Magazine November 15, 2021, Issue

Intolerant Europe

A slum-like housing complex in Clichy-sous-Bois, near Paris (Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images)
Europe has never come close to replicating the comity of life in the U.S.

By any genuine measurement, America is the most tolerant place on earth. This is an easy fact to forget for those who experience it. And these days, it’s also an unfashionable thing to say. But the level of peaceful cooperation between people of truly diverse backgrounds, faiths, and creeds — or anything even approaching it — is wholly unprecedented in human history.

Though the European Union was conceived to maintain peace on the Continent and compete with the United States, it has never come close to replicating the comity of American life. No single country in Europe has come close to

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