The American Individual and the Australian Mate

I’ve written before about the little differences between America and Australia. Separately, certain features of Australia such as the higher cost of living, stricter driving standards for young learners, better quality food, more recycling and greater conservation efforts, and universal health care may not appear to amount to anything more than simple cultural, political, or economic differences. Together, however, they suggest a significant ideological difference between Australia and America when it comes to identity. Americans view themselves as individuals; Australians view themselves as members of a community. Continue reading