"These policy changes will be the beginning of the Europeanization of America. There will be many more public policy changes with similar goals—nationalized health care, Kyoto-like global-warming policies, and increased education regulation and spending.... What can the Republicans in Washington to do to avoid the Europeanization of America?" — Wall Street JournalI've heard a lot of this, recently: Americans fearfully invoking Europe as an example of How Not To Do It. Personally, I have fond memories of the place. Healthcare that didn't bankrupt patients. Schools without metal detectors. A world leader on environmental issues. A middle-class friendly tax policy. No major wars for half a century. What a dump. What a fabulous shit-hole.