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American 'Exceptionalism?' Yes, but Not in a Good Way

By Frances Moore Lappé and Max Boland / February 2, 2022


It can be painful to acknowledge the stone-cold truth that we are indeed exceptional, but by many measures, not in ways we can celebrate.

An American flag in front of a damaged school area in Dayton, Ohio on May 28, 2019. (Photo: Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images)



Originally Published on Common Dreams, February 2, 2022


Americans' long-held view of ourselves as the world's "best everything" stands in the way of progress. So, here's my question: Can we absorb our true standing and be motivated—rather than demoralized—by learning from nations that are doing better?