Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (a popular opposition party), appeared on the Russian evening news criticizing strongly American exceptionalism. It is worth noting briefly that Zhirinovsky leads an opposition party, and was the third most popular candidate in the Russian election.
Due to the fact he ran in the Russian election, he obviously ran against Putin, meaning Zhirinovsky is NOT for the record, a Kremlinbot…these are the words of an opposition candidate, so the west should be careful what they wish for, when they wish for a different Russian leader.
Amercian exceptionalism is perhaps the greatest issue plaguing the American consciousness, and has been since the early days of manifest destiny. If anyone is wondering, that actually manifested itself, in the whole scale destruction of native American civilization, upon the bones of which America stands.
American exceptionalism is dangerous to the world, as well as to the rights of normal American civilians, who want to live in a peaceful earth, that hasn’t been destroyed by the military-industrial complex. Exceptionalism creates in an individual, immense pride, not unlike that in Nazi Germany before the war, and as we’ve seen since the beginning, pride comes before the fall.
Zhirinovsky too noticed how exceptionalism inspired Hitler as well, in fact.
Now, Vladimir Zhirinovsky weights in on exceptionalism:
Zhirinovsky was asked to comment on the American Idea of a “city on a hill”, specifically, he was asked why many Americans feel this way. Zhirinovsky went back to history, which is one of the most forgotten yet most important fields of study, crucial to understanding everything in life. Specifically, he quoted from American senator and historian Albert Beveridge who said in 1897:
It is an American question. It is a world question. Shall the American people continue their resistless march toward the commercial supremacy of the world? Shall free institutions broaden their blessed reign as the children of liberty wax in strength until the empire of our principles is established over the hearts of all mankind?
That was a quote from the speech of a famous American senator, the entire speech is honestly quite frightening. It could literally be taken out of Mien Kampf had the references to America simply be changed to Germany. Later in the speech, it goes on to say:
Has the Almighty Father endowed us with gifts beyond our deserts, and marked us as the people of His peculiar favor…
[and close to the end it says:
Fellow-Americans, we are God’s chosen people...We cannot retreat from any soil where Providence has unfurled our banner; it is ours to save that soil for liberty and civilization. For liberty and civilization and God’s promises fulfilled, the flag must henceforth be the symbol and the sign to all mankind.
This was written in 1897, and represents how deep-rooted and cult-like American Exceptionalism is, based on a pseudo-religious idea of the inherent superiority of a single nation.
One of the most interesting observations Zhirinovsky had, was that exceptionalism seems to come from ignorance of the world, and it does seem that anti-intellectualism, identity politics, and a special lack of cultural awareness has helped create this concept.
For example, the speech about exceptionalism does not mention the French or the British, because early American exceptionalism was in its roots, not a Trans-Atlantic idea. It was formed by Anti-Monarchist people, who believed it was their destiny to defy the world’s traditions, and establish their own utopia.
As a result, Americans do this day often instinctively believe in how many “rights” they have, and how “free” their country is, compared to the rest of the world.
For example, Zhirinovsky said:
Americans think…Europe is dirty, the world is filled with good for nothing barbarians, that they gained supremacy, and that the US is the Land of Milk and Honey, Cannan, a Big Israel.
This is true. Many Americans genuinely feel that their country is so advanced and safe, whereas the rest of the world is scary and dangerous.
This often wrong, and in actually dangerous places, like some countries the US invaded, they often only became dangerous AFTER America came, and brought freedom and democracy.
It’s not uncommon for Americans to talk about everything “over there”, or “overseas” like its hell on earth, and for them to say “Thank God I live in America, I am so free and safe here.”
They often say this completely ignorant of the fact that MANY countries have a higher living standard than the US. For example, the US is not even in the TOP 10 countries by living standards, compiled by this non-profit. According to the United Nations Human Development Index, the US is ONLY in the tenth place.
These are just simple examples from broader sources that know the real world.
Americans are perfectly within their rights to love their country. No one is arguing against this, nor does any peace-loving person want to take rights away from anyone else. The only issue is when one person, or group, believes they have the right to take away other people’s rights.
American exceptionalism, according to Zhirinovsky, inspired Hitler, and we all know what he felt about other people’s rights.
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