I end up spending way too much time being a, eh, defender of capitalism, but for a European board (and c'mon, must admit, the EU as a whole is ten times as socialist as America, its in its very culture -- some countries more than others) I'm really happy to see the responses that I have so far The EU ought to be worried about real problems.. like the 1% lag in gdp growth as compared to the US growth rate. That kind of difference exists for a lot of reasons, mostly cultural at this point, but none of the reasons have anything to do with bundling WMP and IE in XP or Vista.. Indeed, part of the reason a gap exists is because I assure you, and history suggests it'd be true, in America if some large problem was mentioned in the national news someone somewhere across the vast nation will hear about it, ponder it briefly, and then get an idea on how to make a killing off of a solution, or somehow feeding off the problem (which generates wealth not just for them, but for his future employees). Doesn't matter how complex the problem is; complexity just means its more likely to be some MIT or UC Berkeley geek. In Europe, on the other hand, instead of "How do I make money from this, or what stocks will profit from this, and how does this impact the macro picture so that I can best allocate my resources, either business resources or investment resources?" the reaction seems to much more commonly be "I best tell my union boss about this" or to go complain to some friends about how the American imperialists are being naughty. That's the culture that the EU needs to be assaulting ruthlessly, not MS!