By Kyle | September 6, 2011
Science has spoken! A poll shows the American nationality is (as always) still considered the coolest one in the world. This is an excellent way to phrase the question; you could, if you so chose, easily find Americans are not well respected internationally if you phrased the question a different way. I have always found the conventional liberal view that America was despised overseas, especially in the Reagan and Bush eras, to be total nonsense — mainly because I’ve traveled a lot overseas. All the distaste I find for Americans is invariably abstract and tied up in political questions, not in actually disliking specific Americans. For instance, I was in Paris when Jimmy Carter won his Nobel Prize and supposedly anti-American sentiment had skyrocketed because of our “cowboy President’s” policies. And France was supposedly the most sophisticated and influential leader of this way of thinking, and Paris is the capital of intellectual thought in France. I encountered zero anti-Americanism in my three weeks there that fall. What I did hear, several times, was that 9/11 caused Americans to curtail their traveling, especially their long-distance traveling, and the resulting loss in tourism business was devastating to the French and Parisian economies.