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Video: Is America still exceptional?

posted at 1:01 pm on July 11, 2013 by

Charles Murray asks the $64,000 question for American Enterprise Institute, and issues a challenge. What changes in American cultural and economic life are successes, and which need to be “mourned”?

Murray has a new book out on American exceptionalism and the historical experiment in liberty at AEI, and will explore the topic further in subsequent efforts. Be sure to follow the series at the above link.

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We really ought to stop exporting profanity, porn, & perv propaganda to the rest of the world’s TV & film screens.

itsnotaboutme on July 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM

It certainly ranks near the top in thinking how exceptional it is.

DarkCurrent on July 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Absolutely but no longer in a good way.

countrybumpkin on July 11, 2013 at 2:47 PM

It certainly ranks near the top in thinking how exceptional it is.
DarkCurrent on July 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Well done!

So you’re saying America is like a poor man’s Robert Downey Jr.? All talk with nothing to actually back it up.

happytobehere on July 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM

“Hollywood has made gay-rights mainstream while making Christianity seem extreme.
Try to name one positive portrayal of an evangelical Christian in a prime-time show right now. Conversely, you can likely name at least one positive portrayal of a homosexual character in each popular prime-time program.
A decade of that has an impact.”

– Chris Wilson, Republican pollster

A decade?
Hollywood has been steadily leading the USA downhill morally in a variety of ways for nearly 80 years.

Yet many of you who say you’re morally conservative gobble up everything Hollywood has to offer.
Because your ‘need’ for entertainment is more important than any cause, in your mind.

itsnotaboutme on July 11, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Absolutely but no longer in a good way.

countrybumpkin on July 11, 2013 at 2:47 PM

I believe the word you’re looking for is “special”.

Steve Eggleston on July 11, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Well done!

So you’re saying America is like a poor man’s Robert Downey Jr.? All talk with nothing to actually back it up.

happytobehere on July 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Of course the resident ChiCom cheerleader wouldn’t pass this opportunity up.

Steve Eggleston on July 11, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Charles Murray asks the $64,000 question

…what’s the $64,000 worth now?

KOOLAID2 on July 11, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Let’s see:

We can’t depend on our legislature to pass ethically sound law.

We can’t depend on our executive branch to enforce the laws that exist.

We can’t depend on our judicial branch to be an impartial arbiter of justice.

We can’t depend on our banking industry to be a guardian of the value of our wealth.

And thanks to all of the above-mentioned factors, we can no longer depend on private industry to innovate at the rate they did in the first half of the 20th century.

I dunno, what do you people think? Are we still exceptional? Or are we just a nation of idealists who spout platitudes about principles we should, but no longer do adhere to?

gryphon202 on July 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM

The short answer: no.
You’re unique and different, just like everybody else.

What the hell does that question even mean? Special? Self-gratifying pr9n, that’s what it is.

AlexB on July 12, 2013 at 12:49 AM

It certainly ranks near the top in thinking how exceptional it is.
DarkCurrent on July 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Beware of going native.

Sherman1864 on July 12, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Yes, America is still exceptional is the right answer. Granted Obama is doing his best to change that, however.

Sherman1864 on July 12, 2013 at 8:19 AM

I’m of a mind as Arnold J. Toynbee’s A Study of History. A civilization is as dynamic as the challenges it faces. When a civilization acheives a strong degree of universal peace, the civilization loses its vitality and cohesiveness, and then come the barbarians. It happened when the Helenistic civilization acheived Pax Romana. I think it could have happened when the West outlived the Soviet Union. If Western civilzation is no longer vibrant, then maybe the state that headed it will no longer seem exceptional. Just sayin’.

apostic on July 12, 2013 at 10:37 AM

An America that elects Obama not once, but twice? I dunno…

neuquenguy on July 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Of course the resident ChiCom cheerleader wouldn’t pass this opportunity up.

Steve Eggleston on July 11, 2013 at 6:24 PM

-> .

DarkCurrent on July 12, 2013 at 4:32 PM