the purpose of this line of argument is that a lack of scepticism regarding public institutions and overweighting of the problems of capitalism (which drifts into the phenomena of American self-loathing), is highly entropic on the personal level when you are actually living in such a system, can bleed energy into time-wasting activities, and can become a cop-out for our personal lack of progress.
About the self loathing charge:
What you posted cuts both ways. I believe it is also entropic to derive too much of a sense of self identity from nationalism to the point that one 'puts their head in the sand' or says 'lalalalala I can't hear you' when presented with uncomfortable facts that should be addressed-especially when people's lives are effected on massive scales from the problems at hand.
"Blame America first crowd" is the moniker often slapped on someone who may raise a legitimate objection. This magic phrase(meme)closes minds in an act of simple handwaving-an example of groupthink because this is the very phrase repeatedly used on talk radio/dis-info for it's loyal listeners to use. (self admitted 'ditto heads')
This is a cop-out from one's responsibility as a citizen IMO.I see this as blind nationalism-"the king can do no wrong" -which leaves problems to fester and grow.I personally notice stong authoritarian tendencies in people around me like this.This is not an unwarranted judgement on my part,I have been verbally and physically threatened for raising such issues in discussions
-which has tested the limits of my tolerance.(I am more than capable of physically defending myself ,to put it one way) There is scientific evidence for this type of phenomenon and how it effects lives. http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~altemey/
I do hear you about wasting energy and opportunity though.This is true that some seem to take the other extreme and blame the world for all of their problems while not taking, or appreciating the opportunities they may have in front of them.I certainly have done this at times in my life too.
Don't get me wrong,I see value in the Libertarian view point in places too(vote with your wallet),I have read Murry Rothbard,Ron Paul,and much here: http://mises.org/
I just can't ignore the fact that before the 'new deal' the market never solved problems with child labor,poverty and the elderly. This is something often ignored "if the markets were left alone it would have been fixed" they say. I can't go with that one.
Here's the kicker for me: Not too much can be done about one's initial conditions. In the US there is good opportunity, and hard work can pay off for many-though this is rapidly changing.However,the one's who do 'make it' do not have the right to 'pull up the ladder' for others.As well ,I believe it is only responsible,at the least,to think about how our actions and beliefs effect one another at home and abroad. A success story to one may be a horror story for another-http://www.alternet.org/story/13140/
Really this is the type of discussion that can go back and forth without much or any resolution.Kind of entropic,people get rigidly set in beliefs that's how it is.
Man,did this thread get jacked or what? BTW I loved waking life too.