I didn't choose an option because the options are pointless.
All that matters is money and America currently has the best system for creating money so yes, in that respect, America is exceptional.
However China is starting to change the game by demonstrating that you don't have to have democracy or strong institutions in order to create wealth for many people. In that sense, perhaps what China really shows us all is that democracy means nothing, what really truly matters and has always mattered is, Can you create the most wealth? If China ends up proving it can with Market Authoritarianism, then the entire idea of democracy being superior is simply a farce and all that ever truly mattered was allowing a market.
In other words, here's a thought for the future.
If markets are all that truly matter, how long until the world is simply run by one giant military junta that figures out that all they have to do is allow a market to exist and control, protect it? Democracy and Communism might be the true small ideas in the end.
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
You appear to think it demonstrates that "democracy means nothing".
China is not democratic. China is not Communist.
China is simply a giant country run by a military junta that allows a free market. And it will soon be the greatest wealth creator on the planet. So what does that say about democracy or the need for it? A lot, I'd say.
All the world truly needs is a global military faction to protect the global market. Such is why I believe various united, military factions of Nationalists will one day rule the entire planet and you will read about these little ideologies of democracy and communism in history books and people will go "How crazy that must have been!" (and I believe that will be an accurate reaction).
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There is nothing more socialist than believing in the notion that your country and by extension you are great thanks to things you had nothing to do with. It's like those people who run around saying "we built this country!". "We" didn't build anything. I'm sure the Empire State Building was already around by 1985. If anything, a small fraction of America is exceptional while the rest are just leeches.
There is nothing exceptional about the average overweight, undereducated, highly religious never-been-out-of-'Murica, American. There is nothing exceptional about the millions of slum dwellers this country has. There is nothing exceptional about the people who get by 'doing what they need to do'. Who are the exceptional Americans? The ones at the forefront of technology, the ones in our military, the ones defining worldwide tastes in art, the ones creating biotechnology.
Joe Black sitting on his front porch with his mullet and tattoos? He's about as exceptional as any other cockroach.
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I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
America is unique in this regard?The idea that individuals have rights granted them by their creator rather than by a government which can remove them at a whim is also an old favorite, admittedly.