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American "Exemptionalism"

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Brazil is convulsing in riots:

http://investmentwatchblog.com/brazil-burns-protestors-set-fire-to-legislative-assembly-in-rio-de-janeiro-brazil-police-firing-at-protestors-with-assault-rifles/

We are told this is the result of a public transportation fare hike.

The protests and civil unrest in Turkey has continued for a couple weeks now:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/19/world/europe/turkey-arrests-dozens-in-crackdown-on-protests.html?_r=0

This, if mainstream sources are to be believed, is the result of a government initiative to chop down some trees in Taksim Square.

But what is it about America - or, Americans - that make us think that we are somehow immune to similar social upheaval?  Is it just a level of complacency unseen in the rest of the world?  Is it the result of being a world superpower, now unchallenged for the past couple decades?

Tonight, we talk about the myth of American "Exemptionalism."

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