From Imprimis, is America exceptional? Norman Podhoretz says yes. Is America exceptional?: Jarrett Stepman and Eli Zaretsky, representing the Right and the Left, respectively, debate U.S. superiority. Mark Rice on American Exceptionalism: “The United States is a country of great achievements, deep flaws, and immense potential”. Maribel Morey on defining American democracy differently. The Great Secession: Would it really be the highest form of patriotism? Gary Younge on the irony of Right-wing secessionist fantasies. G. Jeffrey MacDonald on a surge in secessionist theology. Marc Herman on 10 steps to a breakaway state: A secessionist’s guide. From FDL, a book salon on The Last Myth: What the Rise of Apocalyptic Thinking Tells Us About America by Mathew Barrett Gross. It's hard to make it in America: Lane Kenworthy on how the United States stopped being the land of opportunity. Four types of family cultures — the Faithful, the Engaged Progressives, the Detached and the American Dreamers — are molding the next generation of Americans. The United States of Mind? Asya Pereltsvaig on U.S. geography of personality (and more).