I always joke (mostly good naturedly) that when my best Japanese friend visited me at home he had people assuming he was American literally 20 feet past immigration, and when I visit him at home I get people who have known me for seven years saying "Wow, its so amazing you can use chopsticks, for an American I mean."
That's one of the secrets of the United States. Federalism allows citizens lots of lifestyle choices, while still building a great deal of national cohesion. And that variety state by state is what produces a uniform attractiveness to immigrants (the main point of the submitted article) that keeps the United States growing and innovating.
1. If the US defaults, what country can I move to that will substantially increase my odds of success?
2. If fiat currencies hyperinflate, [same question]?
There's a very, very short list to answer those questions.
1) doesn't hold US debt and does not do substantial trade with the US (sorry Canada, Japan, Mexico, et al)
2) Has large reserves of gold, petroleum or industrial minerals.
3) wants skilled English-speaking immigrants
... that leaves South Africa, Brazil, and... maybe AU?
When I landed in Los Angeles, the minute I saw a mexican american immigration officer, I almost cried.
I was home. No one will question me why I am here. The mexicans, the chinese, the Indians, the whites and the blacks. They are all my people.
I might have my curry everyday but my spirit is american.
So very true. The same would apply to British attitudes towards the US. Spending a short time travelling around the US cleared away all my misconceptions, thankfully.
As a side note, I suspect that attitudes might be equally uninformed the other way around, that is about Europe from the US. Europe is incredibly diverse yet I often read opinions from the US treating the continent as a whole.
I like dope and I don't like going to jail, so thanks but no thanks.
However, I think in most cases I'd prefer the printable version. Some articles are split up into multiple pages, and the printable version combines them and is often cleaner and faster to load.
"A Ponzi scheme that works" set off bell in my mind.
It seems like this article rolls two different questions together. One is whether immigration is good. The other is whether the US can continue to grow economically based only on "Three hundred million" niche markets.
Putting aside the former question, I'd say the answer to the latter question is no. Housing bubbles, health care and state spending have not always America's number one industries. Too many of the "hundred million niche markets" that can be touted have really been just support services for the aforementioned sustainable schemes. The US may be able to keep it's "service economy" afloat for another few years but the crisis of 2008 should have been wake-up call announcing unsustainability of this course. Naturally it wasn't, but there you are.