When I moved to the US in 2000 it seemed obvious to me the center of most intellectual debates in the world was there. How much changed in 20 years
Unless you want to improve your knowledge of the links between racism and fried chicken not sure why a young person would move to the US at all. If things like crypto I would prefer Singapore…
Personally I am interested in the debate on the metaverse and virtual reality and think it is centered in the US. But on the whole it takes 20% of my time. Other critical debates centered in India, China, Russia, Europe, Turkey, etc. And these you miss entirely if only US
Of course if you are immersed in US debates it might look like they matter to the rest of the world. In reality US culture is now almost irrelevant and is received as a faint echo that most people follow only vaguely
People in Ethiopia, China, India, Russia, Vietnam, Singapore, North Macedonia are not following Dave Chappelle and trans — trust me on that
Squid Game maybe

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