Thank God America Isn’t like Europe—Yet

Washington Post, March 22, 2009.


Do we want the United States to be like Europe?

The European model has worked in many ways. I am delighted whenever I get a chance to go to Stockholm or Amsterdam, not to mention Rome or Paris. There’s a lot to like–a lot to love–about day-to-day life in Europe. But I argue that the answer to this question is “no.” Not for economic reasons. I want to focus on another problem with the European model: namely, that it drains too much of the life from life.