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  •  X isn't so great either... O.o (36+ / 0-)

    Yeah, so one place isn't great, and maybe another isn't either. But that's no reason to stay hidden away in one's hole while they send in the snake to devour your young.

    Educating your children to be global citizens and able to go where they can is great strategy - because they will find good places for them if they look, and they will find the place that IS worth fighting for: the whole collective humanity.

    Its very important to open people's eyes in the USA to the realization that we are now peasants. And to give the youth all the tools you can to respond to that fact, and get out if they so choose.

    I'm a fellow veteran, but I was no model soldier. When my commanders found me reading books on history and socio-politics, my loyalties were brought into question. For me the service was a constant struggle trying to stay one step ahead of those who actively told me they were looking for an excuse to destroy me. To their great frustration I never did anything, so I got my honorable discharge in the end and went my way.

    But that's not new to me. I'm a Native American - I have no illusions about what can happen when the wrong people have power here.

    Awareness, mindfullness, is the last thing they want to see in us peasants. So it is exactly the very thing you should strive to give your children.

    Sweden's not a bad place to start.
    China's not either - its a bad place to land, but likely to be a great place to open one's eyes.

    OMG, like, gag them with a multi-colored spoon. Like, ya know.

    by Jyotai on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 04:35:08 PM PST

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    •  Great reply (15+ / 0-)

      I regret your treatment in the service. As a native American, has it been hard all your life to have the concept of American Exceptionalism shoved down in your face by a nation whose entire existence is born of genocide by bullets and blankets?

      I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

      by pajoly on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 04:49:35 PM PST

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    •  If the US was smart (6+ / 0-)

      …it would be raising "global citizens" -- instead nationalistic hillbillies pledging allegiance to their flags.

      Only then would the US have had a chance to be an enduring global power in the future.

      But, alas, the American colonists remain plantation-minded, xenophobic, and thuggish actors on the world stage.

      It was the British -- who deported the outcasts to the American colonies -- who maintained their global dignity and world-class awareness and manners, while USians became the global hillbillies and Hells Angels of the world.

      If only more USian parents would raise global citizens -- the world would be a much better place and the US might even have a place in it.

      •  My British friends (1+ / 0-)
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        Have been very quite to correct me when I've pointed out that they were a dignified empire. They've carted out their own long lists of troubles and note that they only got their dignity back after they pulled back from empire building.

        Was rather surprising when I got that lecture - but they do internally still suffer racial and class tensions brought about by having been an empire.

        They are exceptional as one of the only if not only empires ever to peacefully scale back. They did NOT do it voluntarily at first. Gandhi had to make them see their empire for what it was. But after that, they did de-empire by choice.

        OMG, like, gag them with a multi-colored spoon. Like, ya know.

        by Jyotai on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 07:58:14 AM PST

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        •  even now, (0+ / 0-)

          despite the criticism of the Royals, I remind myself that the dumpy little great-grandmother in the head office carried off the relatively peaceful dismantling of her family's empire with grace and dignity.

          It must have been exceedingly difficult, especially given that she had been raised to preserve it. She was smart enough, and had good enough advice, to see reality instead of history. Would that other world leaders were the same.

          Great Questions of Western Philosophy: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

          by Mnemosyne on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 08:54:55 AM PST

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