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To: Skylab
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.

2 posted on 09/16/2005 8:59:32 AM PDT by loreldan (Lincoln, Reagan, & G. W. Bush - the cure for Democrat lunacy.)
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To: loreldan

"They say that Europe is more "enlightened"; but the truth is that they crave the power and prestige that Europe bestows upon its elites."

By and large, average Americans disdain the whole concept of the intelligensia "guiding" society with their pronouncements from on high. You get up every morning and prove your worth or you ain't s**t. It's as simple as that.

I look around my workplace and interact daily with people (1st generation) from Russia, Georgia, Ghana, Egypt, Italy, UK, Portugal, Mexico, China, Guatamala, Taiwan, Philipines, Seychelles (believe it or not), India, Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bulgaria, Canada, Iran, & Korea. This doesn't include 2nd generation folks like myself and many others. Not bad for the supposedly "racist" society in which we live.

Such egalitarinianism is deeply disturbing for some because it undermines (hell, it demolishes) the whole notion that certain people are "special" because of education or station - particularly in Europe where centuries of classism is ingrained in society. Jefferson was more right than even he understood!


4 posted on 09/16/2005 1:24:34 PM PDT by Owl558 (Support the Troops)
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