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Geoghegan: Learning from Europe

Of course, many Americans aren’t receptive to the notion that anyone else could do anything better.  And the charge of “European socialism” has often been flung at the middle-of-the-road Obama administration, which appears to be terrified by it.

But really – health care, transportation, taxation, labor standards, media policy, not to mention foreign relations, military budgets, and promoting manufacturing – don’t they do it better?  Could it have to do with the growth of labor parties following the defeat of fascism there, at a time when progressives were subjected to witch hunts here?  European social democracy, or what remains of it, is dedicated to capitalism with a human face.  America, let’s face it, not so much.

Tom Geoghegan talks about this – surely some of us can find it within ourselves to listen – in his new book, Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?, which gets a launch party Friday, August 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Skylight Room of the Dan Haus German Cultural Center, 4740 N. Western.

(Here’s our review of a previous Geoghegan book, which we liked a lot.)

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One Response

  1. Richard Berg says:

    Looks like an interesting book. Geoghegan’s reputation and past efforts make this a book that I will buy.

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