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I remember reading this statement (or something very close) years ago:

Americans believe their values are universal values, which is the most American value of all.

Who wrote this?
I want to say it was Walter McDougall in Promised Land, Crusader State, however I don't own the book, and can't find the quote in on-line searches (of that book, or otherwise). In any case it's very possible I'm wrong and saw the quote elsewhere.

I realize the above point has probably been made many times, thus a related question: is there a particular author/speaker who is most often credited?

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    For the US, I wouldn't be surprised if you find hints of that idea in Tocqueville - and possibly even earlier than that. It might not the exact same quote, but the idea would likely be present. There's a non-null chance you'll find it amongst US revolutionaries, too. And in France a few years after during its own Revolution, and during the Enlightenment age before that, and amongst Christians before that still. A better quote might be: [proselytic] monotheistic cultures believe their values are universal values, which is the most [proselytic] monotheistic value of all. – Denis de Bernardy Aug 22 '16 at 17:50
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    Here is a closely related and recent quote: "As the late Singapore leader and statesman, Lee Kuan Yew, in an interview published in the March 5, 2013 Atlantic magazine, said: “Americans believe their ideas are universal – the supremacy of the individual and free, unfettered expression. But they are not – never were.”" (chinausfocus.com/culture-history/…) – Peter Diehr Aug 22 '16 at 20:54

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