Tuesday, January 25, 2005

The United States Of Europe: The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy

While the United States flexes its economic and military muscles around the world as the dominant global player, it may soon have company. According to the Washington Post's T.R. Reid, the nations of Europe are setting aside differences to form an entity that's gaining strength, all seemingly unbeknownst to the U.S. and its citizens. The new Europe, Reid says, "has more people, more wealth, and more trade than the United States of America," plus more leverage gained through membership in international organizations and generous foreign aid policies that reap political clout. Reid tells how European countries were willing to discontinue their individual centuries-old currencies and adopt the Euro, the monetary unit that is now a dominant force in world markets. This is noteworthy not just for exploring the considerable economic impact of the Euro, but also for what that spirit of cooperation means for every facet of Europe in the 21st century, where governments and citizens alike believe that the rewards of banding together are worth a loss in sovereignty. Reid's most compelling portrait of this trend is in the young Europeans known as "Generation E" who see themselves not as Spaniards or Czechs but simply as Europeans. To illustrate America's obliviousness to this trend, Reid tells of former GE CEO Jack Welch, who never bothered to factor European objections into a proposed multi-billion dollar merger with Honeywell, leading to the deal being torpedoed and Welch disgraced. But what is most striking in The United States of Europe is the contrast between the new Europe and the United States. The Europeans cannot match the raw military size of the U.S., but by mixing wealth with diplomacy and continental unity (helped along by antipathy toward George W. Bush's brand of Americanism), they are forming an innovative and powerful superpower. --John Moe (amazon.com)

6 Comments:

At January 29, 2005 at 4:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Psellos:

Mr. Reid has an interesting argument. I've not read the book, have you? I've heard him give interviews on the book, however.

I have a few problems with it, and with Europe. (Please understand I'm not a mindless Bush America fool).

1) What does he say about the top heavy government in Europe?

2) What does he say about the birth dearth accompanied by Islamic infiltration?

These are serious trends that can easily destroy the scenario he concocts.

Geoff Beck at Majority Rights Blog

 
At January 30, 2005 at 3:13 AM, Blogger Psellos said...

I have not read the book, so I don't know what his answers are. My opinion is this: The top heavy government is preferrable to the plutocracy of the United States, because the top heavy government is at least elected by the people, and there is diversity of opinion in Europe, but in America the two parties are mirror images of one another and disagree on trifles like "abortion" and "gay marriage" and pay lip service to their constituencies but enact exactly the same policies dictated by Big Business.

 
At January 30, 2005 at 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Psellos:

I agree that the U.S. is a plutocracy. I'm not sure about the diversity of opinion in Europe, especially on the continent. Though I do think the idea of the "das volk" is alive, though layered an a thick carapace - unlike the U.S. which is now a mongrel power.

True, I can only speak English, (unfortunately nobody speaks Latin), but the continent seems to suppress dissent as ernestly as the plutocrats do in the U.S.

Of course, I am an 'outremer', as the French might say. Perhaps you know the situation better than I?

Geoff Beck

 
At January 31, 2005 at 1:40 AM, Blogger Psellos said...

In European countries even small parties like Ecologists, Communists, Fascists, etc have parliamentary representation and their voices are heard in political arenas. In the United States, the electoral system makes it impossible for any non-mainstream opinion to reach the electorate. Republicans spar with Democrats ever 2-4 years over trivial issues and whoever wins settles down to enforce the exact same policy. Anyone who strays from political orthodoxy or has a non-conventional personality doesn't stand a chance in American politics.

 
At January 31, 2005 at 2:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. Good point.

 
At January 31, 2005 at 2:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. Good point.

 

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