America: Propositional Nation?

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.


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2 Responses to America: Propositional Nation?

  1. Gnstr says:

    the USSR was made up of very different peoples, with hugely different ways of laufes, different languages, and very little in common, held together by the fear of power-thirst dictators who lavished quashing opposition.
    US states have more in common, than your differences. Much more importantly, while Spanish is now a core language in some states, you all speak the same language. Also, there is a history to your making, in that the whole declaration of independence, and the American dream, holds you together more than you probably realise.

  2. Pechorin says:

    Of course, the declaration of independence is frequently used to support the propositional nation idea. The argument takes “we hold these truths to be self evident” as the only defining characteristic of Americanism; the conclusion is that “anyone who loves freedom is an American.” Which, in the end, means that there can be no American identity.

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