The Pitfalls of American Exceptionalism

Just recently, I had a very edifying conversation with my father about race and the American experiment. While he conceded my point that most of the world looks at American style multiculturalism askance, he nevertheless asserted that my “white supremacist” views are anathema to the majority of Americans – most of whom believe in American exceptionalism to some degree. In other words, while the majority of people around the world believe in immigration restriction, majoritarianism, and a strong sense of ethnos, Americans pride themselves in being a mixed people bound by lofty ideals.

In fact, Americans (especially white ones) are downright proud of their unique and exaggerated pathologies. Compared to most other nations – particularly rich ones – we’re among the fattest, not to mention that our health care system is utter garbage. Many Americans also take perverse pride in ignorance and anti-intellectualism. Likewise, despite their defiant, freedom loving posturing, Americans worship wealthy elites and tolerate inequality to a degree that would be unthinkable in any supposedly effete “eurotrash” country; this is reflected in the insane number of hours that Americans work, which puts those workaholic Japanese to shame. But who cares about all that? We’ve got the best military, and we spend a shit-ton to maintain it. And to top it all off, we’re the undisputed prison capital of the world. USA! USA!

So no, most regular white Americans don’t seem too perturbed by the fact that the US is unique for mostly bad reasons. Therefore, trying to discredit American multiculturalism by highlighting global norms is perhaps the wrong approach. In fact, one of the great ironies of our time is that SJWs are some of the biggest promoters of American exceptionalism; despite branding the founding fathers as a bunch of wicked racists and slave owners, denouncing the American flag, and condemning patriotism, leftists inevitably invoke American exceptionalist beliefs to justify their bizarre views. Here are just a few examples:

  1. Immigration: How could one possibly oppose immigration? After all, America is a nation of immigrants. By opposing immigration, one is not only a horrible racist, but un-American as well.
  2. Race: America is not defined by race and a dominant majority culture, but rather ideas. I remember Cenk Uygur – host of the ultraliberal The Young Turks – once argue many years ago that the US could become 100% Mexican, and it would still be America.
  3. Equality: As much as leftists abhor the founders, they’re always glad to invoke that “all men are created equal” line from the Declaration of Independence in order to push for greater and greater equality. Since we’re supposed to be equal, then any manifestation of inequality can only be the result of pernicious discrimination, which must be duly challenged.

Along with elite support, I think that one of the major reasons why the left is winning the culture war is because they know how to cleverly appropriate quintessential American ideals. By leveraging the language of equality, they successfully push conservatives into a corner; oppose gay marriage, and you might as well piss on the legacy of Jefferson.

So how do we combat this? I confess, I don’t have too many solutions in mind. However, as white Americans continue to decline – both domestically and internationally – maybe, just maybe, they’ll begin to recognize that the constitution (what’s left of it, anyway) and noble ideals are inadequate substitutes for racial consciousness and solidarity. In the meantime, tactfully challenging their cherished American exceptionalist beliefs will be a rather arduous challenge.

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11 Responses to The Pitfalls of American Exceptionalism

  1. Quartermain says:

    I’m feeling what you’re saying. It’s like the song clowns to the left and jokers to the right. One faction says “Everything the United States does is terrible” and the other saying “Everything the United States does is wonderful”. They both full of dung.

    One time I was asked if I wanted a liberal or conservative president and I said “I would like to have an intelligent sane adult for once in my life.”

    • Bay Area Guy says:

      It’s like the song clowns to the left and jokers to the right. One faction says “Everything the United States does is terrible” and the other saying “Everything the United States does is wonderful”. They both full of dung.

      Indeed, they both seem to think that the world revolves around the US.

      Also, just to be clear, I hardly think that the US is all bad. If you want to witness a truly pathological society, Dota has plenty of things that he could say – and has said – about India.

      However, compared to other wealthy, 1st world nations, the US is rather subpar – at least as far as the average standard of living is concerned. The US is still incredibly wealthy and commands the strongest military, but a nation should ultimately be judged based on how well it looks after its own.

  2. Janus says:

    You’re right. Gradually most white Americans will realize that the vast majority of the non-white peoples in our midst don’t care very much about those exceptional American ideals. It’s one thing to hold polite, egalitarian views when the minorities aren’t in charge and they’re just the happy couple next door. But when the whites are just one group competing among many, with the other groups often in charge, views will change whether the leftists want them to or not.

    In the meantime, you can try to convince the blind that American exceptionalism arises from the white American people rather than arising from the noble ideals that only white Americans, as a whole, seem to hold.

    Some of these whites will begin to listen when diversity starts to hurt, but probably not until then. People don’t change their minds until they start to get uncomfortable.

    • Bay Area Guy says:

      It’s one thing to hold polite, egalitarian views when the minorities aren’t in charge and they’re just the happy couple next door. But when the whites are just one group competing among many, with the other groups often in charge, views will change whether the leftists want them to or not.

      Very well said.

      Sooner or later, most whites – whether they want to or not – are going to have to develop some degree of racial consciousness and tribalism.

      It certainly won’t be Hindutva style extremism, but I think that the limping economy and changing demographics will force many whites out of their bubbles.

      • Quartermain says:

        “It certainly won’t be Hindutva style extremism, but I think that the limping economy and changing demographics will force many whites out of their bubbles.

        It certainly forced me out of mine along with the insanity of political correctness.

    • GulliverFredrich says:

      Since when did Americans follow those ideals anyway besides shallow hypocritic chest thumping?

      Americans are exactly like the politicians they elect and vice versa, full of ego, empty promises, short-sightedness, incompetence, hypocrisy, corruption, self-centeredness; and they have always been this way. It’s a reflection of the type of people that are Americans, a poor desperate and despicable people.

      • Janus says:

        I suppose the boorishness that you describe is the reason that the United States lags at such a low place in the rank of nations, and why our culture, however decrepit, is so widely emulated, or why our internal politics hold such worldwide interest. Why did modern democracy spread across the globe if not for the example provided by the United States?

        Many Americans today still take seriously the ideals of individual liberty, hard work, free enterprise, and civic responsibility. Certainly there are fewer such Americans these days, and other, more destructive egalitarian ideals are more widely held instead, but to say that Americans have always been corrupt and foolish suggests a grave ignorance of history.

        Do you have a constructive point? Can you make a logical case that Americans are more despicable than other peoples of the world? Whom do you think is a nobler nation, out of curiosity?

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