View Poll Results: Should Every Nation Think Itself Exceptional?

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  • Yes, of course, that's patriotism!

    10 28.57%
  • It depends -- maybe the middle powers, like Italy or Egypt.

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  • No, only the great nations really have a claim to exceptionalism.

    1 2.86%
  • No nation should think they're exceptional, it's nationalistic and dangerous.

    17 48.57%
  • Each nation should think itself exceptional for some things, but not for everything.

    7 20.00%
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Thread: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    I think the Idea of exceptionalism tends to devalue other countrys in favor for your own.But I think it's important to be content with ones home if he or she chooses to live there and I believe that loving ones country and your fellow neighbor is an important aspect in day to day life. So all in all I think My country of vietnam is exceptional but I also think my new home and all it's chubsters are exceptional too

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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Agreed. I've spent time in NB and NS. They're great places. People are extremely homely - a bit two faced - but extremely nice. It's a shame what's happened to that area in the last 50 or so years.
    Big fishing communities have been devastated with the reducting in fish stocks and transportation issues make it virtually impossible to get much in the way of investment there that's not directly serving the people who live there. However, Nfld is starting to prosper with offshore oil production and NB is hoping that with US blocking the Keystone pipeline that the west/east reversal of the east/west all Canadian pipeline will go through and their oil refinery industry will start booming again. It would be great if more young people in these provinces didn't have to leave and move to central or western Canada to get decent, permanent jobs.
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chocolate View Post
    I think the Idea of exceptionalism tends to devalue other countrys in favor for your own.But I think it's important to be content with ones home if he or she chooses to live there and I believe that loving ones country and your fellow neighbor is an important aspect in day to day life. So all in all I think My country of vietnam is exceptional but I also think my new home and all it's chubsters are exceptional too
    A Vietnamese communist in Montana - now that's an interesting turn of events!!
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    Mexico as "exceptional" ?

    Mexico as a nation has an inferiority complex.
    People who need to ridicule other nations to make themselves feel better demonstrate a bit of an inferiority complex, as far as I can see.
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    A Vietnamese communist in Montana - now that's an interesting turn of events!!
    an interesting change that's for sure but I love this country I even saw my first eagle a couple of weeks ago I grew up being told your national bird was a rooster

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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    Mexico as "exceptional" ?

    Mexico as a nation has an inferiority complex.
    You would make a great diplomat
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Quote Originally Posted by Proud South Korean View Post
    You would make a great diplomat
    Probably explains why President Obama didn't offer me the job as Secretary of State.

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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    People who need to ridicule other nations to make themselves feel better demonstrate a bit of an inferiority complex, as far as I can see.
    Can you provide a link to the source ?

    While you work on that lets look at "cultural cringe."

    >" Cultural cringe, in cultural studies and social anthropology, is an internalized inferiority complex which causes people in a country to dismiss their own culture as inferior to the cultures of other countries...

    Mexico has experienced sustained cultural cringe dating back to the colonial period where European born people called Peninsulares or Gachupines, were privileged with access to the best positions of authority and commerce while Mexican born Spaniards, even if they were 100% European with no indigenous admixture, were barred from such privileges. This led to the suppression of Mexican developments in favor of importing everything from Europe such as: machinery, lawyers, governors, culture, art, science and the common world view among the colonists which was a facsimile of that of Europe.

    Today cultural cringe is still prevalent throughout Mexico where foreign cultures, attitudes, technologies, arts, and academics are seen much more favorably than Mexico's own indigenous scholars, technologies and artists. The result of this has been brain drain as competent and talented Mexicans choose to move abroad, mostly to the United States, where they can develop their skills and practice their talents. In the Mexican popular media, news anchors and variety show hosts, Telenovela actors and actresses are distinctly white despite the fact that most of the Mexican population is Mestizo or Natives. This phenomenon still resonates with the old colonial attitude of the caste system which favored the European image, culture and aesthetics over Mexican development which it perceives as inferior or substandard.

    This attitude is commonly known as malinchismo and its bearers as malinchistas in reference to La Malinche."<
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    Probably explains why President Obama didn't offer me the job as Secretary of State.
    See, you have the great gift needed for diplomats: the inability to recognize sarcasm
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    Re: Should Every Country Think It Is Exceptional?

    Countries don't think.

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