the February 16 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands February 9), "We Are
All Socialists Now," Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham and Evan Thomas
observe that the America of 2009 has become a more socialist country,
and the shift began not under a Democrat but a Republican. Plus: how
the United States is turning European; the draw of gangs in L.A.; the
blackberry president; why Americans don't hate the rich; and an
interview with the Prime Minister of Pakistan. (PRNewsFoto/NEWSWEEK)


Jon Meacham and Evan Thomas on Why "We Are All Socialists Now"

"Can America Adopt a More European Model, Only With a Faster Rate of Growth?"



Feb. 8

/PRNewswire/ — "Whether we want to admit it or not the
America of 2009 is moving toward a modern European state," Newsweek Editor


and Editor-at-Large Evan Thomas write in an essay opening the


Newsweek cover package, "We Are All Socialists Now" (on newsstands

February 9

). Meacham and Thomas write that the America of 2009 was moving
toward a European social democracy, even before President Obama proposed the
largest fiscal bill in American history. "If we fail to acknowledge the
reality of the growing role of government in the economy, insisting instead on
fighting 21st-century wars with 20th-century terms and tactics, then we are
doomed to a fractious and unedifying debate. The sooner we understand where we
truly stand, the sooner we can think more clearly about how to use government
in today's world," they write.

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Meacham and Thomas observe that this shift towards more government
intervention in the economy began not under a Democrat but a Republican. "The
architect of this new era of big government? History has a sense of humor, for
the man who laid the foundations for the world Obama now rules is

George W.

, who moved to bail out the financial sector last autumn with


." The Obama administration is now caught in a paradox, having to
borrow and spend to fix a crisis created by borrowing and spending. "Obama
talks of the need for smart government. To get the balance between America and


right, the new president will need all the smarts he can summon,"
Meacham and Thomas write.

Also in the cover package, Europe Editor

Michael Freedman

reports on the
extent to which

the United States

is turning European. When Obama said that
it was time to get past stale arguments over whether government is big or
small, he was echoing the eclectic philosophy of French president


, and in endorsing the "Buy American" rules, members of the Obama
administration were seconding the old French culture of "economic patriotism."
"Until the financial crisis began last year, this kind of business bashing and
protectionism was largely relegated to the far left, and it seemed axiomatic

the United States

that the business of America was business," Freedman
writes. "But with an urgency not seen since

Ronald Reagan

declared that
government was in fact the problem, policymakers are now reconsidering the
relationship between government and the private sector."

While it's impossible to know just what the day after the crisis will look
like, the broad contours of the new economic world are becoming visible. "Now
one of the big debates in the U.S. is how to bridge the gap between business
and government in a way that avoids stagnation while still satisfying the
intense demand for financial and social services. In other words, can America
adopt a more European model, only with a faster rate of growth?" Freedman
believes that if Obama can somehow forge a middle path that builds upon the
best of the European safety net while also encouraging the dynamism and
innovation that has helped the U.S. prosper, it will provide evidence that
government can actually be a part of the solution.

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One thought on “NEWSWEEK Cover: We Are All Socialists Now”
  1. I would like to ask those who have e-mailed or posted how I was wrong about the exact meaning of this past election and that The Plain Truth was that a communist and a modern communist party, called the democrats have taken over our land, handed to them by aliens, stolen elections and just plain stupid people that have no idea who they are voting for. This coming Saturday, I plan on writing a piece about the deadly wound that was healed on the beast in Revelation. My friends, that wound is communism and socialism (Facism). After the fall of Hitler and later the Soviet Union, media everywhere proclaimed the death of communism and the rebirth of capitalism. Those that read their Bible understand that the end time beast’s form of government is communism (or redistribution of wealth) a type of government that was, according to Daniel, unknown by their fathers. Communism is a new order of things less than 100 years old, and although proclaimed “dead” just 10 years ago, that wound is being healed. LOOK FOR an OBAMA type leader to emerge in EUROPE very soon. Obama is only the Mussolini, the real bad guy has yet to appear!

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