By Leif Johan Eliasson (auth.)
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Awash with iconography and rife with contradictions, debates among pundits and Monday-morning political-quarterback citizencommentators result in a frightening display of conspiracies, half-truths, emotional outbursts, and selective phraseology; all frequently substituting for proper research and analysis. The work of experts give way to a hodgepodge of extracts that distort reality and reinforces misperceptions and myths, severely complicating the task of overcoming public cognitive dissonance (truth confronting one’s preexisting beliefs).
One could argue that there should be no excuse for saying “I don’t know” or “I don’t understand,” but in reality such responses are understandable and, frankly, logical. The explosion of information emanating from our high-tech devises also makes it increasingly difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Awash with iconography and rife with contradictions, debates among pundits and Monday-morning political-quarterback citizencommentators result in a frightening display of conspiracies, half-truths, emotional outbursts, and selective phraseology; all frequently substituting for proper research and analysis.
5 For a country to be competitive in an ever more integrated world, it must have the ability to grow, increase productivity, and achieve higher yields on national investments, which in turn allows for increased quality of life. This means economic growth must on average be greater, year-on-year, than inflation (the rise in prices) and population growth. This section looks at whether Europe economies, private and public domains, can compete internationally, while chapter 7 looks more at how Europe is exerting its combined influence globally.
America’s Perceptions of Europe by Leif Johan Eliasson (auth.)