much of an ally to me…

  • masterx

    I can t believe Iroshima and Nagasaki were not mentionned in the evil part.

  • Flippant

    Fuc.k black people

    • ParusMajor

      WHAT?? You f*ing racist lol :D

      • KnowYourApostrophes

        ParusMajor, you misunderstood. Flippant meant that he wants to f u c k black people. :D

  • jd

    Maybe just maybe the us crime rate is high due to a certain group of people who happens to cause havoc where ever they are?

  • Pysco-deity

    In ww2 I say the Americans weren’t necessary as a fighting force so much as a supplier.

    The Russians lost so many not because they were in extremely dire straits but because of Russian tactics… And Stalin’s cruelty

    In ww2 the way I see it both sides were even, the axis had suicidal psychopaths (the japs) they had a main force (the krauts) an they had the useless soft underbelly of the axis (Italy)

    The allies had the reds as suicidal psychos the Brits as te core and the French as the slackers
    Any country with a reasonable amount of power could have joined to offset the balance as it ended up being mostly just Germany and England going at it as the Italians were pretty much useless.

    The Germans had the upper hand because they pinned the Brits with a sucker punch and had soviet supplies to do it ( don’t forget about the treaty of Versailles). England was pretty much screwed so Hitler decided to attack the union. This was their biggest mistake as russkies like myself can be quite stubborn. It actually didn’t even seem like a mistake as the Germans even studied Russian tactics for the Napoleanic wars. Ironically they made the exact same mistakes as Napoleon.

    The only millitaristic thing America did in the west was to attract more attention from the Germans making it easier for the Soviets. They also however proposed some ideas such as attacking Italy to open a new front on Germany. As for supplies Stalin was working his people to death the only thing they seriously lacked was food.

  • Tony

    I have never heard someone from Argentina or Mexico call themselves “Latinos”. They are mexicans or argentinos. Also the “latinos” hate the word hispano.

  • jawaid hasan

    love it or hate it–u cant ignore it. i would say that US is something of a paradox. worlds biggest economy, largest military, best educational institutions and they go ahead and elect a joker like George Bush

    • ParusMajor

      You mean Dubya? :) Well, Italians elect someone like the Idiot Berlusconi….

  • Okay, the ignorance may be true, but us Americans might be getting ignorant and selfish because we want to fix ourselves. Because of the bad economy and of the other bad stuff, people think that we are ignorant, but there’s just so much “news”(Some of it they talk about on news shows for three days straight.), that we only have a little room for non American-Related stuff. I don’t like how the U.S. is right now, but when my parents were growing up, America was a fantastic country.

    • ParusMajor

      You aren’t ignorant, at least not all of you Americans. You just seem to be ignorant about geography, you don’t seem to know where Estonia, Finland or Poland are… :)

      • Actually I do.Finland, Poland, and Estonia are all are in Europe.Although I do know a lot, my friend could name off the countries of South and Central America. By memory.I just spent some time looking at globes and books.Right now, certain things are better in other countries.But I would still want to live in America. Preferentially in Alaska, where I am right now.And to all you people who have never been to Alaska: It does have electricity.It is modernized. It’s just really really big.I’m talking to you, fellow Americans. I’m not sure about Europeans, and other kinds of people.

  • aaa

    Each country have some issues but the most annoying thing about SOME Americans is not admitting those problems and trying to find an excuses. “USA is the best”, Everyone should learn from USA”, “USA is the most important in the World” I read such comments very often. They’re some fields USA is good at but not at everything so don’t try to make your country perfect. Obviously I was speaking about some Americans since you can find stupid people in every country.

    • Yes. Exactly my thoughts.

    • ParusMajor

      True. Americans suck at soccer. :D

  • ParusMajor

    May I say to all of you people on this site: I LOVE all of youse. You are fikking funny, all of you.:D

  • Zeke

    Isn’t it getting old to hate America? What about the corruption of Russia, Latin nations, African genocidal governments? That is comparison really pushes me to buy the idea that it is all really just jealousy pushing things in the end.

  • ujmoldovia

    #3 Did the US “save” Europe? No, it only financed Germany so much after WW2 that it, Germany, became the biggest economic power in Europe and then on the other hand, along with Canada, put Britain heavily into debt for many decades to come even though Britain was their ally!

  • Darious

    I have been an avid reader of this list site for some time. This is the first time I have felt compelled to say something. I am an American, heterosexual male, and I am white. My wife is Asian American and we have a child. We are both educated professionals whose parents worked hard to give us opportunities in this country. We don’t hate anyone or any country and further I don’t know anyone in our lives who hates other countries or peoples. I know that for myself and my family and at least a fair portion of my friends I can say that we don’t feel superior to any other country because of our economics or the opportunities we have had. We like all countries have made terrible errors. I have been given the opportunity to travel to many other continents and meet a variety of peoples that this world has to offer and I have never encountered the hate and rage that I have seen on the comments due to this article. If some of you who have posted the things you have said about “all of us Americans” with the intent on hurting someone, then you have succeeded. I am very saddened by the misinterpretations you have about all Americans. All that said, I want you to know that I don’t hate you and I hope your country thrives just like I hope for my own. You should learn to make a distinction between what some of our leaders have done and our government and not the actual people.

  • Obamahater

    Stupid obama screwing up the country, the quicker he’s out of office the better.

  • Bobby j

    Yeahhh! Merica! Yall just jealous of our freedom! USA! USA! USA!

    • ParusMajor

      Your freedom? The USA has more people in prison than in any other country, including China and North Korea. Freedom? Yeah, right!

  • Daltsmeister

    clap, clap, clap
    great list mate im Australian, and i do like you guys, i cant wait to travel there in the next few months and meet all you guys first hand, i know ill have a great time and i look forward to meeting all you americans. great list well written.

  • billthedullard

    At one time a liked visiting this site. No longer, your bias is not only predictable but tedious as well.

  • RamsesII

    Wow

  • ParusMajor

    I’ve got only one thing to say now. Batman, Denver, Colorado. I was about to give you Americans a chance, because some of you on this site seem like nice and intelligent people. Then some guy in Denver came along. You are sick, violent bastards, excuse my French. Condolences to the victims’ families, especially the 6 year old and the 3 months old.

    • Paradox

      One man does not set the example of the whole.Admittedly, though, that was a sad day.I pray for them.

    • J

      So by your reasoning, Breivik the twisted individual from Norway that cowardly slaughtered a bunch of innocents means that all of Norway is full of “sick, violent bastards.” Come on man, thats ridiculous. I love Norway by the way.

  • Daniel Evans

    Norway, Australia and Netherlands were voted the three best countries under the Human Development Index (a very good index indeed.)
    Taking money out of the equation – I do disagree with some non-American comments made by some people but I also agree with some such as “…just because we get aid from our government does not mean we’re bludgers.”

    The point of a government is to provide for the people and that’s what Norway, Australia and Netherlands do! I for one know I would have had to pay thousands for a surgery I had if it were done in the US but luckily I live in good ol’ Australia. Sure, my country is regarded as “racists and bogans” but we’re the only ones who help refugees in the Indian Ocean. Their own countries could not care.

    Onto crime – I do believe America is the worse in this equation. Look at Canada – its worse police shooting was around 120 years ago and only four police officers were shot. That’s normal in America however lets not forget that guns are not the problem, it’s the way in which Americas society is structured.

    “If you’ve got it, good. – If you don’t have it, get it. – If you can’t get it, get out.” – America.

  • J

    Very well reasoned, and very well written. It obviously won’t fit with some peoples preconceived notions and so they will conveniently ignore some very good points, but hopefully people will read this with an open mind…instead of just, “Oh America blows, this list blows,” or, “America rules! This list rules!” I consistently find that the truth lies somewhere in between the two most polarized opinions.

  • When will we learn? Morons and jerks exist in equal measure in all corners of the Earth, neither one country nor the other has a monopoly on stupidity. No single group is responsible for any major event nor are events often limited to a single participant. Distinctions like “American”, “French”, etc. are fundamentally artificial and rather petty when you consider that we’re all floating on a microscopic speck of dusk suspended in an infinite void. Maybe we should realize how fundamentally identical we all are to one another rather bicker over stupid shit like what part of the dust mote you were born in.

  • thfacelessone

    this list is biased. no doubt. created by probably an american or some american enthusiast to try and convince others that america is good and great. f this list. its a p.o.s.

  • joeyyy

    aww i love the USA. popular culture would be weird without it anyway.
    (still feel lucky to be english though tbh..)

  • dom

    yeh im australian and def dont trust the global corporations running USA

  • Gamer_2k4

    “Pictured above is a crowd listening to Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech”

    Hmm, all I see is a picture of a scowling eagle against a background of the stars and stripes.

    I don’t care who you are, that’s pretty frigging AMERICA right there.

  • Brad

    Overall the USA has offered the world many positive inventions and creative ideas…
    considering the geographical nature of the country, the typical tag of the ‘ignorant American’ still persists. I travel in the US quite a bit, find the people very friendly overall, but as far as conversation regarding anything ‘outside’ the borders of the US is pretty shocking, even the most simple aspects of international history and culture is lost, I’ve never been able to understand the complete lack of interest a good number of Americans lack in regards to how the rest of the world lives, but that’s what makes travelling in the US so utterly interesting, the various viewpoints and odd understandings of the average American, it’s almost cute in a way.

    • I think the reason that denizens of the US are more ignorant of what happens outside of our borders is partly because the country itself is large and isolated from much of the world. Yes, we have Canada and Mexico as neighbors, but in Europe there are more diverse cultures within much smaller geographical areas.

      I was raised in Indiana. In what is called the “midwest” and rarely met anyone from another country. In fact, I rarely met anyone from another state in the US.

      I assume that someone from New York City or Los Angeles might have more interaction with people from other places but the majority of US citizens do not.

  • petet2112

    The GOP, The “Tea Party”, DUBYA, Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Fred Phelps, Jr., ANN COULTER (how I would love to see her being interviewed by Howard Stern), Pat Robertson. I also think that # 5 and # 2 should be #2 and # 1. Its amazing. We, the United States of America, the most powerful country in the world, yet we are the only country (as far as I know) that does NOT have a universal health care system. If this list had 11 items instead of 10, then I would certainly add TERRORISM.

  • Liberty!

    The political Left of the world frequently denigrates the US. But no country in the history of the planet has done as much good for as many people around the world as the US. While no country is (or ever will be) perfect, the States are exemplary in their humanitarianism. Ask yourself: would the world be better off with or without the United States? If not, why not?

    • Daniel Evans

      I’d disagree – practically almost everything America invented was derivative. The world would have been better off without the USA…however the world would have been a poorly without England, Germany and other European countries.
      USA, humanitarianism? You’re taking the piss right? mate?

  • DonnyP

    Written for Americans by an American.

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  • alencon

    The problem is the U.S. isn’t homogeneous. It’s pretty much two countries. The Northeast and West Coast plus some Northern Midwest states are a 1st World country. The South and other portions of the Midwest are closer to a third world country. The stress between these two different countries is getting worse and worse. The best thing that could happen for the country and the world is a split into two seperate nations. It’s the best thing because it’s only a matter of time until the 3rd world portion manages to elect an extreme right wing fundamentalist that makes Goerge Bush look like a liberal (think Rick Santorum or, worse, Michelle Bachmann). When that happens the U.S. will become a great danger to the rest of the world and a 2nd American civil war might be the best that we can all hope for.

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    I wish I could live in Europe. Although I’ve never heard of any Mexicans living in Europe

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  • youngpromoter1

    The WW2 one is the one that gets me. I’ve heard many americans say that they saved the UK etc showing an incredible ignorance to facts of the war namely that America avoided the war for as long as possible, during which the UK foiled an invasion single handedly. Hardly a valiant heroes mission then! Also, provisions came from the US due to the fact that Europe was under heavy bombing of resiurces, not incapable of fight. The greatest strength the USA had is numbers as its esentially a continent posing as a country.

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  • Rudolph b wheat

    What about the mass murder of native or indigenous people. The slave trade and the distruction of other republics and countries ( Hawii etc.). This makes this country questionable but the biggest issue on my agenda is why should we have the level of poverty a unjust legal system which benefits the rich and powerful. This countries’ value system has deteriorated as evident by the reality programing which has permeated our daily pyschi. I think America has great potential to be the greatest country in the world however capitalism has made it a pit of greedy vipers and will get worst unless something dramatic or catastrophic happen other than war

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    @Jukes

    Say what you want about the USA, but to say you want another 9/11 makes you the complete definition of an asshole. I do hope everyone else isn’t as assholish as you in your perfect country.

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  • banana06

    To group the U.S. as a whole is wrong first off. Its a giant melting pot of so many people from all over the world. I'm from texas which is part of the southwest and many people here come from Mexico where I live. It's rare to hear anyone here complain about the rest of the world not liking us. Its ridiculous for any country to make generalized broad assumptions. Everyone has generalized broad assumptions of every place in this world. I've even been asked if I ride around on horses all and dress like a cowboy becuz I'm from Texas. U never know what another place is like until you live there or spend enough time there to understand what goes on. As far as politics go most people disagree with a lot of it but just like other countries nobody always agrees with everything.

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