SOURCE: New York Times
Historians including David Kennedy, Andrew Bacevich, David Oshinsky and Wilfred McClay discuss whether the idea of American uniqueness has hurt national preparedness for an epidemic, if it will help or hinder recovery, and if the COVID-19 crisis will dislodge the idea from popular consciousness.
SOURCE: The Nation
by Jessi Jezewska Stevens
Opining in public on things you don’t really understand is a form of idiocy in which Americans, in particular, are known to indulge.
by Greg Bailey
The weight of our heritage and the promise of our future demand that we act in the present to restore our exceptional place in the world and in our hearts.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Review of Books
by Jim Sleeper
There are compelling anthropological reasons why almost every society in history has invented “special covenant” and “origin” myths, or “constitutive fictions.”
by Joshua Zeitz
This past year has shown that the U.S. is far from immune to the forces shaping the rest of the world.
SOURCE: Foreign Affairs
by Stephen Wertheim
He may be the first president to take office who explicitly rejects American exceptionalism.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
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.
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.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
by Greg Jaffe
How Obama has used his presidency to redefine ‘American exceptionalism’
SOURCE: We're History
by R. B. Bernstein
How are we to take polemicists’ rhetoric seriously, when it celebrates a past and a nation that never was?
by William J. Astore
America is not exceptional when we commit to martial virtues; America is exceptional when we commit ourselves to liberty.
by Tom Engelhardt
The American exceptionalism sweepstakes.
SOURCE: National Review
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?
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