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Jason Kuznicki

Jason Kuznicki is a research fellow at the Cato Institute and contributor of Cato Unbound. He's on twitter as JasonKuznicki. His interests include political theory and history.

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  1. Avatar Gorgias says:

    I was intrigued, so I looked up the full context of the Tocqueville “distinct species of mankind” quote from Souza’s original article, which according to a google search is pretty common in conservative paeans to American exceptionalism.

    “Not only are the Anglo-Americans united by these common opinions, but they are separated from all other nations by a feeling of pride. For the last fifty years no pains have been spared to convince the inhabitants of the United States that they are the only religious, enlightened, and free people. They perceive that, for the present, their own democratic institutions prosper, while those of other countries fail; hence they conceive a high opinion of their superiority and are not very remote from believing them- selves to be a distinct species of mankind. ”

    http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/DETOC/1_ch18.htm

    This isn’t exactly a condemnation of the phenomenon, but it’s not the full-throated support the context of the quotation would have us believe it is so much as an observation of the phenomenon.Report

  2. Avatar Alex Knapp says:

    I’m scratching my head trying to figure out how living in Hawaii, one of the 50 states, constitutes “living abroad.”Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

      @Alex Knapp,

      The same way that “San Francisco Democrats” means “not real Americans”, or “small-town values” is used to exile the hundreds of millions of us who don’t live in small towns.Report

  3. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    I completely fail to understand, however, how anyone could find this essay persuasive.

    Like much punditry, it’s persuasive to the already persuaded.Report

  4. Is this standard fare for Forbes, or a one-off, attention-grabbing stunt?Report

  5. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    As punditry, it’s pretty strange. But, as performance art, I think it would be great. Imagine that article being read in the breathless, bombastic style of an average “spoken word artist” and it works pretty well. Sort of the “Howl” of this generation.Report