(Wasn't sure where to post this...)
How exceptional are you, American folks?
I find this essay very insightful and interesting (because I'm an outsider).
How much do you agree/disagree with the writer?
This is a long read, and if you're patriotic, you might find it a little upsetting to read.
Let us look at how exceptional we are in comparison with other countries in some key areas. Let’s look at the group of 20 advanced democracies that comprise the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This group includes the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, Canada, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the U.S.
We Americans are fond and accustomed to seeing ourselves as the best, so we might expect to do well compared with these countries. This is how we, the United States of America, rank." by Jerry M Lawson
American exceptionalism is nothing but BS. Exceptionally stupid? I don't know other countries well enough to say, but, Fox News tried to get a foot-hold in Great Britain, and admitted they they could not, because the British were not sufficiently "gullible."
I’ve traveled enough of the world to know that people are people. We all have aspirations, wants, needs, and fears. The myth of American exceptionalism is rooted in the uniqueness of our system of self-governance, exceptional in the 18th century. The myth became distorted and amplified by the rise of the Evangelical Right who see the hand of God in all things they admire or that relate to them. It’s total bullshit.
I will not accept any idea that one tribe of people is better than any other. We are all basically the same. The one thing that makes any difference is geography. Jared Diamond and his book "Guns, Germs and Steele" pointed that out and I accept it fully. Even here in our archipelago one can see the differences in the various individual island cultures as being greatly a product of our geography.