The Race to Racism

Demonstrators march through downtown Memphis protesting the death of Tyre Nichols on January 28, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)


“To know only one country,” Seymour Martin Lipset often said, “is to know none.”

If I were to compile a list of pithy insights that every high school student should have pounded into their heads, this would be near the top of the list.

Whenever you hear people talk about America as uniquely or exceptionally flawed—or superior!—the first question you should ask is, “compared to whom?”

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