F. H. Buckley (George Mason): American Exceptionalism. Is the United States just like other nations? Patriotism, to quote George Bernard Shaw, "is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it"; the same may be said of American exceptionalism. James V. Schall on American un-exceptionalism. R. Ward Holder and Peter B. Josephson on American exceptionalism re-envisioned: Barack Obama’s Second Inaugural Address. Are Americans as special as Obama says? Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer wonders. Wendy McElroy on the tension within American exceptionalism. Glenn Greenwald on the premises and purposes of American exceptionalism: That the US is objectively "the greatest country ever to exist" is as irrational as it is destructive, yet it maintains the status of orthodoxy. BioShock Infinite: American exceptionalism to get its day in court.