A large part of the European left spent a large part of the 20th century hating the United States not because it had economic inequality or Jim Crow but because it did not have show trials, labor camps and the other appurtenances of "actually existing socialism." We Americans (the neo-barbarians on the left excepted) prefer real courts and the other attributes of an actually existing civilization.
Mr. Wheatcroft also dug up an interesting statement by English author Evelyn Waugh:
Of course, the Americans are cowards ... They are almost all the descendants of wretches who deserted their legitimate monarchs for fear of military service.To Hell with you Mister Waugh. I'm sure General Tojo, Il Duce, und Der Fuherer would be very happy to hear that Americans are cowards. Those bloody-handed power tripping motherfuckers had their destinies very thoroughly settled by those whom that fatuous English twit calls cowards. The courage of Americans fighting for a just cause has never failed and anyone whose continued existence is (or was in the case of that fatuous English twit) dependent on the courage of American Citizens should properly acknowledge that fact or shut the Hell up.
AMERICANS ARE CITIZENS, not the chattel of some perfumed and over-dressed descendant of some barbarian chieftain (or a commissar or other such sub-human filth), we (and the rest of the human race in general) are not subjects or slaves who exist solely to expended at the whim of the ruler, anyone who cannot accept this as an unevadable fact of reality should have their head struck off and stuck on a pike.
There, I feel a lot better now.