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  •  See, since I moved to the States (5+ / 0-)

    from the UK in the early 80's, I have never seen this side of this country.

    To me, everyone here was always chasing the almighty dollar, and thought that if they were not rich, it was a failing on their part.

    That is why I love this diary - I get to hear from different Americans that I didn't know existed.

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      have some great stories, Brits still have a sense of class identity.

    •  Catesby, I think you're right. (1+ / 0-)
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      To me, everyone here was always chasing the almighty dollar, and thought that if they were not rich, it was a failing on their part.

      I am the first to defend my generation, the Millenials, because politically speaking, we are way ahead of the others in terms of our voting patterns in my mind.  But we were totally soaked with the greed at an early age--the America we were brought up grew exponentially more covetous--to the point that while we may be a politically more sympathetic and less violent group, we certainly have big dreams and want a lot of toys for ourselves. It used to be that we considered anyone living at home after age 21 a loser.  Though things are changing a little bit, the damage is done: the inculcation of snobbery, ladder-climbing, the belief implicit in ecologically ridiculous endless growth--those will haunt us forever.

      Thank you to jayden, Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN, Aji and everyone in the Daily Kos community involved in gifting my subscription and gifting others!

      by Nulwee on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 07:47:49 PM PST

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