A little Humpday reading

Badass blogger Jason Kottke recently took a solo trip to the Middle East and Asia, and lived to write wrote about it at length here (with pictures!). It’s a worthwhile post, but I cannot stop thinking about his summery of thoughts about the trip. Since they fall at the end, I’ll drop my favorite lines below the fold. But go check it out!

The more places I go, the less obviously free the US feels to me in many ways, even though our country’s baseline freedom remains high (for some at least).

But the main observation I came home with after this trip is this: America is a rich country that feels like a poor country. If you look at the investment in and the care put into infrastructure, common areas, and the experience of being in public in places like Singapore, Amsterdam, Paris, and Berlin and compare it to American cities, the difference is quite stark. Individual wealth in America is valued over collective wealth and it shows.

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