Why America had a Revolution


When I was working at BBC World Service in London, a British colleague once said the only thing you needed to know about covering American politics was that the coasts were blue (Democrat) and the interior was red (Republican). True, sort of, on an electoral map, but a ridiculous way to sum up the complexities of the country.  


Linda Grant, columnist at the Guardian newspaper, offers a similar take on “two hopelessly incompatible Americas,” with large doses of snooty disdain for supposedly ignorant small town American gun nuts thrown in for colour. Grant, incidentally, lives in North London and appears to rely on a recently published novel for most of her insight into the American heartland.   

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Why America had a Revolution

  1. With all due respect, the British don’t have a clue about America.

    America saved Britain from its own version of a Russian/French revolution (why revolt when you can emigrate?). The ones who stayed behind deserve pity.

    Thatcher almost pulled them out of it, but they’re headed right back where they were going in the mid 70s. It’s too bad, because it was starting to become a nice place again.

  2. What is weird about that article is the exact same divide exists in UK so I am not sure why the author seems to take the view that city/rural, London/everywhere else, South/North divides don’t exist in her country.

    I also thought it was comical that she finishes with her thoughts on Desperate Housewives withdrawal.

  3. I really would not take anything you read in the Guardian seriously. It is a cultural Marxist paper, who seeks to destroy western civilization. They hate America and they hate Britain.

    They are a loss making paper, and do not speak for the majority of British people, I am very glad to say.

    Your comment about insight from a novel, is just about right. They are spiteful, envious, hatefilled, bigots, who never let facts stand in the way of their vision of ‘the truth’.

  4. H.L. Mencken apparently once said that whatever you say about America is true and its opposite is also true. Still, Mencken could refer to middle class Americans as the “booboisie.” Grant is like that. She, and so many intellectuals and journalists, will obsess about complexity and nuance in a novel’s artifice, but can barely tolerate it in real life. I believe it was Samuel Beckett who referred to the stink of artifice. Perhaps that’s what he meant.

    Royal Oak, MI, USA

  5. America is a complex mosaic that is best understood by people who actually live there.

    The UK is also somewhat complex, especially with Scotland but it’s nowhere as varied, politically speaking, as the US.

    In my humble opinion, of course…

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