On Anti-Americanism


Canadian historians spend a good deal of their classroom time deprogramming anti-Americanism—still very much a staple of our national psyche, to judge from op-eds like this one from yesterday's Toronto Star. "War is complicated, something Americans have rarely been willing to concede.  They tend to see war as if it were the Super Bowl, a staged event with simple rules, omnipresent umpires and cameras, and frequent, scheduled breaks. Everyone makes money." There was a time, before Trump, before truthiness and the culture wars, when profs fretted about students' disengagement from the rigorous intellectual traditions of the West. Such earnest handwringing seems almost quaint today.