July 1942: United We Stand
"Seven months after the United States entered World War II, magazines nationwide featured the American flag on their covers. Adopting the slogan United We Stand, some five hundred publications waved the stars and stripes to promote national unity, rally support for the war, and celebrate Independence Day."
posted by owillis
on Jul 5, 2003 -
Why Must America Always Be The Greatest?
Be it the greatest sham or show on earth; why is American nationalism and anti-nationalism always couched in hyperbole and a childish
hankering for being number 1, whether in the best or the worst senses? Dinesh d'Souza
's interesting list of ten reasons to celebrate why he's an anti-anti-American
, although passionate and partly persuasive, ultimately fails to convince because of this constant desire to make the U.S. great by artificially and ignorantly belittling or aggrandizing supposed competitors. Perhaps it's not
all a game and America is quite simply an OK country
, with a standard battery of qualities and shortcomings, like most OK countries in the world?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Jun 30, 2003 -
, the practice of attacking authors who make statements against the U.S. government or engage in dissent, gets a comprehensive overview with a book in progress
. As 72 year old author Dorothy Bryant puts it
, "More than ever, we need free exchange of facts and opinions. I hope that looking back on a few cases that have had time to cool off will help us to understand the psychology of literary lynching, and to resist it — not only in others but in ourselves." But in today's world, is there any distinction between a thoughtful response and a downright ugly rejoinder anymore? (via Moby Lives
posted by ed
on Apr 2, 2002 -