By Jeremy Rifkin
"At one time the yankee Dream was once definitely the right and envy of the area. yet this present day, on the sunrise of the recent Millennium, Europe is pointing a brand new solution to the long run. during this significant new publication, best-selling writer Jeremy Rifkin argues that Europe has a imaginative and prescient of its personal and is overtaking the USA because the world's subsequent superpower." "The American Dream was once according to fiscal development, own wealth and independence. It was synonymous with love of nation and patriotism, frontier mentality and the unbridled workout of strength. but what have been as soon as thought of leading virtues - loved and idealised not just in the United States yet in the course of the international - are more and more noticeable by means of many as drawbacks or even impediments. yet whereas the yank Dream tires and languishes some time past, a brand new ecu Dream is being born. this day we see a brand new set of values rising that are desirous about sustainable improvement, caliber of lifestyles and multilateralism. extra cosmopolitan and no more focused on the brute workout of energy, the eu Dream is best located to deal with the numerous forces which are propelling us right into a extra interconnected and interdependent world."--BOOK JACKET. Read more...
Preface. creation. New classes from the previous global. 1. The gradual demise of the yankee Dream. 2. the hot Land of chance. three. The Quiet fiscal Miracle. The Making of the fashionable Age. four. house, Time and Modernity. five. Inventing the Ideology of estate. 6. Forging Capitalist Markets and state States. the arriving worldwide period. 7. community begin in a Globalized economic system. eight. The "United States" of Europe. nine. executive with out a Centre. 10. Romancing the Civil Society. eleven. The Immigrant challenge. 12. cohesion in variety. thirteen. Waging Peace. 14. A moment Enlightenment. 15. Universalizing the eu Dream
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Americans have always had misgivings about ceding too much power to the state. For us, freedom has meant the ability to amass personal wealth and become independent. We have long viewed the government’s role as a guarantor of individual property rights and have eschewed the notion that it ought to play an activist role in helping to provide for the general welfare or redistribute wealth to the less fortunate among us. ) So, from the very beginning, Americans preferred to keep taxes low and limit government involvement in the community in order to optimize individual accumulation of wealth and ensure greater personal control over the disposition of one’s property.
To some extent, it’s the American Dream itself that has led us to our present sense of malaise. Its central tenets are less applicable in a globally connected world, something we will explore at great length throughout the book. Just as important is the fact that the American Dream has been truncated, with part of its essence being left by the wayside, leaving the core hollow. We’ll come back to the second point shortly. A Chosen People The ﬁrst thing to understand about the American Dream is that from the very beginning it was meant to be exclusive to America.
The Withering of the American Work Ethic Although the idea of being a chosen people has afforded Americans a sense of conﬁdence in our ability to make something of our lives, there is another key element to the American Dream, without which it would never have become so powerful a vision. If John Winthrop represented the spiritual side of the American Dream, it was Benjamin Franklin who provided the practical guidance. Franklin’s vision of America drew its inspiration from the European Enlightenment with its emphasis on materialism, utilitarianism, and individual self-interest in the marketplace.