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January 19, 2011

Revisiting American Exceptionalism

by Vince

Andrew Sullivan explains it well:

Over at National Review, Rich Lowry has written a daring column about American greatness:

When the likes of Marco Rubio, the new Republican senator from Florida, say this is the greatest country ever, sophisticated opinion-makers cluck and roll their eyes. What a noxious tea-party nostrum. How chauvinistic. What hubris.

Yet, what other countries deserve this designation?

His conclusion: “Our greatness is simply a fact.”

Somehow Lowry fails to grasp why this kind of assertion is so, well, fatuous and irritating. Imagine that once a month or so, Michael Jordan called a press conference, confidently listed his achievements as a basketball player, and insisted, “My greatness is simply a fact.” He’d be correct: he was a spectacular basketball player, arguably the best in history. Same with Tiger Woods. Or Stephen Hawking. On the other hand, we’re put off when people announce their own greatness – experience has taught that they’re usually doing so because they’re a braggart, or a narcissist, or a bully. (In Rich Lowry’s case, it’s intellectual bullying – wielding the collective club of nationalism against genuine worries about America’s fiscal bankruptcy, academic decline, and economic stagnation).

Yes, enough with the over flowering and over complicating intellectual bullying.

 

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January 19, 2011

Neat Music Video of the Day

by Vince

Kevin Rudolf featuring Flo Rida “You make the rain fall” from alexandre moors on Vimeo.

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January 19, 2011

Undermining the Entire US Border Strategy

by Vince
January 19, 2011

Charts on Media and the World

by Vince

First, on media usage trends – done by Pew.

Second, demographic changes from 2000 to 2010:

Click on the images or their website to enlarge the charts.