Maybe this is good. Maybe, per Thomas Piskotty's new book, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," Americans are finally realizing that capitalism doesn't work, at least not for them. Maybe, with the Supreme Court ruling that capitalism should subvert politics earlier this week, they realize that politics isn't designed to work for the middle class, either.
Setting aside an oft-times sociological problem in such situations in general (and specific in America in the past, with "poor whites" sneering at blacks in the South for generations simply because they were lower on the social totem poll), maybe something else is coming into play — the Dunning-Kruger effect, or rather, the decline of its hold.
To partially oversimplify, but easily explain? The Dunning-Kruger effect is American exceptionalism on the level of individual persons.
Per Wiki, it's normally used just about cognitive and intelligence issues:
The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than is accurate. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their ineptitude. Actual competence may weaken self-confidence, as competent individuals may falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding.However, the idea certainly applies further than that.
Instead, I would apply it more broadly sociologically, beyond the individual level. Namely, it's the idea that one's own group, culture, nation, etc. has special, exceptional attributes.
With American exceptionalism, the bias for why America is so great:
- Ignores that European diseases had killed off many American natives, yet not so long ago that their developed fields and parkland forests hadn't reverted to the wild
- Ignores finding petrochemicals in abundance with the lucky timing of beginning industrialization at the same time
- Ignores that, in many, many ways, we're not No. 1 at all.
In other words, other countries can care for their citizens better than we do, have happier citizens, and have more realistic views about the world at large at the same time.