In the midst of a wonderful, mostly non-political 4th of July parade in Aspen, Colorado, I was surprised to see these right-wing participants. The kid that I found particularly sad was the one who said he loves his carbon footprint. It was also interesting that they don’t see the contradiction between demanding both lower taxes and higher military spending. In general, I always find surprising that in the US, the richer states like NY and California are two the left of the poorer, the Bible Belt.

If you see the rest of the pictures, though, you will see that they were the only sour note on an otherwise splendid 4th of July celebration.

Lastly here is a video of the 4th of July parade with commentary in Spanish that talks about the issue of the wealthy in Aspen being especially progressive.

El 4 de julio en Aspen from Martin Varsavsky on Vimeo.

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Pablo on July 6, 2010  · 

Sorry Martin, es muy offtopic la pregunta…cómo se llama el primer tema musical del video? Saludos

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antoin O Lachtnain on July 9, 2010  · 

Maybe there is a reality to the sentiment. These guys are saying this but everyone else is feeling it. Truth is, we love all the stuff that CO2 output gives us – cars, aeroplanes, big houses. It is genuinely hard to change that feeling.

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