FAST FIVE: Will American Exceptionalism Rise Again?

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At its core, exceptionalism places America outside of normal history into a category of its own.

America's frontier history produced a lasting mythology that popularized empire and white settler culture while cloaking their many contradictions.

Today's we face an empire with the mask half off.

US leaders gave up nation-building and opted for failed states and political chaos instead of the strong states that nation-building, or its illusion, required.

“War is the Continuation of Politics by Other Means.” – Carl von Clausewitz All the Big Brass study Clausewitz because he is the founder of western military science – but they are so blinded by the dilemmas of empire that they make a mess of his central teaching: War is politics.

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