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  •  It's propaganda. (2+ / 0-)
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    ladybug53, JVolvo

    Deeply culturally embedded, sure, but still propaganda (though I bet the core is 'nobody tells me what to do!').

    Probably goes back (in part) to the confederacy, to all those people who moved 'out west' (whichever 'west' was 'out' at the time) to get away from civilization/rules/other people, to resentment that the East Coast government was telling them what to do (and what not to do) -- but Anti-Government, as a meme, has been used by right-wingers/plutocrats throughout the post-war (or post-civil rights/vietnam?) era. Deliberately.

    Drown it in a bathtub, y'know.

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