Monday, November 01, 2004

Jeremy Rifkin on the European Dream

What is the new European Dream? Jeremy Rifkin, an American, seems to understand what is taking place in the European continent, just as his fellow Americans are getting ready to send George W. Bush back to the White House.


'But the point is not whether the Europeans are living up to their dream. We Americans have never fully lived up to our own. What's important is that Europe has articulated a new vision for the future that differs from ours in fundamental ways. Romano Prodi, the president of the European Commission, has admitted that the EU's goal is to establish "a superpower on the European continent that stands equal to the United States." When I asked him to explain what he meant, he spoke of the European vision as one of a new type of power, based not on military strength but on economic cooperation and the construction of communities of conscience, a new kind of superpower based on waging peace.'

'Utopian as it sounds, remember that 200 years ago, America's founders created a new dream for humanity that transformed the world. Today, a new generation of Europeans is creating a radical, and worthy, new dream.'

America, Wake Up to the European Dream, by Jeremy Rifkin


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