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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Third World USA

Many in the US consider themselves lucky to be born in the USA--rightly so. I am proud to have been born in a country that values freedom and where I have been allowed to live a life free of authoritarian and repressive rules.

Yet many know how it feels to go without a shower, not eat for a day or two, not have a place to sleep at night. This reality is _out there_. It doesn't exist for many, because they are lucky enough to have been born in better circumstances.

Katrina has torn away the thick curtain hiding this reality from the light of day. As many commentators write, Katrina showed that for many Americans living in America is like living in a Third World country.

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