Progressives Want the U.S. to Imitate a Dying Europe

For those of us who love comedy, one of the most delightful ironies of progressivism is how regressive it is, how mired in the past. While conservatives gather to discuss fresh reformist ideas on how to fight poverty and keep a free society afloat, all progressives ever do is reach into their Magic Box of Tomorrow and draw out the same sclerotic socialism that's been poisoning the lives of nations since at least the 19th century.

How old and out of date is that, you ask. Well, whenever you point out to these seers of the future that not only is socialism a regressive notion, but it is also a notion that has failed utterly everywhere and every time it's been tried, they immediately respond by pointing proudly to Europe.

Europe! Oh, sure! Where the Future is Born!

There was a time, I guess, when it made a certain amount of sense for American elites to imitate European ways. Two hundred plus years ago — even a hundred and fifty years ago — when the United States was still just getting started, Europe was at its height. Where we were uncultured, they were in the midst of producing the single greatest culture the world has ever known. Where we were experimental and uncertain, they were tried and more or less true. Where we were innocent and optimistic, they were cynical and wise. It was understandable that those who fancied themselves the intellectual elite among us would put on European airs and look to European ideas.

But come on, progressives, you can't live in the 19th century forever! Today — and for the last sixty years at least — it is we who invent, we who create, we who lead and Europe...  well, Europe, if you hadn't noticed, is dying. No, I'm too kind: it's just about dead.