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  •  Why do you think Americans are so stupid (3+ / 0-)
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    northsylvania, blueoasis, Homer177

    about their own interests? Europeans are not.

    The reason is that guys like the Koch brothers have put lots of money into dumbing Americans down, to the point that they can't understand their own interests. They were able to exploit American cultural weaknesses such as anti-intellectualism, white racism and fundamentalist religion to make sure American public schools are crap compared to those of other countries. And they funded so many right-wing professorships at universities that those 98%ers who do make it into college will be pumped full of propaganda for whatever makes the Kochs et al richer. They contrived through lawsuits to push whole academic fields -- such as women's studies -- into hiding, because they were potential triggers of change in the culture that might have challenged the supremacy of the old white billionaire farts.

    Americans are not stupider than other people because of inferior genes -- we (or rather, the not-rich) have been deliberately made stupid by the rich, the better to fleece us.

    •  Um, (3+ / 0-)
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      I know some very bright people with masters' degrees who have prestigious jobs at the Tate Museum and also repair the soles of their shoes with cardboard. The UK is in dire straits. Luckily, even after the Tories, it costs around £14,000 a year for tuition. That is steep, but not like it is in the States, so at least their debt burden isn't as bad.

      You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones

      by northsylvania on Wed May 22, 2013 at 02:51:45 PM PDT

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    •  The billionaires are just following tradition. (1+ / 0-)
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      This country has always defended the wealthy while screwing over everyone else. The founders of this country were for plutocracy, that much our history clearly shows.

      That did start to change in the 20th century, but that's all been undone by Saint Ronald and his worshipers.

      I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

      by Homer177 on Thu May 23, 2013 at 04:24:55 AM PDT

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