America's current leaders seem to be leading us down the path to European-style social democracy. But although it makes for pleasant livesOh?
the European model stifles human flourishing and erodes the civic and cultural institutions and habits that make for a vibrant, sustainable, and satisfying way of life.Oh.
Moreover, critics of the European model are about to get a boost from scientific discoveries in neuroscience and genetics that human nature is not malleable, which will undercut the foundations of social democracy.Indeed: the Charles Murrays of the world should not be treated as equals because they are dense.
The answer: American exceptionalism, in which individuals freely unite to construct a civic culture.The answer is WE'RE AWESOME!
Not convinced? Let us leave the dry and flavourless summary and hear, from the man himself, PROOF THAT EUROPE SUCKS:
Last April I had occasion to speak in Zurich, where I made some of these same points. After the speech, a few of the twenty-something members of the audience approached and said plainly that the phrase "a life well-lived" did not have meaning for them. They were having a great time with their current sex partner and new BMW and the vacation home in Majorca, and saw no voids in their lives that needed filling.