American Narcissism: The Myth of National Superiority (HC) by Wilber W. Caldwell

By Wilber W. Caldwell

While does nationwide satisfaction go the invisible boundary that separates benign patriotism and malignant nationalism? Nationalism isn't specified to the US: it used to be invented with the beginning of recent international locations. yet nationalism is exclusive in the United States. american citizens conceive themselves and their kingdom to be incontrovertibly more desirable to the opposite peoples and international locations of the earth. traditionally, American notions of superiority spring from myths of the original regenerative strength of the hot land; from visions of chosen-ness, challenge and excessive future; from the indelible legends of frontier self-sufficiency; from the boldness and self-reliance had to be triumphant as immigrants; from a robust experience of America's isolation and distinctiveness; from the conclusion of abundance; and at last from the perceived universality of yankee ideology. This predisposes us to a distinctively virulent pressure of nationalism in contrast to that present in virtually the other sleek country. because the unipolar second fades into reminiscence, this feeling of unquestionable superiority - expressed via politics and overseas coverage - doesn't play good ahead of the worldwide viewers. actually, it by no means did. In the US this day, notions of nationwide superiority are way more deeply ingrained and much extra probably ruinous than so much folks think. it is a trip that slides from cause to emotion, from person liberty to mass tyranny, and from humanity to inhumanity. Drawing on resources from in the educational disciplines of heritage, sociology, political technological know-how and international affairs, the writer seeks to decode scholarly jargon and lay naked this nook of the yankee brain. * Wilber W. Caldwell is the writer of numerous books of social statement that examine American society via numerous lenses together with background, structure, nutrition and philosophy. previous titles contain The Courthouse and the Depot: The structure of desire in an Age of depression, a examine of railroad enlargement and its impression on public structure within the rural South 1833-1910; trying to find the Dixie barbeque: trips into the Southern Psyche, a funny examine the realm of barbeque 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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Focusing on the papacy, such fears prompted the “blundering antics of the American Protective Association” in the 1890s and later the revival of the Ku Klux Klan, 207 which cast International Jewry and foreigners of all ethnic backgrounds in a similar conspiratorial light. Although anti-immigration movements have not consistently been in the main current of American thought, they have represented a substantial political force, and in the peak of their fearful frenzies, they accomplished restrictive immigration legislation first in the 1880s and again in the 1920s.

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. At the center of the new patterns of thought was the radical idea that rational thinking, not faith, defined mankind’s relation to the world around him.

159. Alexander Hamilton quoted in Introduction to American Nation, edited by Krakau, 12. 160. Stephanson, Manifest Destiny, 22. 161. Price, Observations on the Importance of the American Revolution, 173, quoted in Greene, Intellectual Construction of America, 139. 162. Price, Observations on the Importance of the American Revolution, 173, quoted in Greene, Intellectual Construction of America, 138. 163. M. Turgot, letter to Richard Price, in Price, Observations on the Importance of the American Revolution, 222, quoted in Greene, Intellectual Constructions of America, 139.

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