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Three Bares: American Exceptionalism

There are several papers at McGill, each with its own readership, and each with its own bias. It is easy for students to find the paper that reinforces their own beliefs, or to start one if their niche is underrepresented. It sounds practical—each group is afforded its own supportive forum in which to thrive, and is spared the labor of debate. Yet this system is not without flaws. It shuts out diversity and amplifies singular views. How can we broaden our horizons when we’re tucked so cozily into our comfort zones? When did we become so self-absorbed that we decided to stop searching for the other side of the story?Today, The Prince Arthur Herald is debuting Three Bares, the antidote to the echo chamber. Instead of one opinion, we’ve brought you three. James Hirsh, Peter Shyba, and Myles Anevich will start us off this week with a brief look into the status and relevancy of American exceptionalism.If you’d like to be one of next week’s commentators, scroll to the bottom for the topic and requirements.-Lucy ThreeBares@princearthurherald.com James Hirsh:Suggesting that America has had an exceptional past requires little explanation. It is more interesting, however, to understand why. Natural unspoilt resources, strategic geography afar from European battlegrounds, and a tradition of liberal thought are certainly all contributors. Now, with the conclusion of the American century the question becomes whether American exceptionalism is sustainable. Ultimately, America is only as powerful as its economy, specifically one in which the US dollar is the reserve currency of the world. The dollar is no longer pegged to any reserve of gold or silver, and its value as a commodity is based entirely on whether or not everybody thinks it has value. While this has been a beneficial relationship for America, its time may have run out. Thanks… Read More