We here at StoptheSocialism.us believe in a proprietary theory which we call Castle Theory. It serves to explain how The United States of America and Europe, while sharing a common origin, have evolved into two very distinct entities, in terms of risk-taking and security. Or in other words, why they are wusses and we are bad-ass!
Put yourself in the position of a typical European back at the end of the Middle Ages and the early stages of the Renaissance (roughly the year 1500 AD and forward). You lived in a town or city, in fairly squalid conditions. At the center of the town was a town square and the nobleman’s castle. Towns and cities existed behind walls for protection. Outside the walls roamed the thieves and highwaymen. You paid the king, indirectly through your local nobleman (pimp, pusher, whatever), taxes in return for the protection he offered and lived as his subject. That is to say, you were not a free man, and the king and noblemen ruled as they pleased. They’d just as soon put your eye out with a hot poker for not paying your taxes. Oh, and they could set your taxes at whatever level they wanted. Complain and he’d take out your other eye. Imagine that, no more hanging out on the corner ogling those eight maids a-milking…
After America was discovered, these people faced a choice. They could either remain where they were, or if they could afford to buy a place on a ship under extremely foul, overcrowded conditions, could leave for America: basically, a huge forest. If you were lucky enough to survive the journey (starvation, dysentery, cholera, scurvy – take your pick), you were then free to take your chances on your own against Indians, bears, wildcats and wolves, as well as thieves and highwaymen. Ah, those pesky guys again.
Think about that. Stay where you are and trade your freedom for security or take a HUGE risk to you and your family for the opportunity (by no means guaranteed, or indeed even probable). Take a huge risk on a low-probability outcome: that you and your family actually survive. And if you do manage to survive, your then have to feed, clothe, and protect your family.
The people who took those risks wound up populating the Inited States. That is the stock of the American people: risk-takers. The Europeans are descended from (the stock that chose to keep being subject to the king in return for his (dubious) protection.
A similar case can be made for Australia and New Zealand, although in their cases those countries were founded as penal colonies so most of them were criminals. Maybe this helps explain why they are such fun, outgoing people.
We’ve partied with Aussies and Kiwis. Those guys are crazy fun!
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