The European Dream

Found an interesting article while researching for a Literature presentation on Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller).

The European Dream: How Europe’s Vision of the Future is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream is a book by Jeremy Rifkin that was published in September 2004.

The book describes the rise of the EU, illustrates key differences between the visions of America and Europe, discusses Europe’s opposition to the death penalty,

According to Rifkin, the “European Dream” is one in which individuals find security not through individual accumulation of wealth, but through connectivity, sustainable development, and respect for human rights.

He goes on to explain the many ways in which he regards the European Dream and Europe’s ‘soft power’ (financial, humanitarian and diplomatic strengths) as more suited to 21st century living than the American Dream and America’s ‘hard power’ (military strength and economic dominance).

An interesting thought, but how true it proves to be has yet to be seen.

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