I’d like to add “free market economy”. Though I do believe in minimal regulation (as opposed to none)
feeling patriotic, tumblr is my indulgence. found this on a random chinese blog:
5. What was the secret of its success? (America)
A combination of all of the factors you mentioned:
Great natural resources
Immigration from all over the world
The energy of a people who believe they can do anything.
Freedom to become whatever you want to be regardless of birth
Freedom to choose your leaders and vote on issues of concern
Belief in a “manifest destiny’
— wee small hours of the morning. not depressed or pining but thought it was a great quote when it came on the radio just now. we’ve all been there, and we’ll be there again.
I went to occupy cal/robert reich speech last night, thankfully before the MASSES of people got there so I was towards the front. The thoughts going through my mind (besides the suppressed get jobs you hippies and jesus don’t you bathe) were that:
1. it’s funny to me that people/students/berkeleyites (because they really are different) can get so impassioned about an issue and yet not coherently be able to defend their position with facts (and in this case solutions). I blame my recent paper on Allan Bloom for these thoughts.
2. Damn I go to a big school! It’s amazing to think that thousands of students walk the same little campus I do and each have a different relationship to it. Plus, as proven today by my run-ins with 3 of the 4 males I’ve had relationships in the past year with, even in a crowd of thousands life always throws you the ones you don’t want to see. (thank god I didn’t see the fourth, but seeing as he’s in England I’d be pretty freaked out if I did)
3. Public speaking. I kept trying to imagine what taking the mic would be like in front of a crowd like that (the most people I’ve seen in one place, ever) and really want to improve my public speaking skills. I imagine after a certain point the crowd becomes too big to comprehend and it would be equivalent to speaking to a crowd of say 100 people.