Top 10 Reasons People Hate Americans

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posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 05:04 PM
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Its obvious to any american that alot of the world harbors some kind of hate or strong dislike for americans. Most americans have done nothing as individuals to to earn anyones animosity.

For a long time i thought of it this way. I thought about individuals. But when you look at america as a whole the picture changes (at least for me) and the disdain makes more sence.

this is not a list i compiled but thought it was interesting. It has been compiled by an american so im not sure if it really represents anyones feelings.


It is a very easy thing to hate the United States of America right now. But why? We stormed the beaches at Normandy, saved Europe from economic ruin with the Marshall plan (thanks for paying off the loan, Norway. Anybody else? Anybody? Bueller?), invented the Internet, uprooted tyrants, and give foreign aid away like it was candy. We want to be the good guys and thought we were. Yet we just can’t seem to get any love these days. How’d we get here? Well… [JFrater: as the representative of Listverse, I would like to say that we don't hate America - in fact, I had one of my greatest holidays there. This list will no doubt cause a storm - be calm and debate nicely!]

10 Center of the Universe


The first reason: we act like the world revolves around us. America presumes much for a country generously dated at 300 years old. China has latrines ten times older than that. A quick example: many countries play baseball, but only we have the “World Series”. We’re getting better about our egocentrism, but it’s been a loooong time coming. And don’t get me started about our tourists. Just smile and take the money- they’re loud, but they’ll be gone in a week.


9 We Win Everything


Okay, I’ll concede Vietnam, tennis (but we don’t care) and Kenyan marathon runners. But we win damn near everything else, eventually. The Space Race. The Cold War. Tour de France. The list goes on and on. Even we hate the Olympics now that our professionals are allowed to participate straight up with the underaged/doping communist nations. It’s boring for us, but as a Red Sox/Bolton Wanderers fan, I know the angst that chronic losing against bigger and better funded opponents generates. And if we don’t have the best athletes/scientists/entertainers, we’ll make sure they get a chance to immigrate while others wait in line. That’s gotta sting. Oh, Yao Ming and Ichiro say “Hi”.

8 We Eat Everything


Why? Because we can. Americans are the second fattest industrialized nation per capita (sorry, Australia). But as always, we make up for it in volume. We can afford automobiles so we don’t ride bikes or walk anywhere except for fun, and thanks to abundant agricultural surpluses, ANYTHING we want to eat is readily available from takeaway restaurants and convenience stores. Some of our refrigerators could hide an entire human body. And we like the fatty stuff, because fat tastes good. This is NOT a good thing, and our global franchises (KFC, McDonald’s) are already infecting nations that traditionally had healthier diets (are you listening, Japan?)

7 We Made and Have Nukes


The United States is the inventor and only wartime practitioner of nuclear weapons (never mind that using them prevented an invasion that would make the Iraqi insurgency look like a blowjob. “Operation Downfall”, the now-declassified US plan to invade Japan, estimated 1 Million American casualties alone). Lax security protocols (and clever spying) spread the secret to the USSR and after that the genie got out of the bottle. Many countries now have atomic weapons, and with no clear Cold War counterpart to US supremacy, the balance has shifted, and the peace dividend has not been kind post 9/11.

6 Natural Resources


Though accounting for only 5 percent of the world’s population, Americans consume 26 percent of the world’s energy. (American Almanac), and we are the world’s largest single emitter of carbon dioxide, accounting for 23 percent of energy-related carbon emissions worldwide. (U.S. Department of Energy). This, while worldwide, some 2 billion people are currently without electricity. (U.S. Department of Energy). The good news is that among industrialized and developing countries, Canada consumes per capita the most energy in the world, and the United Sates is only second. Italy consumes the least among industrialized countries (that’s because they still drive Fiats, which “conserve” energy by breaking every other day).


5 International Meddling


The United States has the most advanced army in the world. We station our military in other countries at their “request”, which is a source of much seething and hurt national pride. From Banana Republics, to the Cold War, to the War on Terror, we routinely interfere in the business of other countries to make the world safe for our interests, whether anybody asked for it or not. Even if the intentions are both right and good, many countries resent our involvement in their affairs on sheer principle: they’d rather f*** it up themselves. Are you listening, North Korea?

4 We Export Trash Culture


A thriving market economy and near total freedom of expression liberate Americans to pursue almost every endeavor imaginable, resulting in some of the greatest discoveries and inventions in the history of man, from the first practical light bulb to powered flight, polio vaccines, radio and TV, space exploration, the Internet, and unfortunately, everything in between. So that means ubercrap like Jerry Springer and Britney Spears gets exported worldwide. No, I’m being too kind there– “force fed” worldwide. Other cultures despise this with a mix of dread, envy, and loathing. They can’t figure out how to cull the good from the bad out of this torrent (neither can we, btw)—but once it takes hold, it won’t let go. This what the Islamic world fears most. Tanks, they understand. An educated, employed woman horny and clubbing on Friday night they simply can’t fathom. And it scares the crap out of them.

3 It’s Fashionable


Despite the hyperbole bandied online, strong political opinions won’t get your door kicked in at 3 AM like in the Gulag Archipelago. There are no Stalinist purges or killing fields here. And the FBI/CIA/ATF/DEA/PTA will not shoot you on sight simply because you speak against The Surge or march against the Economic Stimulus Plan. But it’s certainly fun to claim a fear of it! You become an instant radical and feel intellectually enlightened to boot– patriotism is an uncritical, reflexive act, right?– only a deep thinker would hate his country (yet stay on to enjoy its privileges). And don’t worry about proof, because all that matters is the accusation. Volume and conviction win the day, so toss that bibliography—grab half the story and make the rest up. If you get caught in a logic box, claim satire. Other countries see this lack of consequences and pile on.

2 We Don’t Finish the Job


From Vietnam to Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinski to “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq to finding Osama Bin Laden, we seem to do most of the work, but keep a lot of things hanging on, never quite finished. Eventually the answer makes itself known, but it usually takes time, and involves help from others after a lot of (necessary) heated discussions. Maybe we should try this as as a first course of action more often…




posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 05:05 PM
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1 We Act Unilaterally


We are a nation of doers, and our errors (when they occur) will be from acts of commission, not omission (Hypocrisy Alert: Darfur). Sometimes that’s a great thing, like sending Kruschev’s missiles back home, breaking Gaddafi’s/Qaddafi’s/Kaddafi’s nuclear ambitions (his nukes are now safely tucked away in Oak Ridge, Tennessee), or winning the Cold War. Other times, it blows up in our (and often, YOUR) face. Our attempts to spread democracy worldwide, intended to let others enjoy the same freedoms and advantages that we have, sometimes result in innocent people dying. We must stop to remember the Somalia embassy, Madrid and Fiji and Lockerbie 101 bombings, along with the millions of nameless others who suffered and died in countries that are not free. The US is the biggest face opposing these things that actually does anything (not just talk, FRANCE. You railed about Guantanamo but when it came time to release prisoners you took ONE.), but our allies often bear the brunt of our “foreign” wars, because the enemy cannot reach us. That has changed recently, and while it has altered our perspective, it has not altered our resolve.


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Like i said i dont know if this really represents the worlds feelings but it seems like it does.

what do you think?



[edit on 12-6-2009 by constantwonder]



posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 05:11 PM
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Hating Americans is reasonable I suppose. I have a broader outlook though in that I hate everyone, stupidity goes across borders. I don't discriminate based on nationality, I'm an equal opportunity employer so no worries there.

When you get right down to it, there are no Americans, Germans, French, South Africans ect., only people.

[edit on 12-6-2009 by ghaleon12]


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posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 05:16 PM
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Reasons 1-10 that people hate Americans - JEALOUSY.
They deny it ... but that's it. That's all the top ten reasons.
That's the truth, if they know it or not.

here come the flames ...



posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 05:24 PM
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I think most countries hate us because they're on the business end of an IMF sponsored bulldozing of their homes, while the state seizes the land and sells the mineral rights to Bechtel (or whomever the contractor might be). Thousands of people die, so America can produce 100,000,000 more cell phones in 2010.

And Americans have no clue. Uh dur. I kind of hate that about us too.



posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 05:24 PM
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Originally posted by FlyersFan
Reasons 1-10 that people hate Americans - JEALOUSY.
They deny it ... but that's it. That's all the top ten reasons.
That's the truth, if they know it or not.

here come the flames ...


that seems to be the crux of most of the reasons that were listed. . . . and while it seems perfectly reasonable that its jealousy (and it seems it is) what now do we really have that they dont? I mean really our governments fingers are now in everything big brother is growing and the general populous is suffering.

but nothing changes about how we're viewed



posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 05:24 PM
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WEll it is hard to argue with that. Im sure that Islamic nations do find us decadent. I can understand. Legal gambling,legal prostitution,legal alcohol and drug use(legal or other wise) and the right to practice the religion you see fit,or none at all if you prefer.

We don't seem to fit in a regimented societial theocracy,and it worries them.We must be stamped out,or ther children might become free thinkers and turn their world upside down.



posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 05:27 PM
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I belive and we always say that the reason the world hates America is because they aint us. Think about it it took us 220 years to become a Super Power and one till chinas Navy becomes a blue water Navy the only super power. We have trounced ever major power in wars and defeated the mighty Soviet Empire econimical. Also we did not loose the war in Vietnam we signed a peace treaty then with The NVA invaded south vietnam we abandoned them.

Also the rest of the world smells blood in the water, they see America on the verge of collapse and cant wait to see it happen, have you noticed B.R.I.C working to do just that. When our economy implodes we have noone to blame put outselfes for not putting the goverment in check and watching the filth like Brittney Spears and co dictate how we roll.


THey hate us cause they aint us, but soon enough we will be them.



posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 05:33 PM
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Originally posted by poedxsoldiervet



THey hate us cause they aint us, but soon enough we will be them.

You got that 'back to front'.
You ARE US!

America is made up of it's indigenous people (Native Indians), plus immigrants from China, Europe and Africa etc.

We are all one.

As a nation, America has failed to learn the lessons of the history it's occupants originate from.



posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 05:35 PM
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Only 1 to 10 points?

Did they run out of paper?





posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 05:37 PM
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What? Inventor of the TV and Radio? First into Space? Win everything? What? Developer of the Nuclear weapon? What the hell?

I think you'll find that a belief in the above could be included in the list as to why "people hate America"....



posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 05:41 PM
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from my point of view..from Malta

We absolutely dont hate americans..we are afraid of your NWO thats all...i cried when 9/11 happened..and i cry more knowing it was just a false flag using your own ppl...i cry more watching all that american soldiers fighting in desert not knowing why..i respect your army and race but not your admin



posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 05:42 PM
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Originally posted by stumason
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What? Inventor of the TV

TV is not an American invention.



posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 05:44 PM
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A small part of the article, but the World Series complaint is stupid. The best players in the world play baseball in the Major Leagues. Look at a roster from any team. I've heard this before and I'm sick of it.

One thing I do agree with, its very "in" to hate on America, especially for Americans. A lot of them threaten to move to Canada. Pretty lame.



posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 05:51 PM
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Originally posted by poedxsoldiervet
reply to post by constantwonder
 

THey hate us cause they aint us, but soon enough we will be them.


You act as if Europe is the gutter. Europe isn't living as big as Americans or as flashy, but thats not what we are striving for. The fact is that if we would compare country's to personality's then America would be the big stupid ego tripping bully, Africa The pour guy, Europe the "neutral guy" and china the slick guy.

we don't crave for the world you have. Imagine a world full of people with big ego's? It would be close to impossible to live with such a group. I still think country's have big ego's and thats why there are so many wars and conflicts, but not so big as America's ego.

And saying that we hate you because we envy you can be true, I honestly think that some of the hatred comes from that angle. And that is generated by your media.

If we want the perfect world then everyone needs to be neutral and loving, no ego's just regular guys trying to make the best out of something.

BTW the way Americans live/think isn't a sustainable way, you guys got that philosophy after the second WW to live big and pretty but that doesn't mean that its the best way to live for the planet, other country's, animals and nature. You have to make room in your ego for other things to fit, so that we can all live happely on this earth without destroying it or destroying ourselves.
And the movie Idiocracy is a nice caricature of what America realy is, you guys know it.

peace



posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 05:51 PM
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Originally posted by stumason
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What? Inventor of the TV and Radio? First into Space? Win everything? What? Developer of the Nuclear weapon? What the hell?

I think you'll find that a belief in the above could be included in the list as to why "people hate America"....


the television


The credit as to who was the inventor of modern television really comes down to two different people in two different places both working on the same problem at about the same time: Vladimir Kosma Zworykin, a Russian-born American inventor working for Westinghouse, and Philo Taylor Farnsworth, a privately backed farm boy from the state of Utah.

“Zworykin had a patent, but Farnsworth had a picture…”



www.physlink.com...

Maybe marconi or Tesla on the radio but i think we get TV


Leo Szilard may have concieved the bomb but a team of scientists led by American Oppenheimer built the first working bomb

Maybe not first in space but first on the moon. . .

So arrogance seems to be a factor aswell. . . .



posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 05:58 PM
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Originally posted by constantwonder


the television


The credit as to who was the inventor of modern television really comes down to two different people in two different places both working on the same problem at about the same time: Vladimir Kosma Zworykin, a Russian-born American inventor working for Westinghouse, and Philo Taylor Farnsworth, a privately backed farm boy from the state of Utah.





Wrong again;

en.wikipedia.org...



posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 06:05 PM
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Indeed, the inventor of the TV was a Scotsman (I'm not going to claim it was a "British" invention as the Scots will get funny about that)..

And the American development of the A-bomb was done in collaboration with the British and Canadians, but once they got a working design we got shat on and got told to go swing when we wanted one. So went our own way and managed to get a working design ourselves in a few years, despite being spurned by the Americans.



By the beginning of World War II, there was concern among scientists in the Allied nations that Nazi Germany might have its own project to develop fission-based weapons. Organized research first began in Britain as part of the "Tube Alloys" project, and in the United States a small amount of funding was given for research into uranium weapons starting in 1939 with the Uranium Committee under Lyman James Briggs.

At the urging of British scientists, though, who had made crucial calculations indicating that a fission weapon could be completed within only a few years, by 1941 the project had been wrested into better bureaucratic hands, and in 1942 came under the auspices of a Military Policy Committee led by General Leslie Groves as the Manhattan Project.

Scientifically led by the American physicist Robert Oppenheimer, the project brought together the top scientific minds of the day (many exiles from Europe) with the production power of American industry for the goal of producing fission-based explosive devices before Germany could. Britain and the U.S. agreed to pool their resources and information for the project, but the other Allied power—the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin—was not informed.



posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 06:07 PM
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I dislike america because of the EGO,Like the above posters saying you hate us because you aint us.

Yes you are us we are all us (humans).

I could write an essay as to way i dislike america but its late here and im tired.

Trust me its not jealousy, I could think of nothing worse than drinking p#ss weak beer eating a incredibly large hot dog and watching overpaid men with soo much padding on (so to not break nails) run around a field and play dumbed down rugby.

Too much attitude for a young country, Im sure i have socks nearly as old as america haha



posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 06:07 PM
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I thought 1 would have been we have chuck Norris and David hasselhoff..

I often wonder were the world would be without the old red white and blue...ah its easier for people to bitch about all the bad we do,then find there own countrys faults..





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