Originally Posted by Florian
But are Americans really more "pragmatic" than the French or other Europeans? I don't think so.
Speaking from a British perspective, I would agree. While the current government is applying some interesting ideas about localism, these aren't really discussed in terms of philosophy. Especially since New Labour, every election in the UK is a battle for the mushy centre ground over practical issues.
I would say that American politics, with debates about the Founding Fathers and their constitution, is much more philosophically inclined. I think Matt and Julian have just applied the stereotype of the sophisticated European vs the action-man American uncritically.