The European Dream

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Author Jeremy Rifkin says the American dream needs a serious tune up, or maybe it just needs to be traded in for a bigger, better European model. No stranger to controversy, Rifkin is making his argument at a time when Euro-skepticism in the U.S. is at its height.

Rifkin argues that the American sink-or-swim mentality just doesn’t stack up against European staples like universal health care and month-long summer vacations. And while America is ever more determined to protect its national interests through military force, the Europeans are putting cooperation ahead of conflict.


Jeremy Rifkin, president of the Foundation on Economic Trends. His newest book is “The European Dream: How Europe’s Vision of the Future is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream.”