Going Europe

Given current trends, I think this article is generally right: we will soon be mimicking a European welfare state. But I don’t see it as irreversible. As Dr. Baden points out:

If one is blessed with responsible parents, intelligence, favorable genetics, health, presentable appearance, and the ability to defer gratification, she is exceeding likely to prosper

Although that leaves a lot of people out, it also includes huge numbers of Americans – and they won’t like the consequences of our nation’s “going Europe”. Neither will a lot of other people. We forget that most Americans’ ancestors abandoned what they knew to take their chances in a new world. Our ancestors were mostly plucky risk takers and prickly about authority. Maybe we’ve lost some of the spark, but I suspect the backlash against going Europe will be significant. People mostly haven’t thought it through – yet.


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