Becoming more like Europe is not a good thing. But that is the path that we are currently on.
For the most part, Europeans live in a socialist "Big Brother" system in which the government completely dominates your life from the cradle to the grave. Of course there are differences from country to country, but generally speaking the lives of most Europeans are very tightly regulated.
You see, the truth is that high levels of individual liberty and freedom are considered to be "dangerous" by the European elite. They believe that if we are all allowed to just do whatever we want that it would result in utter chaos.
They are convinced that life is better when those that are smarter (them) control the lives of everyone else. In essence, Europe is like a giant religious cult in many ways (minus the religion). With each passing year, the number of rules and regulations governing the daily lives of Europeans steadily grows, as does the level of control.
If you try to live outside of that control, you could very well find yourself in a direct confrontation with the authorities very rapidly.
Just consider what is happening in Germany. Authorities there have stated repeatedly that they do not believe in having any "parallel societies", and therefore everyone must participate in the system that the government has established. That includes all children.
In Germany today, almost all forms of homeschooling are illegal.
In fact, one judge shockingly ruled that one set of parents could not have custody of their children because they might move them to another country and home-school them there...
Are you starting to see what I meant when I compared Europe to a cult? In Europe, government is god, and everyone and everything belongs to the government.
Apparently, that even includes the life savings of their own citizens.
The following is from a Reuters article that was just posted this week…
Did you catch that? The EU apparently believes that they could use the private savings of their own citizens "to fund long-term investments" any time that they want.
But what if you don't want your life savings to be invested in that way? Too bad for you.
In fact, according to that Reuters article the EU wants to find ways to "mobilize more personal pension savings" so that there will be a larger pool with which to potentially fund long-term projects…
In Europe, they also tend to love any "Big Brother" technologies that will allow them to watch, track, monitor and record the activities of their citizens.
The control freaks in the UK are so paranoid that it is even illegal to carry a knife in public, but despite all of their crazy laws the rate of violent crime in the UK is still far higher than it is in the United States.
Now, the UK has decided that all of the medical records for the entire population will be gathered into a single database.
The following is from a recent TechDirt article…
But this database will not be private.
In fact, it is being reported that information from this database will be sold to drug companies and insurance companies…
How would you feel if that was being done to your private medical information? Not that the U.S. is a 'bastion of freedom and liberty' these days either.
For example, Infowars is reporting that the Department of Homeland Security plans to launch a "national license plate tracking system"…
And for many more ways that the U.S. is becoming a "Big Brother society", please see my previous article entitled "32 Privacy Destroying Technologies that Are Systematically Transforming America into A Giant Prison".
Another way that America is becoming more like Europe is in the area of religious behavior.
At one time, Europe was a hotbed for religious faith. Of course those days are long gone. And the United States is now heading down the exact same path, although Europe is still way ahead of us.
The following is from a Pew Research survey conducted a few years ago…
So why has religion become so unimportant?
Well, it is because that is what the government system tells them to believe from the time that they are little children. As I mentioned earlier, the government dominates your life from the beginning to the end in Europe. This even includes decisions about ending your life.
In fact, in Belgium they actually want to extend the euthanasia law to children…
And in the Netherlands they actually have mobile euthanasia teams that go door to door helping elderly people end their lives in the comfort of their own homes.
Europe is not a model for the rest of us to follow.
Instead, Europe should serve as a stark warning to the rest of the world about what can happen when you let the control freaks get too much control.