It is commonplace for politicians and pundits to declare America the “greatest nation on earth.” No less authorities than presidents have said so, reinforcing the doctrine of “American Exceptionalism.” But in what ways is America “exceptional,” how far should patriotism extend, and what is the proper relationship between a citizen and their nation? James will offer an outsider’s view on the claim of “American Exceptionalism,” exploring how our perception of our countries affects our lives and ourselves.