Robert Reich: America is Not Exceptional

Robert Reich

Jun 23, 2020

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich debunks the myth of American exceptionalism, explaining how Trump’s failed coronavirus response and use of violent authoritarianism to crush nationwide protests for Black lives has forced the hard truth about this country into focus: America is not exceptional, but it is the exception.

American police kill over 1,000 people every year.

We’re the only one out of 22 advanced nations that doesn’t give all workers some form of paid sick leave.

We’re the only industrialized nation without guaranteed, universal healthcare.
We have the largest prison population on earth.

We have the largest CEO-to-worker pay gap.

We spend more on the military than the next seven nations combined.

On the global stage, America is the exception, but not in the way we would like to believe.

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