American Exceptionalism: A Double-edged Sword
"American values are quite complex," writes Seymour Martin Lipset, "particularly because of paradoxes within our culture that permit pernicious and beneficial social phenomena to arise simultaneously from the same basic beliefs."
Born out of revolution, the United States has always considered itself an exceptional country of citizens unified by an allegiance to a common set of ideals, individualism, anti-statism, populism, and egalitarianism. This ideology, Professor Lipset observes, defines the limits of political debate in the United States and shapes our society.
American Exceptionalism explains why socialism has never taken hold in the United States, why Americans are resistant to absolute quotas as a way to integrate blacks and other minorities, and why American religion and foreign policy have a moralistic, crusading streak.
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AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM: A Double-Edged SwordUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Noted political analyst Lipset (Public Policy/George Mason Univ.; Jews and the American Scene, 1995, etc.) argues compellingly that both the defects and advantages of American society arise from the ... Read full review
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Good comparative study of the intellectual, historical and philosophical underpinning of U.S. society as seen through the lens of American ideas of U.S. exceptionalism or difference. Comparison with ... Read full review
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Economy Religion and Welfare
Socialism and Unionism in the United States and Canada
Blacks and Whites
American ExceptionalismJapanese Uniqueness
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