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Can Europe Teach The American Dream?  
User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1423 times:

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Contrary to popular belief in the United States, Rifkin says, all these social guarantees have not stopped Europe from competing successfully in the global marketplace. The European Union is the largest exporting economy in the world. The EU's $10.5 trillion GDP exceeds that of the United States. In many industries, European enterprises have overtaken American businesses (think of Airbus and Boeing). Europeans are pretty good at saving money while the American economy teeters precariously on a mountain of foreign-owned debt. And, even with those shorter work hours and long vacations, European workers' productivity now matches or exceeds that of Americans.

We may think they are nuts to pay such high taxes, but they think we are crazy to work so hard and have so little time to enjoy life. Rifkin thinks Europe may be the new model for the world. What do you think?


In my opinion the US economy and it´s free market ideals are already changing at this moment... so are the minds of its population..




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User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 859 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1393 times:

Maybe it´s time to cut the naval coard.

Micke//SE  Insane



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User currently offlineCorpsnerd09 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1367 times:

With the US torn up the way it is, I believe so. We're on the brink of a political civil war.


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User currently offlineLeviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

Numbers can not say it all, it is about the freedom and happiness in life that Europeans do not have.

User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1342 times:

it is about the freedom and happiness in life that Europeans do not have.

One of the funniest things ever written on here. If you're so sure the US is better than Europe, why do you live here?


User currently offlineScorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5052 posts, RR: 44
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1339 times:

it is about the freedom and happiness in life that Europeans do not have.

Please tell me you forgot to add ' Big grin' to that post.


User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7966 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1252 times:

Well talking about Andorra ... there could indeed be a lack of freedom and happiness. But living in Stockholm shouldn't be that bad.

Back to the topic: I dislike those thoughts about how one country or a union of countries can form a role models for other nations. Liberty, safety, freedom, democracy, equal rights and - yes - happiness are global values but not the European or Us American understanding of social welfare or taxation.



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User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3682 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1164 times:

The people's mind in the USA is still very odd seen from an European point of view.
Just look at their president, he wouldn't have a slight chance in Europe, especially with BS like "God gave me the mission ...".


User currently offlineN771AN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1160 times:

Europeans are pretty good at saving money while the American economy teeters precariously on a mountain of foreign-owned debt.

Americans "keep" the overwhelming majority of their wealth in housing.


User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1154 times:

Some of the points about Europe vs. the United States are interesting, but I'd be rather less suspicious if the source were someone other than Jeremy Rifkin. He's the sort of person who's made a career out of saying and writing how bad American society is.


"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently offlineRabenschlag From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1129 times:

from my experiences living in the US vs. germany i am tempted to state the following thesis:

if you are part of the top 15 % (income, intelligence, education...), living in the US is probably better than living in germany. you have lower taxes and you can afford a superior lifestile.

if you are a part of the rest (or even the lower 15%), germany would be a better place to live. in germany, the rich are forced to subsidise a better lifestile of the rest of society. you dont have to worry about health insurance (and from my personal experience, i can tell you that the german socialised medicine is in an extremely good shape compared to average american services), you dont have to work that much, i actually think you have more freedom just because of that.







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