Is the hate/dislike towards the United States justified?

Posted by: PetersSmith

It can be generally agreed that many people of foreign and even some within the US do not like the US, whether it be its people or its government. However, is this hate truly justified?

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Yes, but more towards the government than the people

It can be generally agreed that the government of the United States is an issue. The problem is that the government is comprised of capitalists who seek to exploit other countries for their own personal gains. This has led to general dislike towards...  the US and it certainly is justified. The US government has caused many problems in this world, but that doesn't mean the citizens can be blamed for their government's faults. The government used to be respected by the people, but now it no longer even speaks for the people. Even American citizens do not like their own government and they are fully aware of its corruption. Perhaps if a "reform" took place, the hate would no longer be valid   more
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No, the hate towards the US is not justified

The United States may cause a lot of international disturbance, but that doesn't make it any worse than any other nation out there. All nations contribute to this world's problems and others can't just blame everything on the US. The stability of ... the government certainly isn't the best in the world, but it is better than the several other countries in the world that ignore human rights. The US government does not kill its own people and it is not interested in conquering other countries. The US government is even not considered to be the most corrupt in the world. They try the best they can and if others can't appreciate their actions then so be it. As for the people: the US citizens are no different from the other developed countries in the world. Yes, they could be seen as "dumb", but so can every one else. They're all still human and the US is certainly not the most racist or hateful nation in the world. Every nation has its "bad-seeds" and pointing them out in the US is just ignoring those in other countries who have worse citizens that focus on the exploitation and discrimination of others. It's people sometimes do not follow their government and they shouldn't be blamed for their government's faults   more
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Yes, the hate towards the US is justified

The term anti-Americanism, or anti-American sentiment, refers to opposition or hostility to the policies, culture, society, economics, international, or superpower role of the United States. Common contemporary negative stereotypes of Americans incl... ude that Americans are: aggressive, arrogant, ignorant, overweight, poorly dressed, materialistic, obsessed with making money, too moralistic, and generally obnoxious. Political scientist Brendon O'Connor of the United States Studies Centre suggests that Anti-Americanism cannot be isolated as a consistent phenomenon and that the term originated as a rough composite of stereotypes, prejudices and criticisms towards Americans or the United States, evolving to more politically based criticism. French scholar Marie-France Toinet says use of the term "is only fully justified if it implies systematic opposition – a sort of allergic reaction – to America as a whole". Discussions on anti-Americanism have in most cases lacked a precise definition of what the sentiment entails (other than a general disfavor), which has led to the term being used broadly and in an impressionistic manner, resulting in the inexact impressions of the many expressions described as anti-American   more
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Justified? The United States and its people are monsters

The United States of America is a nation full of vile, hateful, evil, and warmongering monsters that have caused this world to be as unstable as it is today. Let us begin with the American government. The US government is as corrupt as they come. Ev... erywhere we look we can see American exploitation in other countries and how they promote violence against others. They are fully willing to sacrifice their own pathetic citizen's lives for the purposes of securing their own assets. What kind of nation starts wars for resources? What kind of nation thinks that it is their duty to be the "peacekeeper" of the world? We don't need the American government intruding on every single person's lives. Everywhere the destruction America has caused can be seen. Look at Japan for instance, the Middle East, Russia, Germany, France, the UK, Liberia, Mexico, and every other nation in the world. They have destroyed this world for their own personal gain. Think of Ronald Reagan and the Iran-Contra affair, think of how their government supported terrorists and are now fighting them today because they are too stupid to realize their own faults. There is a reason why some people are bred hating Americans, because the US deserves it. The thing is, though, is that they will never stop until they have absorbed every single resource that this world has because they are greedy pigs. The government doesn't care about its people and the people don't care what it does. Now, let us move onto the people of this so-called "United" States. This world has never seen a more despicable nationality. Americans are rude, selfish, greedy, obese, hateful, uncaring, and down-right stupid. They live their lives without a care in the world about others. The hate in America can be seen at every single corner of the country. The world has never seen so many hate groups that have formed because of American intolerance. They hate foreigners and those who are different even by the slightest extent. They are all in it for themselves and they are perfectly fine with that. They sleep soundly at night while the poor, gays, and some minorities suffer. What kind of nation is so intolerant that they consider homosexuality a disease? Oh, that's right, a nation that also once didn't consider blacks to be people since its creation and over a hundred years after. The American people have barely changed and this has caused their nation to be full of a bunch of bigots that are slowly returning to the "good old days". They want their society to be as discriminatory as it was, they want their government to invade other countries, they all stand every day and pledge their allegiance to a nation that kills others every day. People try to stop them, but they are put down immediately. Arrested without probable cause, killed without others noticing, and removed from society completely. Those who try to expose what America truly is are considered "terrorists". The people look at these heroes and they think the same as how their government portrays them to be. The American people can't even be considered people, they are monsters   more
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Yes, but more towards the people

The people of the US are the ones that should be blamed. The government is comprised of the people and most of them are fully aware of this. Over the years, the people have learned to dislike foreigners and discrimination and hate is starting to bec... ome common place. Many of this world's "hate" organizations are located within the US, which tells us something about their people. The people of the US care little for foreigners and have no respect for others. Most of them are in it for themselves and they are perfectly okay with that. It can sometimes be agreed that they follow their government blindly and refuse to accept that they are the "bad guys". In fact, some of the people are fully aware of this and they are okay with this fact. If an American visits another country they can immediately be pointed out from the crowd because of their obnoxious tendencies and their dislike towards the other nation's culture and society. Perhaps the citizens of the US will never change because that is just who they are   more
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Formerland1 says2014-07-27T12:01:55.3698611-05:00
Hating everyone based on a few people is not nice .
ChosenWolff says2014-07-27T12:39:00.1143674-05:00
I can't answer. There are people who can justifiably "dislike" the US. For our wars and foreign stupidity driven by the conservatives. You can also justifiably "dislike" the people. Because let's be honest. Americans are dirt stupid. Yet, there are people who take it to far. They demonize America. Which is why I can't vote.
Formerland1 says2014-07-27T12:48:32.5985765-05:00
In average the US IQ is below what should be considered average .
YamaVonKarma says2014-07-27T12:48:39.2131037-05:00
*Some Americans are dirt stupid
YamaVonKarma says2014-07-27T12:49:41.3044557-05:00
Yeah.... Guns, and security are prioritized to education.
Seido says2014-07-27T13:04:11.0190227-05:00
@Formerland The average IQ of the world is getting lower with every passing year. It is believed that this may be caused by the increase in population of the Earth. If a larger or growing population is in correlation with a lower average IQ, that would mean that the US would only naturally have a lower than average IQ.
Seido says2014-07-27T13:06:26.8041351-05:00
And I agree with Chosen. I'd say some people are justified in their dislike for the US, and some aren't. I'd say overall though that the hatred is usually unjustified, unfounded, and exaggerated. Put simply, hating America has become a fad because there is no one "bad guy" such as the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany that the US needs to oppose right now.
TheRussian says2014-07-27T13:07:58.0288415-05:00
Why do you say that the USSR was a "bad guy"? :P
Seido says2014-07-27T13:11:16.9667144-05:00
Oppressing its own people, mass murder, genocide, forcibly conquering other nations to expand its own borders, threatening other countries with nuclear weapons, and creating yet another west vs east power dynamic in the world that, because of horrible decision making on the part of the US, led to the rise of rise of many different extremist and fundamentalist groups throughout the world.
numberwang says2014-07-27T13:15:30.8921198-05:00
Actually the animosity towards the US is pretty well justified in South America and Asia if you look at everything we've done there. Obviously extremest violence isn't really justified, and the hatred of our culture and people isn't so justified either, since the public generally don't know all of our foreign policy, but there are lots of good reasons to dislike the US if you study history. I resent that Obama is the picture for that answer, because Obama is pretty well liked internationally. In European countries where we are disliked there is no real justification, but in the places we are really hated I'd say there is
Seido says2014-07-27T13:17:39.9763273-05:00
South America I can understand, but that's rarely where I hear the vitriol coming from. Most often, I hear the complaints coming from Europeans along with Americans saying that everyone hates us, lol.
Theunkown says2014-07-27T13:18:21.4693772-05:00
If US did something bad in one country where people of that country is justified in hating them, why are others not?
YamaVonKarma says2014-07-27T13:18:27.9591020-05:00
Most are just kids and idiots going with the flow.
TheRussian says2014-07-27T13:25:34.5493055-05:00
@Seido So, you're judging an entire nation by the decisions made by only ONE of their rulers?
TheRussian says2014-07-27T13:26:31.9116086-05:00
Branding a country as a "bad guy" for ONE ruler?
Theunkown says2014-07-27T13:30:32.7656493-05:00
I agree with TheRussian, Stalin was the only maniac of the Soviet Union (some say his rule saved the USSR from even worse Hitler, but still his actions were horrendous). However US had multiple rulers who committed ill deaes, VERY ill deeds
TheRussian says2014-07-27T13:32:00.0639191-05:00
And even with Stalin, he did not make the decisions to kill so many people. He was not the guy sitting at a desk saying "kill this one, and this one, and this one"
Theunkown says2014-07-27T13:33:55.5409500-05:00
No but Stalin obviously received reports that his radical modernization techniques were causing famine and stuff and they should stop exporting food, but he would not have that since he wanted to sell food (and let people starve) to make industry (at least he wanted to do good to the USSR credit where credit is due)
TheRussian says2014-07-27T13:37:01.2038186-05:00
Stalin actually did a ton of good stuff but...Im not sure if the end is justified by the means...
Theunkown says2014-07-27T13:37:41.4032147-05:00
That is basically what i said XD
TheRussian says2014-07-27T13:39:03.3156584-05:00
My bad, my bad :P
Seido says2014-07-27T13:45:42.6209372-05:00
Last time I checked, it took more than one person to accomplish what Stalin and those that followed him did.
TheRussian says2014-07-27T14:08:42.2490680-05:00
But there was one key player...W/o him, this wouldn't have happened
TheRussian says2014-07-27T14:08:56.3049383-05:00
But there was one key player...W/o him, this wouldn't have happened...
Seido says2014-07-27T15:01:09.6729977-05:00
I'd contest that, but the same could be applied to Hitler. He was of course the key player, but that doesn't remotely excuse the atrocities that were planned and carried out by the Nazis that supported his regime.
TheRussian says2014-07-27T15:12:26.7406145-05:00
But if Hitler wasn't there to create the regime and plan everything out, then there would be no followers and no (or at least less) atrocities
TheRussian says2014-07-27T15:13:31.9966694-05:00
Plus, how can you call the USSR the "bad guys" when we were fighting on the same side in WW2? In fact, I'm willing to argue that if the USSR did NOT fight WW2, the Allies would have lost
Seido says2014-07-27T16:14:55.1806985-05:00
Simply because one person was more of a key player than the others does not excuse those others that participated. The atrocities committed under Hitler and the Soviet Union are not just the faults of Hitler and Stalin, but are the faults of everyone in those respective societies that didn't fight back against what the likes of Hitler and Stalin were doing. They either participated in the horrible acts, or sat by and watched, putting them in as much of a position of fault as their leaders. Had the Germans not supported Hitler and done what he had said, none of what happened would have happened, and the same goes for Stalin. Oh, and I also remind you that the other leaders of the Soviet Union weren't much better, other than Lenin and Gorbachev. And their involvement in WWII doesn't excuse the horrible things that they did either. The Soviet Union was merely the lesser if two evils at that point in time.
TheRussian says2014-07-27T19:19:17.1805619-05:00
@Seido "Simply because one person was more of a key player than the others does not excuse those others that participated." Who else participated? All of the Russian people? The entire Soviet nation? Are they to blame and be called "the bad guys"? "Oh, and I also remind you that the other leaders of the Soviet Union weren't much better, other than Lenin and Gorbachev." What was wrong with other leaders? Even Stalin, he was not bad. He was an incredible leader and managed to do more good in his reign than almost any other leader that I know. "And their involvement in WWII doesn't excuse the horrible things that they did either." So, even though we saved all of the Western nation's asses, means that we are still the "bad guys"? Hmmm, interesting....
Seido says2014-07-27T19:35:52.0223859-05:00
Yeah, quite clearly the propaganda there has gotten to you. So yeah, not gonna dignify that with a response. Have a nice day.
TheRussian says2014-07-27T20:04:54.9454529-05:00
Please forgive me, but it is truly disgusting what American education and propaganda has done to the USSR and its leaders...No one knows anything about Stalin other than "oh, that guy who killed so many people"...No one even knows that created a completely literal society, tripled Soviet income and defeated fascism...
TheRussian says2014-07-27T20:05:59.5409119-05:00
You, living in America, have no right to talk about other's propaganda. Have a nice day.
numberwang says2014-07-27T22:10:29.5432349-05:00
Obviously there are two sides to every story, russian, and I agree that obviously there is some hyped up bad stuff about soviets in general that isn't true, but stalin's income tripling doesn't really make up for the fact that he killed an estimated 20 million of his own people with various policies. He wasn't a very nice guy and that isn't propaganda.
PetersSmith says2014-07-27T22:35:58.6724998-05:00
Debate!
yetifivepecks says2014-08-05T21:01:04.3883467-05:00
It's definitely hard to be an intellectual in America.

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