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America was created by extremists

From the BBC’s own correspondent

After De Tocqueville, just about every European sent to the United States has treated the posting as an invitation to help diagnose the country’s faults and suggest ways in which they might be fixed.

Americans find this a little puzzling.

After all, they reason, theirs is a country founded and created by migrants who had left the old world behind them.

And it is generally the most energetic and resourceful people who flee old lives to build new worlds, leaving their less enterprising fellow-countrymen behind them.

Actually, America wasn’t founded by those most energetic and resourceful. It was founded by those who hated their fellow-countrymen and escaped to a place where they could do what they want. So it was founded by extremists. So it is right and proper that the old world looks on America and tries to persuade them of the error of their ways and that the European model has done quite well and they should use it too.

Though seeing how the European model is attempting to be next USSR the Tea Party might have a point.

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Written by sbml

December 19, 2010 at 22:40

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  1. “most energetic and resourceful” all to often include a good quantity of the ergetic and criminal. After all contented cows don’t roam.

    john malpas

    December 20, 2010 at 01:41

    • And Australia was founded (or at least populated) by criminals. Now it’s turning into quite a religious puritan society as they try and ban the internet – whilst allowing mild swear words on morning radio which wouldn’t be allowed on the BBC at any time.

      SadButMadLad

      December 20, 2010 at 23:43

  2. Really america was founded by the native americans – likewise the aboriginals settled Australia.
    And the total number of criminals imported into Australia was surprisingly small.

    john malpas

    December 25, 2010 at 04:52

  3. Wikipedia says about 165,000 over 80 years

    john malpas

    December 25, 2010 at 04:56

  4. There was much more than that in one year during the gold rush

    john malpas

    December 25, 2010 at 23:14

  5. And since i arrived in 1962 the population has doubled.

    john malpas

    December 25, 2010 at 23:26


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