Exceptionalism and the Limited Scope of Indispensability

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by Paul R. Pillar Hillary Clinton gave a speech this week in which American exceptionalism was a major theme. She obviously chose that theme partly because it would appeal to her specific audience (an American Legion convention) and partly because… Continue Reading  

The Importance of Being Exceptional

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From Ancient Greece to Twenty-First-Century America  by David Bromwich The origins of the phrase “American exceptionalism” are not especially obscure. The French sociologist Alexis de Tocqueville, observing this country in the 1830s, said that Americans seemed exceptional in valuing practical attainments… Continue Reading  

Gaza: Ode to the Lost American Conscience

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by James A. Russell Watching the US-backed Israeli bombardment of Gaza makes me ashamed to be an American. The sight of US-made bombs bursting in the air, in hospitals, in homes, and over beaches is a far cry from the… Continue Reading