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  •  There is a tendency (8+ / 0-)

    for all peoples to do a bit of this.

    The French with their haughty superiority, the Brits don't shout it, but they feel pretty smug at times ... The Germans .. they have real identity problems but the youth are far more assured (in a good way).

    The Italians? We buy there handbags and shoes, but no one listens to them :)

    The difference is that those countries, and others, don't try to export their "exceptionalism", another word for which is "Imperialism".

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    by twigg on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 07:17:34 PM PST

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    •  I watched a French film last night (6+ / 0-)

      and the lead character said (predictably)

      "x happened and I knew I was in France".
      The defining characteristic of AE, I think, is the attitude that
      "Everyone could do as we do and be so much happier  if they just practiced our virtues  as they could"
      while in other countries in my experience the attitude is
      "It works for us and that's good enough for us."
      That's 'exceptionalistic' too, of course, but so much more agreeably so.

      Am I right, or am I right? - The Singing Detective

      by Clem Yeobright on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 07:27:37 PM PST

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