“‘The so-called ‘melting pot’ has happily failed, Bourne wrote, and he called the “English-American conservatism” which would demand it the ‘chief obstacle to social advance.’ Without the cultural variety brought by immigrants, […] America was doomed to stagnation.” “‘What we emphatically do not want is that these distinctive qualities [of immigrants] should be washed out […]Read more "The Facade of the Melting Pot: Trans-National America"
Well, either there are a ton of ballers in Tennessee or Saudi Arabia produces a lot less than I thought. Though the US is often posited as one big economic block, it’s a healthy (necessary) exercise to examine the variance in states. Not everyone can rake it in like Texas. [via Josh Spear]Read more "Income Disparity: GDP by Comparison"
Looks like bored Texas residents can put down their WOW, pack up their bridge games, and turn off the soaps, there’s a new diversion in town! Totally free citizen monitoring. In partnership with the Texas Border Sheriff’s Coalition vigilant residents can now watch and report any illegal immigrant activity — all from the comfort of […]Read more "Patriot Games: Realtime Border Monitoring"
As always, America is a hard country to define. With elections only a week away the question of an American identity seems to be one that is particularly relevant and particularly elusive. The “real America,” if there is such a thing, is a place that both sets of candidates aim to speak to. Whether or […]Read more "Is This America?: Campaigns, Cookies, Narcotics, and Cars"
Here are five super interesting news blips/articles that need to be shared: – A perspective on drugs from Mexican children – Keeping comedy alive in Iraq – Egyptian gameshow gives away homes to unwed couples – Considering the recent and profound changes in the American psyche – Contrasting thoughts on the future of suburbiaRead more "Burbs and Baghdad: News Worth Catching"
Just in time for the Fourth of July, comes an amazing, patriotic story straight out of the beer and cheese state. This only reinforces the fact, that, yes, America loves BBQ. Here’s the saucy, unbelievable writeup: “APPLETON, Wisc. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A couple telephoned police in the middle of the night after finding a man […]Read more "BBQ and Burglary: Only in America"
Here’s a red, white, and blue, but mostly blue, roundup of really interesting articles and views about the American economy. Ultimately, the aim was to take all of this information, and amalgamate it into one cohesive post for spicy readership worldwide, but alas, I’m not sure how to feel. Thrifty? Yep. Worried about my future? […]Read more "Big Huge Econocrises-a-rama: Welcome to the Recession"