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Why Do So Many People Hate America?

Dr. Thomas Swan studied cognition and culture at Queen's University Belfast. He enjoys exploring the interplay between politics and culture.

Obama pledges allegiance to the flag.

Obama pledges allegiance to the flag.

Hatred...or Jealousy?

There are a number of reasons why people dislike America, and even more interpretations for why this hatred exists. Many Americans believe the hatred manifests because others are jealous of their freedom and wealth. If you’re not American, then it's probably comments like this that make you dislike them!

There is a certain arrogance that pervades much of American culture. It is fueled by patriotism and maintained by a basic need for self-worth. Being American is an identity to cling on to; it is something to be proud of in a culture where self-worth typically depends on how often you are on television.

America takes globalized culture to its extreme, and as a result, it is furthest from the world our ancestors lived in. Before television and the internet, we lived in small communities where having a skill meant something. If you were the best hunter, farmer or shopkeeper then you were valued for your skill. To be valued in today’s world you have to compete with half the country, and when the majority of us fail to reach the pinnacle of success, the cream of the crop are blasted into our eyes and ears via The Apprentice, X Factor, University Challenge, the Oscars, or whatever celebrity magazine you happen to be reading. Is it any wonder that depression is on the rise?

More than any other nation, Americans have a need for self-worth, and patriotism is a well-established means to this end. Patriotism will fuel an emotional retaliation against any national criticism, and this often leads to the kind of nonsensical jealousy argument mentioned earlier.

Yet there is a problem with this explanation. Why do people who have never conversed with an American espouse the same hatred? Why do Muslims burn American flags? One might think it’s because they hate the Christian religion, but Muslims live quite happily alongside Jews and Christians in their own countries. A little known fact is Iran has the second highest population of Jews in the Middle East after Israel.

The Real Reason Why People Hate the US

The answer lies in America’s global history of intervention and interference. People such as Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gaddafi were undoubtedly responsible for some atrocious acts, and many believe that regime change was rightly forced upon those countries. However, the US government's history of foreign interference goes well beyond this century, and well beyond controversial characters. In fact, America has toppled many publicly-supported democratic governments around the world, and this has traditionally been instigated through the exploits of the CIA. After WW2 the CIA committed acts of assassination and torture, and replaced democracies with dictatorships in countries all over the world for more than 30 years. The justification was often that the Soviets had influence over the country, but in many cases there was little or no evidence to back up this claim. Regardless, it is little comfort to the millions who died, or the millions who lived without the freedom that America treasures so much within its own borders.

America's International Crimes

Countries that suffered at the hands of the US government include Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Congo, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Laos, Nicaragua, Panama, Uruguay and Vietnam; and these are only the countries for which substantial public information is available. To view the details of these crimes, please watch the video linked below.

An interesting inclusion is Iran. The Iranian revolution took place in 1979 to remove a dictator the US government had installed and supported for 25 years. This installation occurred after the CIA engineered the downfall of a democratic government in Iran. Before the revolution, the Iranian people suffered oppression, torture and death as a result of CIA interference in their country. In light of this historical evidence, one would expect Westerners to be a little more understanding of Iranian antagonism and mistrust, and yet, we continue to condemn them as irrational, intolerant and deceitful. History requires them to forgive us, not the other way around, and unless we realize this, the Iranians will probably never trust us again.

In summary, there are many reasons to dislike America. Unless the population understands the harm their leaders have inflicted on the world, the violent variety of dislike will continue. Unless the population understands that patriotism is not required to bolster their ego, the passive variety of dislike will continue. Foreigners are not blameless either. The actions of the US government are not the actions of its people, and we should do better not to generalise, especially as the government is eager to cover up its dark history. Furthermore, it is difficult for a child brought up in America to avoid patriotism when they are bombarded with US flags and pledges of allegiance from an early age. This cycle of indoctrination is difficult to stop, and difficult to blame on anyone alive today.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.


GlendaGoodWitch from California on September 23, 2015:

Jealousy, propaganda, and simply wanting to blame something for their own prejudice and hate; these are the reasons people hate America. People who are smart and we'll adjusted don't hate America, they love it for all of the opportunity it gives and because of the help it gives other countries during war time. Great Britain was being bombed to oblivion in WWII, and could not have survived with America stepping in. Fortunately for them they had a great prime minister, Winston Churchill, at that time, who persuaded America to help.

Aneesa on September 22, 2015:

America is involved in many wars thats why.

GlendaGoodWitch from California on May 21, 2015:

Hmmm. Moh'd hi is some piece of work. Looks like someone has been nipping on the potent Kool Aid.

Moh'd hi on May 21, 2015:

I hate america because they destroyed a lot of middle east countries they have a lot illumanati people they helped the jews there so mean to people and there are more a lot of reasons why i hate america yeah i forgot they put the 9/11 blame on osama bin laden when clearly the cia sent bomb military plane to the two towers and that's why i hate america by

wba108@yahoo.com from upstate, NY on March 21, 2014:

I believe that there may be simpler and better explanations as to why America has been increasingly hated around the world.

1) Leaders in general are blamed and hated more than most people. Why? Because it’s easier to blame them than to take responsibility for their own failures, this would extend to nations also.

2) High achievers are hated for similar reasons as leaders. Few cared for that kid in the class who always seems to know everything. He was likely the one who would get pounded after school. You could say the same about nations.

3) People tend to fear what they don’t understand. Psychologically speaking, fear often turns into anger. America is bit of an anomaly; it’s the wealthiest and freest nation in world history. Others of course would want to attribute this to exploitation on America’s part for a number of reasons. One is that it provides an understandable explanation to a troubling question. Second it’s soothing to their pride and absolves them of having to ask hard questions.

Amy Magness Alaoui from United States of America on February 12, 2014:

This was a very insightful article. I agree with most of it and applaud the author for having the guts to be honest in his writing. Far too often there is a sticky, sugar-coating almost unseen to the naked eye. This hub, though, was thought-provoking without being hostile and easily one of the most well-written.

buddhaanalysis on February 05, 2014:

USA wants to treat other countries like a trash, no matter how small or big that country is!! Therefore people hates USA.

Joshua Patrick from Texas on October 02, 2013:

It has more to do with basic human jealousy than the actions of the American government. Since poverty and poor education is a world-wide epidemic, it's a safe bet that a good majority of the world knows little to nothing about American politics (other than what their media feeds them), but are fully aware of the staggering amount of excess in the USA.

Let's not forget, human nature is to blame for pretty much everything we deem "negative" in life (and positive, for that matter). Religion and politics are simply physical manifestations of the various aspects of human nature.

Mklow1 on September 21, 2013:

So then, the article was about the world hating Native Americans? I guess I am in the clear. lol

cavallo from Newmarket,UK on September 20, 2013:

Nice answer and understood to an extent Mklow. Though how can people hate Americans that don't see themselves as Americans. How can you feel hated. The only Americans are the Indians !

Strange talk ,lol

Mklow1 on September 20, 2013:

Anytime I can help! lol

Cut The Bullshit from All Over on September 19, 2013:

Thanks to you I'm now a level III commenter. Cheers

Mklow1 on September 19, 2013:

lol, no slapping. No hobby. Just a point of view.

Cut The Bullshit from All Over on September 19, 2013:

You have a hobby - It's called debating

My cheek is still turned, you can slap the other side now if you wish :)

Mklow1 on September 19, 2013:

Ranzi said: "Dude chill out. No need to get your panties in a knot. I did see your original comment and saw it as an attack on the writer as it seemed like you didn't read anything and got defensive."

Again, you are making a lot of assumptions based on black and white words on a computer. You seem to take a lot of liberties with other people's thoughts as if you are a mind reader. I am not sure where you have seen any emotion on my part, but from your ad hominem attacks it seems that you don't take too kindly to anyone disagreeing with you.

You said: "I did see your original comment and saw it as an attack on the writer as it seemed like you didn't read anything and got defensive."

This is an obvious attempt to cover up your mistake, but from your tone, I wouldn't suspect you for the type of person that would maybe admit to any wrong doing.

You said: "Anyway no worries , as Jesus would say 'turn the other cheek' peace and love to you :)"

I guess we will see how much you live by these words in your next response.

Cut The Bullshit from All Over on September 19, 2013:

Dude chill out. No need to get your panties in a knot. I did see your original comment and saw it as an attack on the writer as it seemed like you didn't read anything and got defensive. So thus, you did not comment on the hub it self but rather the title. What is you opinion about all the coups that took place? And all the CIA activities? Or the justified hostility Iran may feel towards America? This is important stuff. This affects the future of our children and grandchildren

Anyway no worries , as Jesus would say 'turn the other cheek' peace and love to you :)

Mklow1 on September 19, 2013:

Ranzi said:

"I will have to tell you now that your are projecting your insecurity for being so defensive.

Why, you may ask?

1) You come on this man's hub and have not made one comment about it.

2) Instead you begin to argue with one of his commentators for expressing an opinion that doesn't fit in with your model of the world"

End of quote.

Ummm, I don't know how to tell you this, but...look right above your first post. I made some comments a couple of months ago, but I still don't see what your point was. This is a public forum for comments. But I digress.

You, on the other hand, seem to have jumped the gun before you actually read...well...anything. This is what happens when one rushes to judgment without actually doing research, which is twice on this post for you.

You said: "I will have to tell you now that your are projecting your insecurity for being so defensive."

This is a computer comment section, so I don't get defensive to what anonymous people say. I was merely disagreeing, but your comment is telling because you assumed I was defensive from some black and white words on a page.

You said: "4) You are not even admitting that your government is unjust to the world"

I haven't because that is a no win situation for me. I was only saying that you have a generalized view of American people that is wrong. The fact is that is en vogue right now to kick on Americans, I guess.

You said: "3) This is my opinion and I'm entitled to it. Remember free speech is part of your constitution"

I never said you weren't entitled to your opinion. I only disagreed with you, which seems to have made you angry.

You said: "Peace, love and God bless special exceptional America"

Ha. I get it. One more kick before out the door, I see. Great manners I see.

Cut The Bullshit from All Over on September 19, 2013:

I will have to tell you now that your are projecting your insecurity for being so defensive.

Why, you may ask?

1) You come on this man's hub and have not made one comment about it.

2) Instead you begin to argue with one of his commentators for expressing an opinion that doesn't fit in with your model of the world

3) This is my opinion and I'm entitled to it. Remember free speech is part of your constitution

4) You are not even admitting that your government is unjust to the world

5) you claim "keep to themselves and mind their own business" Their own business in what way? By ignoring the unjust crimes that their sociopath government has committed. Even towards their own citizens (MK Ultra project)

But thank you for enlightening me, you may be right I can see that the American people are starting to wake up and are becoming less arrogant.

Peace, love and God bless special exceptional America

Mklow1 on September 19, 2013:

Ranzi said: "Now talking about attitude of superiority, this is in their unconscious mind. I have worked with many Americans, dated and befriended some and yes they do have this internal attitude that they are superior, without having to shout it out"

My dear, if someone feels that others are projecting "superiority" without actually telling you they are superior, that is called projecting one's insecurities of inferiority on someone else. None of us are mind readers, so we have to take people for what they say until they prove otherwise. I am not even sure how one has a "superior" attitude.

You said: "But the Americans on hubpages are another story, you should even hear the language they use in the forums."

Again, it is the ones that talk loudest that are usually heard. Hubpages is not a good place to take a sample of a typical American. Most people keep to themselves and mind their own business. If they are coming off strong that is because they signed on to Hubpages to write about their feelings specifically about being overly proud about being an American. You should realize that this is a fraction of a percent of the people in the US. If you go to the religious section, you might think atheists are the most hateful group of people you would ever meet, but that just isn't so. You only read the ones that are going on an anti-religion rant. If you listen to the news, Muslims are all radical terrorists. This just isn't so. You should not be so persuaded by the news in any country because they make money by sensationalizing everything.

Cut The Bullshit from All Over on September 19, 2013:

Hi MKlow1, nice to hear your thoughts. Now please let's get one thing straight, I do not have a bad impression about American PEOPLE as I love them and many things they have contributed to society, but only their dislike their GOVERNMENT and many peoples attitudes who turn a blind eye. It's like if a women married a murderer/rapist and turned a blind eye and let him kill because of her love for him. Also this might shock you but I would prefer to date an American man to many other nationalities. Now talking about attitude of superiority, this is in their unconscious mind. I have worked with many Americans, dated and befriended some and yes they do have this internal attitude that they are superior, without having to shout it out, it is taught from childhood in schools, parenting, films, leaders. But the Americans on hubpages are another story, you should even hear the language they use in the forums. I guess because they are hiding behind a computer. Does this make them bad people? of course not! Now talking about brainwashing the masses, your government is brainwashing many, I have studied hypnosis and let me tell you that political writers use the hypnotic language to reach out to people and send subliminal messages to the unconscious mind. But listening to your leaders, they go above and beyond especially when they install superiority language. “What makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional." Obama. More exceptional than who Obama? Is that why you're allowed to throw bombs on the less exceptional countries? and .... "Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Obama again, he thinks that God is working just for America.

Mklow1 on September 19, 2013:


You said: "the writer is just talking about the crimes of the government who brainwash their people into believing that the US is God's gift and makes them believe that they are superior."

Using strong language like "brainwash" and "superior" is not helping your argument. I think most people from other countries that have this generalized view of Americans, probably have not visited with too many Americans. I have never once heard an American say that we are superior, and I am certainly not brainwashed. But when you use language such as this to describe me, my first instinct is to defend myself from the criticism. If you have come across an American that comes off as acting "superior", then maybe you should think if maybe it was more of a response in self-defense from a comment you made.

When I go abroad, I know that normally the people are welcoming and warm, but there are always some that will give it to me on the chin just because I am an American. Despite this, I don't let a few bad apples spoil the bunch and neither should you.

And remember, sometimes it is only the ones that speak loudest that are heard, so maybe you have your impression of Americans because these chest beaters are the only ones you hear about.

Mklow1 on September 19, 2013:

Cavello said: "A lot of the folk I met were always willing to be Irish or Scots and proud of their roots. Make your mind up !"

I think you are confusing a pride in their family roots with pride in the country that they are born in. We are a nation of immigrants, so because of this, people from other countries find this concept hard to understand.

cavallo from Newmarket,UK on September 19, 2013:

Only from my experience in the country. Though the majority of country's are patriotic believe it or not ! A lot of the folk I met were always willing to be Irish or Scots and proud of their roots. Make your mind up !

At one place of work the boss on the farm gave me a shotgun and told me to shoot any n.gger that came in. Personally I have no hate of Americans as a people. Loved being there,would go again. Though as has been said,government is government and there are a lot of Americans.

Cut The Bullshit from All Over on September 19, 2013:

Glenda goodwitch I agree with you some Europeans are arrogant however did the Gemans not take responsibility for their crimes in WWII and compensate the Jews? What responsibility has the US taken for their crimes on humanity, except just wanting to strike on more countries. No one is saying that the American people are evil, the writer is just talking about the crimes of the government who brainwash their people into believing that the US is God's gift and makes them believe that they are superior. I'm sure that since you must be a good person you attract many gracious and kind friends as of course not all Americans are bad people. Also putting all of the US war crimes aside, lets also not forget that segregation only ended 49 years ago.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on September 19, 2013:

Thanks Ranzi. Indeed, the information about American-CIA atrocities after WW2 is hard to become exposed to. On nearly every media station there is no mention of it. Even when the historical context is highly relevant, America's dark history remains buried. It's as if the media are afraid to mention it, or they hire journalists that are ignorant to it. The video does use some depressing and evocative music, but it sticks to the facts and gets the job done, so I'm happy with it.

GlendaGoodWitch from California on September 18, 2013:

I am not American, but I live in America. The rest of my family is in Europe, and I can tell you for a fact that people are jealous of America and Americans are not arrogant. In fact, of all the countries I have been to, they are the most gracious and kind, while Europeans are often extremely biting and arrogant. Stop blaming America and making excuses for some whining jealous babies.

Cut The Bullshit from All Over on September 18, 2013:

Once again another excellent hub. Growing up I used to always wonder why every country I traveled to people hated Americans and just recently through taking an interest in history it all became clear. Even back when the Afgani and iraq invasions happened I was quite naïve, and thought great the great America will finally liberate these people. I always gave credit to the Americans for liberating the Jews from the holocausts. But after WWII they went on a power trip. As well the youtube video was a bit depressing and the worst part was when it said that the CIA's actions were a result for the holocaust of 6 million people. Voted up and shared with all my followers

Mklow1 on July 19, 2013:

Yes and there are those that only do the opposite of their parents for the intention of rebelling for the sake of rebelling. Like religion, political allegiance, and sports or tv. lol

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on July 19, 2013:

Thank you for commenting Mklow1. I've found that even the most educated man can inherit the bias of his parents. It's the same for religion, political allegiance, or innocuous things such as which sports or TV shows to enjoy.

Mklow1 on July 17, 2013:

I have learned that when anyone hates someone because they are from a different racial group, ethnicity, religion, or country it is due to a lack of education.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on March 22, 2013:

rabbit75, I agree that blind patriotism can cause harm. I criticize any kind of patriotism, but I don't always criticize patriots. I find patriotism to be a way of establishing self-confidence by adopting an identify that one can draw pride from. I think this is an unhealthy way to achieve those goals, but I don't criticize people for doing it.

WW2 was certainly what changed the tide. The ensuing Cold War with the Soviets led to most of the interventions I mentioned as a means to stop any kind of socialist government from emerging in those countries. Coupled with that, it led to the propaganda you mention in order to justify the interventions.

I agree with what Jefferson said. I think Ron Paul has a similar way of putting it!

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on March 22, 2013:

Exactly cavallo, I too spent some time in America (almost a year) and found the people to be more friendly than in the UK! I did find the patriotism quite annoying though.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on March 22, 2013:

Thanks for commenting mbwalz. I'm glad you found the French to be hospitable. It probably helped that you went to Paris, as they are used to tourists. It would be wrong for anyone to criticize the American people for the actions of their government. Still, you guys did re-elect Bush, which didn't help the reputation of the people.

Vic on March 20, 2013:

As an American, myself, I did enjoy reading this hub and took no offense to it's content. I'm born and bred here and believe in patriotism, and that goes for anywhere and any country. However, I am not a blind patriot. Having pride in your country or your people means constantly improving things for your countrymen and women.

Blind patriotism is just swallowing any load of crap that the government feeds you, with no desire to make things better because blind patriots already think we are the best. That frame of mind is exactly what brought America's automotive industry down and let Japanese companies totally dominate the market for the last 30 years.

I agree with this hub, and I believe it's an American arrogance that really took off after WWII in which we believe that everyone should think like us, live like us, and be like us. It's this arrogance that also has this country interfere way too much with the interests of other nations.

Thomas Jefferson said, "Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto."

There's a reason why he believed that.

Having pride is different that being arrogant. Pride is thinking you can achieve the best and acting on making it happen. Arrogance is already believing you are the best.

Like I mentioned before, if you're already the best, why do you need any desire for improvement.

Those here that speak out against the government doesn't mean they are "America Haters". It just means that they see something wrong that they believe needs to be changed for the better. And it just isn't the well-to-do that are restless about certain policies and issues concerning our country. It's just that they have the means (money or networks) to get their voices heard more than those who aren't doing so great here.

As an American, I do not think I am better than anyone else. There are so many things that we can learn from other people, nations and countries and for the better!

cavallo from Newmarket,UK on March 20, 2013:

All the time I lived in America was a pleasure. Apart from a few bumps. Made many friends. It is only the American government that has a problem.

MaryBeth Walz from Maine on March 20, 2013:

Great hub and topic. I've traveled a lot and to me, it's second nature to consider America great, but not necessarily better than anyone else! I also don't find that everyone hate Americans. After we invaded Iraq 10 years ago, Americans were indignant about the French not supporting our decision. Many people spewed anti-French things, renamed "French" fries, and stopped buying French wine. But very soon after we invaded, my husband and I went to Paris on vacation. I have family in France and a long love of the French and of Paris. But I was unprepared for 3 things: 1. the number of people who couldn't believe we dared to travel at that time, especially to France; 2. How friendly the French were to us, above and beyond their normal friendly selves - they bought us drinks, engaged in conversations, etc.; 3. How different the news was when we left the US - it was unimaginable to think anything was happening except in Iraq until we got to France and realized how blind our media had become to world events!

I have seen Americans abroad. Sometimes I am proud and sometimes I am appalled. But I do not think Americans have a patriotism problem when compared with the rest of the world. I think we have an attitude problem - that there is only one right way to be and if you have a country that is different than the US, you're just plain doing it wrong!

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on March 20, 2013:

Hi Paul, thanks for commenting! Britain was the America of the 19th Century for sure. I think there was less hate for Britain because cultures around the world were distinctly separate. Today we have worldwide media, and the ability to travel between cities and towns using cars and planes. News travels fast - your example of Thai people knowing about the Iraq war is something that never would have occurred in the 19th Century. They would never have known.

The US is the most powerful country, but why should that generate hatred? China is almost as powerful, but they aren't hated by countries they haven't interfered with. And that's just it, if you interfere or go to war with someone, they'll learn to hate you; but present power has little or nothing to do with it. America could have remained isolationist. Perhaps Hitler's greatest sin was to unleash America on the world by drawing them into the war.

Certainly nationalism is present to greater degrees in other countries, though those people have less international presence. American movies are broadcast around the world, and Americans travel extensively due to their wealth. The USA is also the most patriotic of all the Western, English speaking countries, or at least the most infamous for its patriotism.

Thanks for sharing, voting, and leaving such a well thought-out comment!

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on March 20, 2013:


As an American, I read this hub with great interest. Yes, it is true that so many people hate America. I started to especially notice this when I first got to Bangkok after the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003. It is true as you have indicated that the U.S. government and its arm of the CIA has engineered coups in many countries to serve the Yankee interest under the guise of combating Communism. But, if you look at Great Britain, it was no angel in the 19th century as it built an empire where the sun never set. Was there that much hate of Great Britain at that time? When I studied history in the 60s, I learned that it was the white man's burden to civilize the heathens in Africa and Asia. I truly believe many people hate the U.S. because it is the most powerful countgry in the world today, and as such has become the international policeman for better or for worse. Many people still hate the United States for what its military has left behind while being in foreign countries. I have been scolded by my school principal in Thailand for telling my students and parents that I was stationed in a foreign country while in the military. The emergence of bartowns such as Pattaya in Thailand is one of the legacies of the U.S. military. In talking about nationalism, it is carried to more extremes in Thailand. Students sing the national anthem every morning, and it is played on TV and the radio twice a day. Voted up and sharing with followers.

samowhamo on March 03, 2013:

I agree completely. The only part of this country that I still love though is the continent itself the natural beauty of it the animals those are the only parts of America that I still have love and respect for.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on March 03, 2013:

I agree samowhamo, the problem is the lack of democracy. With two political parties drifting closer and closer to the center, there is very little choice any more. Democracy is merely a word to describe a political system. It has no bearing on whether or not the system enslaves or represents. A dictator who listens to the demands of his people is probably more representative than a two-party democracy that caters for the thin swathe of the population that ensures victory in the next election.

samowhamo on March 02, 2013:

I'm an American and I myself hate this country one of the reasons being that I think our government is becoming more and more corrupt and also because the government sometimes violates our rights.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on October 19, 2012:

Thanks for the comment RCAugust! I do not have much to say other than I agree with you. Some of the policies you suggest were also put forward by Ron Paul. The way I see it, there is only one choice in American politics: Ron Paul or the rest, since there is little difference between all the other contenders.

RCAugust on October 18, 2012:

The first thing the US Government should do is withdraw all our standing military troops from all foreign countries and relocate these forces here on our borders and shores, as treaties allow. When foreign troop treaties lapse, they should not be renegotiated. The only non-mandated foreign duty our troops should have is guarding our embassies worldwide anyway.

The money our government saves by relocating our troops home to guard our shores and borders, our airports, and our sensitive locations in the US (including AK and HI), must then pay down the National Debt.

We must also mandate that foreign countries pay their debt to us before we offer them any more aid.

We must also never force or compel our culture or media on citizens of other countries.

We must also fairly negotiate with foreign governments for their natural resources, and only then, as we need what they have and they need what we have. Such negotiations must be totally mutually beneficial.

moldeh on August 12, 2012:

Do they all? Of course not. But that's not the point. For what it's worth, though, they often d0 - at least in Saudi Arabia, as far as I know. As for Syria... part of the civil war going on there is about religion. I honestly can't say if the woman you met was right or not, but what I can say is that it's definitely not that simple.

So, no, not all countries are the same. But that's not the point, though, is it? For good measure, I should mention that I'm not American and that I don't view Muslims as evil beasts or anything like that. But Islam has the same power on its people that Christianity did in the Middle Ages. It's important to them. While Christianity became much more liberalised throughout the centuries, Islam started as a religion more liberal than others of its time - that is, of course, why the Islamic world was so far ahead of everybody else until the Mongols came and annihilated them, while the Christian bloomed.

All I'm saying is that Islam is still 'there'. There's Islamic states (they're the rule, not the exception); have you seen many Christian/Buddhist/Hindu states? Look at India, for example. It's certainly not the most 'advanced' nation. It's got a huge number of problems, in fact. And yet, it's a pluralist society.

It's just a matter of how people treat religion. As irreligion and/or atheism become stronger in most of the world (not just the west, look at China/Japan etc), Islam seems to still be important to Muslims. That's fact. Now, I don't know how things are in Syria (well, right now they're bad, but that's besides the point), but I wouldn't base my views on what a woman you met somewhere 7 seven years ago said.

RobSchneider on July 27, 2012:

About 7 years ago at a writing workshop, I met a young woman who was writing a book about her experiences in Syria. She loved the country and the people. They showed her nothing but kindness and Christians and Muslims lived freely together. Another woman had just found a publisher for her book. I think the title was "I Married a Bedouin." Anyway, she reluctantly returned to Australia after her husband died because she needed to make money for her family.

If Americans would travel a little, they would quickly learn just how brainwashed they are. When I travelled through Iran in 1971, I learned that the people didn't love the Shah of Iran, as I'd been taught in my university level course. Wasn't surprised a bit when he was overthrown.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on July 27, 2012:

moldeh, I think every muslim country is different in the way they treat `infidels'. Some may execute people who abandon Islam but do all? Also many muslim countries are quite happy to have Jews and Christians living within their borders. I mentioned in the hub that Iran has the second highest population of Jews in the middle east after Israel. There are about 25,000 Jews living quite happily, and what's more, the Iranian government grants them a seat in parliament. Yet all Iranian conservatives, especially those in power, really despise America. So I don't see it having anything to do with religion.

Saudi Arabia on the other hand is supposed to be a friend of America, yet they are quite intolerant of other faiths, and may be the country you are refering to that executes those people.

I just don't see the correlation between religious conservatism and hatred of America. I think the hatred exists before religion is used to differentiate `them from us'.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on July 27, 2012:

Thanks for the comments Rob and Beata! I'm not really sure what Obama is telling us. Perhaps he just forgot the formality of placing his hand on his heart. It could be deliberate... perhaps he prefers his critics commenting on petty things rather than serious issues. All that talk about his nationality, whether he was a Muslim, whether he is friends with terrorists, and the Osama/Obama thing, may have played into his hands at the previous election because it makes his opponents seem a bit silly.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on July 27, 2012:

Thanks Angie, I admit that my tone was a bit critical of America. I edited my first version of this hub after it appeared like I was stereotyping. I'm reluctant to edit it now because of the hubnugget, which was a surprise as I don't consider this my best hub. The internet in general has more liberals, and hubpages seems to match this trend. Hubpages is a nice `enclave' of the net where discourse is typically more pleasant than elsewhere. It may also be that many conservatives don't want to read about this topic. So with all that in mind, perhaps the lack of anger is to be expected... but I'd be more apologetic than defensive if it appeared

Angie Jardine from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... on July 27, 2012:

Well done, Thomas ... a balanced, and very brave, hub to publish.

As a very non-jingoistic Brit I was pleasantly surprised by the calm and measured replies from our American cousins. I hope the comments section of this hub remains that way.

Congratulations on your HubNugget nomination.

Beata Stasak from Western Australia on July 19, 2012:

I agree with my fellow Aussie, Rob, very nicely commented, there is nothing I could add, just further acknowledging your effort and a great skill in producing such well balanced article:)

RobSchneider on July 18, 2012:

I rarely visit HubPages anymore, but your title caught my eye and your article compelled me to comment. I wasn't expecting such an intelligent and balanced piece. From the length of the replies, I can see that your article was as thought provoking (as opposed to reaction provoking) for many others as it was for me.

Rather than throw in my 2 cents worth, I just want to commend you for your effort. It's a shame it's not published in a major publication. Articles like yours deserve as much exposure as possible.

The pic of Obama is very interesting. It's the second one like it I've seen recently. What is he telling us?

moldeh on July 17, 2012:

When I mentioned religious fanaticism in the muslim world, I was mostly referring to the way they treat religion there (fanaticism was probably a wrong term). The very idea of 'secularity' in Islam is non-existant (you can count the number of secular muslim countries on one hand, and even there, these countries are always under pressure by others to become islamic states). In the christian world, even non-secular state always protect the rights of all minorities (religious or otherwise).A good example of this is what happens to muslims who convert out of islam, that is, they get executed. There's no separation of church and state and there probably won't be for some time. It's not so much fanaticism as it is the fact that their very identity is knitted tightly with Islam, which makes it hard for them to accept the 'infidels'. While in the west, people slowly started to dismiss religion, this hasn't happened in the muslim world yet.

Furthermore, the Quran says (although according to some, this is an incorrect interpretation, but I don't really think so) that they need to fight to spread their religion. The other day I accidentally came across an article, that seemed somewhat biased and said something about how muslims from pakistan and bangladesh and illegally immigrating to India, marrying multiple Hindu wives and slowly making areas muslim, by creating muslim majorities there, with the goal of creating a muslim Indian state called 'Mughalstan'. Now, I didn't really believe that, so I made some research. The 'Mughalstan' part appears to be false, but the first part is fact (as described by wikipedia and other sources). In the West, it's almost impossible to find such zeal among Christians; maybe among some weird sects in the Americas, but that's all. Religious freedom, as we understand it, doesn't really exist there.

So, if you pair this attitude towards non-believers with the way that the Christian world (and recently, the US in particular) has been treating the muslims, it's only logical that they would really hate the Americans. And this only gets worse as the US get more involved in matters that they shouldn't be getting involved in.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on July 16, 2012:

Moldeh, I couldn't help agreeing with much of what you've said, even if it's depressing to do so. I think the idea of Muslims hating Americans because of religious fanaticism is grossly overstated though. The American government wants to tell us why Muslims hate us in a way that makes no reference to history. Calling them religious fanatics is the way to do this. Perhaps the Muslims blame us too much for the faults in their countries, but I think it's natural to do that. We screwed up their countries, and they exaggerate our interference like any people would. I don't think religion comes into it at all, and if it does, it's brought up as a means to distinguish the two people's to allow them to express their anger.

I liked one of Rihanna's earlier songs. She does things a little differently, or at least she used to. The example you raise is exactly what is wrong with Western culture... a money-driven loss of principles. Someone from the music label would have told Rihanna that making a song with her own attacker would make everyone lots of money. More than just throwing away principles for money, this sets a worse example that most people realise. I see countless women who come back to their abusive partners through some silly dependent need on them. Sure enough, they get abused again. Rihanna won't let this happen to her presumably, but her actions will no doubt ruin the lives of many vulnerable women who are influenced to forgive their abusive partners.

I wouldn't be too concerned about music culture though. We always have periods of "cultural wasteland" (nice phrase btw) followed by some sort of rebellion against it. Although I wonder how the music industry would ever let that rebellion happen again... unless they can sell it.

The American treatment of communism is a great example of propaganda at its most effective. To be able to associate one particular word with "evil" so thoroughly in a country is surely the work of someone who studied the works of Goebbels. It's absolute control through the methods of persuasion and conformism; an unconscious biassing of the human mind. Only an educated population would have any chance of understanding how they are being manipulated, and even then the extent to which a person can avoid it is merely relative. When the media talked about "winning hearts and minds" they weren't just talking about Iraqis, and they weren't specifying the method used. Like you say, Americans are uneducated. Even a mathematical genius would be oblivious to propaganda without some undertanding of psychology though.

I haven't noticed the "loose" vs "lose" thing yet, but I probably will now. The most annoying example I have encountered recently is people saying "your" instead of "you're". Sometimes I just reply with "my what?" and if they don't understand, I leave the discussion at that. I don't want to be the grammar police, and I suppose it's not their fault for being "stupid" (hell my grammar isn't perfect either), but when mistakes start to confuse two meanings, we are losing our power to communicate properly.

Anyway, thanks for the well-thought out reply! I appreciate being made to think.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on July 16, 2012:

Thanks for the link ripplemaker. That was a good read!... and it was nice to see my article linked there.

moldeh on July 15, 2012:

I don't much care for political correctness. Imperialism today is what it is... an attempt by the US to take on everybody else who's weaker than them, while they still are weaker than them. The British probably invented imperialism, yeah, but so what? Today, the only county that is being so obviously imperialist and getting away with it is the US. Truth be told, this will be over soon. Countries like China and India are taking over. Why? Well, it's not just that they have massive populations, but also because Americans are just... I don't want to say 'stupid', because that's not the case, so I'll say 'uneducated' (which is also pretty inaccurate, because there's more to it than that, but that's the best I can do).

My best example of that would be the way that Americans use the word 'loose' instead of the verb 'lose'. It's all over the internet, so I'll assume that you're familiar with it. I'm pretty sure that within a few decades, this new trend will be recognised as grammatically correct, joining the ranks of 'grey' '-ize' and many others. My example might be bad (I, for one, like it, but I'm somewhat biased), but I think you get what I'm trying to say. America(ns) will go to great lengths to avoid doing things right and to get away with it. That's something a lot of people do, but they can't force it on others.

By far the most bizarre sight, at least to me anyway, is the way the US treats immigrants. American nationalism... really? In a country where every single person (every. single. person.) is either an immigrant or the descendant of one, one would expect something more. Then again, when all non-right wingers are branded 'commies' and people make comments like 'National Healthcare in a nation with a population approaching 400 million would be a financial nightmare for taxpayers', I don't know if such expectations are realistic. I do, however, feel the need to point out that when you have 'almost 400 mil. people', you also have about as many taxpayers. Or at least you should.

American influence on the world is slowly fading. It might take one decade, or a few more, but the US cannot keep this up. For what it's worth, I want to note that I think that hip hop culture is probably the worst thing to happen to modern civilisation, so far. It started out as something that I, personally, would just dislike (different people like different things) and has turned into something just terrible, terrible. And yet, for some reason, it's taken over everything. A few years ago, the creation of world-wide cultural wasteland was a bad dream, but today it's the sad reality of our world.

I guess America is the land of the extreme. You will either be great or awful. I just feel that as the years pass, awfuless seems to be the norm, rather than greatness. And it just reflects badly on the US. When Rihanna, who is my definition of awful, gets the crap beat out of her and then makes another 'song' with the guy who beat her up and it becomes a hit in the US, how could it could reflect badly on everybody there? It's human nature. So, no, not all Americans are 'loosers' (see what I did there? hah!), but a good portion of them are, and the rest just need to live with being grouped with them.

It's not just the government, it's the county as a whole. The government is responsible for many of these problems (and, to an extent, for the causes of most others), but at some point you can't help but wonder whether Americans want to prove themselves as more than just an educated and arrogant people, because I don't think that's the case.

I don't really think it's hatred. I think it's disappointment. It just feels like americans aren't living up to everybody's expectations these days. Now, in the east, especially the Muslim word, sure, there's a lot of hatred towards Americans. But their disposition towards the US is a mixture of local culture/religious fanaticism and much justified distrust.

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on July 14, 2012:

I don't hate America nor any other country for that matter... :)

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Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on June 16, 2012:

Hi UH, I'm certain Obamacare is not exactly what Obama wanted. As President he'll get blamed for everything that gets passed during his government, but the sad truth is he has to compromise with people who don't want universal health care because it will damage the profits of their supporters (the health insurance industry), leading to infinite amounts of clauses and legal loopholes for the big-wigs to crawl through. Even people within his own government (Hillary) have been corrupted by health insurance money. I like Obama, and I don't necessarily disagree with compromising to get things done... otherwise nothing would get done at all, but its sad when the guy America elects is contained by a political system infected with money.

I completely disagree with the adage "look at his friends". For one, how do you know who his friends are? I'm guessing you let particular news outlets tell you who his friends are. How else would you know, right? Their evidence will be that Obama had a meeting with someone who has published some communist literature, or used to be a terrorist or something. I guess I'm asking if you watch Fox News here... because that's the kind of smear campaign they have run in the past. I meet with all sorts of people I disagree with, and I'll tell you one thing, you learn a lot more by listening to people you disagree with. People tend to listen to those they agree with because its what they want to hear, it reinforces a belief they draw pride from.

I don't think anyone can know if national healthcare would be a nightmare for 400m. If it isn't for 60m, why would it be for 400m?

Ugly Honest from Within the New York/DC Megalopolis on June 14, 2012:

Hi Thomas ... Apologize for not seeing your comment earlier .... As for American Healthcare .. I'm old enough (52) to remember my mother paying cash to the receptionist in the Doctor's office ... Then all the LBJ Great Society programs (1965) kicked in ... and of course the Government got involved and costs of course have become unreasonable .... True we do have some healthcare problems ... mainly with catastrophic care costs ... So fix them ... Don't come up with a 22,000 page Obamacare monstrosity that is more about central control than care .... For instance, ObamaCare makes a provision for the hiring of 17,000 additional IRS agents ... essentially the "Health-Police .... Now I know you'll say this is "irrationally alarmist" but doesn't that sound more reminiscent of a policy from the Kremlin rather than our Capitol ?? As for Obama being a "commie" the old adage our elders taught us seems to apply "look at his friends and you'll know who he is". Oh one more thing please ... National Healthcare in a nation with a population approaching 400 million would be a financial nightmare for taxpayers, medical professionals, and med-care companies alike .... but sure makes our politicians look like they care so much for the common folk ..... the politicians who by the way exempted themselves from ObamaCare ... they'll have their own special "private" insurance ..... Sounds like the beginning of a Soviet-Style "Two Class System" from where I'm observing ...OK Thanks ... If I'm wrong ... please correct and humble me.... Saw another one of your hubs that has piqued my interest ...... All the Best !!

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on June 14, 2012:

SpanStar, thanks for the comment. It does seem like America's reach is far greater than they asked it to be. However, in taking aggressive actions in the world, other people will feel threatened - "Is my country next?". While America will be sure of its reasons to go to war, other countries will not.

As for rap music in China, the creative output of America does seem to travel far. For people who dislike the music, they will blame it on America rather than on their own people. So this creates further dislike for the US. There are people all around the world who see their traditional values threatened by American cultural output.

SpanStar on June 10, 2012:

Much has already been said about the subject matter here at this hub so my contribution is this. I have just now finished watching a program called "The Listening Project." It involves people traveling to if I recall about 17 countries to get perspectives from people in those countries as to how they view America.


What struck me about the program or the culmination of comments was just how powerful America's presents is to the rest of the world. Other countries at times adopts American culture such as rap music in China. The actions that America takes either in war or business can impact other countries not directly related to the issues of America.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on June 10, 2012:

Thanks for the comment UH. You probably anticipated I would disagree with most of it. I didn't want to portray any virulence; I will certainly try to choose my words better in future. I don't personally hate America; I lived there quite happily for almost a year. I dislike the way the American government acts in the international community. They really should be full of apologies, but instead they moralise about everyone else. To this end, the government indoctrinates its people with patriotic ideals and does its best to cover up its dark history. This indoctrination, or propaganda, also includes anti-communist rhetoric.

The Cold War saw the same propagandist measures as WW2, and one would be extremely naïve to believe it all true. While Stalin was a monster, other leaders and governments were not. Where I vehemently disagree with you is when you seem to imply that electing Marxist candidates warranted US interference. The people must have the democratic right to decide their own fate. If it proves to be a mistake, then it's their mistake to make. It might not have been a mistake. The only way to be sure is to believe the Cold War Propaganda. For example, Castro created a public health service and education system in Cuba that is now sending doctors and teachers to South America. Where is America's health service? They have millions of people without access to health care. Castro did all this when faced with a trade embargo for decades, and attempts to assassinate him. The good and evil in that conflict is determined by perspective.

If there was an anti-American bent in the media, they would talk about how good the rest of the world is in terms of public health services, lack of obesity, scientific research (LHC), rather than promoting the ideal that America is the greatest country in the world at everything. I know there are exceptions, but the slant is towards America being the greatest IMO.

As for Obama being a commie, I am slightly shocked because he is more right wing than a lot of European politicians. He wants slightly more welfare and public health than the previous government did. Is that a bad thing? Does it make him a commie?

Ugly Honest from Within the New York/DC Megalopolis on June 09, 2012:

Thomas .. We can agree that sometimes the American government has done some things that are quite evil .... However, it's an evil world. If you remove the U.S. and yes it's capitalism out of the last century, then the earth becomes an even more hellish ball of evil that it is now... As imperfect and yes as stupid as our government has been at times .... A world without the United States is the green light for every two bit, power mad sadist and tyrant across the planet. .... America has taken on the real scourge of the planet "communism" and it's been costly.... in the interim Americans have enjoyed their prosperity to the point where yes many have become fat, dumb and pathetic ... so they didn't have any idea they were electing communism in 2008 ..... Americans have voluntarily continued to elect and reelect those who promise them things which pretty much parallels what has been going on in post-war Britain.... So the problem really is not the government it is the people or enough of them to sway elections to Marxist candidates..... As for patriotism it's really not drilled into our heads .... the jingoism comes from people reacting to the anti-American bent in our media, our entertainment, our schools and colleges. ... The communists have been brilliant as they have over the decades slowly brainwashed us .... So... hope this makes sense but I wanted to get back to you ... it's been a bit since I said I would read this ... I do feel an underlying virulence in your hub ... Fighting sleep here let me finish with this .... After WWII the dictators of the world were determined to undermine the U.S. cause we were the top dog and we controlled everything .... enter the U.N. and hence the U.S. isn't allowed to do anything without the U.N's permission...The UN was a very effective way to begin the castration of the U.S. ..... Hence we had to get all clandestine (CIA etc.) to fight the communists and their allies ..... Yes the whole espionage thing can get rather ugly ... And no we are not always angels God I hope this isn't confusing .... I'm trying to say so much and don't believe I'm tying it together well To paraphrase Churchill "America is the worst government except for all the rest" .... Strange how all the America haters that actually live here seem to be doing awfully well and they really are not moving anywhere else .. I think Sean Penn tried Cuba once, but he didn't stay .... OK ... you may lance me at will ... Thanks Thomas for your kind indulgence Godspeed

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on June 07, 2012:

I agree, the people should be responsible for their government. Iraq demonstrated that this still isn't the case, but I doubt the US government could still get away with some of the things it did in the 1950s-1980s. The media is more international these days and the people would find out and demand answers. Unfortunately, the media is what the government uses to convince the people their actions are righteous. So rather than not knowing, they are bombarded with pro-government propaganda. It was the same in Britain with Iraq, and recently Libya (for us).

I think the Obama government has demonstrated that it doesn't matter who is in charge; when the whole system is corrupt, very little will change. He has had to compromise so much. If Ron Paul was President, he wouldn't alter his principles for anyone. At least that would illustrate the problem.

I don't feel affiliated to Britain in any way. I'm just lucky to have been born here. I would feel lucky to have been born in America too. A wealthy, English speaking country is more than a child can hope for.

Karla Iverson from Oregon on June 06, 2012:

Thank you for your kind reply, Thomas. I did read the hub, but I read it as an American who's frustrated at the state of our nation, not as someone outside of America who's frustrated at our behavior.

The problem with giving us a way out of being responsible for our actions by saying for America that the actions of the government is not the actions of the people is that, because we're supposed to have so much power in our government, the actions of our government SHOULD BE the actions of our people. Of course, like an other nation, our government doesn't represent anything but whatever groups have the most power.

I brought up British patriotism to show that it's pervasive in all countries - that "Aren't we great" arrogance that causes nations to not only be happy at who they think they are, but to also be at each other's throats. I wish it wasn't there, but I'm afraid that "us and them" group attitude is in our deepest, oldest brains.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on June 06, 2012:

@ Healthy Pursuits

I have edited the first paragraph because I think it could sound like I'm stereotyping. Thanks for the heads up! I don't think I've stereotyped anywhere else, so I'm a little perplexed about the "full of stereotyping" comment.

Also I think you didn't read the whole hub. At the end, I state the actions of the government are not the actions of the people. I also say its better not to generalise, and I say patriotism is not really the fault of Americans because they grow up in that culture.

I'm curious why you brought up Britain. I deplore British patriotism too. The jubilee celebrations are abhorrent.

Anyway, I could have written this better to reflect my views. I know many Americans who aren't arrogantly patriotic. I could have changed a few words to reflect this, and I'll get onto editing some more now. Cheers!

Karla Iverson from Oregon on June 05, 2012:

I read your hub with interest. I was surprised to find a hub full of stereotyping. I'm an American and I absolutely did not support the invasion of Iraq. I marched against it and never worked so hard during an election as I did to defeat Bush when he was re-elected. I find it truly offensive that we have such a huge and expensive military when so many of our own citizens are in need, and that so much of our country is ruled for the benefit of large corporations, the very rich, or their political flunkies.

However, viewing the situation from the middle of it, I'm not going to stereotype. There are a lot of people who are fighting to make change and to stop the abuses. We do exist, and we aren't silent.

America is going through some very polarizing years now, and I have hope that things will change. We need changes in our power structure, in our military spending, in our education system, in our constitution and in a hundred other places. The fact that we've held the power for so long - partially due to our selfish policy of interference in other countries - is working against us now, as it should.

If I remember correctly, for about two hundred years, people in Britain were rabidly patriotic, was hated throughout the world and had as their most loved slogan of that time, "the sun never sets on the British Empire". During that time, millions also died - but due to British atrocities. We need to keep history in context. Your time was then and ours is now - and both will be history soon. If my guess is correct, China will be next and America will be in decline - if we haven't already begun down that slope.

As for British patriotism, it's still very, very strong. I just watched some of the jubilee. There were huge crowds everywhere, and they were in high form. There were so many flags - on hats, on umbrellas, on cheeks and dresses and shoes, my god, looking at the crowd was like looking at one big flag puzzle!

So, please be more balanced in what you say. There are over 312 million Americans, and we don't all think the same way. As for our government, I think it has been a long time since our government has represented all but a few rich Americans.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on June 05, 2012:

Thanks for the comment and the link chefsref. All people value the lives of their own countrymen above foreigners, but I suppose America takes it to the extreme. Americans lose 3000 on 9/11 and respond to it by tearing apart a country, killing many times that number of Iraqis... because lets face it, Iraq wouldn't have happened without 9/11 and the Afghan invasion. This extreme nature of America is what makes them so interesting. The attention they get is possibly what makes Americans think foreigners are jealous of them.

The hypocrisy of religion in America is a whole other article, but you're right, Jesus wouldn't recognise his teachings in the attitudes of most religious Americans. The way authoritarian aspects of right-wing politics have hijacked Christianity is fascinating, and suggests that Christians would be much more at home in a dictatorship. The dependence of Christians on a supernatural deity may groom them for such oppression.

It's a fascinating country for sure, and while I don't personally hate Americans, they are the most misguided and lied to people on the planet.

Lee Raynor from Citra Florida on June 04, 2012:

Interesting ideas, our arrogance is drummed into us on a daily basis from the right and the left. After all, we are “exceptional” (Or haven’t you heard?) I wrote a Hub about our exceptionalism at https://chefsref.hubpages.com/hub/American-Excepti... We lead the world in diabetes, obesity and military so if you mess with us, a bunch of sick fat people can send the military to attack you.

We are conditioned by propaganda to believe in our superiority just like the Nazis believed in their “Master Race” and when you believe yourself to be exceptional it is easy to impose your will on the lesser people. Iraq is the perfect example, many thousands of deaths, millions of Iraqis displaced and a trillion dollars borrowed, all to create a place that is dysfunctional and violent.

We proclaim our christianity (little C Christianity) while executing prisoners, starting wars, cutting food aid and practicing conservative’s Ayn Rand atheism.

We do not effectively regulate financial markets in spite of the collapse of 2008. The banks have evicted many people, leaving homes empty and people homeless. (How does that make sense to anyone?)

We want to defund regulatory agencies so business can serve us genetically engineered foods, toxic drugs and pollution.

Republicans are taking away the right to vote from minorities, the young and the elderly in order to ensure they maintain control

Oh well, the list goes on but I am a dangerous liberal in a country that is turning ever more Fascist. If the right wing takes complete control I expect to be swept up in a purge, sent to a re-education camp or the ovens. As a recent Tea Party Republican candidate for Congress said: Compromise means the Democrats will have to come to our point of view.

So, what's not to love?

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on May 29, 2012:

Thanks for the comment twaggoner. It seems most countries have corrupt governments that back corporate greed these days. I suppose America takes this to the extreme, like it does with most things. The theft of natural resources certainly is a motive for political inference and intervention. I didn't mention that in my post, but it is I hope implied. Indeed, the Iranian government was toppled in 1953, not just because America suspected Soviet influence, but because the Iranian Prime Minister had nationalised the Anglo-Persian oil company. In fact, that was the main reason.

twaggoner on May 28, 2012:

interesting hub, I think the main reason is the spread of the American Empire infringing on the other nations of the world. When you combine this with the generalized "attitude" of Americans that is continually drilled into them about America being the best at everything and everyone wanting to be American, that leads to the arrogance that other countries despise. And just for good measure toss in the ignorance of Americans due to the education system that pushes out high school graduates who can't read, or find America on a globe, and then you sprinkle on top of that our culture of government backed corporate greed that allows for the theft of natural resources around the world, keeping not only foreign countries poor but Americans as well, and you have the makings of the anti American movement that unfortunately I think will continue to grow until we make fundamental changes both nationally and globally.

Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on May 28, 2012:

I agree that some people hate America because of their interference in other countries. They've gained a reputation for this, especially in countries where they've helped topple governments, such as in South America and Iran. In Europe we dislike this interventionalist policy, but we also dislike the patriotic arrogance that Americans exhibit... as if their country is so much better. This may be most evident in American's lack of knowledge about other countries, which suggests they don't want to know about other countries. I know, this is a failure of the education system, but it comes off as arrogance.

Joeythegrreat on May 27, 2012:

Good hub, but I think the main reason why they hate us is because of what our government does. I'm pretty sure there are things the know about them that we do not.

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