Andrew Hammel has reviewed Andrei Markovits' latest book "Uncoth Nation," which identifies "three pitfalls of anti-anti-Americanism:"
1. Defensive denial/Complete identification. The anti-anti-American becomes so fed up with the supercilious tone of European anti-Americanism (or so afraid of "giving the other side ammunition") that he defends U.S. policy even against spot-on critiques.Andrew Hammel's excellent review is at German Joys. The Atlantic Review has written about Markovits' new book in the posts Anti-Americanism and Anti-Semitism and How Widespread is Anti-Americanism? Stay tuned for more comments and reviews of Prof. Markovits' new book in the next few weeks.
2. Tit-for-tat. For every flaw identified by the anti-American, the anti-anti strikes back with an analogous shortcoming of modern European societies. Don't get me wrong; a bit of tit-for-tat is satisfying, and sometimes administers a needed corrective. But it rarely illuminates causes and nature of anti-Americanism, and often destroys dialogue.
3. Contempt. Just as many European anti-Americans do not care to remedy the defects they mock in American society, many anti-anti-Americans are motivated by a mirror-image of contempt for Europe. On both sides, these critics don't want to understand; they want merely to score points and bolster fragile egos.