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The Dangers Of American Exceptionalism?

American exceptionalism is the theory that the history of the United States is inherently superior to that of other nations.

American exceptionalism is the story America likes to tell about itself; in practice, It’s a lot of work being number one. One of the reasons America has been able to stay at the top is in large part because America has been able to clamp down on any foreign competition. According to America’s Defense Department, it asserts that America’s political and military mission in the post-cold-war era is to ensure that no rival superpower is “allowed” to emerge in Western Europe, Asia or the territory of the former Soviet Union.

  • America has been able to use sanctions as a pretext to counter any potential rival.

How did American Exceptionalism start?

America’s exceptionalism originated from its emergence of the American Revolution. Becoming what the political scientist Seymour Martin Lipset called “the first new nation” and developing a uniquely American ideology.

The belief grew even bolder after the U.S won the cold war against the Soviet Bloc, thus becoming the sole Superpower. Many leaders and scholars believe labeling one’s own country exceptional are dangerous, and egotism run amuck. Consequently, it hasn’t won over many fans.

After America’s insurrection, Racial Unrest, Corona-virus running rampant, and America’s disastrous attempts to transform the Middle East into Democratic vassal states, many believe it is time to admit America is not so exceptional.

Like manifest destiny before it, is this The End of American Exceptionalism?

Americans like to describe the United States as an “empire of liberty,” a “shining city on a hill,” the “last best hope of Earth,” the “leader of the free world,” and the “indispensable nation.”  The Self pompous quotations continue @foreignpolicy.com

American Exceptionalism receives a rebut from foreign leaders and scholars..

Sept. 11, 2013, Putin Op Ed @ The NY Times

“My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.” – Putin’s full quote.

Russia’s perspective on America’s Unhinged
Exceptionalism

Jeffrey Sachs:  Foreign Relations scholar gives his perspective on American Exceptionalism.

Deep-seated individualism, coupled with an inherent optimism, truly distinguishes Americans. The Problem of American Exceptionalism

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