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I don't think Europe is "ahead" of us

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Sep 9, 2016 at 04:21

Daniel, you made a ... comment:

"Comment: As is so often the case, Europeans lead Americans attitudinally by some years, maybe as much as a decade."

1. The Europeans adopted Fascism and Naziism in the 1920s and 30s. Did we adopt them in the 30s and 40s?

2. The Europeans first began admitting "guest workers" in the early 1960s. We already had them in large numbers in the early 1900s. Who was leading whom?

3. The major European countries didn't settle on democracy and republican government until after World War II. We did that in 1776. Again, who led whom?

4. The US had a functioning federal government in 1989. The Europeans still haven't figured out how to do this -- but they're trying to, which shows that they are copying us.

The Europeans did introduce the bikini a few years before us, and nude advertizing on television. Does that put them "ahead" of us?

So, how will the two continents fare, ten years from now. Say the US is then where Europe is now, with Muslim refugees running all over, trouble at the beaches, "no-go" zones around major cities, suicide bombings at public events claiming 150 lives each instead of 15, and rising antisemitism and xenophobia. We'd be pretty stupid to let that happen here; but let's say we are that stupid and we do let it happen. If all this happens, where will the Europeans be? Will they be ten years MORE "advanced" in xenophobia, lawlessness, separatism and confusion?

During the next ten years, I expect to see Europe crumble politically; and the US to gravitate toward a godless, authoritarian leader who will rule not only the US and Europe, but the whole world, with an iron fist.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I meant on the topic of Muslim populations, not in general.

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