pan-European message and to attach more obvious incentives for the masses to the project. Instead, they allowed corporate interests to have too much sway over economic policies in the nascent union, thereby alienating many in the working classes. They also let too big a bureaucratic apparatus congeal. Their heirs then expanded too quickly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, understandably wanting to rapidly re-Europeanize the former Eastern Bloc countries, but many of those nations weren’t ready to become modern democracies. They should have been integrated more gradually
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This whole paragraph is important to read for anyone looking to make big steps with public policy. Policy & culture are eternally in combat. Our ability to lead cultures and build civilization rests in our ability to let these two beasts tussle, but never give in either direction. Perhaps the third door is one where each is adding to the other.

Main takeaway: practice thoughtfulness.

Note: Consider dynamic human centered & system design in policy making.

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