There is now some push-back against the angst-ridden repudiation of America’s history and culture on the part of Americans themselves.
My son-in-law sent me a link to this article by a British immigrant to the USA, which first appeared in the Wall Street Journal but which was reprinted in an Australian newspaper:
From Gerard Baker, Defend America’s History—and Retake Its Institutions [subscription required]:
At the end of the 20th century, the U.S. had won World War II and the Cold War, liberated half the planet from history’s most dehumanizing ideologies, advanced a free-market capitalism that had led more humans out of poverty than any economic system ever devised, and given the world the richest bounty of intellectual, cultural and scientific capital since the Enlightenment. Americans could—and did—look at themselves and the nation they had built with immense pride.
It’s interesting that both this defense of America and its attackers are highly critical of big corporations!
America is exceptional both in its achievements and in its capacity for self-criticism. Perhaps it’s because our ideals are so high that the reality never fully measures up. Even this defense of America is in the form of a critique of our educational, political, and economic establishments.
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