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UNITED STATES
OF AMERICA

Superpower; land of the free, home of the brave; global innovation; trend setting; idealism; intolerance; democracy; corruption; parochialism; cosmopolitanism; frontier mentality; cool sophistication; invention of global entertainment; consumption of world’s resources; peacekeeping; warmongery; environmental despoliation; promotion of liberal arts; academic freedom; industrial research and development. The United States is so extensive and varied, its people so open and hospitable, its institutions so pervasive, powerful and – usually – transparent, that every easy generalisation, however tempting, can be readily contradicted.