Picking up from last post, governmental arrogance does not exist in a vaccuum, it comes from somewhere. Let’s face it we have a tendacy to think we have the bestest bestest of everything. And I’m not saying I hate my country – again, it’s just that there’s so many other things to love about other ones.
So I really enjoyed this little clip from Michael Moore’s outtakes of Sicko (which I still haven’t seen yet, oh when will it be released here on DVD? Spain takes forever to get these things). I repeat: it’s not to say that this country is the best or another the worst, it’s to encourage people to look at certain things more objectively and recognize when we obviously do not have the bestest of something. And to learn from what works!! (via onegoodmove.org)

Secondly, there was this passage from the previously mentioned International Migration, by Jonathan Moses, in the chapter on “Questioning Conventional Wisdom”:

Across the developed world, residents assume that the demand for entry into their states is almost insatiable…Nowhere is this sense of arrogance and national pride stronger than in the United States. As a result of the country’s history and isolation, Americans think much more of their country than does the rest of the world. In a recent international poll conducted by several national newscasters, entitled “What the World Thinks of America”, only 18 per cent of the respondents (from countries as diverse as Australia, Indonesia, Canada, Brazil, Jordan, Israel, Russia, Korea, France and the UK) considered America to be a better place to live than their own country. While 89 per cent of the Americans polled thought that the United States was the best place in the world to live, only 19 per cent of the respondents in the ten other countries said they would live in the United States, if given the chance. In stark contrast, 96 percent of the Americans polled thought that people outside the United States would like to live there.

(I do have a slight problem with this: thinking that someone would like to live in your country isn’t that shocking. Most people in decent countries would probably say “yeah, I think people would enjoy it here.” So, that 96 % of Americans think that way isn’t surprising. Most Spaniards would probably say the same. Now, if 96% had said they think everyone in the world wants to live there, that’d be something)

That said, its still pretty telling. We need to get over ourselves, chill a bit, get out(side the borders) more.