Back in 1994, Lynne Cheney, former head of the National Endowment for the Humanities, published a piece in the Wall Street Journal entitled The End of History, criticizing educational standards for American History. Now she has published The End of History, Part II, about the new Advance Placement American History exam. See excerpts after the jump and consider the points I raise. [Read more…]
Russian strongman Vladimir Putin has been scolding Americans for thinking our country is exceptional. Robert Samuelson takes up the question of American exceptionalism and, without being triumphalist about it, highlights some distinctive qualities of the American mind. [Read more…]
My colleague Mark Mitchell has co-edited a new book entitled The Culture of Immodesty in American Life and Politics: The Modest Republic. It’s not just about women’s fashions. From the description at Amazon:
The Culture of Immodesty in American Life and Politics is a collection of thirteen essays from a broad range of scholars and independent authors, evaluating the prevalence of immodesty in various aspects of American life and culture. Contributors diagnose immodesty through the lens of corporations that are ‘too big to fail,’ consumption inspired by excessive greed, art and fashion that lack beauty and taste, government budgets resulting in perennial deficits, and foreign policy that meddle in the affairs of other nations. Going beyond mere diagnosis of societal ills, The Culture of Immodesty in American Life and Politics provides a prescription for cultural impropriety: promoting a framework for the rejection of immodesty and greed in contemporary life.