Many liberals fail to notice how close their liberal guilt brings them to the ideology promoted by George W. Bush. The very idea that the big, bad and scary America exploits poor and pathetic countries of the 3rd world depends for its very existence on the vision of the inhabitants of other countries as sad losers who would wish but unfortunately for them cannot live the way Americans do. Here we come very close to Bush's belief that the rest of the world envies the US.
We tend to see the world in our own terms. When talking about the standard of living, we tend do measure it according to what we find good and important and forgetting that other people might have a different set of values. If we were to measure the standard of living in the amount of leisure time we have, in how much sex and fun we have, what place would the US occupy in the world? Why should we automatically assume that the kind of lifestyle where you work 14 hours a day in the hope to maybe pay out your mortgage 30 years from now is necessarily what everybody wants? Why assume that having 3 plasma screen TVs makes you happier than being able to spend a lot of time celebrating life, drinking and dancing with your friends.?
Different people have different value systems. Different cultures collectively make different choices. The liberal condescension towards the so-called underdeveloped countries only serves to make people who engage in the cultivation of this liberal guilt feel all good and noble. Instead of exploiting people of the 3rd world economically, they have found an alternative system of exploitation through liberal guilt.
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