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Glaeser delves into the differences in attitudes toward socialism and redistribution between the US and European nations, and finds that the causes can’t be explained by underlying economic realities. We have income inequality and a lack of social mobility, so why don’t we have the same political will for redistribution and welfare?
Glaeser thinks it has to do with America’s ethnic heterogeneity and political institutions. Americans are more stingy with welfare because its recipients often have unfamiliar race or ethnicity, and our politics are much more winner-takes-all so that the poor minority cannot vote themselves more redistributed benefits.
This leads to his conclusion:
A year ago, I wondered if the Obama victory signaled the declining significance of race and an American lurch to the left. But countries change slowly. In 2009, a Pew survey found that only 29 percent of Americans think that success comes from forces outside their control, as opposed to 52 percent of French respondents and 66 percent of Germans. No one should be surprised that American voters, even in Massachusetts, pushed back against a progressive agenda. By world standards, we are a conservative nation. Those who would change that fact need to dig in for a long fight.
Of course, much of the left’s recent electoral difficulties are a product of anti-incumbent sentiment attributable to the terrible economic conditions.
But the point about America’s attitudes towards progressive governance stands. Socialism is a real form of government that Europe embraces. US left-wing politicians, however, avoid being labeled anything that sounds like socialism, even if they favor the same policies that the European left does.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online