By Wilber W. Caldwell
While does nationwide delight move the invisible boundary that separates benign patriotism and malignant nationalism? Nationalism isn't special to the United States: it used to be invented with the start of recent international locations. yet nationalism is exclusive in the United States. americans conceive themselves and their country to be incontrovertibly stronger to the opposite peoples and international locations of the earth. traditionally, American notions of superiority spring from myths of the original regenerative energy of the hot land; from visions of chosen-ness, project and excessive future; from the indelible legends of frontier self-sufficiency; from the arrogance and self-reliance had to prevail as immigrants; from a robust experience of America's isolation and specialty; from the conclusion of abundance; and at last from the perceived universality of yank ideology. This predisposes us to a distinctively virulent pressure of nationalism not like that present in virtually the other smooth country. because the unipolar second fades into reminiscence, this feeling of unquestionable superiority - expressed via politics and international coverage - doesn't play good prior to the worldwide viewers. actually, it by no means did. In the USA at the present time, notions of nationwide superiority are way more deeply ingrained and much extra probably ruinous than so much folks think. this can be a trip that slides from cause to emotion, from person liberty to mass tyranny, and from humanity to inhumanity. Drawing on assets from in the educational disciplines of background, sociology, political technology and international affairs, the writer seeks to decode scholarly jargon and lay naked this nook of the yank brain. * Wilber W. Caldwell is the writer of numerous books of social remark that examine American society via numerous lenses together with historical past, structure, nutrients and philosophy. prior titles contain The Courthouse and the Depot: The structure of desire in an Age of melancholy, a examine of railroad growth and its impact on public structure within the rural South 1833-1910; looking for the Dixie barbeque: trips into the Southern Psyche, a funny examine the area of fish fry and modern rural Southern tradition; and Cynicism and the Evolution of the yank Dream. A photographer in addition to a author, he lives within the mountains of northern Georgia.
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156 Later Jonathan Edwards would speak of American Puritanism as “the glorious renovator of the world,” and the nation would be quick to seize on the phrase with broad reference to liberty, democracy, and equality. ”158 Even Alexander Hamilton 154. 155. 156. 157. Cahoone, Modernism to Postmodernism, 127. Stephanson, Manifest Destiny, 5. Bartiz, “God’s Country and American Know-How,” 474. John Adams, Notes for “A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law” (1765). 160 At the time of the Revolution, notions of the universality of the American cause were not limited to New World thinkers.
Stephanson, Manifest Destiny, 21. 40 Chapter 4: Chosen-ness, Mission, and Destiny In this regard, Max Weber’s insights into the birth of Protestantism are apt. 154 This goes a long way toward explaining the hasty American refashioning of religious providential destiny into a purely secular force. In the American mind, material progress and the natural abundance of the land gave testament to the new nation’s divine sanction. ” THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD For an ideal to become a sacred mission, to unify and bind a nation, to inspire unflinching service above all other ideals, it must be perceived as a universal truth.
Stephanson, Manifest Destiny, 127. 171. Krakau, Introduction to American Nation, 12. 172. Woodrow Wilson, Congressional Record, 66th Congress, 1st Session, 2339, quoted in Weinberg, Manifest Destiny, 470. 173. Weinberg, Manifest Destiny, 460. 43 American Narcissism: The Myth of National Superiority secular intellectual shift was followed by the discovery of the New World in the fifteenth century, the Reformation in the sixteenth and the scientific revolution in the seventeenth. In the wake of it all, the European mind was profoundly altered.
American Narcissism: The Myth of National Superiority (HC) by Wilber W. Caldwell