“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 lay over unrelenting toil, universal human rights and the rights of nature over property rights, and global cooperation over the unilateral exercise of power.” (Jeremy Rifkin – The European Dream. How Europe’s Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream)
What do you think of this quote? I, for one, tend to agree and I would add that the “European dream’ (whatever that is) is much more compatible with the Gospel that what is generally described as the ‘American dream’ .
Trevin Wax (from whom I have borrowed this quote), an American who studied in Romania, is not so sure. He argues that Rifkin’s vision is basically ‘socialist’. He does not explain what he means by that, and I doubt his meaning is the current meaning we use for this term in Europe. I could not disagree more with many of his statements in this text. Anyway, it is an opinion worth exploring. The same with some of the comments to his blog post.