After my first presentation, following questions from the audience, I realized that they were clueless about what is going on in the United States. It was particularly surprising, since the audience was practically all academics from Europe and Asia, with only a few from the United States.
Therefore, in the following presentations I started by explaining that:
- According to US government statistics, 50% of Americans are now around or below poverty - they are still under the impression of solid home owning middle class in the United States, and
- A series of quotes by legal experts, regarding corruption of the state and federal courts in the United States - they are still under the impression of the US as a model "democracy".
- Explaining that I am only limiting my talk to the role of corrupt case management systems of the courts in these dramatic changes of the past couple of decades.
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