Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Low Trust In Crazyland

Trust is what distinguishes an advanced modern country from a third world hellhole. So just how much trust is there in USA? We shall see.

There's a saying in most countries that people "should know how to live together". Not so in the USA where people "should leave each other alone" because obviously people can't live together without raping, looting, stealing, murdering or otherwise hurting each other. People just ain't trustworthy, doncha know?

Going on, the only trustworthy institution I can think of is firefighters. Period.
  • banks, thieves.
  • media, mind controllers.
  • news media, propagandists.
  • police, murderers.
  • army, mercs for the Saudis.
  • air force, psychopathic serial killers.
  • navy, utterly fucking useless.
  • marines, invaders.
  • government, dictators & genociders.
  • CIA, Cocaine Import Agency.
  • cities, no man's lands.
  • urban planners, destroyers of cities.
  • real estate developers, raping cities.
  • streets, for hookers and gangsters.
  • highways, broken down and ugly.
  • prosecutors, witch-hunters.
  • judges, power-hungry legalistic morons.
  • lawyers, avaricious hired thugs.
  • strangers, pedophiles.
  • blacks, niggers.
  • whites, klanners.
  • managers, fascists.
  • CEOs, psychopaths.
  • utilities, for-profit (unreliable and expensive).
  • doctors, avaricious butchers.
  • programmers, unfeeling autistics.
  • Big Oil, destroying the planet.
  • Big Auto, turning citizens into zombie psychopaths.
  • stock traders, evil incarnate.
  • agribusiness, GMO corn brought to you by Monsanto.
  • restaurants, McDonald's.
  • red traffic light, drive over a pedestrian to your right.
  • traffic rules, feel free to murder cyclists.
  • physicists, nuclear weapons designers.
  • engineers, bomb makers.
  • universities, for the rich.
  • daycare, for the rich.
  • healthcare, for the rich.
  • churches, megachurch preachers.
  • religious people, fundamentalists.
  • Congress / Senate, the puppet theater.
  • White House, evil overlords.
  • philosophers, useless fairies.
  • neighbours, middle class robots.
  • humanity, to be exploited.
  • human rights, what's that?
  • law, by divine rule.
  • ambulances, for profit / thieves.
  • hospitals, get your unnecessary surgery with a free epidemic!
  • pharmacists, drug peddlers.
  • water company, Evian!
  • sewer company, you really don't want to know.
  • mass transit, for the poor.
  • cars, expensive and stultifying.
  • high school, concentration camp.
  • prison, slave camp.
  • welfare, for ghetto members.
  • stores, Wal-Mart.
  • small stores, wannabe Wal-Mart.
  • airlines, vastly inferior to rail.
  • art, Hollywood.
  • philanthropy, control of fortunes from beyond the grave.
  • charity, feudal patronage.
  • history, USA number 1!
  • reality, USA number 1!
  • sociology, tops & bottoms .
  • psychology, act first then think.
  • culture, destroy your neighbour.
Name me a single fucking institution other than firefighters that functions adequately in Crazyland.

In Canada you can trust firefighters, ambulances, welfare, healthcare insurance, the intelligence agency, human rights, prisons, humanity, religious people (everyone's a liberal christian in Ontario), scientists, utilities, blacks, whites. And you can sortof trust the news media, judges, high schools, hospitals, mass transit, streets, cities. Police are only wanton thugs instead of wanton murderers.

In other words, in Canada you have a whole order of magnitude more trust. In Saskatchewan you can trust government, the cable / broadband company, and stores (which are coops). In Quebec you can trust government, pharmacists, daycares, and the media (much of which comes from France). Saskatchewan / Quebec are at the upper end of mid trust. They're about like New Zealand, I think.

So Canada, New Zealand, and to a lesser extent the UK and Australia, are mid-trust countries. Western Europe is at the low end of high trust. Northern Europe is at the high end of high trust. And the USA is on par with China and Italy: low trust. Lower than low are no trust and negative trust. Because yeah, it gets a lot lower than the USA, but nobody on the internet is going to live in a third world hellhole so we aren't interested in that part of the spectrum. For our purposes, the USA is low trust.

9 comments:

pswoo said...

fostercare - literally the least we can do

group homes - for when when we can't even afford to do the least; prisons

governors - vassals, granted some level of power over their land and its women by the overlords

Constitution - prophecies of Old

supreme court - rabbis interpretting prophecy

founders - prophet deities, father figures, saviours

voters - peasants desperately appealing to the overlords for a bag of rice; enablers

border patrol - guard dogs (referent of the xenophobe's cry, "release the hounds!")

phone companies - will happily assist CIA, FBI

greens - prius owners

dissidents - Libertarians, cults

legal system - governed by archaic rules and lingo; sentences people to death

public defenders - to give an air of legitimacy to legal cases against those who can't afford a defense

culture - stagnant

parenting norms;

there's too many... I have to stop. Who's trustworthy, besides the firefighters? National park services, maybe.

It's difficult though - there are a lot of things one can trust, but they seem to be localized, sometimes extremely. So I trust things in Washington that I wouldn't trust in California. And even within California, there's a north/south divide (I trust multitudes of things in San Fransisco that I would not in LA).

EAT SHIT AND DIE said...

You are a buffoon. I hope you are hit by a bus.

Kulisian said...

Hey, ESAD, this guy is no buffoon. Please try to characterize accurately!

Anonymous said...

Come back to Essembly. Our debate needs some stimulation and you have lots of interesting ideas, even though I disagree with most of them.

Caleb Raible-Clark said...

our parks departments aren't that bad. although I guess pswoo said that too.

Ijon Tichy said...

Richard, how are you doing? Haven't heard from you for a while.

The Smalltalker said...

I cannot agree more and I wish more people in the US of A had such a clear view beyond their natural fence, their seacoast (or is it more a wall like in Berlin or now in Palestine?), into (not onto) other countries.

This says someone with multi-national background (German-Swiss, English, Prussian-German and Austrian-German) who has lived many years in the US, the UK, Germany and done business in most countries of Europe.

An open eyed US American today must feel like the majority of Germans during the Nazi years (in reality, not as shown by Hollywood).

Where are you Stauffenbergs?

Doug S. said...

So, we usually trust individual people, but not institutions?

Richard Kulisz said...

What is this "we" white man? I don't trust people at all. And Americans don't either. Unless by "trust" you mean "expect" in the sense of "I trust Americans to be vicious, blind & stupid raging egotists". If by trust you mean "I trust them with my money" or "I trust them to know right from wrong" then no, I don't trust them. I trust institutions far more than individual people, and the only institutions I trust tend to be Western European ones.