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  •  Not, the world but our peculiar country (4+ / 0-)

    Is where there is madness. We love killing people; that's why this country was created, to exterminate the native peoples and for slavery. That "life liberty and pursuit of happiness" line was a big fat lie to get people to fight. IMO

    •  There was no such thing as an American (3+ / 0-)

      ...or an American Culture, before the invention of the gun.

      Everything we own, everything we are today -- came from the threat of bullets hitting flesh. Weapons are how we make a living today, how we control the world's resources, a big part of our GDP. Americans have never been secure without guns -- and they have absolutely no history on earth before guns.

      Without judgement, this is the "genetic" signature of the American Culture.

      It's what it is. But it is not madness. It's adaptation.

      Denial is a drug.

      by Pluto on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 06:34:37 PM PST

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    •  Life, liberty for ... (1+ / 0-)
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      White men who owned property.  Yep that's a heck of a start.  But consider where they cam from.  The European societies of the time were life and liberty for those born in high places ... For the rest not so much.  So it was a leap forward but hardly achieved the lofty ideals.

      Is our culture insane you ask?  No, it is quite sane in the sense of being understandable but not healthy for the majority of people.  The reason is that it works in a highly unequal manner for a privileged few at the top.  Is goals is the accumulation of capital and not the well being of its citizens.

      "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

      by noofsh on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 08:42:02 PM PST

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    •  I assume you're kidding or just blowing off steam (3+ / 0-)

      After the Civil War, the Union Army realized it had to begin developing deliberate training regimens to (although they did not use this word at that time) program soldiers to kill in battle because humans are so rotten at killing, except when killing bar buddies, sex rivals, mates, and especially our children (the vast majority of human violence worldwide is committed by parents against their children).

      War by war, our soldiers have become incrementally better at killing in battle because of this kind of training, in conjunction with weapons and tactics development.

      And research continues to this day, done by the finest minds at great expense of taxpayer $$$$.

      Remember what rebel armies in developing countries do to young conscripts to dehumanize them, break them down with starvation, sleep deprivation, beatings, drugs, the shame and dissociation of being forced to kill or rape family members, brainwash them cult-style, then train them to commit acts of horrendous cruelty.

      I love the idea that we are innately very bad at war (however awful we are at home), and I think we should take every care to nurture that lack of skill.


      by raincrow on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 02:19:24 AM PST

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    •  There's a lot of insanity (1+ / 0-)
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      elsewhere in the world too.

      We have our own particular brand of the crazy, but we don't have a monopoly on it.

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