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Nah, it's just random chance: North America is a pretty shitty environment for humans at the best of times, most of it is uninhabitable for large populations without a fairly high tech level.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Sep 8th, 2017 at 10:26:00 AM EST
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I think the opposite has been the problem - such a richness of resources that their exploitation to depletion wasn't deemed to be a problem. So much space that people could imagine themselves as self-sufficient without recourse to "society" or all those communistic urban planning constraints.  

Libertarianism as a philosophy couldn't prosper in a very poor society where everyone is dependent on everyone else for survival. Material success allowed people to imagine themselves as gods over all they could purvey - or purchase.

Paradoxically, for such a supposedly religious society, it is one of the most materialistic on earth, and the most destructive... Poor planning, the lack of a concept of the common good, the supremacy of short term material self interest have all led to this. Climate change is merely an amplifier.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Sep 8th, 2017 at 04:55:44 PM EST
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Hence the old snark that there are no poor people in the US, just temporarily embarrassed millionaires.
by rifek on Sat Sep 9th, 2017 at 01:20:48 AM EST
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