By Wilber W. Caldwell
Whilst does nationwide satisfaction move the invisible boundary that separates benign patriotism and malignant nationalism? Nationalism isn't really special to the United States: it was once invented with the delivery of contemporary countries. yet nationalism is exclusive in the US. american citizens conceive themselves and their kingdom 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 energy of the hot land; from visions of chosen-ness, undertaking and excessive future; from the indelible legends of frontier self-sufficiency; from the boldness and self-reliance had to prevail as immigrants; from a strong feel of America's isolation and distinctiveness; from the conclusion of abundance; and at last from the perceived universality of yank ideology. This predisposes us to a distinctively virulent pressure of nationalism in contrast to that present in nearly the other smooth country. because the unipolar second fades into reminiscence, this feeling of unquestionable superiority - expressed via politics and international coverage - doesn't play good earlier than the worldwide viewers. in truth, it by no means did. In the United States this present day, notions of nationwide superiority are way more deeply ingrained and much extra almost certainly ruinous than such a lot 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 resources from in the educational disciplines of background, sociology, political technology and overseas 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 remark that examine American society via a variety of lenses together with historical past, structure, nutrition and philosophy. previous titles comprise The Courthouse and the Depot: The structure of desire in an Age of melancholy, a examine of railroad enlargement and its impact on public structure within the rural South 1833-1910; trying to find the Dixie fish fry: trips into the Southern Psyche, a funny examine the realm of fish fry and modern rural Southern tradition; and Cynicism and the Evolution of the yank Dream. A photographer in addition to a author, he lives within the mountains of northern Georgia.
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Additional info for American Narcissism: The Myth of National Superiority (HC)
Thus, unless dominant internal factions desire it, such a change generally requires a brainwashing well beyond the capability of even the most powerful of nations. IMMIGRANTS AND IDEOLOGY Proclaiming ideological universality from the very beginning, America opened her ideology to all. 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.
144. Stephanson, Manifest Destiny, 5. 39 American Narcissism: The Myth of National Superiority manifest in the “redeemer nation,” a community of the chosen. ”146 This elitist notion formed the inner core of America’s enduring superiority complex. Nonetheless, there is nothing particularly remarkable about the Puritan’s journey when one considers their then radical beliefs and their persecution under the Stewart Kings in England in the first half of the 17th century. What is notable, however, is how quickly their solely religious ideals of freedom and destiny gained secular counterpart in the New World.
Thomas Paine, Complete Writings, 1:376, 2:1110, quoted in Greene, Intellectual Construction of America, 132. 112. Greene, Intellectual Construction of America, 134; Paine, Complete Writings, 2:39, 337, 244, 451-2, quoted in Greene, Intellectual Construction of America, 134. 113. Paine, Complete Writings, 1:354, quoted in Greene, Intellectual Construction of America, 134. 114. Paine, “Common Sense, in Complete Writings, 1:21, 30-1, 123, quoted in Greene, Intellectual Construction of America, 135.
American Narcissism: The Myth of National Superiority (HC) by Wilber W. Caldwell