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Posted February 20, 2005
American or European Dream,
As Euopean Union member countries prepare to vote on a European constitution it was interesting to read this book. Is the American way of life and the American dream outdated? sterile? arthritic? Has it been or should it be replaced by the European Dream? Used to thinking of Europe as being at least two trains late, the anglo-saxon schools of thought see Europe as bogged down in their past and sometimes overlook that they have managed to have their cake and eat it too... while the US American Dream has lost its' momentum. Rifkin, an American social activist, oultines the 'dream', gives an historical overview of the EU's development and explores how all that has come about in a study that highlights the creation of a (subterranean at times) European vision that goes beyond borders and in his point of view is better suited to the current wave of globalization. And in some ways he is no doubt correct. He underlines the very fundamental differences which exist between the two cultures and their perspectives on issues such as the environment, social policy, ... yet Rifkin sometimes fails to point out that this European vision has been more politically and economically inspired than driven by the people for the people - no doubt due to his own personal convictions on such matters. I wish he had further developed the counter-argument to the idealistic perception of the EU's future that he rapidly outlined in teh books' final pages. Nonetheless he makes a persuasive argument, and one that should not be ignored simply because of who he is or represents. Truth be told, in my opinion, no doubt the correct balance is somewhere between the two.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2010
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