Things I Love About America

Amazon.com: Huge selection of anything I can possibly want, priced fairly with usually free shipping, and delivered right to my door. This is what I missed most about America.

Netflix: I get my choice of just about every movie ever made in the history of the world, also at a fair price. When I’m abroad I hit up Isohunt to download movies, but they are rarely enough seeds for the faggy foreign movies that I enjoy (I’ve seen just about everything from Pedro Almodovar).

Supermarkets: Huge warehouses stocked with a million items that allow me to make any type of recipe imaginable. In South America, it can be hard to find basic foods like broccoli, ginger, lemons, limes, salsa, spices, barbecue sauce, parmesan cheese, turkey or chicken breast, spinach, and decent bread. Standing in the produce section of an American supermarket now feels like I’m on a movie set. Fresh food here is expensive (cheeses, produce, meats), but all that processed garbage is very fairly priced.

Liquor Selection: Go to any bar and there are fifteen types of vodka, four types of bourbon, and six beers on tap. American night spots have great selection for whatever mood you happen to be in. In Brazil you’re lucky if a bar has a palpable whisky. And besides for a couple exceptions, all South American beers taste exactly the same, along the lines of Budweiser.

Herbs/Remedies: Is your stomach growling and in need of some soothing peppermint? Need a specific vitamin supplement? Probiotics? Coenzyme Q10? Fish oil? Resveratol? These things can be hard to find and expensive in South America, but in the U.S. all you have to do is go to GNC or a site like iHerb.

Target/Walmart: One stop shopping for all your hygiene, home, clothing, and electronic needs, all at rock bottom prices. To be fair, there are Walmart-like stores in every South American country, but they tend to be out in the suburbs.

Customer Service: The customer is always right in the United States. Without having to raise your voice, businesses will do a decent job making sure your needs are met. In South America they just want your money and if there is a problem then too bad because they simply don’t give a shit whether you are satisfied or not with their product. Even the staff is disrespectful: they will stop talking to you midway to look at a text message they’ve just received. American cable companies like Comcast look top-notch compared to the ones in South America (e.g. NET).

One afternoon in Rio may have had me going to two separate grocery stores, the pharmacy to buy shampoo, the “informatics” store in the mall to buy a USB stick, and then a hardware store to buy a plug extension. Three hours of my life, gone, when in the U.S. it would’ve taken an hour at most.

I’m sure you see the pattern. Most of the things I missed were based on our consumer culture: choice, convenience, and selection. Other than that, America has only one other benefit over foreign countries: health care.

Just kidding. There are no other benefits.

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“And except for a couple exceptions”

“This things can be hard to find”

Proofread much?

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Yeah america sucks. What else is new.

At least we have easier girls here – although lower quality of course

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Also, the knee jerk anti-American sentiment that some immature people like Roosh use as a cover for their own insecurity, is ridiculous.
Sure, the USA has problems.
But if the only advantage of the USA that you can see is consumer convenience, you are either foolish, or have limited knowledge of the world.
Try dealing with the police in Brazil, or a bureaucracy in Italy/Spain, or getting beaten to death for reporting in Russia, and then see if you still feel comfortable taking part in a Chomsky/Oliver Stone anti american circle jerk session.

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Alpha – yes, compare yourself to inferior countries. Or you could compare yourself to countries like Canada, Finland, New Zealand, etc – where people tend to be generally healthy, have better privacy, and a far more independent and investigative journalists.

Anyway, I don’t even find this post as Anti-American, just a post about how convenient things are in the US. You seem to be itching to find some hidden meaning.

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The funny thing about Carrefour or Exito is the prices are higher than the US for most stuff. Lots of stuff is more expensive in Pomona too.

Lack of trust makes running a big store with expensive stuff more difficult- look at the Monterrey mall in Medellin, 50 little mom and pop computer stores.

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And American women are better, right? Right guys?

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nit picking on grammar, soooooooooooooo alpha

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Damn, is that all America really has going for it?

That kind of sucks, because I could really care less about the consumer culture.

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This is a very normal thing to do after an extended stint abroad.

Tatiana and I reflected on these things about two years ago (just kept a list up an penciled things in over the weeks as they came to mind):

http://travelogue.travelvice.com/united-states/reasons-to-love-and-hate-the-united-states/

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Those aren’t very valid comparisons. They are all small countries that are racially homogenous to a large degree, have no land borders with an underdeveloped country, and in the case of some, have abundant natural resources.
There is no other country of comparable size and complexity to the USA that handles things significantly better.

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“Standing in the produce section of an American supermarket now feels like I’m on a movie set.”

Too bad all the produce has no taste.

“To be fair, there are Walmart-like stores in every South American country, but they tend to be out in the suburbs.”

You had to be joking with this one. There is not exactly a Walmart on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills or Lincoln Road in South Beach.

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Roosh as a long-term expat I know where you are coming from. However, I use ebay and you can get anything you want and often cheaper. Online is great. Second. I think you move around a lot, I have been an expat for a long time and once you are set up, you are living as in the States.

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AlphaXalpha: But if the only advantage of the USA that you can see is consumer convenience, you are either foolish, or have ** limited knowledge of the world.*** (Bingo!)

Willy: Amen AlphaXalpha! So predictable. It seems that as soon as someone starts traveling internationally they feel compelled to bash their homeland for the lamest of reasons. No need to point out the fact that most third world countries remain that way for a reason (yes Brazil is still third world). Political corruption, racism, crooked police, disfunctional government, laughable infastructure, sh*t filled waterways, and unpotable water take a back seat to the silly notion that the nebulous notion of “culture” that apparently escapes the eyes of the self loathing american tourist-wannabe expat. Equally amusing is the frantic turnabout of the dissaffected American when he/she gets into trouble abroad.

Get over yourself, open your eyes. There’s a reason people risk their lives to get into the USA despite the current military largess and economic debacles.

A Axe: Or you could compare yourself to countries like Canada, Finland, New Zealand, etc – where people tend to be generally healthy, have better privacy, and a far more independent and investigative journalists.

An American will find themselves quite at home in each of these countries. That is because there is fundementally little difference. America is a wonderful country as are these.

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CHOICE, CONVENIENCE, SELECTION, LOW PRICES….

Maybe I am spoiled, but these things make me very happy.

We also have great freedom (to think, travel, express ourselves), as well as infrastructure, business opportunity, and social services/public resources.

DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE….THIS IS STILL ONE OF THE BEST, IF NOT THEE BEST PLACE TO LIVE ON THE PLANET. AMERICA IS TOUGH TO BEAT.

I think Roosh is starting to realize that.

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I’d have to add, for Costa Rica, the U.S. has washers AND dryers, so your clothes don’t smell mildewy.

Also, Wal-Mart has a presence in Latin America, as owners of stores under other names, though nothing like a super-center.

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What’s this knee-jerk patriotism from some people here? The man (Roosh) has sampled both countries and likes the Southern American ones (mainly Brazil) better. Get over it! Not every single person likes to nostril-fuck the US every chance they get.

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“I’d have to add, for Costa Rica, the U.S. has washers AND dryers, so your clothes don’t smell mildewy.”

As if mildewy clothes matter when you are surfing secrets spots in Costa with just you and the iguanas.

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Yep, America is not all bad. Plus, I can open a business here (LLC, Corp) in one business day online. I’m sure it’s a bit more complicated in LatAm.

The flip side of this is when you are in Brazil, etc you can’t really buy electronics (not available or expensive) so you can’t get your Kindle, or a newer cell phone as easier as in the States. Keeps gadget junkies like me at bay.

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Look up Usenet for downloading when you’re abroad. Trust me on this.

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Indeed, most of the government-related things which people in USA take for granted start only applying to them once they live in foreign country for quite some time. Got into car accident in Romania? Prepare to spend at least two full days visiting the police station and your insurance company office with your ID and collecting written reports. Trying to apply for, or extend your long-stay visa? A week wasted on visiting various government offices which are conveniently accepting visitors once a week from 10:00 to 13:00. Opening a business? Prepare to “donate” to fire inspection fund, local police fund and so many others.

For most countries being a tourist there is significantly different from actually living there. In USA there is very little difference between those two.

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TOILETS

you forgot the toilets

American toilets >>> south american ones

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>20
is it me or is Usenet flooded with german movies?
It sucks when you’ve been hours to download a 15g movie to watch some dude speaking german

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How about this. In America even an unemployed loser can travel the world and get by on writing high school level books/blogs about picking up chicks. The retire on money of taxpayers who actually held down jobs. Can a Colombian hippie boast that?

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Chaco AlphaXalpha

The USA is a shithole. The Americans who do not see that their country has been falling apart for the last 9 years are simply blind.

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I was just thinking the other day that for all the complaining people make about big box stores putting small specialty stores of out business, we use them and love them. I can go to Target and buy a fan, a laptop computer, books, beer, food, medicine, towels, underwear and furniture all in one run. If everything were mom and pop specialty stores, think of all the different runs I’d have to make.

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After eating my own $hit in the US for many years after moving here I finally made something of myself that I could have never achieved in my homecountry. America is tough but fair to those willing to compete and tough it out, alphas and winners. Skinny emo drama queens are definitely not favored here. You’ll never make it here, GTFO!

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You forgot “In the US I can talk shit and criticize all I want because people realize that everybody has 1st Amendment rights. If I tried that chit in Colombia they’d creampie my skinny coked out gringo ass without any soothing peppermint. And if I ran to the cops, they’d go round two.”

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The alcohol is the biggest problem for me when traveling abroad. I’m a beer snob and live in the middle of an area with a huge concentration of microbrews, so most places just don’t cut it.

Food is more expensive here, but god damn it’s better than the crap most Americans eat.

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Vincent, don’t tell me you didn’t find good beer in Czech Republic or Germany. Even Romania has some.

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You forgot the most important thing -the fact you got your mom and dad’s couch to crash on, rent free. I love ya, but you basically don’t really have to support yourself. If it weren’t for this fact, I suspect your world outlook would be VERY different.

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Hey Roosh, the pirate city . com lets you STREAM any movie you want!

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AlphaXalpha is commenting on misspellings, now that is alpha!

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Good points Roosh. I moved from the US to Canada a couple of years ago, and even that’s a comparative pain in the ass relative to living in the US.

You spend a fair amount of your life “getting” stuff, whether it’s groceries, computer items, etc. That time is much greater anywhere outside of the U.S. Those that haven’t lived elsewhere won’t understand the relative convenience of Target, a real mall, etc.

Fuck, Amazon in Canada ONLY sells books/music. What?!!?

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Nice post Roosh. Got a good laugh about the supermarket feeling like a movie set. Just one thing. Have you actually been in a Walmart lately? The customer service is pretty tercero mundo.

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Most of the things you love about america aren’t even real places in america:
netflicks, amazon.

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When you are living in other countries, you will be surprised how much you think about the things Roosh listed. They certainly do make life easier and more convenient.

This is why everyone in the US needs to move abroad for a while. You can’t see what we have until you don’t have it.

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Roosh,

Stick to pick up. As an Indian American, I’ve received far more racial harassment by people and police and been subject to crime, extortion, and rip offs far more than the US.

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Vincent, don’t tell me you didn’t find good beer in Czech Republic or Germany. Even Romania has some.

Beer is okay in Czech Republic. Pilsners get boring though and their dark beers are garbage. I’ve never been to Germany but I know the beer there is great.

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Hmm, if Czech beer was just okay, I’m really interested in what kind beer you’re drinking in US? Looks like I’m missing some good time here.

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Roosh, as a brown dude you should also realize the relative lack of racism in many parts of the US. Maybe (maybe!) Brazil is the only other country that has us beat, but I’m sure if you look around your circle of friends, either they or their parents hail from all over the world: Mexico, China, Korea, Pakistan, etc. etc. That type of mixing does not happen anywhere else.

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i was just reading this again and noticed, “iherb.com”

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Patriots, relax. Roosh returned to the US, didn’t he? And he didn’t have to. He had the money to stay on in SA indefinitely.

And he didn’t exactly find happiness and paradise in South America, as he is been explaining to us for the past few months and in the post immediately preceding this one.

America has its points, supermarkets amongst them. The worst thing about America is the tame, domestic lifestyle – life can be so much more exciting elsewhere, even if you are poor, even if you are low-status – but many people probably love that about America. And the people in America are not to my taste – fat, completely disinterested in looking stylish/good, and dull. But again, to some people this is probably the perfect environment, and most of Western Europe is infinitely duller, and many Western countries have people even uglier and less stylish (England comes to mind), if that’s possible to believe, not to mention such hells of insipidity as Canada and New Zealand, where life is like a prison sentence of boredom.

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“America has its points, supermarkets amongst them”

Great line.

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Anyone as dumb as “A Axe” who says tripe like this is a moron.:

“. Or you could compare yourself to countries like Canada, Finland, New Zealand, etc – where people tend to be generally healthy, have better privacy, and a far more independent and investigative journalists.”

—You have less privacy, less independent and investigative journalists, and aren’t any more “healthy” (however you measure it).

In these places, you have hate speech laws and more restrictive gun rights. Yeah, real conscious of 1st Amendment rights there.

Your “journalists” are on the government dole and always repeat lines guaranteed to increase government power.

People in the US live just as long, if you remove violent crime statistics—which are solely driven by the US’s much larger percentage of the population that is black. To put it another way—a non-black American lives just as long as your crappy socialistic shit heads.

Now get bent, you little dictator lover, A Axe.

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@37 who stated: “When you are living in other countries, you will be surprised how much you
think about the things Roosh listed. They certainly do make life easier and more convenient.

This is why everyone in the US needs to move abroad for a while. You can’t see what we have until you don’t have it.”

I have heard this suggestion before some years ago and did just that: i got out. What is interesting is that people CAN get by without all these things we thought we could not do without in the USA. For me leaving America was about fleeing a society that despises men and fleeing a neo-sovietized system.

Enjoy your Walmarts and lack of freedom.

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The USA is a land of plenty unprecedented in the history of civilization. We spend less on food (as a percentage of income) and have more choice than those in ‘most any other country on the planet. And Wal-Mart reduces Roosh’s three-hour shopping expedition to ten minutes.

Now back to work fixing our many, many problems…

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Roosh,

I feel the same sorta way about American drug stores of the CVS/Walmart/Long’s variety–esp after an extended stay abroad. They are THE BEST!!

c’mon: tampons, booze, bungee cords, motor oil, Saran Wrap and carrots all at one store?! (dont judge me lmaooo)

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What is the health care like in South America? I imagine most nations are too poor to offer socialized (free) health care.

But I can’t believe a hospital in, say, Peru is superior to an American hospital.

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Jim –

Healthcare in South America, to put it politely, sucks fat donkey balls unless you have 1st world money.

The public hospitals are scary, godawful, and will let you die if you dont have enough money.

In major or capital cities, there is usually at least one excellent private hospital staffed by doctors that are often trained in the USA/Europe, but these cater exclusively to the politicians, aristocracy, drug dealers, and foreigners.