Dispatches from the 10th Crusade
Exceptionalism series, Part IV
Now this idea of Exceptionalism has been is public circulation for many years, but there has always been something about it at odds with the strong note of humility that pervades the documentary history of American self-government. One might say that the American political tradition is most exceptional where it is least boastful. A spirit of moderation and realism pervades it; and there is little of that grandiosity of expectation that has come to dominate our political discourse, especially on the topic of Exceptionalism.
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