"Hollywood infected your brain
You wanted kissing in the rain, oh, oh
Living in a movie scene
Puking American dreams, oh, oh
I'm obsessed with the mess that's America"
—Marina And The Diamonds, "Hollywood"
“Can you believe it? Fifty miles from McDonald's. I didn't think there was anywhere in the world that was fifty miles from McDonald's.”
Number Two: It doesn't matter which "side" runs the Village.
Number Six: It's run by one side or the other.
Number Two: Oh, certainly, but both sides are becoming identical. What in fact has been created is an international community — a perfect blueprint for world order. When the sides facing each other suddenly realize that they're looking into a mirror, they will see that this is the pattern for the future.
Number Six: The whole world as the Village?
—The Prisoner, "The Chimes of Big Ben"
Capt. Borodin: I will live in Montana. And I will marry a round American woman and raise rabbits, and she will cook them for me. And I will have a pickup truck— maybe even a 'recreational vehicle.' And drive from state to state... In winter I will live in Arizona. (rethinks it) Actually, I think I will need two wives.
Captain Ramius: Oh, at least.
"When you're working, I make all of your decisions for you. Even when you go to the lavatory."
"We're not in the States," the boss said, his voice becoming dangerously polite.
— Boris and Ignat, The Night Watch
Hooligan: This is an illegal arrest! I wasn't read my rights!
Lieutenant Pöysti: They don't read you your rights in Finland, idiot!
—Pasila, Finnish cop show
Graham: I plead the Fifth.
"Europe doesn't fear our military or economic prowess, rather it is Henry Ford who gives them the shivers... By Americanization it means Fordization—and not only in industry but also in politics, art and even religion."
"You know, in more than half a century of reading the mainstream American press, I have yet to a read a story that reported on any good news of any other society. If Swedish education and daycare centers are better than ours, it is because half the population must periodically commit suicide."
“Americans continue to rapidly homogenize ourselves into a neutered oblivion. For a country founded on the protection of the unique, we relish our sameness.”
—Lewis Black, Nothing's Sacred
"He really does kind of superimpose the way his system works onto the way he thinks our system works. He grossly exaggerates the role of the C.I.A. in the making of our foreign policy.”
—Diplomat Michael McFaul on Vladimir Putin
"Where once we were the dragons on the map schisming the known world, now we are the very mouth of the Ouroboros, clamped down tight upon ourselves. If we are a global superpower and exceptional, it is because we are a cipher, the still blank part of the map that connects one end to the other....When all roads lead somewhere, that place is no longer a place."
"The problem is faced directly in the Third World domains that have long been dominated by the West and therefore reflect the guiding values of the masters most clearly...Under Reaganite enthusiasts for state power, the number of prisoners in the U.S. almost tripled, leaving our main competitors, South Africa and Russia, well behind — though Russia has just caught up, now that they are mastering the values of their American tutors."
—Noam Chomsky, "On Humanism and Morality"
"Thirty years ago, Margaret Thatcher turned Britain into the world’s leading centre of 'thinking the unthinkable'. Today that distinction has passed to Sweden. The streets of Stockholm are awash with the blood of sacred cows. The think-tanks are brimful of new ideas. The erstwhile champion of the 'third way' is now pursuing a far more interesting brand of politics....Anders Aslund, a Swedish economist who lives in America, hopes that Sweden is pioneering 'a new conservative model'; Brian Palmer, an American anthropologist who lives in Sweden, worries that it is turning into 'the United States of Swedeamerica'...The other Nordic countries have been moving in the same direction, if more slowly."
—The Economist, "Northern Lights"
"I fully expect a wingnut Secretary of State to be caught just straight up editing vote totals in Microsoft Excel... they simply don’t give a fuck about pretense. They want to blow it all up and are hoping that raw money, media ownership, and the still lingering racism of that tiny core of bitter white men is enough to buy them a few more years to rob the last remaining shreds of this country before they retire to Europe to start tearing that continent apart."
"As Americans we can serve as warnings to other nations... We have something to offer the world as a generation; we must offer the real picture of America, a nation divided under class and race. Here in Germany the people joke that things have become more Americanized, i.e. a deteriorating situation for for the working and middle classes. The low-pay sector in Germany has grown since the Social Democratic Party enacted neoliberal reform under former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. As I like to say, 'Don’t do it like we do, please.'"