The Otherworldly Circus - The America Thread

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Sep 21, 2005
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Also available as a podcast, this is a searing critique of America from a very entertaining Canadian renaissance man professor.

One bit that really struck a chord with me was that even though some people treat retail staff & service folk like doormats in Australia, most of us can look them in the eye because of our social contract - decent wages & conditions.

In America, there’s an underlying embarrassment because you’re acutely aware that the person serving you has low wages & no social safety net. It makes for a subservient underclass.

I recommend the book “Nickel and Dimed” for a partial explanation of this phenomenon.

People assume we’re heading for the Chinese century as the US declines, but my reserarch suggests that China is burdened by false accounting & hidden debt . They’ll rebound quicker from the recession though.

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