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Contrary to popular legend, Americans read and write more than Europeans

America may be moving to the left under Obama; indeed, as Newsweek put it, Americans are “all socialists now” and due to become “even more French” in the decade to come. Despite this, it’s still widely assumed, on both sides of the Atlantic, that Europe and America are essentially different—in their economies, societies and values. Americans have greater wealth inequality, pollute more and are much more religious,…

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