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?