During the fall semester you will hear the middle class lost ground recording and Middle class lost ground you tube recordings. You will read 3 articles: (1) How I learned to love the European welfare state by Russell Shorto which is a PDF under the module power points; (2) the article American Capitalisms Great Crisis by Rana Foroohar which is in the document Makers+Takers under lecture notes module, and (3) an article Our miserable 21st century by Nicholas Eberstadt which is in the PDF ourmiserable century under lecture notes module. You will then write an essay explaining your preference for aspects of the US system or aspects of the Dutch system. In this essay, you should identify those values that are reflected in your choice. The essay need not be lengthy; two pages are usually sufficient. Your essay will be graded on the coherence of the discussion and your writing skill.