A Note from Europe: The End of the World is Nigh

The mid-July headline of the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) commenting on the two debt crises in Europe and the United States reads “The End of the World Is Near – But Only for You.” The article cleverly illustrates the deepening transatlantic gap when it comes to political and economic frames of reference. Americans are […]

American Patriotism Part II: Change

Patriotism is a domestic phenomenon and practice. It is that part of a larger national political culture that supports and legitimizes the exercise of foreign policy. Anatol Lieven’s America Right or Wrong, published early in the Iraq war, shows that an important function of state-sponsored patriotism is to structure the public discourse and shape public […]

Varieties of American Patriotism — Part I

An interactive chart which the New York Times put up soon after the successful operation of the US Navy Seals showed that responses among the American reading public to Osama Bin Laden’s death were literally all over the map. Even comments logged into the “significant” and “positive” quadrant – which were the majority – expressed […]