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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When the li;set learned of this, the notion developed that this was proof positive that this was a providential country. Studies in American Political Development.

Summary “American values are quite complex,” writes Seymour Martin Lipset, “particularly because of paradoxes within our culture that permit pernicious and beneficial social phenomena to arise simultaneously from the same basic beliefs.

American exceptionalism

So, in a sense you can go overboard, which I think in some respects the United States has. Still a Dependable Ally?

Republicanism led by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison created modern constitutional republicanismwith a limit on ecclesiastical powers. Reflections on the Birth of the United States online. And his answer, in part, was that the socialists were weak because America was socialist. Australia, while much of it is desert, it has less water and the like, and [so it] didn’t have the kind of small farms in most of the country that you had in the United States, and for that matter, in Canada.

American Exceptionalism

Indeed, recent research shows that “there is some indication for American exceptionalism among the [U. People looked forward to the country doing better, and they looked forward to themselves doing better. What It Means to exceptionaalism American,” August 20,[www. We say people should become Americans.


In other projects Wikiquote. Use mdy dates from April Wikipedia articles needing clarification from June All articles with unsourced statements Articles lippset unsourced statements from June CS1 maint: But we also have a very low voting rate. In a speech on the Syria crisis on September 10,Obama said: The double-edged sword refers to the fact that America is different in good ways and in bad ways.

And, in fact, one can suggest that these are related, the good and the bad. By the late s, other academic critics started mocking the extreme chauvinism displayed by the modern usage of exceptionalism.

American exceptionalism : a double-edged sword

Archived from the original on September 11, Some historians support the concept of American exceptionalism but avoid the terminology, thereby avoid entangling themselves in rhetorical debates.

Explanations of the growth of excepitonalism in Europe are not expected to fit American experience, and vice versa. So that the old American Federation of Labor under Sam Gompers was a very militant organization which not only struck, but also engaged in violence. We’re not a political party abroad, but still we would like to see the rest of the world follow us, imitate us. lilset

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. And, you know, we can list the various good ways. She argues that after the September 11th, terrorist attacks, the George W.

Some proponents of the theory of American exceptionalism argue that this system and the amerocan distrust of concentrated power prevent the United States from suffering a ” tyranny of the majority “, are preservative of a free republican democracy, and also that it allows citizens to live in a locality whose laws reflect those voters’ values. A second meaning of [exceptionalism], which you find in later literature, was used by many American radicals, and radicals in Europe also.


I wrote a book some years ago, American Exceptionalism: His position called ” Christian realism ” advocated a liberal notion of responsibility that justified interference in other nations.

And these two get ecceptionalism. This ideology itself is often referred to as “American exceptionalism.

These sentiments laid the intellectual foundations for the Revolutionary concept of American exceptionalism and were closely tied to republicanismthe belief that sovereignty belonged to the people, not to a hereditary ruling class. However, the reader is left wondering whether anything has been added to the debate on American exceptionalism.

Kammen argues that the hostile attacks began in the li;set in the wake of the Vietnam War, when many intellectuals decided, “The American Adam had lost his innocence and given way to a helpless, tarnished Gulliver. Well, in that way, you could say America is [also] exceptional. A History in Documentsp.

First Measured Century: Interview: Seymour Martin Lipset

So these get connected. That is what makes us exceptional. However, he adds, America is made exceptional by the intensity with which these characteristics are concentrated there. American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr argued that the automatic assumption that America acts for the right will bring about moral corruption.

Americans want to have a much smaller role for the state than Europeans. Other nations had frontiers, but it did not shape them nearly as much as the American frontier did, usually because it was under the control of a strong national government.