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Too much about America. I liked this book, although I do think he exaggerates a lot of the great things about Europe The events in France recently have shown that there are some serious problems with the European model, as have the economic problems facing the Scandinavian model It is worth a read though Where he is right on is that the European pace of life is generally muchconducive to being human living, than the American model. What makes us that is the U.S different from Europeans There are some profound observations to be uncovered here.Now a rather dated book, I completed the first few chapters for the sake of examining the immediate historical survey to our current circumstances and skimmed the rest Then I took some notes and passed it along.The following are not my notes but quoted passages from the book that I found to be of the most interest The American Dream an emphasis on economic growth, personal wea What makes us that is the U.S different from Europeans There are some profound observations to be uncovered here.Now a rather dated book, I completed the first few chapters for the sake of examining the immediate historical survey to our current circumstances and skimmed the rest Then I took some notes and passed it along.The following are not my notes but quoted passages from the book that I found to be of the most interest The American Dream an emphasis on economic growth, personal wealth, and independence The European Dream sustainable development, quality of life, and interdependence The American Dream is inseparable from the country s religious heritage and deep spiritual faith The European Dream is secular to the core.The American Dream is far too centered on personal material advancement and too little concerned with the broader human welfare to be relevant in a world of increasing risk, diversity, and interdependence It is an old dream, immersed in a frontier mentality, that has long since become pass.The European Dream emphasizes community relationships over individual autonomy, cultural diversity over assimilation, quality of life over the accumulation of wealth, sustainable development over unlimited material growth, deep play over unrelenting toil, universal human rights and the rights of nature over property rights, and global cooperation over the unilateral exercise of power.Over half of all Americans are devoutly religiousso than any other industrialized people and they just don t buy the idea of a relativist world.Europeans have been mucheager to critique the basic assumptions of modernity it has much to do with the devastation wrought by two world wars and the specter of a continent lying in near ruins in 1945 as a result of blind adherence to utopian visions and ideologies.The European vision is personal transformation rather than individual material accumulation focused not on amassing wealth but, rather, on elevating the human spirit seeks to expand human empathy, not territory.Americans to be autonomous, one needs to be propertied Thewealth theindependent one is With wealth comes exclusivity with exclusivity security.For Europeans freedom is in embeddedness access to a myriad of interdependent relationships with others Theaccess theoptions and choices for living a full and meaningful life With relationships comes inclusivity with inclusivity comes security.To be a great country, it is necessary to be a good country.The American Dream was meant to be exclusive to America One can only pursue the American Dream on American soil Americans see themselves as a chosen people and makes us such eternal optimists and America as the promised land destined for greatness makes us willing to takerisks and fated to succeed and the American way as God s way Most Europeans find this odd, even a little scary.Sixty eight percent of the American public believe in the devil More that one third of all Americans are biblical literalists 40 percent believe that the world will end with an Armageddon battle between Jesus and the Antichrist 82 percent believe in Heaven Even in Catholic Italy and Poland, only a third of the public say that religion is very important to them In Germany 21 percent Great Britain 16 percent France 14 percent Korea 25 percent Japan 12 percent Across Western Europe nearly half the population almost never goes to church.Europeans view with alarm America s patriotic fervor and feeling of national pride, and especially America s sense of cultural superiority Europeans wonder if America is lost in the past so passionately committed to the conventional nation state political model.No government before had ever suggested that people might have a right to pursue their own happiness.Christopher Lasch s The Culture of Narcissism the consumer ethos gained such a deep hold on the American psyche that the young are drowning in momentary pleasures and trivial pursuits see also Neil Postman s Amusing Ourselves to Death The desire for instant success has become pervasive across American culture.For millions of American viewers, seeing someone just like themselves on TV becoming famous, even for an instant, keeps alive the idea that it could happen to them as well vicariously by watching the fortunate few who beat the odds, convinced that the dream is still alive and that their turn is coming not the American dream but the American daydream.By early adulthood, they have been everywhere, done everything, seen everything, and had everything They have little or nothing to look forward to or to aspire to Their dreams have been answered even before they had a chance to dream them the most difficult life task is motivation itself only momentary pleasures are left to ward off the boredom and make it through another day W e have overpowered our kids, giving them an inflated sense of ego and, with it, a belief that they are entitled to success because of their many special attributes If you are always being told that everything you do is insightful, well conceived and thought out, and effectively executed, then why try harder T he American Dream is no longer thought of as a quest but is regardedas a right Nearly one third of Americans thought a little violence was okay Nearly one out of four believes that using violence to get what they want is acceptable.We have always prided ourselves on being a nation of civic minded volunteers Yet the American character has hardened, and time and money pressures and pursuit of personal pleasure has made us even less willing to look out for the social well being of or neighbors A third of all Americans no longer think it is possible to live the American Dream Jeremy Rifkin starts from the brief history about how EU was created, and them compares all social and political aspects of life in America and Europe He formulates the basic European Dream, which is all about inclusivity, high quality of life, human rights and sustainable environment development.This book will be interesting to read for anyone, regardless where you live It will give you the better understanding of how Europe works, and what ideas of Europe you ll see standing on the passport Jeremy Rifkin starts from the brief history about how EU was created, and them compares all social and political aspects of life in America and Europe He formulates the basic European Dream, which is all about inclusivity, high quality of life, human rights and sustainable environment development.This book will be interesting to read for anyone, regardless where you live It will give you the better understanding of how Europe works, and what ideas of Europe you ll see standing on the passport control entering the EU.This is the first book about political science that I ve read Now I m excited to readabout it IM DONE And it was actually interesting But reading late schoolwork on a bus is never fun. Don t totally agree with Rifkins premises but it s a good primer to begin thought about a different world order Book has not aged well If you Europe is so much better than the US, why does author still live here Statistical facts in the book are dated already However, the explanation of philosphical differences in the ways thinking between Americans and Europeans is still accurate, as far as my own understanding of these issues goes. `Download Book ⇹ The European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream ☔ At one time the American Dream was the ideal and envy of the world But today, at the dawn of the new Millennium, Europe is pointing a new way to the future In this major new book, best selling author Jeremy Rifkin argues that Europe has a vision of its own and is overtaking America as the world s next superpower The American Dream was based on economic growth, personal wealth and independence It was synonymous with love of country and patriotism, frontier mentality and the unbridled exercise of power Yet what were once considered prime virtues cherished and idealised not only in America but throughout the world are increasingly seen by many as drawbacks and even impediments But while the American Dream tires and languishes in the past, a new European Dream is being born Today we see a new set of values emerging which are focused on sustainable development, quality of life and multilateralism More cosmopolitan and less concerned with the brute exercise of power, the European Dream is better positioned to accommodate the many forces that are propelling us into a interconnected and interdependent world Where does Britain fit into this story The British find themselves betwixt and between a fading American Dream and a newly emerging European Dream which is gaining the upper hand in our contemporary global age Rifkin argues that Britain is uniquely positioned to play a bridge role between Europe and America and has the potential to help create a synergy between the two superpowers of the st century But in order to exercise any real influence in world affairs, Britain must choose to be part of a larger political entity In a globally connected world, no people can exist any longer as an island unto themselves The only question for Britain is whether it will make its home with America or with Europe