posted on 09/16/2005 8:33:10 AM PDT
I grew up in Europe, and I think I understand why many Europeans want to move here, and why some Americans like G Paltrow want to move there. Although Europe is largely democratic and believe themselves to have a smaller gap between rich and poor, the truth is that Europe is still ruled by the aristocratic class. They're not called barons or nobles any more, but they still rule. The leaders of Europe still look down on the peasantry with disdain. Even when the common class votes against their wishes (i.e. EU charter) the aristocrats are not too concerned; they know they will win in the long run.
Many American elites like this aspect of Europe. They know they are loved among the European elites because of their stand against American "imperialism". So many talk about moving to Europe. They say that Europe is more "enlightened"; but the truth is that they crave the power and prestige that Europe bestows upon its elites.
On the other hand, many common Europeans view America as the country that gives everyone an opportunity to become wealthy, so many escape to America to get away from the snobbish - and sometimes corrupt - hand of Europe's ruling class. Europe's ruling class revel in their self-imagined cultural superiority and their power. They try to build this by appealing to nationalism or anti-Americanism to further their fortunes. That's why Europe has always been the birthplace of many extreme ideas and conflict.
posted on 09/16/2005 8:59:32 AM PDT
(Lincoln, Reagan, & G. W. Bush - the cure for Democrat lunacy.)
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