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The Case For Acceptionalism Vs. Exceptionalism

Ming Chen | Posted 11.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Ming Chen

Acceptionalism might be the antidote we need in our stressful lives. Which of the following perspectives fires up your adrenals, and which might make you happier in the long run? It's an easy test, when you come down to it.

Is the Repellent Mockery of Others the New American Norm?

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 12.18.2016 | Politics
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

Why are most articles written with sentences in the declarative instead of the interrogative structure? Is it because people prefer to be told what to think instead of being asked to think? If yes, could this preference explain some of the seeming madness going on in America today?

Exceptionalism Is in the Math

Yee Lee | Posted 11.12.2015 | Business
Yee Lee

An article from earlier this year, "In Defense of Being Average," continues to buzz and bounce around the Internet, promoting the average-ness in us a...

Post World War Two Syndrome

Edward Flattau | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Too many of our politicians retain the now outdated broad exceptionalism-oriented mindset that prevailed in the immediate aftermath of World War Two. Our nation then was the only super power left standing and could pretty much dictate terms to the war-torn international community.

Is America Still Exceptional?

Andy Brack | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Andy Brack

With all of America's exceptional qualities, there's also a sense feeling for some that America's time of preeminence is in danger of passing, perhaps to China. There's a notion now that politicians and other leaders aren't doing enough to secure the nation's premier place in the world.

'Ida' and False Controversy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.02.2015 | Media
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I would like to make a distinction between two terms -- terms that are often used interchangeably, but in actuality, while connected in some ways, stand as unique and separate from one another. The terms are "patriot" and "nationalist."

The Real American Exceptionalism

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

Washington is now well into the second decade of an endless War on Terror that seems the sum of its exceptions to international law: endless incarceration, extrajudicial killing, pervasive surveillance, drone strikes in defiance of national boundaries and torture on demand.

The Romans, Just Wars and Exceptionalism

Shadi Bartsch | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Shadi Bartsch

American citizens concerned about our military policy abroad might find an interesting mirror in ancient Rome. The Romans were pretty sure they were the good guys

Can America Ever Regain Its Exceptionalism?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The myth of American Exceptionalism stems from the idea that the U.S. was the product of an immaculate conception -- a virgin, fertile continent bordered by two vast oceans and free of the foibles and follies of the old counties in Europe.

The Difference Between Good and Great: My Tips for Being Exceptional

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Defy the norm, be curious and don't accept the status quo. If you're striving for better than what exists, then think and dream big.

Republicans, You Are to Blame! Get Over It

Atiba Madyun | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Atiba Madyun

They reaffirmed what many in this nation want to deny. We the People, moved FORWARD! It is time for YOU, the Republican Party to do the same, or be left further BEHIND!

Taking Exception to Exceptionalism

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Previously published on The historian Bernard Weisberger writes that it's time retire the outworn American creed of exceptionalism. It...

What Makes Some People Exceptional and Others Just Accomplished?

Derreck Kayongo | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Derreck Kayongo

An exceptional life demands that one find a cause in life's journey that warrants an immediate and sincere desire to champion beyond one's current accomplishments for a lifetime of transformational living.

Syria, Chemical Weapons and Exceptionalism: If Putin Tells the Truth, We Should Listen

Beth Green | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Beth Green

Whether or not we are skeptical of the Putin's motives or even his religious consciousness, can't we acknowledge the truth of his statement?

American Exemplarism Over American Exceptionalism

Chris Abraham | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Abraham

Can't there be other gleaming palaces? Can't there be other shining cities on other hills? Isn't there room enough in this globe for the two or more of us?

Why Do We Condone Cruel Coaches?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 08.05.2013 | Parents
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

I was deeply disappointed to hear about the abusive coaching tactics allegedly used by Julie Hermann, the new Athletic Director at Rutgers. It made me wonder if abusive coaching is more rampant than we know -- not only in sports, but in other arenas as well.

"American Exceptionalism": Are We a Victim of Our Own Conceit?

Dan Bimrose | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Dan Bimrose

The term American exceptionalism and its meaning have evolved over many generations. What it may have meant in the past is not important, what it has come to mean today though, threatens to cripple our future.

American Exceptionalism and Other Isms

D. Robert Worley | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

History offers abundant examples of what happens when one state attempts to impose its ways on others.

There is Much Talk These Days

Mike Feder | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Mike Feder

Where is it written in our Constitution or Declaration of Independence that we're supposed to be "number one?"

Reality Check: Is Your Business Strategy Ready for 2011?

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

Here's a sobering thought for the new year: most business strategies are woefully incomplete. But with the new year just beginning, it's not too late to put your own business strategy to the test.


Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

From time to time Americans discuss our "exceptionalism." Some think it means being better than others. But in addition to meaning remarkable or exceptionally good, it also means abnormal, anomalous, aberrant, and deviant.

A Time to Give Thanks to Ronald Reagan and American Exceptionalism

Richard Herman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Herman

President Reagan's Farewell Address acts calls for a national unification over basic American values, which our divided nation has seemed to have dangerously abandoned today.

Cruising for a Bruising

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

The Carnival cruise story's framing says about the U.S. perspective of the world. Even if only in a very muted way, the ship's passengers got a taste of Third World conditions.

It's "Double Jeopardy" Time for Palin and Bachmann! And They're Brave Enough to Risk Everything!

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

Did "Athenian exceptionalism" kill Greece? You betcha! So?...

Exceptional Democracy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If America is truly supposed to be exceptional in all things, why do other countries -- almost without exception -- decide our governmental structure isn't really for them, when it comes time to choose?