April 03, 2005

The Polish Dream

A couple of years ago I listened as the president of Poland was asked during an NPR interview what the Polish equivalent of the American Dream -- i.e. "Polish Dream" -- would be. He said it's an interesting question, thought for a few seconds, then gave an answer articulated entirely in collective terms -- national security, cultural recognition, etc. It'd almost be treason to articulate the American Dream in anything but purely individual terms.

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