One of the latest trends in socio-political engineering that I am noticing is the "Returning American Ex-pat" article.
I have noticed several of these little jewels pop-up in various social media, to the point where I could probably put together a bingo card of their high-points.
These articles usually -- allegedly -- written by Young Americans, who have just returned from living in Europe. Northern Europe, to be precise.
The last one I skimmed, the writer had come back to the United States from Norway, before that was Denmark, and Sweden. I think the most southerly European nation these sub-set of articles referenced was Switzerland.
Anyhoo, these articles usually start off with the writer describing moving to whichever Nordic country they chose and the culture shock they experienced when they arrived.
This culture shock, they will explain, is from the shorter work-week of this country, followed by mention of the mandatory vacation days. Soon thereafter comes the extolling of the country's universal health care, free education, and various and sundry "social safety nets".
They then mention their looking into this miracle, gloss quickly over the "government runs EVERYTHING" point, and describe how the richest entities happily pay "their fair share".
The latest articles wax eloquent about how the heroic government keeps the banks and corporations from profiting off of anyone, and how there are no poor people there.
Matter-of-fact, the last one I read -- she had just come back from Norway -- hit heavily on the "responsible capitalism". That being "capitalism" under the complete and total control of the government and the national unions.
The articles then end up with the author describing their return to the United States of America, and how -- compared to the Nordic Model paradise they had just left -- the United States is a third world nation.
Two points immediately come to mind when I see one of these thinly-veiled propaganda pieces.
Point One: Why is the author still State-side? If Norway, or Sweden, or Denmark, or Iceland, or wherethehellever is so much better than here -- emigrate. Pull up stakes and get gone permanently. Vamoose. Shoo. Scram. "Delta is ready when you are."
Why. Did. You. Come. Back? Seriously?
If the U.S. is so bad that you have to drip existential angst all over the Internet at the thought of the place you just left, you owe it to your mental health, your karma (and probably your credit score) to surrender your US citizenship and go back.
Second:I was raised in third world countries. I grew up in Africa; hit puberty in the Middle East. I have scars, nightmares, and a medical file more than a metre thick (No, I'm not exaggerating. Hell, the "parasite infestation" part of my medical file is four fingers deep) that attests to the fact that I have a thorough, intimate knowledge of the third world.
And, pookie, if you think that the United States of America is "like a third world nation" then you either need to actually -- you know -- go to a genuine third world country; or you need your headspace and timing re-adjusted.
I'm not sure what irritates me the most about these articles: That they're such an obvious and clumsy bit of socio-political engineering propaganda; or that no matter how clumsy they are, people or going to take them at face value -- right down to the "America is a third world nation" part.