"The U.S. has been the site of exponentially more mass shootings than any other nation. The U.S. is essentially alone in the Western world in not guaranteeing health care as a basic human rights. America is home to some of the starkest income inequality on the globe America is alone among 41 Western nations in not guaranteeing paid family leave. How’s that for “family values?” As for representative democracy, only the U.S. has an Electoral College. This fun 18th-century gimmick ensures that here in America—in 40% of its elections since 2000—the presidential candidate with fewer votes actually won. Patriotism, exceptionalism, nationalism...we've seen where all those ideologies inevitably lead: to aggressive war, military occupations and, ultimately, dead children... it’s so 20th-century, anyway"