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Demon in the cellar

America's "Jacksonian" nationalism is responsible for turning the US from a conservative power to a revolutionary one

By Anatol Lieven   March 2004

American nationalism today imperils America’s global leadership and its success in the war against terrorism. More than any other factor, it is this nationalism which divides the US from a post-nationalist Europe. And insofar as it has become mixed up with a chauvinist strain of Israeli nationalism, it also plays a disastrous role in US relations with the Muslim world.

America enjoys more global power than any previous state. Following the death of communism as an alternative path of modernisation, it dominates the world not only militarily but also culturally and economically, and derives immense benefit from the present world…

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