The Nation: Jingoism in Reverse

Anti-American Americans are reproached by a British journalist in this month's Commentary. Just as some American jingoists insist that their country has the best of everything, or used to, so do others glory in claiming it has the worst. Those Americans who accentuate the negative recognize no statute of limitations on American sinning. "Every American in each generation, it appears," writes Henry Fairlie, "must regard himself as responsible for all that his society has done, does, and will do." While no Englishman feels any personal responsibility for the slave trading practiced by his ancestors, Anti-American Americans demand that their fellow countrymen...

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