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Author: Konstantin Kosachov
(By Konstantin Kosachov, chairman of the Federation Council’s international affairs committee. Izvestia, Oct 21, 2016, p. 6. Condensed text:) I believe that Hillary Clinton’s policy article in Time magazine with the unequivocal title "Why America Is Exceptional" has given many people in the world something to think about. That’s because this bombastic article, couched in the style of a high school essay, was published in the name of a former US secretary of state and now US presidential candidate from the Democratic Party.
Some passages written by the possible leader of the "free world" can only be quoted with great caution. After all, in a lot of countries, ideas of exceptionalism on any grounds are illegal. In particular, the Russian Constitution (Art. 29) forbids the propaganda of "social, racial, national, religious, or language superiority." Clinton’s article is an almost quintessential example of such propaganda.
Of course, you could try to chalk this up to electoral "fever." That is, all of this is said and written purely for domestic consumption, where contentions of national exceptionalism and global superiority fall on the well-prepared soil of popular expectations and are generally par for the course in the US.
However, for the rest of the world, this is a culture shock, to put it mildly. After all, there have been no maxims of this kind and at this level probably since the 1930s and 1940s. We remember very well where talk about the "exceptionalism" of one particular nation led the world at the time and what price it had to pay. And today, this comes from the mouths of those who tomorrow may be at the helm of the biggest military arsenal in the history of humankind.
What is even more disturbing is that this is not being said by Donald Trump, the Republican candidate who is known for his eccentricity and political inexperience. On ...