The myth of the United States of America is dead.
Most Americans know it, deep down — the evidence shows up in one scientific study after another.
Teachers and professors in America tell their students that the nation is unified by common values, but this is a convenient narrative, not science.
The USA is a huge country. Each region, state, even district has its own unique history.
Partisanship runs so deep in the fabric of American social life that virtually everyone who bothers to participate in society is forced to adopt coded speech that ignores basic scientific and geographic truths.
Everyone in America is forced to develop a sense of where they are supposed to belong and fear the consequences of being revealed as an outsider.
This is classic groupthink at work. The tragic irony is that if you choose not to care, you instantly become more free: but this requires confronting and defeating America’s partisan-induced climate of fear.
As a former British colony, the USA has always been afflicted by the vicious pyramid-shaped class system that took hold in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066.
Americans are trained to believe that their society is a meritocracy, but this is the Great American Lie.
Over its history the USA has functioned like a classic pyramid scheme: the first waves of settlers entering an area take control of the best lands from the reeling natives. They then require labor to make their new estates productive, so they import poor people who have little to no power.
But as these employees (or as often, slaves) start to get ahead in the world, they begin to demand their own land and equal rights. They start to ask why the lucky few first settlers should have so much to themselves, especially when it isn’t their labor that generates most of the wealth.
The American obsession with property rights is a function of this natural tension. Its constant expansion and obsession with economic growth at all costs is another natural consequence: the system must find fresh victims or else it will turn on itself.
In reality, most people dislike inequality even as they hope to get ahead in life because extreme inequality in any respect can quickly lead to forced dependency. Share-cropping, wage labor, and other economic relationships easily become predatory…