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A commenter, Tony Foresta, wrote this at TPM, with which I heartily concur:

Here is where the mangling, distortion, and shapeshifting of language deceives us, and alters the basic discourse. ""American exceptionalism" morphed too easily into a rhetorical justification for what George Soros apty terms "Supremist America." The applications of descriptives are critical.

Exceptionalism in terms of providing equality in and access to economic, political and social opportunties entirely diffenent and nobler application or use of the term, than the Bush government current mangling of Exceptionalism as a fundamentalist... assertion of a supremist ideology.

Any discourse along these lines must consider and carefully mark the astronomical divides and disconnects between the academic and rhetorical definitions, and the actual practical real world applications of these terms and ideologies.

"When the abyss stares at me, it wets its pants." Brian Hopkins

by EricC on Mon Jan 15th, 2007 at 07:49:53 AM EST
Just read some reviews of Lipset's American Exceptionalism.

They are interesting in what they say obliquely. The first, Publisher's Review is most interesting:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/0393316149/ref=dp_proddesc_0/105-9631699-272843 2?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books

Then I checked out Lipset's biography:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seymour_Martin_Lipset

1975-1990 Professor at Stanford University.
During the last quater of his life he was a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution(Stanford University), and Hazel Professor of Public Policy(George Mason University, Virginia). This at a time George Mason was attempting to hire nationally known rightish academics to improve it's academic street cred.

In 1960, the world changes for Lipset.

The word begins with n and ends with n and contains six letters.

Why would any leftist care what Lipset thought?

I certainly wouldn't buy a book on American labor history or cultural history that he wrote.

"When the abyss stares at me, it wets its pants." Brian Hopkins

by EricC on Mon Jan 15th, 2007 at 06:51:51 PM EST
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