I had written
> > I am speculating; and I thank you for your interesting
> > observations. But historically there has been a pattern
> > of political extremism in Europe that American has been
> > thankfully spared. I don't think that you can deny that.
to which Michael Butler replied
> I don't think I can understand it.
> Consequently, I can neither confirm or deny it.
> If you mean that the US hasn't had land wars across its face
> every few decades, you're right. Beyond that, I am baffled.
Please see Mike Lorrey's post for examples. The political
extremism of which we speak, e.g. that in Russia, Italy,
Germany, and recently in Yugoslavia really doesn't seem to
have a counterpart in the Americas. The explanation may be
so simple as the fact that democracy has been prevelent in
the U.S. for three hundred years.
But I really appreciated Tiberius Gracchus's suggestion
> Many of the people who migrated to North America from
> Europe hundreds of years ago were more susceptible to
> religious fervor, and that susceptibility was passed down
> culturally and/or genetically...
> ...Perhaps religiosity, or sexual behavior, or drugs? We
> [Americans] are weird regarding that, in part, because of
> the Anglo-Saxon predominant culture emphasized worries about
> sex and sobriety, and they were primarily the founders of the
Hmm. The other major nation exhibiting Victorian sensibilities
was also free of aberrant political behavior. Of course, it
would have to be "from the people"; efforts of the Soviet Union
to instill prudence, surface conformity, and abstinence in its
people never had a chance.
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