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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And [this] demand [gave rise to], a whole flock of new inventions which occurred in the early twentieth century, exceptionalis, as we’re having this tremendous pace of new developments today.

Neither they nor we should ever forget that we are, in fact, exceptional.

First Measured Century: Interview: Seymour Martin Lipset

Wyman and Clifton B. And we, therefore, say people are un-American, which means they don’t believe or they don’t practice the American ideology. The people in Middletown were very proud of America, they were also very proud about Muncie, proud of their community. Archived from the original PDF on February 25, Retrieved October 5, American men born into the lowest income quintile are much more likely to stay there compared to similar people in the Nordic countries or the United Kingdom.

Retrieved March 13, Baldwin claimed that the black underclass accounts for many of those few areas where a stark difference exists between the U.

American Exceptionalism

In AprilU. That is what makes America different. Now, one factor – it’s a complicated thing to try to explain – is that we believe in something called Americanism. Abraham Lincoln stated in the Gettysburg addressAmericans have a duty to ensure “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. But [they didn’t believe in] taking over factories, and nationalizing industry, and so forth.

In the formulation of President Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg AddressAmerica is a nation “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”. You are not going to like that term,” Trump said. And, of course, he then saw it, like Turner, as different from Europe.


And the local populace dictated social relations on the American frontier, and they were interested in more land, they were interested in making money, and they really had no respect for the rights of the Indians. The biggest event which is commemorated – or commiserated – in the American-Indian wars was Sitting Bull’s and the Sioux’s triumph over Custer and the army, where they wiped out the whole American Army that faced it, that whole eight hundred or so.

Vice President Dick Cheney explores the concept of United States global leadership in a book on American foreign policy entitled Exceptional: From the s to the late 19th century, the McGuffey Readers sold million copies and were studied by most American students.

It’s not just being an American; it has a content of values. We talk of the [Inter]net doing the same thing. One, [as] Tocqueville [used it], simply refers to the fact that America is qualitatively different from Europe, and he mentioned a lot of things, but the class structure was particularly important for him, [the religious differences were] important. That’s the double-edged sword, which Lipset swings through copious quantities of polling and survey data.

We’ve always had for a long time in the United States a “Mr. One or more items could not be added because you are not logged in. Gregory Mankiwhowever, state that the discrepancy has little to do with class rigidity; rather, it is a reflection of income disparity: Tucker and David C.

Its uniqueness is explained by any or all of a variety of reasons: You’ve never heard 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. By the late s, other academic critics started mocking the extreme chauvinism displayed by the modern usage of exceptionalism.

Did Muncie, Indiana [Middletown] represent the exceptionslism American town? As Lipset argues throughout the book, American exceptionalism is a double-edged sword characterized by personal responsibility, independent action, and voluntarism, but also by self-serving behavior and disregard for communal values. Their strictly Puritanical origin, their exclusively commercial habits, even the country they inhabit, which seems to divert their minds from the pursuit of science, literature, and the arts, the proximity of Europe, which allows them to neglect these pursuits without relapsing into barbarism, a thousand special causes, of which I have only been able to point out the most important, have singularly concurred to fix the mind of the American upon purely practical objects.


Now, he didn’t mean it was socialist economically, but he meant it was socialist socially. Now, the rest of the world, much of the rest of the world, sneers at this, these people think what we stand for, what we believe in, is no good. Their edge did not shape their national psyches. In fact, some people [who] exceptionalosm written about them have made the mistake, to my mind, of calling them conservative. But then you find gold there, and that’s the end of [the treaty] because the settlers simply moved in and took over.

Some claim the phrase “American exceptionalism” originated with the American Communist Party in an English translation of a condemnation made in by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin criticizing Communist supporters of Jay Lovestone for the heretical belief the US was independent of the Marxist laws of history “thanks to its natural resources, industrial amsrican, and absence of rigid class distinctions”. There’s the whole question of pride in America.

The Myth of American Exceptionalism”. So, you find [that] this positive feeling about the country is very strong within the United States. But there was an unfortunate thing about the choice of Muncie because in the book there’s a family called the X Family, which dominates.

University Press of New England. Indeed, recent research shows that “there is some exceptionallsm for American exceptionalism among the [U. Hence, it was exceptional.

American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr argued that the automatic assumption that America acts for the right will bring about moral corruption. In other projects Wikiquote.