Aitrus wrote:Then the sources I've read must be wrong. From what I gather, both by reading and by talking to contacts that live there, the crime rate is just as high as that in the US, it's just that more crimes are comitted with knives and bats rather than guns, but the rate is still the same.
US murder rate 0.042802 per 1,000 people per annum.
UK murder rate 0.0140633 per 1,000 people per annum
so if you live in the US you are 3 times more likely to be murdered than if you live in the UK.
who gets to define "reasonable"?
A jury of your peers.
How could you use a gun to defend yourself if their ownership is outlawed? A criminal won't care about the gun laws - that's why he is a criminal. If he can get his hands on a gun, he will.
If you are a farmer for instance you might have one for pest control. As for criminals having guns, well it is much harder for them to obtain them if there are far fewer firearms in circulation. Gun crime is still a rarity here.
Urban ethnic minorities have caused their own problems by not policing (i.e. reprimanding) their own, so now they suffer from gangs and other issues. It's a problem in non-minority neighborhoods as well. It's all about the lack of parenting, not the apathy of the rich or middle-class.
Personally I think it is about lack of hope and the low chance of social mobility leading young men to think the only way they can achieve status is through illegal means.
I don't like the debts any more than you do. I want the US to keep it's nose out of everybody else's business unless we're asked for help as we were in WWI and WWII. If the Middle Eastern governments want to kill each other off, and their people are content to let their governments do as they please, then I say let 'em have at it! People deserve the government they get if they do nothing to change it. Now, if somebody comes over here and bloodies our nose and threatens to do more, then we'll have to defend ourselves as we need to, and then take our toys and go home. I disagree with all the failed "nation building" that the US has done. In every country we have ever intervened in, we are still there (with the single exception of Vietnam, but we're still in Korea, so that's close enough). "Nation Building" doesn't work.
Well I agree, in fact I think the vast majority of the worlds population would rather the US kept its army and air force at home. Of course often regimes with terrible human rights records are maintained in power by help from the US, which stops people from changing their government. This was the case with Iraq which received massive amounts of US military aid, for instance.
You've misunderstood "individual freedom" as we see it and as it was designed in our Constitution. Many within our own borders have misunderstood it as well. The American Dream is not about getting medical care, education, housing and everything else handed to you on a silver platter. The American Dream is about giving everybody the equal opportunity to worship as they will, to pursue their own goals, and to work and earn their medical care, education, etc. If you don't work, then you don't deserve the benefits. For the rare few that can't work at all there should be a system in place to take care of them, but that system should be charity based and not governmentaly controlled. The governmentally controlled system is nortious for allowing those that are just lazy to be get housing, food, etc without working to earn it. Many poor are poor by their own choice.
That attitude is awful, and I just hope for your sake you don't become disabled or ill, because with your views you'll have no-one to blame but yourself should you become homeless or destitute. The simple fact is not everyone is equally able, not everyone can work, nor can everyone prosper in a system where the rich get richer on the backs of low paid workers. Not everyone can be a manager or a professional, whether they work hard or not because capitalist society is pyramidal in its shape with a lot of low paid folk at the bottom of the heap, thats simply how it works, its intrinsic to the system, but your 'American Dream' (which looks like a nightmare to us) just doesn't seem to recognise that.
It's like this: If you were to take the good grades from a straight-A student, give him all Bs instead, and give the straight-F student all Ds because "we feel sorry for his inability to pass". Call me weird, but that's unfair to the A student.
That's how many in America, myself included, see European-style socialism. We don't get it. And to our way of thinking, government-mandated environment efforts are part of that equation.
Its nothing like that, its just about recognising that we all live in a community, where people have different abilities and different needs, and building a society which leaves no-one's needs unmet whilst still allowing those who can achieve to do so. Human life is a collective effort, I am my brothers keeper, how can I be happy while he starves or goes homeless or without medical care? This is simple human compassion. The US seems astonishingly short of that, though your culture tries to compensate by substituting schmaltzy sentimentality.
I have run out of time and have to go out, more later.