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"The Americans keep telling us how successful their system is. Then they remind us not to stray too far from our hotel at night." - An un-named EU trade representative quoted during international trade talks in Denver, Colorado, 1997.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Sitting Here in My Safe European Home...

Just when your correspondent was beginning to think that, well, maybe going back to live in the US wouldn't be such an unattractive proposition after all, and that the power and influence of the God, guns and guts crew who wrecked the place were finally on the wane, along comes a timely reminder of the sort of reason he decided to leave to begin with.

The values of a country where a significant percentage of the population is happy to profess the idea that maintaining and, indeed, increasing corporate profit is a more legitimate and noble undertaking than providing even the most basic standards of human decency and compassion are not values that this author will ever share or understand. Shame about the right-wing fundies because there's so much that is good about the US and some of its other professed values like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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