This page aims to raise awareness of topics that deserve more attention. A topic may deserve more attention because the stakes are high, e.g. crimes against humanity. Or, because Americans tend to have strongly held but uninformed opinions about it, e.g. our foreign aid generosity.
Credibility is a focal point. There are many Web sites which air claims like that found here. They tend to come off as bomb-throwing self-described "anarchist-revolutionaries" attempting to call attention to themselves with extremist rhetoric. Typically, there is little documentation, or the documentation seems authored by bomb-throwing self-described "anarchist-revolutionaries" attempting to call attention to themselves with extremist rhetoric. Such work merely preaches to the converted. Our sources have credentials meaningful to skeptics, and something to lose from being discredited.
This page provides some examples of why some people express contempt for America. It is important to recognize that characterizations of the U.S. as imperialistic, corrupt, or greedy do not merely stem from jealousy or jihad. Those opinions may be wrong (or right), but people do have reasons for holding them.
Critics are quick to point out that we focus "only on the bad and none of the good" in America. That is true. But, it is irrelevant, because the point of this page is not to sum up America. The point is to call attention to issues that merit it (and perhaps can be fixed). In general, the good about America is well represented in mainstream media and people's thoughts; facts and theories that nobody wants to believe end up in society's attic. Americans are more conversant with the Britney-Is-Still-a-Virgin theory than the "October Surprise" theory. Successful democracy requires more from us.
Finally, this page demonstrates the value of free speech.
A patriot must
always be ready to defend his country against his government.
Why of course the people don't want war...It is the
leaders...who determine policy and it is always a simple matter to drag
the people along...all you have to do is tell them they are being attacked
and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country
to danger. It works the same in any country.
(Herman Goering, Nazi Gestapo Chief)
Whoever would overthrow the Liberty of a Nation, must begin by subduing the Freeness of Speech...
Without censorship, things
can get terribly confused in the public mind.
(General William Westmoreland)
I freed thousands of slaves. I could
have freed thousands more, if they had known they were