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Culture Still Matters

majer Wrote: May 31, 2012 10:44 AM
You didn't come right out and say it, but it was implicit in your article: All cultures are not equal; some are better than others. I lived inTurkey for four years and, although Turks take care of what is in their immediate vicinity (their homes, their balconies, and stoops), they are oblivious to the filth in the streets and in their bodies of water, most notably the Bosphorus, which is a cesspool. I also experienced filth in the Greek Islands and the filthiest place I've ever been is Cairo. The restrooms at the Cairo International Airport are disgraceful, and the filth just moves out from there and into the city. The northern European culture is pretty darn good--and clean.
RayTheAnarchoCapitalist Wrote: May 31, 2012 9:38 PM
My brother spent time in Italy while he was in the military. He told me that the canals are filled with garbage and sewage.
Blair43 Wrote: May 31, 2012 2:01 PM
Amen. That is something most Democrats don't understand in their bid for multi-culturalism and tolerance. Some lifestyles and cultures are better than others. Better for health, better for society, better for economics, better all around. That culture just happens to coincide heavily with a market-based system based on private property rights with limited government and freedom of religion. Sound like anything we know? Or is it "used to" know?
RayTheAnarchoCapitalist Wrote: May 31, 2012 9:44 PM
Americans used to admire rugged individualism, free enterprise, and science. Now science is only good in so far as it can be used to further political goals. Free enterprise is evil. Rugged individualism means that you're mean and uncaring. Is it any surprise that America is a nation in decline?
Alice153 Wrote: May 31, 2012 11:08 AM
I began to study history after I retired. I was impressed how the tribes from the extreme north were able to overcome the established territories and, having overcome, settled down and made their new homes superior powers. I am not sure why the northern climes seem to produce hardier and more dedicated citizens. Perhaps the requirement to overcome the elements everyday keeps them on their toes. Over the ages, the most successful civilizations are those that must struggle for life every day. It is also significant that in some regions the religious practices are oppresive. It was true when the so-call Christian church subjugated its people and now the Muslim faiths does the same.

RUDESHEIM, Germany -- This week I am leading a military history tour on the Rhine River from Basel, Switzerland, to Amsterdam. You can learn a lot about Europe's current economic crises by just ignoring the sophisticated barrage of news analysis and instead watching, listening, and talking to people as you go down river.

Switzerland, by modern standards, should be poor. Like Bolivia, it is landlocked. Like Italy, it has no real gas or oil wealth. Like Afghanistan, its northern climate and mountainous terrain limit agricultural productivity to upland plains. And like Turkey, it is not a part of the European Union.