RE: SOCIETY: Re: The privatization of public security in South America

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Thu Aug 23 2001 - 21:54:11 MDT

At 05:52 PM 8/23/01 -0700, Lee wrote:

>But unlike most Americans, who traditionally had their eyes only
>on the next dollar and were completely uninterested in "theory",
>the Japanese were very willing to do or die for the Emperor [etc]

This is hilarious to Aussies, say, who regard your panoplies of `patriotic'
parades, cheer squads and other hokey drivel, flags-clutched-to-hearts, O
say do you hears, military triumphalism, etc etc with uttermost
incredulity. This is the thing: you guys apparently have the greatest
trouble *noticing the ideological loading* of your culture, like fish
swimming in water. Yeah, we have ours too, and it's murky enough. But the
idea of Americans as driven only by some crisp pragmatic hunger for the
next greenback is *so incredibly* ideological-- Oh, never mind.

Damien Broderick
< who prefers to have his theory conscious and without drum & fife >

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