There are no Exceptional Nations. Moments come close, people come close, snacks come close, but there are no Exceptional Nations.
Hitler believed in German Exceptionalism. He sold it to the German People. It was an easy sell.
Here’s the pitch: it’s about being born here, not what you do with your life, not the effort you put into the world, not holding to a desire with singleness of purpose, not raising girls to be thoughtful women, not raising boys to be thoughtful men, it’s simply about being born here.
It’s a lie. A big, fat lie.
Gender has nothing to do with it. Religion has nothing to do with it. Skin color has nothing to do with it. Sexual orientation has nothing to do with it. Geography has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with it.
Vladimir Putin Is Right.
His op-ed in the New York Times is a thoughtful reflection on the danger of misleading people to believe they’re exceptional based on nationalism.
It should be mandatory reading in social studies classes this week, as kids head back to school, and as a nation, we wrestle with the right thing to do in Syria.
Sometimes history unfolds in real time.