Pride and Prejudice

Anti-Americanism takes many forms -- most of them unfair. But as long as it strives to be a City upon a Hill, America Must learn to live with it.

Issue: Fall 2004

Jean Baudrillard, The Spirit of Terrorism (London: Verso, 2002), 105 pp., $13.

Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit, Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies (New York: Penguin Press, 2004), 165 pp., $21.95.

Alan McPherson, Yankee No! Anti-Americanism in U.S.-Latin American Relations (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003), 257 pp. , $39.95.

Clyde Prestowitz, Rogue Nation: American Unilateralism and the Failure of Good Intentions (New York: BasicBooks, 2003), 328 pp., $26.

Jean-François Revel, Anti-Americanism (San Francisco: Encounter Books, 2003), 176 pp., $25.95.

Anti-Americanism poses a paradoxical problem. It is visibly more widespread today than when the Soviet Union was producing a steady output of anti-American propaganda. Admittedly, there were always spontaneous anti-American sentiments throughout the world quite independent of Soviet inspiration. Still, the Soviet collapse might have been expected at least to weaken anti-Americanism. That has not been the case. Indeed the Soviet collapse could not even put an end to the anti-capitalism that has always been key to anti-Americanism. Instead they re-emerged, apparently stronger than ever, and joined together in anti-globalism.

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