Welcome login | signup
Language en es fr

Forum Post: The US is #1, including rampage killings among developed countries

Posted 6 years ago on Dec. 9, 2012, 5:11 a.m. EST by Misaki (893)
This content is user submitted and not an official statement

Now, obviously the US is not #1 in everything. Examples where it isn't include ease of doing business, popularity, and things like life expectancy (which is high among the US wealthy but hasn't improved for the poor).

But people in the US still think we are better than any other country. In some things, like total GDP or military spending, the US does rate as the highest in the world. In other things, like gun violence, the US is not the highest in the world but at least has much more of a reputation for this kind of thing than other developed countries.

So, naturally, people are reluctant to support working less as a solution to unemployment despite that it would fix hunger, poverty, and war because they feel it would make us into a 'second-rate' nation. This is why articles like these ones go ignored:

And why US workers have so little vacation time compared to people in Europe for example.

We might tell ourselves that we are just being selfish, and that our actions all make sense from this perspective. But is it selfish to support the continued existence of a society where someone may try to kill you because they think it is the moral thing to do? This is not just about crime in the typical, economically motivated sense, which most middle-class and rich people do not have to worry about if they avoid poor neighborhoods. This is about seemingly random acts of violence, such as school and workplace shootings and other attacks with mass casualties. Even terrorism falls into this category, and as we have learned invading other countries does not help much. Many Afghans have not even heard of the attack on the World Trade Center, and the war in Afghanistan has contributed greatly to the fiscal crisis and is still ongoing.

This all leads to the attack in Aurora by James Holmes. Notably, he has not stated the reason for this attack himself. His motives are explained on another site, but the reason he has not explained it himself, other than that it would be admitting his guilt and he has not needed to do that yet, is that it would be implying that people in the US are stupid. He has been trying to avoid this precisely because it would mean that people in the US are not #1; that the American experiment was a failure.



Read the Rules
[-] 2 points by grapes (5232) 6 years ago

Most unfortunately, your post was prescient because after the quick one-two punch of Sandy/Nor'easter, we now got the Sandy Hook that bolstered our lead in this unenviable department.

Not all of the people in the U.S. are stupid. Most of them are simply silent and fail to acknowledge the stark reality. We have our semi-formal shadow caste system where our national dialogue is engaged only after certain TYPES of people have been hurt. Otherwise, most of us just go on undisturbed. Many of us are in a zombie-like state, having succumbed to the corporate-imposed moral depravities, some of which emanated from Newtown.

[-] 1 points by Misaki (893) 6 years ago

It seems it's possible that "people are stupid" is how it is. Specifically, if influential people didn't predict that my efforts concerning this idea could lead to attacks like Aurora and Sandy Hook, they are stupid. This would be people like Paul Krugman, Yoko Ono, Robert Reich, and "architect of the Obama economy" Jared Bernstein.


Note though, that until now violence (and things that lead to it) has generally been balanced against suicide rates.