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What books trigger Americans?

And I mean "Americans" in the broadest sense, not just left-wingers or just right-wingers.
What really gets under their skin and makes them feel uncomfortable and off balance?

Which writers subvert their worldview and its dichotomies the most comprehensively and effortlessly?
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i don't know
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books that aren't YA
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>>7562853

Why do you want to trigger us?
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>>7562853
Ta-neshi coates.
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Getting called out on their shitty education system, shitty healthcare, crime rates, amount of school shootings and average weight.
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Aren't you embarrassed to think/speak in such limited words/phrases/buzzwords?
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>>7562853
>help me troll you better /lit/
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As an American I'm most affected by books or works which highlight the underlying insufficiencies of our national condition. It might seem ironic, but the most "triggering" books for us are probably the same ones which might earn the appellation "great American novel"; Infinite Jest and Moby Dick come to mind. Also, Stoner and Death of a Saleman.
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redd/int/ please leave
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Who was that guy that said the people in the WTC deserved it
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>>7562853
"Americans" don't even really exist in that broad a sense because there are too many regional differences.
If you mean the stereotypical fat dumb clapistanian, anything too liberal or too conservative.
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>>7562904
regional differences are particulars. Americans, as a whole, have the same history and culture.
Babbitt and Sinclair Lewis particularly triggers Americans. It reminds them of what they don't want to believe in, that the dreams in which their culture and nation was born don't actually exist.
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terribly stupid thread.
its western thinking, not american.
globalized world bro.
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>>7562870
I don't like people, and Americans are currently the smuggest people on Earth.
A planetary pimple, begging to be burst.

In the 19th century they probably were still the smuggest, but the British Empire would have been my main target were I born then.
The Kingdom of France before that. Etc.

>>7562880
That's just taking a left wing American perspective.

I had stuff more like Joseph de Maistre in mind.
Evola was a daydreamer, but Maistre actually considered his politics workable, and in his day, they were.

Asian/Middle Eastern politics and religion are even more alien and disturbing, but there's currently a fad for Americanised versions of this stuff among the latte sipping classes. They'll project just about every prejudice they have into Tahiti and Ancient Lithuania and Tibet and whatever. They'll reflexively discover reasons why every other culture is superior, mainly because doing this proves how superior they are to the lower classes.

I'd rather crush both hipster and yokel by finding what they have in common and removing its testicles.
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>>7562853
Divine Comedy, you scums will suffer terribly in hell
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Belief in inherited social status.
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>>7562904
>Babbitt and Sinclair Lewis particularly triggers Americans. It reminds them of what they don't want to believe in, that the dreams in which their culture and nation was born don't actually exist.

M8 this is like a cornerstone of modern American belief, kids have to read those in school. I'm guessing you have never been here and get your conception of America entirely from 4chan.
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>>7562853
>implying Americans give a fuck about books
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>>7562853
anything without pictures
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>>7562853
>>7562919
>>7562926
>>7562927

lol. This thread is hilarious. Foreigner fags jelly as hell. Remember, foreign fags, envy is one of the deadly sins.
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>>7562926
Jesus dude get some friends
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>>7562957
Everyone on earth commits at least 1 of the 7 deadly sins.

It can't be helped.
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>>7562885
I'm in the habit of meaning what I say/write/type/utter.

(/ is pronounced "slash," and " is, like, communicated by finger movements, y 'know? I am asking a question kinda but sorta notta reallia ya knowa what eyea meana? I'm getting the strangest urge to write a screenplay based on a comic book and start saying things on twitter.)
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>>7562853
>tfw I am drinking a gin and tonic with lime while browsing /lit/

am I living the /lit/ life?
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>>7562961
May I ask why? : )
Or is the reason supposed to be self-evident?

>>7562996
Good taste is half the battle.
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Anything anti-circumcision
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>>7562926
>I don't like people, and Americans are currently the smuggest people on Earth.
>A planetary pimple, begging to be burst.
>In the 19th century they probably were still the smuggest, but the British Empire would have been my main target were I born then.
>The Kingdom of France before that. Etc.
>I'd rather crush both hipster and yokel by finding what they have in common and removing its testicles.

Serious question, Opie. Are you 13? You sound like every angsty teen edgelord stereotype ever. If you're not a teenager and you actually think this way, that's even worse.
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>>7562926
>I'd rather crush both hipster and yokel by finding out what they have in common and removing it's testicles.
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Seems like you've already triggered them OP
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Naked Lunch and Howl at least historically
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>>7563016
Beautiful.

It also occurs to me that Freud now offends both the right and left due to the rise of feminism.

>>7563021
>>7563024
Good, good. Let the hate flow through you.

I'm not under any particular constraint in the way I live, so rebellion is not necessary. This is purely frolicking on my part.

Alright, just throwing this out there:
Really relatable, average male character with brown hair and green eyes, fresh out of college with a Media Studies degree, Methodist upbringing, studio apartment.
Works hard to save up to buy an old heirloom of his father's he came across at an antiques shop.
Returns a wallet he found on the pavement to its owner.

The day he has enough money, his landlord, Louis Sebastian de Montmorency, an Englishman (of some kind) loitering in the US for some reason, same age as him but had never worked a day in his life, buys the entire stock at the shop, has some Mexican labourers throw it all into a car compactor, and then displays the resulting piece of modern art in the entrance hall of Mr. Average's apartment building.
The end.
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>>7562919
No, it is not. The north east was settled by english and germans, then flooded with a variety of immigrants for hundreds of years.

from california to texas was all part of mexico for a long ass time.

california also has a bunch of chinese people.

I don't even know the south and middle. Then we have hawaii and alaska which are their own things. Also puerto rico
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>>7563089
>Media Studies degree
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>>7563089
>It also occurs to me that Freud now offends both the right and left due to the rise of feminism.

>implying some of the most renowned feminist thinkers today don't use psychoanalysis
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>>7563135
>renowned
>feminist
>thinkers
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>>7563148

#taketheredpill
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>>7562919
>Americans, as a whole, have the same history and culture.

Nah u continental nigga what the fuck u talkin about
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>>7563089
>average

>green eyes

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>>7563124
>>7563179
Middle-brow, middle-pigment.
He's also of middling height and weight as well.
His name is Steven.
Steven Jason Smith.
He's the tech support we deserve.
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You've obviously got a chip on your shoulder, some prejudice against Americans. Well, that's not true. Your bias is against your idea of the American, this stereotypical thing that most people realize isn't true.

I can almost guarantee you that any message you try to make about America will be embraced by some not insignificant group of Americans. The place is just too big. I mean, the last presidential election had the votes split nearly 50/50.

The only thing I can think of that might piss off most people is something glorifying the 1%, the richest of the rich. Now that I think about it, upper middle-class people will probably enjoy it, maybe. The same way they enjoy viewing the instagrams of rich people.

You'd be better off writing a book to piss off a state, but something tells me you're clueless.
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>>7562926
>implying Americans aren't the last best chance for humanity

please leave
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>>7562877
every leftist white American is a lickspittle Coates sycophant
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>>7563089
If your goal is to be laughed at then yeah, go ahead and write that.
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>>7562853
your mom's diary. she writes the size of my cock and I don't like that information getting out because I am a famous intellectual and I don't want people thinking about my ten inch cock when they should be focusing on the integrity of my ideas.
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>>7562853
I've seen some american posters mad at Bolaño's 2666, maybe all the posts are from the same person, but idk
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>>7562877
That nigger spoke at my university and said literally nothing. It was awful.
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>>7563269
In the sense of a desire to challenge them? Yes. I'm taking them on.

Wow, two political parties. That's like running into a Dunkin' Donuts right after passing by a Krispy Kreme; just overwhelming cultural diversity.

I agree with you on the rich, but I'd also like to hurt their feelings too if at all possible. Insinuations about pedigrees should do the trick.

And for the actual blue bloods, I suppose I can depict sexual competence. That always sends a chill down their tweed-encased spines.

>>7563276
Since I'm airing my opinions, may as well say that I like Trump. He's a total barbarian (I mean, just look at his ties,) but he's good fun. Lights a fire under everyone's arse.

>>7563277
That's my intuition on the matter.
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>>7563395
Is it because of PC speech or what?
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Honestly write unironic ISIS propaganda. That will piss off most Americans.
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>>7563400
The upper-middle class should be TV actors, big business owners and Hollywood executives.

You average American with 20k income is the new age lumpen.
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>>7562853
Find something that portrays a sympathetic view to a serial rapist who hates Chris Kyle and that would probably be it desu.
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What is un-American?
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>>7563400
My point wasn't party diversity, which is sorely lacking. I think most people agree our government is broken. My point was that people have different opinions, vastly different.

What you seem to be trying to do reminds me of South Park. They shit on everything. I guess you could just make a list every single American stereotype and then kick it up the ass in your book, but even then people will enjoy it. I'd read it.

The whole "smug American who thinks his country is just the bestest and gets offended if anyone suggest otherwise" is one of the least true stereotypes out there. Even the people you do piss off are going to forget about it rather quickly.

Well, now that I think about it, bashing on entertainment and everyone's obsession with screens might piss people off, since it's so widespread. Hardly a problem unique to America though, and most people will just parrot the "turn your brain off" argument and then forget your book ever existed. Best of luck.
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>>7563437
The majority opinion is a white man's though.
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>>7563451
Racist.
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>>7563455
Only a white man can be racist because racism is a thought system of control.
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>>7563465
Racism is another boring Western tug of war which the rest of the world does not care about. The Chinese are incredibly racist, for example.

I once read a novel, I think it was Là Bas, where Huysmans cunningly inserted his own low opinion of the mediterranean race in the voice of a quack doctor. Nobody could claim he had put the words in the mouth of a trustworthy character, but he introduced the idea to his reader and set the words echoing in their mind nevertheless.
Maybe I'll do this with a Chinaman.
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>>7563465
Do you believe this? I cannot express how much I want to know this. The words do not convey my emotion. They do not carry my tone, and this post reads as if it sarcastic, but it is not. I really want to know, do you believe that only white people can be racist?
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>The United States represents the reductio ad absurdum of the negative and the most senile aspects of Western civilization. What in Europe exist in diluted form are magnified and concentrated in the United States whereby they are revealed as the symptoms of disintegration and cultural and human regression. The American mentality can only be interpreted as an example of regression, which shows itself in the mental atrophy towards all higher interests and incomprehension of higher sensibility. The American mind has limited horizons, one conscribed to everything which is immediate and simplistic, with the inevitable consequence that everything is made banal, basic and leveled down until it is deprived of all spiritual life. Life itself in American terms is entirely mechanistic. The sense of I in America belongs entirely to the physical level of existence. The typical American neither has spiritual dilemmas nor complications: he is a natural joiner and conformist.

>The Americans' 'open-mindedness', which is sometimes cited in their favor, is the other side of their interior formlessness. The same goes for their 'individualism'. Individualism and personality are not the same: the one belongs to the formless world of quantity, the other to the world of quality and hierarchy. The Americans are the living refutation of the Cartesian axiom, "I think, therefore I am": Americans do not think, yet they are. The American 'mind', puerile and primitive, lacks characteristic form and is therefore open to every kind of standardization.
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>>7563507
>Western tug of war
Don't you realize traditional class politics is replaced by identity politics?

There is no irony in this, just ontology. Also, I'm Chinese for full disclosure.

White Americans want to keep America white but don't want to admit they're racist unlike the Chinese. I believe this is a result of McCarthyism trickling down to identity politics.
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No books in particular. But the three current masters of offending the greatest amount of Americans currently are Bill Maher, Trey Parker, and Matt Stone.
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I think a book where a fictional utopia is overtaken by morally bankrupt vandals would be a good idea if you sought to trigger Americans.
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>>7563546
I think it's an extension of the old "understatement" or "countersignalling" doctrine. The people who feel threatened by minorities are automatically of low status. Class is alive and well within ethnic groups.
More complicated than that, and mixed in with pragmatic acceptance of mass transit and dissolving tribal boundaries, but w/ev
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>>7562853
monolinguism
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>>7563546
There are people who openly want america white and people who openly want it mixed
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>>7562853
The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel Huntington.
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>>7562961
This
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>>7562961
Kek why is OP's prose so bad
Go read some English books, your writing makes sensible men cringe.
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>>7563092
The Melting Pot. First Generations might keep and have difficulty to adapt, but second generations can usually be considered Americans, they adopt American Culture, even if they keep many of the characteristics of their past (even though most of that culture isn't actually their culture from the past but a strange representation America makes of those cultures, the Irish and the Italians is an obvious case).
Obviously Americans come from different places, but the values they espouse, their culture, their language, is not german, nor irish, italian, portuguese or Spanish, it's American.
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>>7563659
You're just "sensible?" Have the sense to brag big.

Like this: I'll have you know I'm kind of an OK guy.
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>>7563525

lol. That's the dumbest thing I've ever read. There's no way he actually believed that, right? I mean, it's a joke, right? Satire?

If that was real there is no doubt in my mind that he, and OP, are honest to God retarded and OP needs to be put into a mental healthcare facility. As soon as possible.
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>>7563838

Um...no. Not at all.
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>>7563838
Those only trigger twitchy vets, whom the rest of us mock.
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>>7563525
>implying anyone takes "ride le tiger xD" man seriously
>imply he's not himself a refutation of cogito ergo sum
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>>7562963
[citation needed]
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>>7562853
>“Gentlemen, why in heaven’s name this haste? You have time enough. […] Ages and ages lie before you. Why sacrifice the present to the future, fancying that you will be happier when your fields teem with wealth and your cities with people? In Europe we have cities wealthier and more populous than yours, and we are not happy. You dream of your posterity; but your posterity will look back to yours as the golden age, and envy those who first burst into this silent, splendid nature, who first lifted up their axes upon these tall trees, and lined these waters with busy wharves. Why, then, seek to complete in a few decades what the other nations of the world took thousands of years over in the older continents? […] Why, in your hurry to subdue and utilize nature, squander her splendid gifts? […] Why hasten the advent of that threatening day when the vacant spaces of the continent shall all have been filled, and the poverty or discontent of the older States shall find no outlet? You have opportunities such as mankind has never had before, and may never have again. Your work is great and noble; it is done for a future longer and vaster than our conceptions can embrace. Why not make its outlines and beginnings worthy of these destinies, the thought of which gilds your hopes and elevates your purposes?”

- James Bryce - "The American Commonwealth" (1888)
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>>7562853
>>7562926
>>7563089
I think you don't have a clear understanding of media in the western world. Most of media from print to virtual is controlled by corporations, those corporations cater to their respective government's ideologies because the governments are dedicated to maximizing profits for those selfsame corporations. The media outlets create the ideologies of the people, and the people, generally toe the line. The thing you are trying to crush is bigger than any of the individual governments and individual corporations, you are an ant trying to crush the solar system. If you are trying to trigger individuals, then this thread has done admirably, if you are trying to trigger the American population, any media you try to disseminate will be torn apart in other forms of media and the public will listen to the media that they have listened to their entire lives over whatever you have stated. How do you have a degree in media studies and not understand that the US government, media, and public ideology are in lockstep with one another?
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>>7564000
I don't read newspapers. And you should stop reading newspapers about newspapers.

Again, this is a standard issue left wing American outlook. I really don't mind corporate greed. I'm quite greedy myself. It's self-righteousness I don't like.

"The Media." America's favourite chewtoy. And, like a chewtoy, they make no dent in it whatsoever.
Maybe I should have said "hamster wheel?"

And I don't have a degree in Media Studies.
Steven Jason Smith does. You know, the poor guy who has to look at his father's Sentimental Object crushed into a daringly transgressive cube of antiques every time he enters or leaves his apartment building? He doesn't even understand modern art. He has a poster of Van Gogh's Starry Night, though, and thinks about spiritual but not religious things while looking at it.
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>>7564125
When did i say i read newspapers about newspapers? You didnt even address my post, just tangential topics. Smh
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>>7564129
Blogs about tv, podcasts about youtube, whatever.

You think I'm trying to crush the media because you have media on the brain. Paranoia is lazy. Weren't you aware of that? The media is an effect, not a cause. The people involved are surely self-interested, and are just as surely members of a culture that they grew up in.

People create cultures based on very old habits, some of which are too subtle to really be depicted in media. In fact, the least conscious aspect as the ones I want to pillory the most.
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>>7564160
*aspects are
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There isn't one. USA ia set up for diversity so there's no overall commonality that can be targeted.

They even have the right not to exercise their rights. It's whatever.
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I'm American and I like this thread. I don't understand why everyone is getting so butthurt. This thread is hilarious.
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>>7562853
The Koran.
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>>7564160
Buddy how do you expect to trigger people without using media, that was the point of my post which you have yet to address.
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>>7564179
I keep hearing British-German Protestants say this.

>>7564243
And how do you intend to start a revolution without projecting your own motives onto other people?
Just what kind of Rastafarian are you?
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>>7562926
Nah, more of a rest-of-the-first-world perspective that laughs at America's stubborn backwardness thinking MUH MARKET is the answer to everything.
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>>7562926
>>7563008
>>7563089
>mfw
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>>7563148
>>7563159
#nohymennodiamond
#MGTOW2016
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OP 7/10 you could try a little harder but hey, who am I to argue with success.

Next he's gonna tell us he's a member of the Church of Satan or something, just wait
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The works of Sayyid Qutb
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>>7562853
The Quran

>mfw I was in a book store that sold Qurans a few weeks ago and stuck a piece of gum I was chewing between the pages of one
fucking muslims
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>>7564350
what a rebel
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>>7564274
>I keep hearing British-German Protestants say this.

Damn. You nailed me.
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>>7564327
I've been as open and honest as I know how; and I do not watch enough porn or play enough video games to be a satanist.
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>>7562853
America is not a monolith. Georgia Texas or Washington State, and Especially NYC are like a different country.
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>>7564450
Sure it is. I'm often surprised by its consistency, in fact.
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>>7564489
Nah, it isn't. Less intelligent commentators on American culture usually prefer to make broad generalizations about the country because nuance takes intellectual effort to observe, plus these commentators think they're already experts on our country since they are addicted to our popular media , but in fact this is a nation of hundreds of different languages, racial identities, cultures, subcultures, religions and sectarian differences. There is so much racial and cultural in-fighting in this country that it boggles my mind that anybody could think we're all the same, but people believe what they want to believe, what's easier to believe.
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>>7564564
Sure you are. Americans speak English and are Brits and Teutons, with a sprinkling of Frenchmen. Then there's those other guys.
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>>7564274
>revolution
>rastafarian
You're reading something different from what I'm posting or you're trolling is becoming very weak.
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>>7564630
The media is hiding a third possible explanation from you.
Namely, that you are too dense to understand sarcasm.
Talk to someone else about the media and pretend they have problems with the media, Media guy.
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>>7564663
>i want to trigger people
How are you going to trigger people when the means that you want to trigger people are strictly controlled by the people you want to trigger
>ur dumb, talk to someone else
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>>7564681
I don't feel all that strictly controlled.

Did you imagine I wanted to borrow the CIA's xerox machine or something?
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>>7564716
Is that because you havent tried to trigger anything other than a bunch of neets on a imageboard?
>Did you imagine I wanted to borrow the CIA's xerox machine or something?
Do you imagine that the CIA's xerox machine is the best method for triggering people?
You should have stuck with the edgy child taking on the american people because you want to watch the world burn, because your strawmen and inference's from left field are more confusing than anything.
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>>7564752
You forgot to mention the hat that people who are wrong wear, and that I wear it.

The internet has decentralised publishing. I don't know if you got the memo.
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>>7564776
>putting words in my mouth
Post the memo because I want to see it teebeeH
> internet has decentralised publishing
[Citation Needed]
Your not even trying anymore. Im not going to reply unless I see some real effort
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>>7564828
You know, every time you misspell or misuse "you're", I mentally subtract twenty points from my estimate of your IQ.

eBooks, rastaman. Do you have them in coconut land?
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>>7562926
Boy those are some sour grapes. Maybe if you were better you wouldn't feel the need to try to ruin others' happiness
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>>7564341
Back to your cave, osama
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>>7564489
>>7564626
By your passive-aggressiveness I'm assuming you've been to different parts of the US and therefore know without a doubt that all Americans are roughly the same.

I mean, nobody is stupid enough to just believe some "le fat and loud murrica maymay", right?

Or is this thread your work? What you're writing to piss off all Americans? It might work. I say might because you're clinging to untrue bullshit, which should piss anyone off, but on the other hand creationists exist so, who knows.
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>>7562853
Our own books honestly. Brockden-Brown, Hawthorne, Melville, Especially Twaine, Dreiser, Faulkner, and Dos Passos, Wright, Morrison (all the pessimists) show how the promise of being a premier democracy with a unified, melting-pot cultural identify was broken almost from the start.
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>>7562853
the communist manifesto
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>>7562853

None because Americans don't read which is why they are stupid.

Now if we refine the question and ask what food triggers Americans, there is a universe of possibilities.
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>>7565774
That's a trick question because the answer is no food.
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>>7565790

Well actually the short answer is anything healthy.
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>12 year old European visits /lit/
o I am laffin
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>>7562853
My ex cut all off all contact with me because I defended a man whom I held in high esteem despite of his being a convicted rapist. It must be that she is American that her response was so excessive but I imagine rape might have a similar effect on other Americans, especially if you involve a toddler.
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>>7562996
When you upgrade to single-malt scotch with the big boys you'll finally be a patrician.
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>>7565162
Oh yes. Wore a canvas suit and had a native guide with me on a difficult trek through those uncharted and mysterious lands.

I've never encountered people so unknowable, so indefinable. It was almost a spiritual experience to be told that I have an ayeckcint.

>>7566264
Not before dinner, I hope.
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Write something pro Female Genital Mutilation

Write about free will being an illusion

Write something attacking liberal democratic societies.
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>>7566981
The south and west coast first of all are as different to New England as New England is from Britain or Ireland. And black and hispanic communities are totally different for obvious reasons. NYC and Jersey are basically another planet.

But if you head even 150 miles south of NH into Massachusetts, you find a completely different mindset regarding government, acceptable lifestyle, fitness, foods etc. Claiming that the US has massive amounts of homogeneity suggests youve never really lived in different regions before.
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>>7567397
I've lived in China, Malaysia, Serbia, Italy, to name a few.
Serbs make a good onion-tuna baguette, goes down well with a little Lashko. Italians pronounce "Lashko" as "Lasco."

The more I travel the more petty and irrelevant the distinctions between Clevelanders and Reno-dwellers, or whatever, look. Travel allows you to see the big picture.
If you think size equals complexity, you don't understand the bottleneck phenomenon. There's more genetic diversity in Africa because the rest of humanity descends from a handful of tribes that left via Egypt.

New England, i.e. American culture was founded by people numbering in their thousands a few hundred years ago. The result is a dozen accents (compared to hundreds in England) and a homogenous culture that grew from a bottleneck event. Your outlook is parochial.
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>>7562853
I don't know about books, but you thread is a success.
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Americans hate the reality that they are usurpers not builders
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if you're european you probably have other stuff you should be worrying about going on outside and if you're not european or american, lol
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>>7564125
You, in your staunch denial of others' selves and self-righteousness, seem to be just the same, but from a different perspective. You are every bit of a blowhard as everyone you so strongly despise, because in the end we are all despicable. You simply lack the constitution to hate yourself, openly and with relish, the same as those whose self-aggrandizement you hiss at. Hiss at the mirror, because you (without irony on my or your part) are a genuine philistine. I say that as calmly as possible.
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>>7564439
god damn the shitpost king does it again
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>>7570104
I am too drunk to respond adequately but I will have you know I have fled europe and have an excellent haircut (and not one of those absurd BDSM shaved side affairs)
God is on my side, let it be known; all my sins are forgiven in advance
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>>7562853
Foreign criticism. Local is fine, just no criticism from outsiders. Any book with a foreigner criticising America. Also a great reason to hate John Oliver. Hes not a real American, he's a Brit at heart.
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Any book written by someone with English as their second (or latter number) language.
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Christopher Lasch
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>>7571142
A narcissist likes to be called a narcissist.
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The God Delusion
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>>7563400
>Since I'm airing my opinions, may as well say that I like Trump. He's a total barbarian (I mean, just look at his ties,) but he's good fun. Lights a fire under everyone's arse.

Cute opinion, but this man is actually going to be president and it won't be funny anymore.
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>>7571188
Sure it will. The Trump presidency, all eight years of it, is going to be controversy on controversy.

He will ruin everybody's shit. Except for the white working class's shit, but you can't have everything; and truth be told, I prefer a blue collar chap who speaks his mind to some vegetarian status jockey any day.
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