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American exceptionalism



  • Winthrop's "City" Was Exceptional, Not Exceptionalist

    by Jim Sleeper

    There are compelling anthropological reasons why almost every society in history has invented “special covenant” and “origin” myths, or “constitutive fictions.” 



  • Donald Trump and the Death of American Exceptionalism

    by Jelani Cobb

    The problem of Trump is not simply that his opinions far exceed his knowledge; it’s that what he does know is so hostile to democracy, not only in the Republican Party or the United States but in the world.


  • Did the Founding Fathers Believe In American Exceptionalism?

    by Sheldon Stern

    Like John Adams, they were for the most part confident that the new United States was on the cusp of a brilliant future. But they did not believe that Americans, as a people, were exempt from the flaws and faults of other nations and peoples.



  • Obama’s New Patriotism

    by Greg Jaffe

    How Obama has used his presidency to redefine ‘American exceptionalism’


  • American Martial Virtue?

    by William J. Astore

    America is not exceptional when we commit to martial virtues; America is exceptional when we commit ourselves to liberty.



  • Victor Davis Hanson: America’s Big Fat Advantage

    NRO contributor Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. His The Savior Generals will appear in the spring from Bloomsbury Books. © 2013 Tribune Media Services, Inc.For all the Obama-era talk of decline, there is at least one reason why America probably won’t, at least not quite yet.“Peak oil” and our “oil addiction” were supposed to have ensured that we ran out of either gas or the money to buy it. Now, suddenly, we have more gas and oil than ever before. But the key question is: Why do we?