Posted on a forum today by an irate American who objected to someone mentioning that Americans don’t get irony: http://pjmedia.com/blog/anti-americanism-in-europe-is-fueled-by-ignorance/.
It is a pretty bizarre article.
More than 50 percent of Britons believe that polygamy is legal in the United States; in fact, it is illegal in all 50 states.
I don’t actually believe this and there is no citation.
Seventy percent of Britons think the United States has done a worse job than the European Union in reducing carbon emissions since 2000; in fact, America’s rate of growth of carbon emissions has decreased by almost ten percent since 2000, while that of the EU has increased by 2.3 percent.
Such a horrible abuse of statistics. If the US’s carbon emissions have been reduced so easily, that could equally well indicate how bad they were to start with. Define ‘worse’. My idea of a ‘worse’ job is that you’re not getting it down to a reasonable and responsible level. Those percentages are orthogonal to this definition; they tell me absolutely nothing of interest or relevance. Not a thing.
Take Germans, for example. The majority of them believe that America poses a greater threat to world peace than does Iran. This after the United States helped Germans rebuild their country after World War Two and then provided for their defense during five decades of the Cold War.
1) I don’t think this opinion is isolated to Germany,
2) the second sentence no way relates to, or invalidates, the first. Non-sequitur.
And true to form, every time there is an execution in America — capital punishment in China and Iran is, of course, conveniently ignored — European elites do their level best to cast the United States as a wasteland of bloodthirsty barbarians.
So you’ve defended your justice system’s integrity by comparing yourselves to China and Iran. I am starting to wonder if this article is satire…
For another thing, statistics show that Europeans are not nearly as well traveled in America as Americans are in Europe.
Well that’s hardly surprising, is it? Europe consists of about 50 countries. The US consists of one. If I travel to another country, I am more likely to end up in a group of 50 countries than I am in a single particular one. And so what, you’ve been to “Europe”? I’ve been to Europe as well. I live in “Europe” every day. It doesn’t make me knowledgeable about the internal politics of Norway or the traditions and cultures of Belarus. I know far more about the US than I do Azerbaijan.
This is the dumbest argument I have ever read.