America - Is there a better way for us to ...
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... live, a freer way, a more pro-human way?

Is success of an elite upper class of pseudo-demigods
and 'be like me' calls to live life for the good of the one
or the few, at the expense of the many and at the expense
of sacrificing whatever part of you exists outside of this
'live for the money tree' mentality, is that the moral and
sane way to live out our one and only sure shot at life?

World Report 3/5/01
A world of resentment
America is No. 1, but it may be time
to stop crowing about it
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/010305/resent.htm

Excerpts:

"... Forces of change in business, technology, and culture
are sweeping into proud nations, running roughshod over
tradition.

This globalization most often has an American face.

Says Josef Joffe, coeditor of Germany's Die Zeit, 'It's
Hollywood and Harvard, and it's McDonald's and
Microsoft. . . . In terms of power, the U.S. is moving
out faster than others now. The gap is increasing.'

In Europe, the United States is now being called the
'hyperpower,' a moniker that reflects as much suspicion
as awe.

Globalization has thrust forward the U.S. capitalist model
as never before, and many foreigners don't like everything
they see. To them, America remains a land of gas-guzzling
cars, selfish materialism, social inequities, and gun violence.

Americans may be prospering, the critique goes, but their
values are wrong.

U.S. use of the death penalty is a hot topic in Europe, where
it is condemned as barbaric.

A Swiss newspaper, Blick, marked Bush's inauguration by
running photos of 85 of the 152 people executed in Texas
while he was governor.

The new anti-Americanism, says Dominique Moďsi of the
French Institute for International Relations, is 'much less
based on what America does and much more centered on
what America is.'

Resentment also arises from the widening gulf between the
haves and have-nots.

Internet use may be galloping ahead in America, but in the
Third World 1.3 billion people live on less than $1 a day.

Many of the poor can see televised images of America's
consumer wonders but are powerless to sample them.

Bill Clinton inserted an unexpected warning in his farewell
speech: 'Global poverty is a powder keg that could be
ignited by our indifference.' ...

A frequent visitor to America, Oscar Arias Sánchez, the
former Costa Rican president who won a Nobel Peace
Prize for brokering peace in Central America, has a son
at Harvard and a daughter who graduated from Boston
College. But in an interview with U.S. News, Arias was
blunt: 'Quite often you do seem to act quite arrogantly. . . .
You want to tell the world what to do. You are like the
Romans of the new millennium.'

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