love how americans think literally every country works on the same belief and political system as them and that everyone know/cares about things that are solely america-centric
and by that i mean i hate it and nobody cares apart from other americans so
It’s partly because prior to WWII America had a fiercely isolationist policy where they had basically decided they weren’t going to participate in the rest of the world at all, thus their late entry into WWII.
However the culture that was spawned by this policy never really went away, in fact it was reinforced by the idea of the supremacy of US culture and by cold war politics.
So what we ended up with was a country that participates on the world stage in big ways that has a population that in many cases is fiercely proud and even protective of it’s ignorance of the outside world.
Which is, quite frankly, terrifying.
There’s only three countries where the media are worse than America’s at reporting on the outside world, those are China, Russia and at the top of the list in the first place of absurd ridiculous denial North Korea.
The only ones as powerful as America are China and Russia, and while those two are definitely a lot scarier than America, they’re scary for basically the same reasons just writ larger and heavier.
It get’s to the point where even the American Social Justice movement is insidiously Imperialist because whether they know it or not they’re forcing American cultural norms and American practices onto other cultures and onto situations where, while the same problems are present, take a different shape and need to be dealt with differently.
today I learned that in the 1600s the Pasha of Algiers made it a capital offense to remove one’s thumbs from one’s girdle while having an argument, in an attempt to limit brawling. as a result, street fights are reported to have become a combination of shouting vicious insults, headbutting each other, and trying to punch one another with their elbows. i am imagining five or six enraged men furiously trying so hard to kill each other with only their elbows, and i am laughing so hard i am fucking wheezing
Either eliminate brawling, or invent slapstick, so either way, win.
so hey fun fact for anyone who wants queer history trivia: the first disco in Seattle was opened in 1973 and was a gay bar called “shelly’s leg” and it was named after a dancer named shelly who lost her leg in a confetti cannon accident and used the insurance/lawsuit settlement money to open a gay disco.
a) This is such a fantastic story that I wouldn’t care if it were made up, except that