How liberals praise America

“It’s not that we’re, like, against America per se. It’s just that…well, did you know Europe has much better health care than we do? And much lower crime rates? I mean, come on, how did they get so awesome? And we’re just sitting here, can’t even get the gay marriage thing sorted out, seriously, what’s wrong with a country that can’t…sorry, what were we talking about? Oh yeah, America. They’re okay. Cesar Chavez was really neat. So were some other people outside the mainstream who became famous precisely by criticizing majority society. That’s sort of like America being great, in that I think the parts of it that point out how bad the rest of it are often make excellent points.”

Scott Alexander, “I Can Tolerate Anything Except the Outgroup“, Slate Star Codex blog, September 30, 2014.

The whole post isn’t like that. I found it an excellent, informal analysis of the “psychology and motivations” behind the antipathy between left and right in the United States. Particularly how the left manages to condemn white people and America and Americans without really condemning themselves.

2 thoughts on “How liberals praise America

  1. Yes, I think he largely nails it, and has given me a paradigm that I will likely be using for many years when thinking on this topic.


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