You’ve written an incredible exercise in delusions, conjuring a Dream world with only a tenuous connect to reality. In fact, when seen in correct historical context, it becomes clear the European Dream is the one with a terminal prognosis.
It was amazing you could write about the European Dream and find a way to avoid talking about Brexit. A major country pulls out of Europe and you don’t mention it.
Another topic apparently too embarrassing to mention was immigration. Looking at Austria, Hungary, Poland, and most east European countries it is clear that the EU could fracture further on that issue. Can the EU maintain a facade of unity when more than half a dozen countries won’t accept their quotas? Impose fines you say and force them into submission, but that will only arouse more anti-EU sentiment.
Then there’s the problem of the Euro which is making life hard on Greece, Italy, Spain, and other countries in the south. Everyone sees a non-ending series of defaulting loan payments or last minute bank rescues that impose nasty austerity.
What you’re also not getting is that the pendulum has been swinging back away from pan-European identity and is moving towards populism and nationalism. The fight between separate national identities versus multi-cultural internationalism is just starting and will become a lot more spirited in the coming years.
Also a critical piece of evidence that the European Dream is dying is that Europe itself is dying out — many countries are experiencing low birth rates and their native populations are declining. It is a concrete display of lack of confidence in the future as is the fact that a large percentage of key European leaders don’t have children. Why didn’t you mention demography?
Finally you are missing the fact that Europe has been content to hide behind American military protection for 50 years, but Americans are seriously questioning how much longer they want to shelter Europe as a whole. The future may see a Europe beset with internal and external security challenges it is ill-prepared to meet.
The American Dream has nothing to do with average life span and everything to do with opportunity. The dynamic VC culture and technological advances coming from Silicon Valley, the entrepreneurs on Shark Tank, the rapid improvements in medicine, transportation, finance, space exploration, and communications all are evidence that Dream is alive and kicking. It is no longer an American Dream, but is connected to a larger international culture. Of the major challenges it is creating, the problem of inequality may be the most serious right now. Coming down the road in a few years, the accelerated pace of automation may undercut career prospects for many. But how can you pronounce the American Dream dead when the Dow Industrials just shot up over 26,000, GDP grew by over 3.0%, and unemployment is the lowest it’s been in America in two decades? Really open the window and take a look.