Pack Mentality: Exploring Australia's "Tall Poppy Syndrome"

Apr 4, 2013 Full story: Photo District News 33

The idea of the "American Dream" is based on individualism, opportunity and upward mobility.

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Since: Dec 10

Perth, Australia

#1 Apr 4, 2013
Rubbish it is the Australian way to prevent anyone getting too big for their boots...like Gillard when she has failed to assist or intervene to get Assange out of limbo, by using diplomatic suggestions like encouraging the Swede's to interview Assange in England instead of seeking to have him extradited(he has a legitimate fear and it should be treated as such, this government has given more support to foreign asylum seekers than one of their own), and she had the gall to make a false public accusation about him, litterally throwing him to the wolves(America). Gillard stabbed her boss in the back to get his job....Australians are very aware of the power they have to inflict pain on a government that has crossed the line and do so in their masses if betrayed as they have been with her and her cronies.....good on the Australian tall poppy syndrome...it works.

Since: Dec 10

Perth, Australia

#2 Apr 4, 2013
The American dream is a load of bullshit where 3% of their numbers control 90% of their wealth and where the middle class is a dying class....there is just poverty, extreme poverty, the destitute and the filthy rich....their system is a complete and utter failure.
sid

Brisbane, Australia

#3 Apr 4, 2013
Anyone who has lived in the bush knows what a stinking roger is, these are not tall poppys we are talking about, they are stinking rogers and need to be pulled out by the roots.
Bob Brown

Thailand

#4 Apr 4, 2013
Ahomana wrote:
Rubbish it is the Australian way to prevent anyone getting too big for their boots...like Gillard when she has failed to assist or intervene to get Assange out of limbo, by using diplomatic suggestions like encouraging the Swede's to interview Assange in England instead of seeking to have him extradited(he has a legitimate fear and it should be treated as such, this government has given more support to foreign asylum seekers than one of their own), and she had the gall to make a false public accusation about him, litterally throwing him to the wolves(America). Gillard stabbed her boss in the back to get his job....Australians are very aware of the power they have to inflict pain on a government that has crossed the line and do so in their masses if betrayed as they have been with her and her cronies.....good on the Australian tall poppy syndrome...it works.
god you talk some incoherent bullshit sometimes

Since: Dec 10

Perth, Australia

#5 Apr 4, 2013
Bob Brown wrote:
<quoted text> god you talk some incoherent bullshit sometimes
Yet you not only read it you responded??????????are you an idiot? Bet you don't come back....that sentence means that you most likely will or now you won't because I have stated that you would...enjoy reading more of my insights you dumb arse troll...bruhahahahaha...you loser and feckin moron...

Since: Dec 10

Perth, Australia

#6 Apr 4, 2013
Bob Brown wrote:
<quoted text> god you talk some incoherent bullshit sometimes
HEY!!! bobby boy where are you....are you there watching and waiting to crash into someone else's party because you are such a loser...was I right are you or aren't you pathetic enough to send your own posts that you have to ride on the back of others...boo hoo....tit face...

Since: Nov 12

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#7 Apr 4, 2013
Ahomana wrote:
The American dream is a load of bullshit where 3% of their numbers control 90% of their wealth and where the middle class is a dying class....there is just poverty, extreme poverty, the destitute and the filthy rich....their system is a complete and utter failure.
That's because they the drive and the brains to do that. Actually it's more like 1% become filthy rich and 4% who are well off. It's the same in every democracy (the best system for creating wealth). FYI America's doesn't have a lot of extreme poverty.

It's pretty funny and ironic you're commenting on the tall poppy syndrome..

Since: Nov 12

Location hidden

#8 Apr 4, 2013
Bob Brown wrote:
<quoted text>god you talk some incoherent bullshit sometimes
I'd say all the time

Since: Dec 10

Perth, Australia

#9 Apr 4, 2013
Tasmaniac wrote:
<quoted text>
That's because they the drive and the brains to do that. Actually it's more like 1% become filthy rich and 4% who are well off. It's the same in every democracy (the best system for creating wealth). FYI America's doesn't have a lot of extreme poverty.
It's pretty funny and ironic you're commenting on the tall poppy syndrome..
ROTFLMAO at your ignorant comment that America doesn't have extreme poverty.

Since: Dec 10

Perth, Australia

#10 Apr 4, 2013
Tasmaniac wrote:
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I'd say all the time
Yet here you are....go figure...I am surprised you stopped playing with your stick long enough to post your useless drivel....
Vizhnu

Delhi, India

#12 Apr 5, 2013
I am surprised you stopped eating pork long enough for your finger to be free to type Ahomona you fat poo.
Anglo-Saxon-Celt

Sydney, Australia

#13 Apr 5, 2013
Ahomana wrote:
Rubbish it is the Australian way to prevent anyone getting too big for their boots...like Gillard when she has failed to assist or intervene to get Assange out of limbo, by using diplomatic suggestions like encouraging the Swede's to interview Assange in England instead of seeking to have him extradited(he has a legitimate fear and it should be treated as such, this government has given more support to foreign asylum seekers than one of their own), and she had the gall to make a false public accusation about him, litterally throwing him to the wolves(America). Gillard stabbed her boss in the back to get his job....Australians are very aware of the power they have to inflict pain on a government that has crossed the line and do so in their masses if betrayed as they have been with her and her cronies.....good on the Australian tall poppy syndrome...it works.
Ahomana you'd be a perfect poster if it wasnt for your silly obsession with rudd the dudd.

Since: Dec 10

Perth, Australia

#14 Apr 5, 2013
Anglo-Saxon-Celt wrote:
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Ahomana you'd be a perfect poster if it wasnt for your silly obsession with rudd the dudd.
Well cheers ASC, I appreciate that...but I can't let my mate Rudd go, not till he gets justice from the motley crew that treated him and the office in such a despicable way....it is the Aussie fair go for him...nothing more. You have a great day...:)

Since: Dec 10

Perth, Australia

#15 Apr 5, 2013
Vizhnu wrote:
I am surprised you stopped eating pork long enough for your finger to be free to type Ahomona you fat poo.
I do love that crunch pork crackle....nom nom...

Since: Nov 12

Location hidden

#16 Apr 5, 2013
Ahomana wrote:
<quoted text>Well cheers ASC, I appreciate that...but I can't let my mate Rudd go, not till he gets justice from the motley crew that treated him and the office in such a despicable way....it is the Aussie fair go for him...nothing more. You have a great day...:)
Settle down fellas. Get a room!

ASC what's going on mate? You're being nice to the enemy..
truth today

Merrylands, Australia

#17 Apr 5, 2013
Problem with tall poppy syndrome is that it's not just a way to keep people from getting too big for their boots - it's also used as an excuse to bully. And Australians are really really good at bullying, back-biting and being generally nasty, classist and xenophobic.

Face facts: Anyone who doesn't sound Australian, look "Australian" or even god forbid is over 16 gets sh*t for being "different" (subtext: "unworthy") and made to feel like crap for it.

There's a difference between cutting people down to size and cutting people out via being a big fat bully. Tall Poppy Syndrome is no excuse.

Since: Nov 12

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#18 Apr 5, 2013
truth today wrote:
Problem with tall poppy syndrome is that it's not just a way to keep people from getting too big for their boots - it's also used as an excuse to bully. And Australians are really really good at bullying, back-biting and being generally nasty, classist and xenophobic.

Face facts: Anyone who doesn't sound Australian, look "Australian" or even god forbid is over 16 gets sh*t for being "different" (subtext: "unworthy") and made to feel like crap for it.

There's a difference between cutting people down to size and cutting people out via being a big fat bully. Tall Poppy Syndrome is no excuse.
Yeah I agree with the bullying. I was a bully too and then I lived overseas for a long time and saw the error of my ways.

I don't agree that we are classist or xenophobic. Go and live in South Korea and then tell me that..

Since: Dec 10

Perth, Australia

#19 Apr 5, 2013
Tasmaniac wrote:
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Settle down fellas. Get a room!
ASC what's going on mate? You're being nice to the enemy..
Why does it concern you, are you jealous?

Since: Dec 10

Perth, Australia

#20 Apr 5, 2013
Tasmaniac wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah I agree with the bullying. I was a bully too and then I lived overseas for a long time and saw the error of my ways.
I don't agree that we are classist or xenophobic. Go and live in South Korea and then tell me that..
You are still a bully, you have just created a delusion for yourself.
Gatsby

Irvine, CA

#21 Apr 5, 2013
Tall poppy syndrome reason for Australian anti-Americanism. Americans strive for greatness and are rewarded in its pursuit. Australians strive for mediocrity and stigmatize those who are different. different. Could Australia produce a Steve jobs or Thomas Edison. Of course not.

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