Monday, May 1, 2017

What Divides Americans from the World and From Each Other

There is an accepted rule of journalism that says that when trying to understand a story, “go there.” In fact with respect to some things, the opposite may be true. To understand America in the 21st Century, it might be best to look at it from afar. To have a cultural understanding that is anything but American.

To fully see America in the context of it’s place in the world, changes our perspective in ways that make America not exceptional but an exception to what’s become the accepted norms of Western Civilizations.

How did that happen? How did a nation that sees itself as exceptional became so out of step with the rest of the West. . According to Stanford Law Professor Mugambi Jouet, it is that very idea of exceptionalism that makes us the exception.

All of this is part of the very important Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other.

My WhoWhatWhy conversation with Mugambi Jouet: