In the United States we have a national administration whose program, though far from socialist, is more progressive than any since Franklin Roosevelt’s. But in Europe, where citizens have had substantial experience with constructive social democracy, the democratic left is all but dead. Somehow, the U.S. and Europe have reversed roles. What happened?
We in Europe have substantial recent experience of social democracy and Americans have forgotten how Franklin Delano fucked so many things up. So, the reason we’re against and you’re for is that we have recent empirical knowledge.
What truly worries though is how any sentient adult could have written that first paragraph without predicting the answer of the second. But then Robert Kuttner, you know…..