In a piece in the FT with the above title, ad whiz Maurice Saatchi lists a number of criticisms he says are commonly heard about the USA. I thought I would post them here by number and invite commenters to, er, comment on any or all of them:
1. It is too much in love with money – worshipping the god of the marketplace, the golden calf.
2. It has too much money, seven of the top 10 banks, eight of the top 10 companies etc.
3. It is too stingy, giving away less of its wealth than other countries.
4. It is vulgar, a rich barbarian.
5. It has a lowly culture yet practises cultural imperialism. It makes people dread “Americanisation”.
6. It is arrogant and condescending to “the little monkeys” from other cultures.
7. It is too religious, saying “God bless America” once too often.
8. It has too much power, spending more on arms than the rest of the world put together.
9. It is a hypocrite, disguising its wars of self-interest as humanitarian interventions and exporting democracy at the point of a bayonet.
10. It is inconsistent – agitating for “regime change” with some “un-democratic” countries, but with others giving arms, aid and trade.
11. It has an incoherent foreign policy – it abandoned the “no first strike” principle which kept the peace for decades; “pre-emption” replaced “deterrence” but has no basis in international law.
12. It is too close to Israel.
13. It resists multilateral solutions, preferring unilateralism, hegemony, a sheriff strategy – In Guns We Trust.
14. It has aroused the envy of Europeans, causing them to want to form a rival power bloc.
15. It has hit a brick wall, the Great Wall of China, where “state capitalism” works.
16. It has not solved the mystery of Islam.
17. And it is not even a democracy, as the 44 per cent turnout of its eligible voters in presidential elections proves.
Finally, he states, "The accusations against the US are endless."
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