Panglossian Chauvinism is how Americans continue to prop up and support disorder and abnormal beliefs as normal. It’s also how conservatives unwittingly prevent any among them from developing robust and successful alternatives to the liberal status quo.
“Everything will work out in this, the best of all possible nations.”
This is why the right wing thinks voting will be useful under the current systems in place. This is why we don’t have better alternatives to the current energy grid, or the current farming infrastructure. It’s also why conservatives are not at the vanguard of making it less crummy to have children and grandchildren (and thereby great-grandchildren, etc.) even though they are among the few subcultures still bothering to bring said glorious blessings into the world at all.
Panglossian Chauvinism has people boasting in their frugality as they rely on astonishing advancements in container shipping and materials science but fancy themselves independent and self-sufficient. The world of canning is but one example.
Panglossian Chauvinism also makes it impossible for Americans to understand how things work in other parts of the world. It isn’t all crummy over in Western Europe, Canada and Australia/New Zealand. But it’s not some technotopia of socialist love neither. Panglossian Chauvinism is an American flaw, but I plan to come back to the specific manifestations of it among conservative-Americans. Another day though.
ETA 2015: http://www.newworldeconomics.com/archives/tradcityarchive.html
That guy linked above is kind of weird, but he has some great insights about how to build real communities that are People First and not Stuff/Vehicles/Developers First. In fact, I wish I’d stumbled across him a bit sooner, but his archive of city planning/history is worth reading and thinking about. Overscaling appears to be part of America’s DNA.