The Europe vs America Debate

Krugman accuses Manzi of using inaccurate data when comparing Europe and the US. Manzi replies. Noah Millman finds the focus on European and American GDP surprising. His addition to the conversation:

[T]he EU has not had a static membership. Just as America has grown through immigration, the EU has grown – substantially – through adding more members. Just as immigration has put some strain on the American social fabric, EU expansion has put some strain on the political fabric of the EU – take a look at the French reaction to the influx of Poles, or the increasingly unviable CAP. But in both cases, growth has meant greater aggregate economic power, and therefore greater global influence – where political institutions have been able to harness that power.

Tyler Cowen weighs in here.