On a more serious note I think this is a good quote:
America to me feels like the logical conclusion for rampant capitalism.
The thing is Europeans can be pretty ignorant about the underlying economics of things, it's like they assume a welfare state can just exist, but it takes a lot of work and a lot of cohesion in society. Europeans aren't very sensitive to the diverse nature of an immigrant nation like the USA. It's not as easy to pass laws like this when you have such diverse groups of people. I like the USA because they are so extreme about the ideals. In the US, you can take an opponent of your ideology, and use it to strengthen your own opposition and ideals which leads to a kind of pure form of those ideals. I think to really succeed in a debate over there, you generally need to be very technical and have fully comprehended the underlying structures, while in Europe it's more about emotions and "common sense" type of thinking. It seems like the US has big problems with cohesion to the point where you wonder if they can even have a functioning federal government, but there is something to be admired about the technicality and purity of a lot of that.
Bottom line is I just can't muster respect for europeans in general because I think their criticisms of the US are flawed and lacking in substance, and being from europe myself I see it in people I talk to all the time. So yeah to the ops question, there is still a lot of usa hate, but it doesn't seem to be as public as it was a few years ago. I still hear it in conversation, hating the rich, the inequality, the war machine, the greed especially, and that they are "crazy" and extreme etc.
I partly disagree. The US has proven in the past that it actually can get things done to improve social security. Passing laws is never easy. And I doubt it should be more difficult in the US than it is in any European country. Or rather, the EU as a whole. Because that would be a more obvious comparison.
The current difficulties of "getting things done" in the US have almost nothing to do with diversity. There are a couple examples where 90% of the people would like to see certain policies (gun controls/background checks?), but somehow laws never get done. This has nothing to do with cohesion, and much to do with how politics are currently working in the US. Or rather, not working.
Say "Hi!" to Piketty for me.... hint hint
I suspect the ignorance you're referring to, is mostly ignorance with respect to the difference of governing a (European) country and governing a republic like the US (which is more similar to governing the EU). But that ignorance is hardly related to any of the "US hate" you're referring to, I believe.
The "US hate", if there's such a thing, would be about foreign policies and/or US dominance in international politics. And this is an entirely different story. I don't believe people in the EU hate the US because "they don't have gun controls" or "a social system like those in the EU". So I wonder to what extent you'd think people in the EU, who'd hate the foreign policies of the US, are ignorant wrt those policies?
O, and what does "hating the rich" have to do with "hating the US"?