With every riot, failed reform and capitulation to authoritarian economic and social interests, the day would hopefully draw nearer when Canadian labour and progressive activists would stop cajoling us to emulate the European model. Given the systematic underappreciation of evidence by European authorities and the willful avoidance by the activists, however, failure of the European model will for a very long time at least be ignored or attributed to the completely wrong things, somehow, like capitalism. Nevertheless, Martin De Vlieghere and Paul Vreymans draw attention to the cautionary lessons of the European model in this article in the Brussels Journal:
See also: EU: Causes of Growth differentials in Europe.
Europe’s present social model is unsustainable because it is based on robbery of future generations. Keeping the system in place would jeopardize the next generation’s future with an unbearable and uncompressible tax burden, and would seriously add to the risk of a total collapse of Europe. Moreover these expansionary social policies have not worked so far. In spite of the largest debt buildup in history Europe’s growth has remained weak anyway. Europe’s social model is built largely on credit to be paid back by its own children.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Posted by MapMaster on Friday, March 24, 2006