There is a lesson in Bawer's book for American liberals who claim to speak of Europe as more enlightened. Bawer is a gay American tired of Falwell and decides to go off to enlightened Amsterdam. Not after he is there he isacosted by a Muslim punk who attempts to rob him.
Bawer moves to Norway and his patrner is attacked by a jihadi. Bawer's partner beats up the punk. His partner finds the perpetrator has allready at the police station claiming that Bawer's partner tried to kill him.
Bawer finds out something most NYC types are well aware of, Europeans are rude. One of the reasons I am somewhat popular with the locals in VT is my respect for the local culture. Hunting, Fishing and Smelly Dairy farms were part of the lifestyle long before I arrived. I wouldn't want VT to turn into Soho North and it should retain its local culture minus the alcoholics who fall off curbs everywhere. I do not comment on local politics even when asked except to say Bernie Sanders is a national disgrace.
I am a good guest in that I visit and never would dream of lecturing the people I visit about their political leaders. I can envision my first trip to London. This would be a great city if you could get rid of the Communist Anti- Semitic mayor. Or I could visit France and lecture them about Chirac. This sort of behavior is rude and impolite. I remind European visitors you are a guest in my country so have some manners. Then the lecture comes about how American's do no travel. Excuse me the distance when I take a trip to Chicago is further than London to Zurich. Moreover, as a NYC resident I have had a more diverse exposure to culture than Euros ever experience. My coworkers and friends look like the UN General assembly.
Bawer talks about the elitist nostalgia for Communism. He notes that amongst the handful of books translated into Sweedish are tracts by Commies Chomsky and Finky the anti-semite. There is less media diversity in Europe than in the USA with the exception of the UK as it has some alternative perspectives.
Bawer like many people think by moving to another locale he will find less bigotry. The truth is you will find bigotry wherever you go. The most bigoted people on the planet are far left types. Sonia writes an anti-Castro post. Invariably the vermin will spring forth attempting to compare Bush to Castro. Bawer describes the Fidel haiographies in Europe that forget to mention repression, genuine torture and political prisoners. Europe is not Valhalla or more enlightened and it has failed to integrate its immigrants.
Beamish in 08.
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