Talk:American exceptionalism

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 Definition An assumption that the United States, as opposed to the majority of nations, was created based on shared ideology rather than shared history, described by G.K. Chesterton as "set forth with dogmatic and even theological lucidity in the Declaration of Independence", and described by Seymour Martin Lipset as based on liberty,egalitarianism, individualism, populism, and laissez-faire [d] [e]

American exceptionalism vs. American nationalism

As I write, I am not yet convinced that this is an ideal separation, but it does preserve the distinction of a number of sources. Perhaps others think these two articles should be combined, while others might have a finer-grained split in mind. I'm quite open to alternatives. --Howard C. Berkowitz 02:56, 12 January 2010 (UTC)