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Brazil is convulsing in riots:
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:
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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It's good to talk.