Show Notes & Research
From the Show
Broadcast: 19th July, 2015
Last update: 20th July, 2015
- Read the feedback, notes from the last show
- Begin recording
- Introduction and description of the podcast, goals, modus operandi.
- What An investigation of everything from a British perspective by two brothers who consider themselves to be relatively normal chaps, one topic at a time.
- Who Geoffrey Campos (engineer and devil’s advocate),
Benjamin de-Campos (designer and believer).
- How Choose a topic of interest, spend a little time researching it, have a discussion then publish the notes.
- Why The main benefits are the fostering of a greater understanding of the world before we die and hopefully, to prompt further thought and discussion from our listeners.
- The topic we will be duffing up in this show is Anti-Americanism
Be as nasty as you want about America and Americans without fear or apology. I reckon America is unique in this way. I can't help but imagine that if one were to speak harshly of North Korea, for example, there would inevitably be a certain clade of people (here in the west) that would take exception, and anyway, North Korea is the way it is because of American imperialism. America and Americans are 'fair game'. Simple as that.
This is first person, there are two of us. How about:
'Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free' said the Statue of Liberty to the world, at least in the words of Emma Lazarus, a 19th century American poet. Let’s also not forget those ‘inalienable rights’ from the Declaration of Independence ‘Life, Liberty and pursuit of happiness’. The United States of America has, since its inception, been a refuge for the world's ravaged, a land of opportunity for those oppressed in war-torn and heavily statist regimes. Today, it has a larger influence than any other nation in the categories of food, science, culture, weaponry and democracy. So why all the hate? Why does the American in a pub feel the need to defend his own country from derision while his Belgian and Korean friends remain unaccosted?
(What we’re not talking about.)
- Neurolinguistic Programming
- Lean Six Sigma
- The Great Satan
- An escape from European oppression
- Melting pot
- Meritocratic utopia
- Examples of anti-Americanism
- the obese
- regional stereotypes
- wealth gap
- National pride
- Flag burning inside and outside the country
- Economic sanctions
- Why and how is it perfectly acceptable to be a total arsehole about America generally and Americans personally? What the hell is wrong with you people?
- Who are the anti-Americans?
- Just everyone it seems!
- Iran ‘Death to America’ political slogan since the revolution in 1979 - joined by ‘death to Israel, death to Britain’
- Islamic countries
- Reasons for anti-Americanism
- Interventionism, perceived imperialism. Yes
- Military might. Yes
- Spotty support of ideals abroad e.g. supports popular demands for democracy in Egypt but not in Bahrain or Palestine
- Support of Israel. Not sure.
- Historical grievances. Yes, I think so..
- ‘America first’ perceived jingoistic arrogance. Hmm.
- Political and ideological differences. Yes.
- Americans abroad - a lot of them. Dubious…-
- Jealousy. Yes.
- Irritation by success of others
- Peculiarly high incidence of religious devotion for a western nation. ?
- Protectionism, trade tariffs
- Perception of false opportunity, social mobility
- Disconnect between how America presents herself and how it really is/acts. Disconnect between presentation and reality
- Empowerment of women or exploitation
- Sexual liberalism
- Late to enter WWII
- Self deprecation in film & media
You know? I think it’s borne out of the elitist English taking exception to the young upstart: America when America was fighting for a place on the world stage possibly not long before the first world war. Just a feeling.
- Formulations e.g. hotdogs, burgers, tacos, pizza, coffee
- The Canadian defense
- Tons of examples. My god. Up with it, I will not put.
- Yank, Yankee, Septic tank, Seppy
- Uncle scam
- Details about site, contacts, next show: Podcasting?
- Outro music choice - something open source or out of copyright so we don’t get sued
- Recording ends, postmortem recording begins
- Add intro music, outro, any editing
From the Show
Notes, corrections and further references
Pronounciation of Scarlett Johansson’s name.
It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.
Gore Vidal. Quoted by Gerard Irvine, "Antipanegyric for Tom Driberg," [memorial service for Driberg] (8 December 1976)
First recorded mention of ‘double down’:
1987, Lance Humble, Carl Cooper, The World Greatest Blackjack Book, Doubleday, ISBN 9780385153829, page 33:
The basic double-down play means that you may make a second wager no higher than the amount of your original bet and receive one and only one additional card.
Lance could be Canadian. Definitely a North American though.