Essay: Some Well-Wishing Advice from Europe

Nineteenth century Europe had two dreams: socialism and America. Those who wanted to improve their lives could either fight for a more egalitarian society at home or move across the Atlantic to join a new nation. The 20th century has seen the triumph of America -- if by America one means democratic pluralism. America has won not only the ideological battle but the cold war as well. Socialism, certainly in its Soviet Marxist incarnation, has failed. The Soviet Union retains large military forces, but it is no longer a superpower; in fact, it finds itself fighting for its very survival.


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