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That Americans think of themselves as something special is not new, de Tocqueville wrote about it in detail (1835).

The US has several foundational myths, a good book which goes into this is Richard T. Hughes - Myths America Lives By.

The publisher's blub linked above gives a summary of his thesis on the four types of exceptionalism.

One of the reasons there is so much dissent in the US at present is that the failure of these myths to match reality is causing a rethinking of the basis of US society. Some are retreating into escapism, either by consumerism or by religion, some are developing modified versions of the old myths as seen by the new varieties of neo-con ideas, and some are still denying reality altogether.

However, you can't fool mother nature...


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by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Mon Jan 15th, 2007 at 09:25:47 AM EST

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