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  •  Anyone familiar with (3+ / 0-)
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    bablhous, RandomSequence, RichmondDem

    the Victorian attitude knows that was a similar English exceptionalism.  There was a virulent German exceptionalism, too.
    What these believe is not true or uplifting.

    The true traveler is he who goes on foot, and even then, he sits down a lot of the time. Collette

    by barnowl on Sun Dec 05, 2010 at 08:27:38 PM PST

    •  and it's not just big nations/empires (1+ / 0-)
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      that get that attitude. Talk to a Flemish nationalist sometime! I have, and by talking to him you would think everything we ever needed was invented in Flanders and the Flemish founded western civilization, and if it wasn't for those stupid Walloons and "Dutchies" the Great Power of Flanders would rule the Earth.

      Or another example, Canadians who obsessively point out all the ways they are NOT like the United States.

      •  It's always a political rationalization. (0+ / 0-)

        A tool for forming and supporting the political power of an elite via a surrounding ethnic group -- one that often wouldn't exist if you killed that mythology.

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