Things Americans Aren’t Ready to Hear, According to Reddit

(Answers only by non-Americans)

Alan Trapulionis


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I’ve never been to the US. But I’ve been raised partially as an American.

Why? Because pretty much everything I’ve watched, played, listened to or read since I was 5 was produced by Americans. This influence is so widespread that we can’t notice it anymore, even if we wanted to.

Here’s how people like me see your country from a “foreigner’s” perspective. Namely, these are “things we think Americans aren’t ready to hear. ”

II7sevenII writes (12.7k upvotes):

Lobbying is essentially legal bribery.

It baffles me how every elected official is essentially sponsored by a bunch of companies or “movements” that are essentially corporations in disguise.

Also, corporations don’t care about you. At all.

My comment: yes, the general image of American democracy is that corporations basically have all the power in your country, and that the entire government is almost a formality to fulfil the interests of said corporations.

In my country, this is called corruption. I mean, Eastern Europe isn’t exactly what you’d call the most democratic (or transparent) region in the world, but generally elected politicians try to avoid being associated with businesses. Most of them live fairly modest lives.

America has very liberal notions of what money should be able to buy.

Single_Ad6775 writes (13.1k upvotes)

seriously tho why is it so expensive to call an ambulance?

My comment: anything associated with healthcare and its costs in America sounds like a horror movie to people like me. We have plenty of private medical providers, but we also have public healthcare. It doesn’t cost anything to call an ambulance.

I’ve read terrible stories where American people had to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a single ambulance call which essentially made them go bankrupt. People going broke because of their stacking medical bills, etc.