2) Multinational corporations. This is really visible in things like Coke, McDonalds, Microsoft, Mars and so many others. These aren’t just household names in the
3) Historical political meddling. During the cold war, for example, the
4) US culture, for example, in the form of movies, music, food or whatever you care to name has been heavily exported from the
5) Individual visitors (as opposed to impressions we get from the media and governments etc) from the
6) "my way or the highway" The
7) World mainstream media (some call it MSM). The news and some other parts of the media portray the
1) Bush is a factor in anti-US sentiment. Many consider him amongst the worst of the presidents the
3) The invasion of
So what about the phenomenon?
Firstly the term suffers the same messy problem of the
That nitpick aside the first thing is that anti-Americanism is nothing new. It’s been on the boil since perhaps the 50s. It does need to be said that feelings towards the
These feelings are also not uniform and they go up and down with different events.
Too many Americans are using ‘anti-Americanism’ as an excuse for something else. It’s often used to silence criticism. It should also be clear that the
What do you think? And what do we do about it?