I’m an ex-pat American living nearly half my (not so short anymore) life outside the US. I think those of us outside the US see things differently because our 90% of our news doesn’t all come from six US mega-corporations, and so I recommend everyone reading Caitlin’s last essay about Net Neutrality (and the likely soon be lack thereof) and trying to do something about it.
When you’re fed propaganda 24/7 — USA!!! — on 90% of all media, it is tough to see that 50% of the US is not filled with freedom loving pioneer individualists, but with 21st century serfs. It is tough to understand why we call the US mega-rich “billionaires”, but we call those in Russia “oligarchs.” No one in the MSM ever explains why we can always afford more wars and weapons (F-35 anyone?), but never have enough money for the social services the rest of the industrialized world takes for granted (single payer, tax funded higher education, maternity leave, sick leave, potable water…). It’s tough to keep up on non-propaganda alternate media when you’ve got to work two jobs just to afford to share an apartment and keep some food on the table.
So those of us lucky enough not to be trapped in the Live Action Role Play of The Hunger Games currently being enacted in the US do need to shout out about US politics. Particularly about Net Neutrality!