FrashavanLargely a mythThu May 17, 2012 07:4220.127.116.11The American Revolution was really exchanging a distant landed gentry for a local one. The "rugged individualist" and "rebel" myths are just that, myths. Most people end up cheering for The Earps and Doc Holiday, not the Clantons; the entire "wild west" mythos isn't about celebrating the outlaws - no matter how much it appears so -- but about celebrating the arrival of law-and-order on the frontier. The Sheriff is, in the end, always the hero.
Similarly, the gangsters of the 20s are celebrated, after they are safely in the ground.
The labour and civil rights history of the US certainly shows what happens to people who stand up for the downtrodden: just ask Joe Hill.
- Telling people what they want to hear ... Baruch, Wed May 16 22:17is the very meat of politics, red meat to carnivores. Also marketing to consumers who are equally bloody in tooth and claw. Americans are natural rebels if not anarchists. This is what plagued... more