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Robert George provides a superb explanation for what makes America an exceptional nation.
(Via: The Corner)
It seems to me that saying America is an exceptional country (and I would say that it is) is not the same thing as subscribing to “American exceptionalism.”
This is mostly pretty good, considering he’s speaking extemporaneously. The only slight quibble I have is that the point should be made that “nation” and “state” are NOT in fact synonyms, hence the fact that when one uses the term nation-state one is NOT being redundant. But America is NOT just an exceptional state/country. That’s not what American exceptionalism means. America is an exceptional nation, in the sense that you have to completely redefine what makes a nation, from ethnic to credal (a point he makes well at the very start). For many this might seem like semantics (those who think nation=state), but it’s critical and darn near unique.
I’ve never gotten too worked up over “nationalism.”
I’ll let Lady Thatcher take it from here:
“[ ] the new internationalists rarely consider that without British patriotism or French patriotism or American patriotism there would be no national armies to enforce international justice in the first place. Far better if the commentators worried instead about what the unstable and dangerous regimes of the world have most in common, which is not nationalism but various guises of socialism.”
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