"He shouts into the room: 'Help us to win, help us to
fight back.' He says he wants to assemble an 'army of supporters'
to fight Europhobia in Britain." In "The Mad Men of Smith Square:
A Lonely Battle To Save Europe in Britain," by Juan Moreno and Christoph
Scheuermann in London, Der Spiegel, International, 16 February 2013
You're a phobic, adjudges a phobe, by which folks are accused of hate.
Such psychological twiddle twaddle grows popular of late.
Europhobe and homophobe, new scalpels honed to probe: Islamophobe and
other-ophobe, such words spin round this globe.
But wait a moment, stop and think -- which phobe is the newest tripe?
And why so great this phobic stink? Words suggest the time
ripe, as out the accusing press drops a word, one hard upon another,
and mounting up in piles absurd, each pretends to be man's brother. But
accusing easily of bilious hate is not the most civil game, cynical it
is to bait in the wordy game of blame.
Serfs were surely aristo-phobes; as aristocrats sought serf's rent. Slaves
were surely master-ophobes, as backs went broke and bent. Today new
serfs again do roil as new masters seek new rent; tentacles reach with
taxing coil as new minted phobias are sent to make the masses pliable
such that they might bark not back, but rather think they're liable in
the -phobia word attack.
You're a phobic, adjudges a phobe, by which you are accused of hate.
Such psychological twiddle twaddle supports fat causes great, atop which
sit new master men who'd batter down their masses with accusations,
guilt, and then each greater wealth amasses.
Europe? It cannot be saved; never was it threatened at all. It's
only the politicians who've paved their way with lordly gall. They
need their supporting armies' press to stay a top their thrones, as ever
was in history's mess, the masters require their drones. Charlie
Main once, like bony Parte, like Willy and like Adolf Asshole, worked
off the same political chart to unite Europe beneath one flagpole.
Europe -- think continentally -- is not its governing class.
History shows repeatedly all Europe's masters pass. But before,
they loose a wordy war. They've always stirred up hate, as proven
through centuries before, once upon a time, and again as of late.
You're a phobic, adjudges a phobe, by which one's accused of hate.
Such psychological twiddle twaddle grows popular again of late.
Europe is not diminished by freedom for free men all. But those whose
power could be finished? It fills such men with gall. Ergo the
accusations dripping from their lips for those with reservations who'd
reject dictatorships. Tyranny, a composer once said, comes through
ordinary men, who'd trample those they led, as can happen yet again.
NOTES WITH A VIEW TO HISTORY
The French socialists Saint-Simon and Augustin Thierry would in 1814
write the essay De la réorganisation de la société européenne,
already conjuring up some form of parliamentary European federation...."
and "Here the anarchist Mikhail Bakunin stated "That in order to achieve
the triumph of liberty, justice and peace in the international relations
of Europe, and to render civil war impossible among the various peoples
which make up the European family, only a single course lies open: to
constitute the United States of Europe". The French National Assembly,
also called for a United States of Europe on March 1, 1871." In "Ideas
of European unity before 1945," Wikipedia.
"Napoleon had wanted to conquer Europe (if not the world) and said,
'Europe thus divided into nationalities freely formed and free
internally, peace between States would have become easier: the United
States of Europe would become a possibility.'" In "Napoleon and the
Unification of Europe," by Matthew D. Zarzeczny, The Napoleon Series.
"He, too, then, is nothing better than an ordinary man! Now he will
trample on all human rights only to humor his ambition; he will place
himself above all others,--become a tyrant." Ludwig van Beethoven
In a letter to his sister Princess Margaret in 1940, Kaiser Wilhelm wrote: "The
hand of God is creating a new world & working miracles... We are
becoming the U.S. of Europe under German leadership, a united European
Continent." Quote of Kaiser Wilhelm, in "Royals and the Reich,"
Jonathan Petropoulos, Oxford University Press (2006).
"The 2012 EP budget amounts to € 1,718 billion of which 37% is for staff
expenses, mainly salaries for the 6000 officials working in the General
Secretariat and in the Political Groups." Source: European
"For some time now, the European Parliament's multi-seat operation has
been a thorn in the European Union's side. Originally devised to
symbolise unity, it has become a symbol of waste and inefficiency -
which is often seized upon by the EU's critics as a stick to beat the
union with at every opportunity. At a time of fiscal difficulties, it is
impossible to justify the avoidable additional cost that results from
shifting thousands of people and resources from place to place. Rough
estimates place this cost at €200m. That is €200m that could be better
spent on stimulating the economy and creating employment." In " Costly
European Parliament 'travelling circus' must end," by Rebecca Harms,
Public Service Europe, 11 September 2012.
"MEPs in Brussels cost three times more than MPs in Westminster,
shocking new figures reveal. The annual bill for a member of the
European Parliament is almost £1.8million, compared to £590,000 for
politicians in the House of Commons. Critics condemned the ‘eye
watering’ sum, and blamed the insistence of the European Parliament on
having three different homes. Eurocrats said it was like ‘like comparing
apples and oranges’." In "Every MEP in Brussels costs an 'eye watering'
THREE times more than MPs in Westminster," by Matt Chorley, Daily Mail
UK, 14 January 2013.
And as to this brief history to unify Europe from the Holy Roman Empire
to the French socialists of the early 19th century, Napoleon, the Kaiser
and Hitler, one learns that the dream of unifying Europe is burning
brightly if undemocratically: "'We want to unify Europe and
we have to do it together, and I think there are a lot of common ideas
with the British side and the German side on it,' he told the BBC. 'I
think we are open for arguments." In "Tories build secret alliance with
Eurosceptics behind Merkel's back," Bruno Waterfield in Brussels and
Jeevan Vasagar in Berlin, Telegraph UK, 12 April 2013.
"To have a face, in the European sense of the word, it would seem that
one must not only enjoy and suffer but also desire to preserve the
memory of even the most humiliating and unpleasant experiences of the
past." W. H. Auden (1907-1973)
Kellogg-Briand - 1928
and also Europe 4 all? Yea!
"Figures from Eurobarometer, the EU’s own polling
organisation, suggest that anti-Brussels feeling has spread
far beyond Britain and is rising in both poor and better-off
EU nations. It follows the continuing euro-zone economic
crisis which has sent unemployment soaring and led to a
string of multi-billion pound taxpayer-funded bailouts.
Results showed 66 per cent of voters in Britain say
they 'tended not to trust the EU as an institution'. A
majority shared that view in Italy (53 per cent), France (56
per cent) and Germany (59 per cent) while in crisis-hit
Spain the figure has soared to 72 per cent." In "Support
for the EU plunges to all-time low across Europe," by Macer
Hall, Express, 26 April 2013.
Monarchical/Imperial Arrogance: Ah, but coining words is the province of the many, as "Europhilia"
comes to sit alongside "Europhobia."
One reads: "Devaluation and
enforced losses on creditors won’t make Iceland much more popular within
the EU, but then again the EU’s rather arrogant attitude towards
Iceland’s membership of the zone helped force a dramatic turnaround in
sentiment away from the pro-European integration government, which was
roundly defeated at the weekend. Part of the reason for that defeat lay
in Brussels’ demonstrating the worst of monarchical/imperial
arrogance in expecting hard-pressed Icelanders to be utterly supplicant
to the daft dogmas of myopic Europhilia." In "Iceland’s economic
thaw a thorn in EU’s side," by Patrick Young, RT, 1 May 2013.
Addendum of a Bureaucratic
It seems "Europhobia" is spreading now to the higher ranks in some
government. One notes that whether or not the UK would leave "Europe" as
defined by the bureaucracy, it was and remains a part of the geographic
definition of Europe, and therefore in the most basic sense can never
leave Europe, though it most certainly can leave "Europe" as defined by
the European Union's bureaucracy.
It seems that almost 200 hundred years
after the views of the historical "anarchist" Mikhail Bakunin, that
again European union under yet another unification is proceeding apace
to its collapse with burgeoning separatist movements within "member
states" like Spain, as well as "member states" balking at paying more
and more to those who plead "mutualization" of debt after having run up
essentially insurmountable debt themselves, separatism is becoming the
new political trend, upsetting the "unification" supporters.
one reads, "The peer, writing in The Times, says that the economic gains
from a British exit 'would substantially outweigh the costs'. The EU
had become “a bureaucratic monstrosity” from which the UK should break
free. After an association with Brussels of 40 years, he said: 'The
case for exit is clear'." In "Lord Lawson: It’s time to quit EU," by
Roland Watson, The Times UK, 7 May 2013.
Addendum of Fearing
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned on Tuesday that failure to
win the battle against youth unemployment could tear Europe apart, and
dropping the continent's welfare model in favor of tougher U.S.
standards would spark a revolution. Germany, along with France,
Spain and Italy, backed urgent action to rescue a generation of young
Europeans who fear they will not find jobs, with youth unemployment in
the EU standing at nearly one in four, more than twice the adult rate."
In "Germany fears revolution if Europe scraps welfare model," by Ingrid
Melander and Nicholas Vinocur, Reuters, 28 May 2013.
Addendum of a Lack of
" 'The state of Europe is problematic. European institutions are not
really functioning any more. Why? Because of a lack of leadership.'
Schmidt says he is concerned about the 'enormous, outlandish'" debts of
Greece, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Ireland and about the lack of jobs
for the young." In "Helmut Schmidt: 'The state of Europe is
problematic'," by Larry Elliott, Guardian UK, 22 December 2013.
Addendum of Falling Out of
Love: "In an interview with Der Spiegel last
year, Konrad Adam, a 71-year-old former journalist for the Frankfurter
Allgemeine Zeitung who is now one of the leading figures in the AfD,
compared the party’s opposition to Merkel with resistance against the
Nazis. Some influential figures on the left also increasingly share
the concerns of these right-wing Eurosceptics. Perhaps the most
influential is Wolfgang Streeck, the director of the Max-Planck
Institute, who argued in a recent book, to be published in English in
May as Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism, that
the EU is a 'liberalization machine' that makes labour markets more
flexible and enforces budget cuts against the will of citizens.
Meanwhile, Heribert Prantl, a commentator for the Süddeutsche Zeitung,
the leading centre-left newspaper, has been as critical as right-wing
Eurosceptics about the perceived violation of the no bailout clause of
the Maastricht Treaty which specified that member states should not be
liable for, nor assume, the commitments or debts of any other. Thus,
whereas in much of Europe pro-European elites are under attack from
Eurosceptics claiming to speak for the people, in Germany the elites
themselves may be changing their minds. As Gideon Rachman of the
Financial Times has pointed out, two of Germany’s most respected
institutions – the Bundesbank and the Constitutional Court – have now
declared their opposition to the Outright Monetary Transactions
programme." In "Even Germany's intellectual elite is falling out of
love with the EU," by Hans Kundnani, EU Observer, 28 March 2014.
Addendum of Europeans Seeking
Self-Determination: "Several thousand European
separatists, overwhelmingly Flemish but also Catalans, Scots and South
Tyroleans, demonstrated in Brussels on Sunday for the right to
self-determination. Under a forest of yellow flags emblazoned with
black lions, Flemish separatists dominated the procession through the
European Union's capital, which marched from Parc du Cinquantenair near
the European Commission's headquarters towards the European Parliament.
The crowd, which marched under a banner proclaiming 'Europe, we'll
vote for self-determination', numbered almost 3,000 people,
according to a senior police officer." In "Thousands of European
separatists protest in Brussels," Agence France Presse, 30 March 2014.
Addendum of Power Back to the
People: "At one time Europe seemed to be moving
inexorably towards 'ever closer union'—and many federalists hoped the
euro crisis, like previous crises, would mean another leap forwards. Yet
in the wasteland left after the crisis, voters are shaking their
pitchforks at the notion of a United States of Europe. Rather than seek
to expand the role of the EU’s institutions, it would be better to
reinforce the nation-states where legitimacy lies. Europe’s broad
strategic direction should be set by heads of government, not by the
European Commission, even though that body proposes the detailed laws.
The European Parliament should be downgraded, with more democratic
control given to national parliaments. If the EU is to survive, it must
hand powers back to the people." In "Europe goes to the polls,"
Economist, 17 May 2014.
Fat, fat government
and the quote by "European" William Shakespeare