With Clearer Heads and Clearer Lenses, What Might We Learn?

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Do Europeans have anything to teach their American cousins? Most certainly, argues Professor Leif Johan Eliasson of the University of Pennsylvania. In his book America’s Perceptions of Europe he makes the case for a clearer appreciation of European achievements as a way of strengthening the US in meeting the challenges of globalization.

Americans are told from a young age that they live in the best country in the world, that others are envious and that they can do anything they want because they have all the best schools and technology. By the time youngsters begin high school, let alone college, they have joined their elders in believing that if someone somewhere else is producing a better car or TV, a more sophisticated phone or plane, or carrying out new life-saving surgery, they must in some way be cheating. The American labour unions promulgate their favourite mantra of being able to compete with anyone as long as the playing field is level, only thereafter to espouse a million...


  1. Eliasson, Leif Johan, America’s Perceptions of Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.Google Scholar

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