American Exceptionalism Ideology Research Paper

A look at the theory behind the concept of American exceptionalism.
# 151184 | 1,924 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2012 | KE
Published on May 28, 2012 in Political Science (U.S.)

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This paper examines how American exceptionalism ideologies presume that America's history, political system, and values are unique in the universe. It also looks at how enthusiasts of the ideology argue that the US is entitled and destined to play a positive and distinct role in the universe. The paper further discusses how the ideology is an international debate among specialists and experts from all lifestyles, from law to former US government officials and focuses on the arguments of Harold Hongju Koh and Ted Bromund to assert that the American exceptionalism has both a good side and a bad side.

From the Paper:

"The most and last problematic face of the American exceptionalism is the use of the exceptional wealth and power to apply double standards. According to Koh, America proposes rules that apply to the nation and its allies, and dictate another rule for the rest of the world. Such rules include the Kyoto Protocol, the International Criminal Court, and the Second amendment that excludes the nation from the ban of illicit transfer of light weapons and small arms, the Guantanamo Bay detention among others (Koh 131). Koh raises four problems with the application of double standards. First, he argues that America falls low in the lower rung with other horrid bedfellows, like Saudi Arabia and Nigeria in failing to abolish the death penalty on juvenile offenders. Such appearances undermine the nation's to pursue affirmative agenda's in human rights. Moreover, the nation is forced to defend or condone human rights violation, despite having criticized them earlier (like the critique of Russia's war against Chechen terrorists)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bromund, Ted. "American Exceptionalism and its Enemies." The New Ledger Features - Politics Monday, May 25, 2009.
  • Jacobs, Ron. American Exceptionalism: A Disease of Conceit. Web Feb 14, 2012.
  • Koh, Harold Hongju. America's Jekyll and Hyde Exceptionalism. Ed. Michael Ignatieff. American Exceptionalism and Human Rights. 111 143.
  • Phillips, Dennis. Is America an Exceptional Nation? Web Feb 14, 2012.
  • Sellevold, Martin. A Look at American Exceptionalism. Australian Rationalist Number 65: 45 48.

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