Category:American exceptionalism

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Articles relating to American exceptionalism, the theory that the United States is inherently different from other nations.[1] This stems from its emergence from the American Revolution, becoming what the political scientist Seymour Martin Lipset called "the first new nation"[2] and developing a uniquely American ideology, "Americanism". This ideology is based on liberty, equality before the law, individual responsibility, republicanism, representative democracy, and laissez-faire economics. This ideology itself is often referred to as "American exceptionalism."[3] Under this other definition, America is seen as being superior to other nations or having a unique mission to transform the world.[4]

The term was originally coined in 1929 by Joseph Stalin, as a critique of a revisionist faction of American communists that argued that the American political climate was unique and made it an "exception" to certain elements of Marxist theory.[5]

  1. ^ American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged Sword. Seymour Martin Lipset. New York, N.Y.: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc. 1996. p. 18.
  2. ^ Seymour Martin Lipset, The first new nation (1963).
  3. ^ Lipset, American Exceptionalism, pp. 1, 17–19, 165–74, 197
  4. ^ Walt, Stephen M. "The Myth of American Exceptionalism." Foreign Policy (October 21, 2011)
  5. ^ Tyrrell, Ian (October 21, 2016). "What, exactly, is 'American exceptionalism'?". The Week.