I wasn't referring to all americans, just the US (that is to say, the state).
(i) The British Empire wasn't solely responsible for the slave trade, nor indeed its worst purveyor. It was a (dispicable) commercial enterprise run in Africa by Arab traders and in the Americas by settlers (that is to say, by americans!). Certainly, British commercial interests made huge profits from it, but it wasn't a government run enterprise (unlike say today's US commercial interests in the 'reconstruction' of Iraq and Afganistan. The slave trade was abolished first by the British Government, too late of course in the overall sense of the thing, but much earlier than the US itself. In fact, notwithstanding the US civil war, there was de facto slavery in the US into the 1960s.
(ii) The US has refused to pay its contribution to the UN.
(iii) I understand neo-fascism to be a political philosophy that exalts nation and race above the individual and that stands for a centralised autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition. Most US government statements reek of jingoistic Goebbels-ism; the US government is centrealised and centralising; Guantanamo is an affront to the sanctity of the individual. Corporate supremacy in the US and the role of super-wealth in presidential and gubernational contests ensures the economic subjugation of the people. The fact that there is no ideological difference between Democrats and Republicans, and the fact that all presidents come from the same (socio-economic) class is testament to the success Big Business has in this project.
(iv) American universities are only "the best in the world" if you use metrics designed by Big Business and american universities to show just that. They concentrate on the sciences, which have commercial spin-offs (and which suits Nobel Laureate head counters like you); they concentrate on technological and enterprise. How do the 'great american universities' do in Literature, Classics, the Humanities? Not very well. Also, it might interest you to know that most US Nobel winners were not US born. I notice that Harvard and the US likes to claim Amartya Sen, for example, (a bit like the UK claims Irish playrights when it suits) but he was neither born nor educated there. India and Cambridge can take that credit. It's just another example of what I will call 'US appropriation' and I guess that's what I most dislike about the US.
(v) I have "heard of Rhodes scholarships". It's interesting that you should hold this up as another great American Appropriation: Cecil Rhodes was a slave-trading imperialist. No wonder he wanted his money to go to Americans coming to Oxford!
Actually, speaking of slave trading and US appropraition, americans like to see their civil war as the great cleansing. Nothing to do with victory for anti-slavery activism. Abe Lincoln was a slave owner (before and after).
(vi) US aggression in South America, Central America, Viet Nam, the Carribbean (invading grenada for ***** sake), Middle East, Afganistan. Support for Nazi scientists after WW2 (von Braun etc). Support for Fascist dictatorships around the world (Chile & Phillipines yesterday; Pakistan and Saudi today). Not to mention commercial exploitation everywhere the US gets its fumbling fat little hands in the till. These are stayte-sponsored activities; not the activities of commercial interests. And it's going on NOW.
(vii) Kyoto? Consumerism? No point; this would be way over your head.
(viii) I hope you're not coming over here to study history; we don't do Holywood studies, you know. And you have to read books, sometimes written in another language. Could you not do a 'module' in Canada and leave us 'aliens' in peace?
Before anyone says it: I know not all Americans voted for Bush; some voted for his cousin Kerry. I know some left their chads hanging by mistake and I know Dick Cheney didn't shoot that guy on purpose. I know not every American is stupid (I met one last week outside Balliol who saw immediately that the building was not 13th century). I know that Republicans are not evil and that they wouldn't knowingly elect an Austrian right-winger as governor.
I know the US put a man on the moon, and I am soooo grateful.