Globalization of Cultures: Kagan and Rifkin and European Dream

John Wonder said:Regarding the relationship between Europe and the US, John Wonder wrote: One of the best analyses I have read is Of Paradise and Power by Robert Kagan, Peter Orne replies: To John Wonder, let us not assume that the United States is better off in the Kagenesque bargain. As it slides into Hobbesianism -- endless war burgeoning defense budgets, massively skewed wealth distribution, disregard of global treaties such as the Kyoto Protocol -- Europe is discovering a new vision for itself. So argues Jeremy Rifkin in his new book, The European Dream: "While the American spirit languishes in the past, a compelling new dream is coming of age, driven by the rise of the world's other great superpower, the European Union (EU). Twenty-five nations, representing 455 million people, have joined together to create a "United States" of Europe.  Like the United States of America, this vast cultural entity has its own founding documents and hopes for the future. It also has its own empowering myth. Although it is still in its adolescence, the European Dream is the first transnational vision, one far better suited to the next stage in the human journey. Europeans are beginning to adopt a new global consciousness that extends beyond, and below, the borders of their nation-states, deeply embedding them in an increasingly interconnected world."

RH: There are conflicting visions of the world.  The US plans a unipolar world, with itself as the pole.  Elsewhere the vision is of a multipolar world.  In addition to the US, there would be the EU, India, East Asia and Latin America. The plan to grant permanent seats in the UN Security Council to Germany, India, Japan and Brazil reflects this outlook.  What will the US do? Will it stick to its unipolar vision, or join the rest of the world?  This will affect its attitude toward the UN.

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