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  •  I am not an American (1+ / 0-)
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    Brit

    but I lived in the US for seven years, so I want to offer my defense for Americans.

    One of the reasons I moved back to Europe, was the sustained level of anxiety I felt when I lived in the US. Odd thing is that I experienced some bad things living in the Netherlands, while I did not have similar experiences while living in the US. So while I had no personal reason to believe that my life was more in danger in the US, I did feel danger was more imminent while living in the US.

    I think the US media reports on extreme violent crimes disproportionate to the actual number of occurences more than the European media does. And politically driven groups leach on to this fear, to use it for their own agenda.

    Obviously there are other reasons why the US is a more violent country, but for me the artificial fear driven into the population, is one of the main factors.

    •  I believe you are partly correct but Americans (1+ / 0-)
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      amsterdam

      are pre-disposed to this type of fear, they always have been.  I think it is the myth of rugged individualism and a lack of true concern for others(lack of a safety net) that makes people so uneasy and fearful.  So many people live on the edge, it creates genuine fear and they focus that fear on others(usually people of color).

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