The European Dream

The European Dream

How Europe's Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream

Book - 2004
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"The American Dream is in decline. Americans are increasingly overworked, underpaid, and squeezed for time. But there is an alternative: the European Dream-a more leisurely, healthy, prosperous, and sustainable way of life. Europe's lifestyle is not only desirable, argues Jeremy Rifkin, but may be crucial to sustaining prosperity in the new era. With the dawn of the European Union, Europe has become an economic superpower in its own right-its GDP now surpasses that of the United States. Europe has achieved newfound dominance not by single-mindedly driving up stock prices, expanding working hours, and pressing every household into a double- wage-earner conundrum. Instead, the New Europe relies on market networks that place cooperation above competition; promotes a new sense of citizenship that extols the well-being of the whole person and the community rather than the dominant individual; and recognizes the necessity of deep play and leisure to create a better, more productive, and healthier workforce. From the medieval era to modernity, Rifkin delves deeply into the history of Europe, and eventually America, to show how the continent has succeeded in slowly and steadily developing a more adaptive, sensible way of working and living. In The European Dream, Rifkin posits a dawning truth that only the most jingoistic can ignore: Europe's flexible, communitarian model of society, business, and citizenship is better suited to the challenges of the twenty-first century. Indeed, the European Dream may come to define the new century as the American Dream defined the century now past."
Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, ©2004
ISBN: 9781585423453
Branch Call Number: 306.3 R564e 2004
Characteristics: viii, 434 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 20, 2014

Yet another failed prediction of Jeremy Rifkin? So what else is new? Evidently, Rifkin, the Wharton School grad, has never read that its was the Rothschild family which pushed for the adoption of the Euro, thus paving the way for the European Central Bank to actually be in control of that continent?


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