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Daniel Bell, 1919-2011

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Sociologist and essayist Daniel Bell on American exceptionalism:

[T]hough our future may be more uncertain than at any time in the past two hundred years, some enduring values of character and even a powerful thread of idealism persist. One senses, in reflecting on American history, that there was something exceptional about our nation’s history and the national character it created–exceptional not necessarily in being exempt from whatever “laws” of social evolution may exist, but in the sense of offering a “saving grace” (the theological term is appropriate) that may still make us exemplary for other nations.

Read more of Bell’s work at National Affairs.