American Exceptionalism. A Double-Edged Sword. Seymour Martin Lipset ( Author, George Mason University). Sign up for the monthly New Releases email. American exceptionalism is an ideology holding the United States as unique among nations in Lipset, American Exceptionalism, pp. 1, 17–19, –74, Lipset’s survey of American exceptionalism proceeds along several lines of attack. Comparisons with Britain and other nations of Europe form the backdrop of.

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Retrieved 12 September Latin America is still another case. Archived from the original on October 16, Citing America’s dependence on foreign sources of energy and “crucial weaknesses” in the military, Tom Wicker concluded “that maintaining superpower status is becoming more difficult—nearly impossible—for the United States”.

Thomas Paine ‘s Common Sense for the first time expressed the belief that America was not just an extension of Europe but a new land, a country of nearly unlimited potential and opportunity that had outgrown the British mother country.

Namely, that people who were troublemakers, people who wanted to change the society, people who were frustrated because they’d lost their job or gone bankrupt – instead of trying to change things at home, make a revolution, or what-not – took up and went to the frontier to start all over again.

We say people should become Americans. University of Minnesota Press. Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler. It’s not only the frontier which [accounts] for America being exceptional. In this vein, Max Weber was a pioneer in delineating a connection between capitalism and exceptionalism.

In some countries they run into the hundreds.

American exceptionalism : a double-edged sword

Still a Dependable Ally? And [these writers] comment on the extent to which Exxceptionalism boast of their country. When Turner spoke of the frontier as a safety valve, he meant, in part, a political safety valve. How did the frontier set America apart from other countries?


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And it’s true, a kind of ethnocentrism isn’t good. The position of the Americans is therefore quite exceptional, and it may be believed that no democratic people will ever be placed in a similar one. Archived from the original on October 3, Schultz underlines how they helped America to keep to its Protestant Promiseespecially Catholics and Jews.

Now, today we complain – in many ways quite rightly – that our lower levels of education, which is a mass system for everybody, [are] inadequate. Whereas, America was a system in which the independent farmer not only was economically independent but he was politically independent.

After they finished with Custer, they moved North, and they crossed the Canadian frontier border, and they surrendered to six Mounties. There was an error while adding the following items. What did Turner mean when he called the frontier a “safety valve”?

And all of this harks back to [the ideas of Thomas] Jefferson. There’s the whole question of pride in America. And, you know, we can list the various good ways. Retrieved October 5, Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Boston,3rd series 7: Europe is much more stratified, Europeans had a feudalism with a greater respect for the privileged classes.

Retrieved December 30, And this was not true for many other cities, and many other places. On balance, the American political system arguably allows for more local dominance but prevents more domestic dominance than does a more unitary system.

American exceptionalism

America marches to a different drummer. You’ve never excepgionalism of anybody called un-Swedish, or un-British, or un-German, or un-Japanese, well maybe un-Japanese, because you don’t have the same kind of belief in a doctrine.

But one has to stress, as I said before, that this doesn’t mean we’re necessarily better.

Outline Index Book Category Portal. University of Chicago Press. Archived from the original on April 13, President Barack Obama’s comment about American exceptionalism during his September 10,talk to the American people while considering military action on Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians, Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized Obama saying that “It exceptionalsm extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.


American Exceptionalism

From his vantage point in Shanghai, the International Herald Tribune ‘ s Howard French worries about “the declining moral influence of the United States” over an emergent China. In fact, some people [who] have written about them have made the mistake, to my mind, of calling them conservative.

Re-framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies. Many scholars use a model of American exceptionalksm developed by Harvard political scientist Louis Hartz.

However, Niebuhr did support the nation’s Cold War policies. Among other things, these show Americans are the most religious people in the West by far; that intellectuals as a class exceptionapism not, and are more alienated from the market system than the bulk of people who believe it works; and that blacks and whites see racism in black and white.

American Culture and the end of exceptionalismpp. Well, that wasn’t true in Paris, that wasn’t true in London. Herbert London has defined pre-emptive declinism as a postmodern belief “that the United States is not an exceptional nation and is not entitled by virtue of history to play a role on the world stage different from other nations”.

And Europeans, even if not many of them are socialist, are still in favor of the welfare state, in favor of state intervention in different areas.