American exceptionalism, the country's qualitatively demonstrable advantage over other nations, used to be characterized by individualism.
Not to mention egalitarianism, republicanism, and populism.
All of this was supported by the government's laissez-faire approach to America's capitalist economic system.
That's all changed. And not for the better.
Now, top-down technocratic government manipulation of civil liberties, and the American economy, is pushing the nation towards the pernicious charms of socialism.