Skip to comments.The European dream lies in ruins (Must Read)
Posted on 09/18/2011 9:55:37 AM PDT by mojito
I have to say that even in my most apocalyptic Eurosceptic moments when I had moved on from thinking the federalist project simply preposterous to believing that it was criminal folly I never anticipated this. What I expected was growing disillusionment followed by an almost imperceptible unwinding which would be finessed with political double-talk and diplomatic duplicity. The implosion would come, but it would be with a whimper, not a bang. Faces would be saved and enormous numbers of lies would be told, and somehow the thing would be brought to an end or made so vestigial that it would no longer matter.
Well, so much for that idea. This is going to be huge: so cataclysmic that it may summon up forms of ugliness that we have not seen walking abroad in Western Europe for half a century.
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Can you guess which option the 0bama gang is siding with?
The European dream? I didn’t know there WAS any such thing as the European dream, other than “to have government spoon food into my mouth, and wipe my butt for me when it comes out.” The only reason I don’t hope Europeans all turn on each other and start a bloody war that leaves the entire continent in shambles is because I’m afraid a lot of cats and dogs would get hurt in the process. And some pretty old churches and museums. But modern-day Europeans are useless creatures as far as I can see. But I’m cranky today, it must be confessed.
There are three European dreams, actually, and they come in colors: Red, Black, and Brown.
It is Europeans' persisting and inexplicable fidelity to those dreams that has murdered more than 100 million people since 1789.
anyone who thinks the union is doomed is laboring under the illusion that people have a choice about their government.
Dream? It was a nightmare from the beginning. They just didn’t realize it.
I'm sorry, that allusion sailed clear over my head.
Can you elaborate on that, please?
I feel sheepish asking, but what do those colors represent? Socialism/Communism, Anarchy, and Facism?
And, the German People are adamant they will not fund more bailouts. (I say good for them).
The real risk here is not that "Europe" will continue to limp along without the bailouts, even losing a few countries to BK and banishment, but that the internal and external pressures on Germany will cause the German government to saddle the German people with more debt not their own.
Near as I remember, Germany has recently paid all their WWII debts and have been carrying huge debt burden since the end of the war...and since the end of the war before that.
Does ANYONE really think it's a good idea to IMPOSE additional debt on the German people so that Greek and Italian workers can take 6-8 weeks of vacation a year and retire when they are 50?
If "democracy" cannot keep it's promise to the German people, that it will do their will, will democracy survive in Germany?
No, it will not. Rightfully so.
Nothing would unite them so much as a common enemy.
Their Muslim invaders - breeding and agitating their way towards a unified Sharia Law Euro-State - would seem the most logical option, but Europe’s enlightened leaders would then need to jetison even further, even more cherished, sacred cows to get to that point.
Won’t happen. They’ll dither. They’ll fight each other. They’ll become converts, dimmis, or corpses - for which they’ve been practicing all along.
Voegelin spoke of immanentizing the eschaton -- creating Heaven on Earth.
Bad things happen when people try to do this.
We can send American cats and dogs to colonize the wreckage.
I agree with your assessment. Once so much power is consolidated at such a high level it is never relinquished without a long struggle and/or blood in the streets.
It amazes me that more people do not see (or accept) the similarities between the tyranny of the EU and what has, and is, happening right here in the USA.
This is Europa and Oceana in the twenty first century.
The EU government organizations are killing the individuality, character and Independence of the European countries just as our federal government has usurped the autonomy and constitutional powers of our states.
You might say that our federal government Royalty has shown the EU Masters the way to subvert individual rights to the putative good of the collective.
Just imagine how bad off Europe would be if they had to pay and provide for their own defense?
It all comes down to who buys the food, shelter, power, and gadgets that keep modern urban life livable. Once people have built tools that replace labor, what labor is there to do other than maintenance, service, and entertainment of those who OWN the means of production? There can only be so many toolmakers and the German middle class is holding much of that role. Yet as anyone who has seen IT go to India knows, that's only temporary.
Hence, once labor-saving tools and processes were exported to a slave army in China, the Western "working class" largely became superfluous. Once the Chinese come up to speed on toolmaking, so will go the middle class jobs as well. That massive government regulations only made domestic production less competitive only accelerated the process.
This is what cuts to heart of the justification for the bureaucratic state. Regulations exist to mitigate risks otherwise born or managed by the insurers of producers. When we export the production to a "come and get me" producer in China, they not only enjoy the margin of slave labor, they avoid all responsibility for the externalities of production, hazards of use, legal, or environmental. The Chinese are quite apparently willing to adsorb those costs, for now.
OTOH the bureaucratic state is inherently less efficient in managing those risks than a competitive insurance industry, never mind more corrupt. So as long as we socialize those risks because of our outrageous legal overhead and the constant temptation of corruption, SOMEBODY will take advantage of that disparity in costs of production.
IMO, the only way to fix this is to return risk management to the marketplace. That means tort reform and insurance deregulation in a big way.