Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Worrisome …

 American Un-Exceptionalism. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

In practice, we are carrying out the Greek cycle of regimes that lead from oligarchy to democracy to tyranny, all of a most genteel nature. In our concern with exceptionalism and un-exceptionalism, we failed to notice that human nature is going pretty much along the paths that were sketched out for us particularly by Aristotle and Plato.


  1. Did I miss something here? This reads like two separate essays thrown together, one without the beginning, the other without the end.

  2. I don' think so. Father Schall's point, as I understand it, is that America may well prove to be unexceptional in the sense that it will go the way of so many other societies and end in tyranny.