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Farah Stockman

American exceptionalism and Putin

Change doesn’t always progress the way US wants it to

Here’s the funny thing about Americans: We believe that our country is exceptional — unique and special in the world. But at the same time, we think that everyone else can and should be just like us.

When we look into the faces of protesters in Egypt, Syria, Libya, and Ukraine, we identify with their hopes and dreams. We imagine they want to be just like us. That faith in the universality of democracy is an essential part of who we are.

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