in Salzburg, Austria
Dream is quietly eclipsing the American Dream.
could point to many reasons why Europeans seem to be leading the way
into the new era. But among all the possible explanations, one
stands out. It is the cherished American Dream itself, once the
ideal and envy of the world, that has led America to its current
impasse. That dream emphasizes the unbridled opportunity of each
individual to pursue success, which, in the American vernacular, has
generally meant financial success. The American Dream is far too
centered on personal material advancement and too little concerned
with the broader human welfare to be relevant in a world of
increasing risk, diversity, and interdependence. It is an old dream,
immersed in a frontier mentality, that has long since become passé.
European Dream emphasizes community relationships over individual
autonomy, cultural diversity over assimilation, quality of life over
the accumulations of wealth, sustainable develop-ment over unlimited
material growth, deep play over unrelenting toil, universal human
rights and the rights of nature over property rights, and global
cooperation over the unilateral exercise of power.
Rifkin: The European Dream, How Europe’s vision of the
future is quietly eclipsing the American Dream, Penguin, New