A recent Pew Research Center study, The American-Western European Values Gap, shows that the U.S. is unique in its percentages of:
•People who believe that “freedom to pursue life’s goals without state interference” is more important than “state guarantees [that] nobody is in need,”
•People who disagree that “success in life is determined by forces outside our control.”

The percentage of people who think it is more important that the “state guarantees nobody is in need” aligns roughly with the percentage who believe that “success in life is determined by forces outside their control.” This is no coincidence.

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