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American Exceptionalism is the idea that the United States of America is unique among the nations of the world in that it was founded on the principles of individual liberty, private property rights, and equal justice for all. Because it is unique, the United States has a special role in the world and in human history.
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"Just as Poland could not be broken, I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail. Our people will thrive. And our civilization will triumph."
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
- Signs Liberalism’s Slow Suicide is Finally Complete
16 Oct 2017
The far left, under the banner of Black Lives Matter, is protesting a campus speaker again. Who is it this time? Some neo-Nazi like Richard Spencer? An unscrupulous provocateur like Milo Yiannopoulos? Just a garden-variety scary conservative like Ben Shapiro? Nope, it’s the American Civil Liberties Union as represented by Claire Gastañaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia. Students took to the stage just a few moments after Gastañaga began her remarks. At first, she attempted to spin the demonstration as a welcome example of the kind of thing she had come to campus to discuss, commenting ‘Good, I like this,’ …read more
- Take a Lesson from Lin
12 Oct 2017
On October 5th, Aaron Colen with The Blaze published an article called “Asian NBA Player Accused of Appropriating Black Culture Fires Back against Hypocrisy,” covering the recent controversy surrounding current Brooklyn Nets player Jeremy Lin and former player Kenyon Martin. A topic previously explored on the American Exceptionalism website, cultural appropriation has been met with heated debate on numerous occasions. It would seem that American society has come to a crossroads in which it must either walk the path of cultural sharing, having led to much of the nation’s innovation and success in the past, or one of cultural segregation, no …read more
- You’re all a Bunch of Collectivists
11 Oct 2017
Collectivism is a poison. I have been appalled to see so many of my friends, both on the left and the right, indulging in it. Over the last several months, I have seen acquaintances and even friends defend tiki torch yielding and self-proclaimed white nationalists. On the other extreme, I have seen friends advocate violence against those who do not agree with them. “We should be punching Nazis,” social media posts have read, without a hint of irony. But the problem with both of these lines of thinking is the dangerous hint of tribalism underlying both. The second chapter of …read more
- Who was the Real Christopher Columbus?
10 Oct 2017
On October 5th, Michael J. Knowles published an article entitled “Historical Record Show Christopher Columbus Actually Was A Great Man” at The Daily Wire. The aim of this fascinating piece is to shed some light on the ever growing controversy surrounding Columbus Day and its namesake. Today’s primary argument against Christopher Columbus charges him with being a conquering tyrant, inciting atrocities against the indigenous peoples of the “New World” and paving the way for countless abuses in future centuries. Knowles seeks to dispel this view by providing evidence to the contrary, but he first asserts why the Left has chosen …read more
- Columbus Day: Celebrating Human Triumph Rather Than Triumph Over Humans
9 Oct 2017
Many critics argue that Christopher Columbus gave us a devil’s bargain. In October 1492, that Italian explorer, working for Spain, opened America to his fellow Europeans. The result: We got a prosperous New World by impoverishing, enslaving, and murdering the natives who were already here. But this view fails to distinguish between two types of exploitation—one over other humans and one over nature, the former of which should be expunged from our moral codes and civilized society, the latter of which is the essence of morality and civilization. The former form of exploitation was suffered especially by the tens of …read more
- We Need More Ross Poldark’s
5 Oct 2017
This past Sunday marked the return of PBS’s hit series Poldark with its third season. For those unfamiliar with this British historical drama, it depicts the return of Ross Poldark to his home in Cornwall after fighting in the American Revolution. Upon his return, he is met with the news of his father’s death, the sight of his estate in ruins, and the fact that his longtime sweetheart is now engaged to his cousin. Having hit rock bottom, Ross’s attempts to start over and rebuild his life are chronicled in Poldark. In honor of the third season’s release, Casey Chalk …read more