We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The idea first conceived back in the 1920s by two senior officials of the League of Nations – Jean Monnet and Arthur Salter, a British civil servant – was a United States of Europe, ruled by a government of unelected technocrats like themselves. Two things were anathema to them: nation states with the power of veto (which they had seen destroy the League of Nations) and any need to consult the wishes of the people in elections.
Even as the Eurozone cracks, however, such leaders as Germany’s Angela Merkel are calling for greater political integration.
“It is time for a breakthrough to a new Europe,” she said. “That will mean more Europe, not less Europe.”
She’s dead wrong, and the failure of the euro proves it. What Europe needs is less faux unity and more honest division — free nation-states united by a common Western culture, not a centrally planned, bureaucrat-run pipe dream.
Good for Cameron. He can see that Germany (and maybe France) want to use the crisis to consolidate and build power, a la Rahm Emanuel. Given the track record, one wonders why anyone would want to go along with that plan. I always thought the Common Market seemed reasonable, but it was just a first step towards some crazy utopian vision created by people with little experience in the real world but who think they know what's best for everybody else.
By the way, what's the difference between a technocracy and a dictatorship?
Well, the Eurocrats who felt no need for democracy forgot one critical element. The fall guy. Whose neck will the people put on the block when it all comes to ruin?
The technocrats usually survive the collapse by feigning ignorance of the politics and blaming the tyrant, but who is the despot in the EU upon which the people will focus their ire? Or will they, this time, focus on the grey man in a suit with his tyranny of regulation?
JKB is right, how can anyone fight a large, anonymous, unelected committee of rulers like the EU? Plato said the ideal state is composed of three elements: a military force accountable only to a small aristocracy, and both supported by a large unarmed serf class. Of course, Plato was an aristocrat.
The EU issues thousands of new regulations and directives every year, and as Ayn Rand pointed out, with so many laws anyone can be made a criminal. [The feds couldn't get Al Capone on racketeering, so they got him on tax evasion. And Lyndon LaRouche was imprisoned after running 7 times for the Democratic nomination; one member of his organization was imprisoned for 70 years for 'mail fraud'!].
The best solution for Europe's citizens would be to revert to sovereign nations again. That would promote competition – which is always in the best interest of the citizens. With the current EU all they've got is a giant welfare state of countries that have foolishly given up their sovereignty to an opaque and unaccountable bureaucracy. And the un-elected technocrats in Brussels love it.
It was a great advantage when tyranny had one head and one neck; but what axe will relieve us from the tyranny of the majority? Foreign conquest was an evil; but it commonly took only our flocks and herds and left ourselves in liberty.
Angela Merkel is quite correct, MORE Europe would solve the problems as it would remove the entire governments off all the smaller member states and replace them with edicts handed down out of Paris and Berlin.
The smaller states would be reduced to colonies, lose all that's left of their independence. In turn this would enable Germany to enforce the austerity measures which are needed to return Greece and Italy to some form of fiscal sanity by deploying troops in the streets if necessary.
The establishment of a new Franco/German empire in Europe has been the goal of the French and German governments ever since each failed to establish empire over the heads of the other.
They've now almost succeeded by making all of the EU a fiscal and financial ruin, except their own countries (the hundreds of billions pumped into Greece don't come from French and German taxpayers, they come from Dutch, Irish, Spanish taxpayers, who by the betrayal of our own governments are being ruined in order for those governments to hand over their nations' sovereignty to Germany and France in exchange for cushy jobs for our politicians in Brussels and the UN.
For EU citizens this is nothing new, it's just entering into a phase of rapid escalation now that a situation has developed where Berlin and Paris can finally shape things without being too obvious.
If the Euro fails, Merkel's Europe will fail as that Europe depends on there being a Euro to control the smaller nations with...