In the 60s and 70s, extremism was the norm in the USA and Europe. Europe compromised. Abortion isn't an issue anymore, gay marriage is the norm, guns have no place in urban civilization, unions are stronger than before, cars get excellent mileage, public schools are the best in the world, healthcare is a right not a privilege. I could go on and on but I'm sure you see my point. Europe certainly has problems but many are related to the nascent EU as a political entity as well as lack of openness in recently transformed countries like Spain and Greece. Why did the US choose the path it did when by so many measures it was more expensive, socially divisive and has impoverished the middle class while creating an American oligarchy? Is rational compromise simply contrary to American thought? Are we on the verge of another revolution like the labor revolts of a century ago or a revolt of the 60s against the horrible social repression of the 50s? I simply can't see the US continue on such a destructive course.