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Europe versus America
A summing up
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America, with its naive faith in the so-called free market, which it has celebrated as a universal curative, has tended to deride the miracles of Europe. Europe has achieved postwar peace, prosperity for most Europeans, even in the crisis years following the Great Recession of 2008, social justice, and ecological protection undreamed of in the US. Americans have less health coverage than Europeans, and they do not live as long; and America no longer has a distinct advantage in wages and productivity. The European social model protects people against accidents of nature, it sustains families against the ravages and unpredictability of economic downturns, it constrains social inequality, and it helps families avoid poverty. Americans tend to blame social democracy and the welfare state for Europe's unemployment and lack of growth.

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The great forgetting

The past, present and future of social democracy and the welfare state


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