How did the idea that America is a propositional nation become so popular?
If I had to guess, I’d say it’s a relic of the cold war. Since the USSR actually was a propositional nation (a fact which is highly relevant to its collapse), competition for influence in the third world led to the creation in rhetoric of an anti-USSR propositional nation. Eventually, we started believing it ourselves.
He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.