Mark Steyn shares my quaint view that the Europeans may not be hardworking enough to create a dominant economic power. Noting that the Christmas holiday is at about its mid-point in much of Europe, Steyn writes:
Europe has a psychological investment in longer holidays: The fact that they spell national suicide is less important than that they distinguish Europe from the less enlightened Americans. Many aspects of European life are, indeed, very pleasant: jobs for life, three-week Yuletides, etc. But they’re what the environmental crowd would call ”unsustainable development.” Despite the best efforts of lethargic Scotsmen, it can’t be Christmas all year round.
Hat tip: Terry Gain