Excerpt Of The Day: American Generosity

Americans are vastly more generous with their time and money than Europeans. According to social demographer Arthur C. Brooks, in 1995 (the last year international data on giving was available), Americans gave 3 1/2 times more money to charities and causes than the French, seven times more than Germans and 14 times more than Italians.

In 1998, Americans volunteered 21 percent more than the Swiss and 32 percent more than Germans – two countries with compulsory national service. Yet we’re told we should emulate them so that America, too, can have a “culture of service.” — Jonah Goldberg

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