[Paleopsych] islamic radicalism

Christian Rauh christian.rauh at uconn.edu
Thu Mar 10 19:43:55 UTC 2005


I am a Brazilian citizen and I was forced to learn english because
without knowing it I would not be able to get a decent job in this world.

My point was to show the irony of people fearing having to learn arabic
or going to mosques when other people are having to learn english. What
they fear is to be influenced to do things they otherwise would not.

The US exerts pressure in other countries. In other places, people have
to learn English. One can argue that it is not a deliberate and
conscious pressure, however, to the person learning the language, the
prospect of not having a decent job is as coercive as troops on the
street. That's economic pressure.

And to the counter-argument that you always have the individual choice
of *not* learning english, goes the answer that you always have the
individual choice of *not* learning arab or going to mosques. But you
will have to face the individual consequences.

As a final comment, I don't think that, in general, American citizens
are aware of the amount of influence and pressure that the US exerts in
the world. That is the reason why I believe that, in general, most
Americans can't understand the cynicism that foreigners have towards
"spreading freedom".

G. Reinhart-Waller wrote:
> Christian Rauh writes:
>> I have been forced to learn English.
> When?  By whom?  Why?  Which country would do such a heinous thing? 
> France?  Germany?  Sweden?  You aren't buzzin' about being an American
> citizen and having to speak English, are you?
> Gerry Reinhart-Waller
> Independent Scholar
> http://www.home.earthlink.net/~waluk


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