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Paschall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-02-03 02:27 AM
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10. I think you're confusing two different issues
Edited on Tue Dec-02-03 02:29 AM by Paschall
This article is about social policy, which in Europe is undoubtedly far more progressive than it is in the US.

If Europeans seem to you to be sneering at Americans, it may be in large part that (1) Europeans in the EU have much to be proud of. Not least of which are those social policies, but also the fact that the Union was devised--and has succeeded--as a force for peace. The members of the Union have maintained a half-century of peace amongst themselves, the longest single such period in the entire history of the Continent. In creating the Union they have embarked on an unprecedented experiment in international relations.

And those sneers might also be explained by the fact that (2) Americans are largely oblivious to their own cultural elitism. Europeans, having lived through centuries of war and the loss of tens of millions of lives in the 20th century alone, put little faith in nationalism... or patriotism for that matter as it might be defined in the US. Americans, on the other hand, accept it as a patriotic article of faith that everything American is superior. Few Americans speak any language but English or know anything about what goes beyond the US border... which in a world of 6 billion people is rather elitist, don't you think, particularly since Americans pride themselves on having the best nation in the world and even "leading" the world. Europeans look at the electoral process, drug laws, capital punishment, racial inequality, environmental waste, and massive poverty in the US and say Americans are not quite what they imagine themselves to be.
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