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.)