American Exceptionalism

Trump Still Wins the Personality Contest

At the end of September, Public Discourse published a series of columns about voting for Trump. Or not. Mostly not. Mostly ewww. Brandon McGinley argues the usual yadda-yadda that Christians have no home in either political party. I don’t know about you, but my home is where my family lives. I don’t look for a [...]

The Varieties of American Exceptionalism

This article originally appeared on Ethika Politika Lately Americans have been talking more explicitly than usual about what is called American exceptionalism.  For most of my lifetime not much was said about this directly.  Apparently most people just took it for granted and assumed that everyone believed it.  But now politicians think they have to [...]

A Debate That Will Live in Infamy

"Socrates understood … that a reform cannot be achieved by a well-intentioned leader who recruits his followers from the very people whose moral confusion is the cause of the disorder." -- Eric Voegelin, Plato and Aristotle   Lately I’ve been wondering if there are any conservatives left in the GOP. The Republican label hangs loosely [...]

American Timidity?

America's founding documents -- the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Federalist Papers -- are, when read, potentially lethal. Debates about American exceptionalism abound. Writing in the Wall Street Journal before the bombings in Libya, Daniel Henninger brought these currents together in the context of present Arab world turmoil as they relate to Chinese [...]

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