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What the U.S. (Even California) Can Learn from Europe

Please join the New America Foundation for a conversation with Steven Hill about his new book, Europe's Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age. And find out why California would be better off seceding from the U.S. and joining the European Union!

A quiet revolution has been occurring in post-World War II Europe. A world power has emerged across the Atlantic that is recrafting the rules for how a modern society should provide economic security, environmental sustainability, and global stability. For a decade Steven Hill traveled widely to understand this uniquely European way of life. In his new book, which Foreign Affairs calls "timely and provocative," Mr. Hill explains Europe's bold new vision, and how Europe has taken the lead in this make-or-break century challenged by a worldwide economic crisis and global climate change.
 
Europe's Promise shatters myths and shows how Europe's leadership manifests in several major areas: economic strength, with Europe now the world's largest trading bloc, producing nearly a third of the world's economy, almost as large as the U.S. and China combined; a "social capitalism" which fosters a more broadly shared prosperity, including the best health care and other social supports for families and individuals; widespread use of renewable energy and conservation technologies that has resulted in an "ecological footprint" that is half that of the U.S. and created hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the process; and a "smart power" foreign policy built around regional networks of trade, investment and Marshall Plan-like foreign aid, that link one-third of the world to the European Union.

Avid Reader will be on site to sell books.

Lunch will be provided.

Participants

Featured Speaker
Steven Hill
Director, Political Reform Program, New America Foundation
Author, Europe's Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age

Introductions
Leif Wellington Haase
Director, California Program
New America Foundation

Event Time and Location

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
CSAC Conference Room
1020 11th Street 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

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