Politics — American Exceptionalism
- America Really Was That Great – By Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum | Foreign Policy.
,,,The question reminds us of a story attributed to Abraham Lincoln. He asked, “If you call a horse’s tail a leg, how many legs does a horse have?” He then responded, “The answer is four, because calling a horse’s tail a leg doesn’t make it one.” Similarly, declaring that America is exceptional — that is, exceptionally wealthy, powerful, and dynamic — doesn’t make it so. Exceptionalism is not a distinction that is bestowed and then lasts forever, like an honorary degree from a university; nor is it an entitlement like Social Security or Medicare — something all Americans automatically get to enjoy at a certain age. It has to be earned continually, like a baseball player’s batting average. And today, as so many Americans fear, it is not being earned. America’s exceptionalism is now in play. To remain exceptional, America must respond effectively to its four great 21st-century challenges: the ones posed by globalization, the revolution in information technology, the country’s huge and growing deficits, and its pattern of energy consumption. America does not now have in place the policies needed to master them.
The United States has not adapted its educational system to prepare Americans for well-paying jobs in a world economy shaped by globalization and the revolution in information technology…
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- The Myth of American Exceptionalism – By Stephen M. Walt | Foreign Policy
- Is America exceptional? Liberals, conservatives agree — and disagree – CNN.com
Economic & The Economy
- The Dumbest Idea In The World: Maximizing Shareholder Value – Forbes — Read the comments too. The author Steve Denning responds to some of the commentaries making it an interesting and worthwhile conversation.