By Wilber W. Caldwell
While does nationwide satisfaction pass the invisible boundary that separates benign patriotism and malignant nationalism? Nationalism isn't distinctive to the USA: it used to be invented with the beginning of recent countries. yet nationalism is exclusive in the US. americans conceive themselves and their country to be incontrovertibly better to the opposite peoples and countries of the earth. traditionally, American notions of superiority spring from myths of the original regenerative strength of the recent land; from visions of chosen-ness, venture and excessive future; from the indelible legends of frontier self-sufficiency; from the arrogance and self-reliance had to prevail as immigrants; from a strong feel of America's isolation and distinctiveness; from the conclusion of abundance; and eventually from the perceived universality of yankee ideology. This predisposes us to a distinctively virulent pressure of nationalism not like that present in nearly the other smooth kingdom. because the unipolar second fades into reminiscence, this feeling of unquestionable superiority - expressed via politics and international coverage - doesn't play good prior to the worldwide viewers. in truth, it by no means did. In the United States at the present time, notions of nationwide superiority are way more deeply ingrained and much extra in all likelihood ruinous than so much folks think. this can be a trip that slides from cause to emotion, from person liberty to mass tyranny, and from humanity to inhumanity. Drawing on assets from in the educational disciplines of historical past, sociology, political technological know-how and international affairs, the writer seeks to decode scholarly jargon and lay naked this nook of the yank brain. * Wilber W. Caldwell is the writer of numerous books of social statement that examine American society via a variety of lenses together with background, structure, nutrition and philosophy. past titles contain The Courthouse and the Depot: The structure of desire in an Age of melancholy, a research of railroad growth and its impact on public structure within the rural South 1833-1910; trying to find the Dixie barbeque: trips into the Southern Psyche, a funny examine the realm of barbeque and modern rural Southern tradition; and Cynicism and the Evolution of the yankee Dream. A photographer in addition to a author, he lives within the mountains of northern Georgia.
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Extra resources for American Narcissism: The Myth of National Superiority (HC)
As the dispossessed of the world poured in to embrace it, the very fact of such an enormous migration constantly reinforced America’s claim to her universal mission and to her universal ideals. The uniqueness of the nation is a result of an unprecedented fusion of peoples. They came by the millions, drawn by the growing myths of the new land: opportunity, freedom, wealth, equality under the law, religious autonomy. Once acquainted 196. 197. 198. 199. Arieli, Individualism and Nationalism, 3. Arieli, Individualism and Nationalism, 20.
Cahoone, Modernism to Postmodernism, 17. 176. John Adams, Notes for “A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law” (1765). 44 Chapter 4: Chosen-ness, Mission, and Destiny European Age of Reason, and accordingly, America saw a clear duty to bring the Enlightenment to an enslaved world. The elixir of progress proved headier than the elixir of revolution. In her daze, the new nation saw before it all the progress promised by the Modern Project of Enlightenment. At the same time, she recognized a compelling duty to stand as an example of the emancipation of mankind, demonstrating “enlightened” economic, political, and social success and disseminating an American version of the Universal Truth of the Western Enlightenment.
Cahoone, Modernism to Postmodernism, 127. Stephanson, Manifest Destiny, 5. Bartiz, “God’s Country and American Know-How,” 474. John Adams, Notes for “A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law” (1765). 160 At the time of the Revolution, notions of the universality of the American cause were not limited to New World thinkers. Many observers in Europe caught wind of the powerful appeal of America’s quest for liberty. English social radicals were quick to seize on the broad appeal of the new nation’s lofty ideals.