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ThatFanficGuy  ·  1018 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Fucking Hell...

I think we may both be suffering from cultural myopia. If I know something, it's that mentally, Russia and the US are rather similar.

I'd like people from other countries to chip in on that. elizabeth, raisin, is it like this is Canada? Cedar, is it like this in the UK? goobster, was it like that in Hungary?

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ThatFanficGuy  ·  1018 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That's a shitty position to be in. Similarities turn up at surprising times, as well.

What do people think about it all, though? What do they feel?

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goobster  ·  1012 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hungary has gone full-Nazi since I left. The glorious party of the people (led by the charismatic young handsome college student) has found that it really likes power and really doesn't like conversation and debate, and has turned the state into an ultra-conservative, right-wing hate machine.

So the Hungary I once knew is no more, sadly. I'm not even sure I would travel there again, if I could.

ThatFanficGuy  ·  1011 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Wow. That's drastic. I wouldn't expect that of Hungary, what with the Second World War still echoing.

johnnyFive  ·  1018 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Maybe it's less cultural myopia per se than it is just the fact that people are people, and culture doesn't change as much as we might think.

ThatFanficGuy  ·  1018 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Doesn't sound like it. Sounds more like there are apathetic cultures and proactive cultures, or something akin to that. Look at the quality of life in Scandinavia: they're in the coldest region of the planet, and yet, always at the top of the ratings for a lot of things.

You don't see a lot of quality-of-life improvement in the dictatorships, do you? That's because culturally, there's little choice, little control for people of their lives. It's a vicious circle some cultures don't enter or escape, for one reason or another.