To begin with I am Canadian. This makes me, basically, an American. Other Canadians may wince or deny this, but they would be wrong.
We in Canada love to hate the states, but it´s more from a sense of insecurity than anything. We HAVE to care about you, you can ignore us and do just fine. It´s annyoing to say the least.
We Canadians like to think of ourselves as superior, based mostly on the fact that we have national health care and gun control, but those are really minor things. In all the ways that count, particularly in terms of our global economic position we are pretty much a larger, less populated, colder United States.
There are a few slight differences in perception between Canadians and Americans, particularly when it comes to things like freedoms and the role of governement.
To begin with, Americans (I know I´m generalising, I know there are millions of exceptions and I know that almost every american burner IS one of those exceptions, but bear with me) seem to have this notion that along with the freedoms of speech, assembly, religion, and the right to bear arms comes the freedom from responsibility.
This is manifested in the from of massive litigation, liability suits, and insurance laws. I can only imagine how much legal red tape BMORG must deal with to get their event insured. For another example, look at the lawsuits against Big Tobacco, gun manufacturers, or now the most ridiculous, fast food companies. Let me spell it out for you...if you smoke and get cancer, if you own a gun and it kills someone, or if you have eaten yourself into homer-esque obesity...IT´S YOUR OWN FUCKING FAULT!! Americans have the freedom to choose how they want to live their lives. Great, that is awesome, you are some of the luckiest people alive. Just take some friggin´ responsiblity for your choices!
The other glaring difference is the level to which American´s participate in their democracy. You are the oldest and most successful democracy in the world. Thus far the American "experiment" in government by, of, and for the people has gone rather well. However, the vast majority of you don´t participate! The turn out for a presidential election is, what? 30%? less? And then you have the nerve to sit around and complain about the actions your government takes? FUCK you! If you have a problem with what your government is doing vote for the other guy! If you don´t think the other guy is a viable option, run your friggin self! That is what democracy is about!
And don´t give me that crap about "The people are different than the government. The govenment doesn´t represent me!" You live in a democracy, the people ARE the government and yes they DO represent you. If you have a problem with your government, you have the power to change it. AND if it comes right down to it that is WHY you have the right to bear arms. Not so you can keep the king of england out, but so your own government can´t opress you with out fear of violent repercussion.
Perhaps those guys who wrote those words were somewhat prescient.
And you know what cheezes me off the most about these attitudes? They´re begining to overwhealm my country and the rest of the "freedom loving nations" to borrow a phrase from your near-fascist leader. If America continues to operate in this fashion, it will overwhealm the rest of the world. You ARE the lone superpower. YOU call the shots and, forget the last century, THIS is going to be the American Century. We can´t change you, much as we may want to. It´s you who must change, and if anyone can be the leaders of that change, it´s burners.
My experience of Burning Man gave me real hope for your country and the whole world. If BRC can be built in America, populated by mostly Americans, then there is a real chance that things are going to change, because the people really do have the power. Which is by far the most awesome and beautiful thing about the states.
Except BRC, of course.
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