Identify five elements of American political culture. Where do these values come from? What differences do you see in the cultures of the United States and other industrialized democracies like Japan and Sweden?
I will construct each of these as a compare/contrast between the principle in question as it is put into practice in the United States vs. Japan and Sweden. Also, while obviously I have my own political and philosophical views, I'll do my best to keep each entry as neutral and fact-based as possible.
1) Legal freedom of expression. American legal protections for freedom of expression are among the strongest in the world. The First Amendment of the Constitution, the country's literal first rule, protects freedom of assembly, petition, press, religion, and speech, all ways of expressing and sharing ideas. As with all countries and all high principles, we have not always lived up to them, but, by law, our protections are unusually broad by the standards of our socioeconomic peers. For example, there is no legal category of "hate speech" in the United States. Both Japan and Sweden have legally defined categories of hate speech (see reference) that are denied protection of law. The US does...
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