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American Exceptionalism and Its Discontents

Jack2894 Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 4:07 PM
It worked beautifully for the first hundred years? Are you out of your mind? It was a travesty for the first four score and eighty years. You live in a dream world.

In May 2011, the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen, a columnist I admire, wrote an opinion piece titled “The Myth of American Exceptionalism.” In it, he opined that the “problem of the 21st century is the problem of culture,” in particular the “culture of smugness,” the emblem of which “is the term ‘American exceptionalism.’ It has been adopted by the right to mean that America, alone among the nations, is beloved of God.”

I wrote a rebuttal, contending that exceptionalism means nothing of the sort, and that no one on the right that I was aware of – and no one,...