For a Given Definition of “Exceptional,” Part II
Among neoconservatives, there is a movement to characterize the United States as “exceptional.” We are different. We are special. With an emphasis on its divine origin (Christian gods only need apply). In a series or irregular posts, WC is examining the credibility of this claim. WC has already discussed our crime and prison rates. Today, we’ll look at eight categories in comparison to other advanced countries.
There’s not much to add to this chart, except that WC urges you to study it carefully:
WC freely grants that there are a lot of ways to measure the good aspects and the bad aspects of a country. But the mighty United States finished 33rd out of 33 among a broad selection of advanced economies.
New York Times columnist Charles Blow said, “At the very time that many Americans — and the very country itself — are struggling to emerge from a very deep hole, the Republican proposal would simply throw the dirt in on top of us.”
A positive definition of “exceptional” does seem to be getting strained.