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American “exceptionalism” is holding America back from greatness

Alasdair S. Roberts
American “exceptionalism” is holding America back from greatness

Exceptionalism—the idea that the United States has a mission and character that separates it from other nations—is ingrained in everyday talk about American politics. It shapes high-level discussions about foreign policy—for example, in a recent argument by a foreign affairs scholar that the United States plays a “unique role as the world’s anchor of liberal…