America's Imiage Abroad

v. Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Erik
February 1983
National Review;2/4/1983, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p100
The article considers the image of the U.S. in Europe. In his criticism of the Voice of America and Radio Liberty, Soviet dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said that Americans must first understand themselves before they preach to the Russian people. He may be right. America has a false reputation abroad, partly because of some Americans create false assumptions about the U.S. society. For example, it is generally believed that the U.S. is composed of young, healthy, dollar-chasing, revolutionary, classless barbarians who eagerly embrace anything that is new. This is actually the opposite of the truth. Americans are not exactly healthy, young barbarians and they value social status. Love of money is not an American trait, it came from the Europeans. Moreover, Europeans still are not aware of the cultural greatness that the U.S. has.


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