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Any -ism is essentially ideological, and the definition published in the Wikipedia is merely the view of the contributor/s concerned. The term American Exceptionalism is used variously, and there is no universal definition governing its use.
Is the USA as a society, and are Americans as a people, exceptional? I would say so, but only to the extent that every society is atypical in many ways. Do I believe in American Exceptionalism - of course not! The term and concept is redolent of inherent and intrinsic superiority, and is as ridiculous as believing in intrinsic conservative or socialist superiority. We are all different, with varying strengths and weaknesses.
There is no best country on earth, and none of us is inherently superior, irrespective of our geographic location, or socio-political beliefs. That is a nonsensical and puerile concept.
It is my view that Americans are accomplished enough, intelligent enough, and generous enough, not to have to bolster their self-confidence with such adolescent self-promotion. You simply have no need of it.
I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. E.M. Forster
My problem with American (or any other brand of) exceptionalism, is that it presupposes that not all nations must abide by the same rules and behaviours that are applied to all the rest. We can see this most clearly in modern days in the nuclear club. The idea that those nations that already own the means of delivering nuclear catastrophe take it upon themselves to ensure their own exceptionalism by working to deny other nations access to the club is abhorrent, inequitable and dangerous. I don't want to see Iran or N. Korea getting nuclear weapons, but I also passionately want to see the US, France, Russia, UK, China, India, Pakistan and Israel get rid of theirs too.
Quite. The US, like many other nations, IS exceptional in some regards, but in a more limited definition than that which says that being exceptional brings with it exemption from global standards of behaviour.It is my view that Americans are accomplished enough, intelligent enough, and generous enough, not to have to bolster their self-confidence with such adolescent self-promotion. You simply have no need of it.
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