The futility of trying to get America to see beyond its own reflection
For the second time in two weeks Niall Ferguson justly excoriates Americans for their mindless ignorant enthusiasm for revolutions. “Americans love revolutions,” he writes. “But they should stick to loving their own.” I can assure Mr. Ferguson that the lesson he is trying to impart will not, for the most part, be received. The reason is that most Americans are utterly incapable of seeing the world as it is; they can only see it as a projection of America. And since America had a successful revolution, other countries must be destined to have one as well.
It—Americans’ thought process about foreign revolutions—is as simple, and as impervious, as that.