And... is it also your position that religions never use violence against rival religions? So... no killing at all during the Inquisition, Crusades, 30 Years' War, or Muslim conquest of Western India, for example? That's also very interesting. Source?
edit: okay I guess I didn't bring this up because someone2018 already did. Nevermind.
You are correct that most Americans are proudly independent and like to think of themselves as doing things their own way and not needing any help, though. That's been a long-standing cultural cornerstone in the country. Doesn't describe everyone there - it's an extremely diverse country, after all - but it describes a lot of Americans.
As for "rugged individualism" and libertarianism vs statism and socialism... there's undoubtedly a bit of the former in America's historical consciousness... but these days it's a contentious political issue abused by corporations to dupe people into voting for lower taxes on the wealthy.
While the proportions may not be exact (for example, if you count the number of people Hitler killed over World War 2 and not just during the Holocaust, he'd definitely have a higher kill count than Stalin and maybe Mao), it shows the different motivations of these dictators. And while Mao was, no doubt, still a monster, it's important to realize that many of the deaths ascribed to him were the result of poor planning and recklessness, not an outright desire to kill people.
ah, didn't see you up there lumi
Next Xi, a.k.a. Winnie the Pooh?
Fortunately, it was called off in 1962, allowing the economy to start growing again.
It was one of the stupidest and cruelest episodes in human history.
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