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April 05, 2006
Heartless U.S. vs. soulless Europe
When I lived in Europe, I often heard that the United States was a heartless society. Now that I'm back here, I'm hearing the equally simplistic line that Western Europe is lacking a soul. A friend e-mailed me a link to this political attack blog (a phenomenon that's sure to grow mightily this election year). It links to a video of Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum saying that secular Europeans have "nothing to live for."
international, politics, society
Generalities and stereotypes offer a lot for conversation, and do hold some truths. Overall, they're not good for much else.
That said, I read results (including my two cents) from an informal poll about how we Americans view ourselves.
It's from a military blogger. Not scientific, but still interesting.
Posted by: Mike Driehorst at April 5, 2006 11:15 AM
0-120 in seconds in a Corvette will speed up your heartbeat Steve. It's the faster Heartbeat of America. We had a VW plant making Rabbits in PA that is now a TV plant. The thing about it is that if you have a Corvette you spend more time in the car and less time on the TV thinking about it.
Easter is on the way. Bunnies, jellybeans and fun.
Posted by: Jim Dermitt at April 5, 2006 12:00 PM
Why Europe will run the 21st century
Posted by: Dimitar Vesselinov at April 5, 2006 12:28 PM
As we move to a global enconomy, is either attitude healthy?
Posted by: mikeS at April 5, 2006 01:00 PM
Europe better get a handle on France before they try to run the whole 21st century.
Posted by: Jim Dermitt at April 5, 2006 02:03 PM
"Of course that’s because the
European Union is most often written about
by journalists but if you look at it through the
eyes of an historian - rather than through the
eyes of a journalist - I think you’ll find a very
different story; A story of hidden success
behind this journalist’s superficial sense of
failure. Because historians will look at the
European Union and describe the miracle of
how a continent in just 50 years has made war
between its major powers unthinkable, has
moved from having a GDP that was less than
half the size of the US’s after the Second
World War to one which is roughly the same
Also the story of how it’s dragged
successive waves of countries out of
dictatorship and into democracy."
Posted by: Dimitar Vesselinov' at April 5, 2006 04:47 PM