There’s a whole lotta writings getting pounded out on the US versus Europe debate, here’s the rough outline of some of the more high-profile response and counter-responses on this hard-to-resolve debate.
This is where it all started, with Jim Manzi.
Jonathan Chait pokes holes in Manzi’s arguments: starting by questioning his sense of geography, moving to the integrity of selected data sets, then disagreeing over data interpretation.
Justin Fox zooms in on economic performance since the Reagan era, and declares Europe the winner.
Matthew Yglesias agrees that more equality and longer vacation in Europe does not seem to impact growth rate.
Meanwhile, Paul Krugman defends Europe from its image of economic failures, then proceeded to prescribe some learning points from the old continent. But the day after, decided to separate his concept of Europe from the currency, possibly taking notes from A Fistful of Euros.
Ross Douthat says decline is relative, and American decline is still, as far as output is concerned, still beats Europe.
Tyler Cowen adds some more yet-to-be flushed out points to be discussion.
Readers react: It’s complicated; Europe 1; US 1.