There are two types of freedom — and the US optimized for the wrong one.

Measured in dollars, the US is the wealthiest country in the world by quite some considerable margin. If only it knew the value of empathy and true freedom as well.

I grew up in Europe (the Netherlands, Norway, and the UK) — but I’ve spent a lot of time in the US. A year as an exchange student in the 1990s and six years or so here in California. In my time here, I’ve been struck by some profound…