Is Europe a role model for ending our political and economic troubles?01/27/10 Robert Lorei
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Welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up: Is Europe a model fror getting this country out of its economic troubles? We'll meet the author of a new book who says yes, it is. But first some listener comments about yesterday's program on which we talked about last week's Supreme Court decision granting more power to corporations to influence elections.
In his new book, Europe's Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age (University of California Press), political writer Steven Hill of the New America Foundation shows how a quiet revolution has been occurring in post-World War II Europe. For a decade, Mr. Hill traveled widely to understand the "European Way" that, he concluded, has taken the lead in this make-or-break century challenged by a worldwide economic crisis and global climate change.
Europe's Promise details how a world power has emerged across the Atlantic, one that is re-crafting the rules for how a modern society should provide economic security, environmental sustainability, and global stability. Hill explains Europe's bold new vision, and shows how Europe is paving the way for better health care, a more-family friendly society, small business creation, more democratic workplaces and an innovative foreign policy.