As I noted earlier this week, it has been a week of geopolitical news that has left my email articles folders failry well stuffed to thegills with articles of world-goings-on that has made final selection of stories difficult, but there have been two developments in Europe, each with their own indications that the EU, as currently constituted, is in deep trouble.
A word about that phrase, "the EU, as currently constituted" is in order before we proceed, for it is that current constitution that has two of Europe's oldest demcratic nations, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland, reconsidering the whole venture. As I attempted to show in my recent book The Third Way, the current sand very un-democratic structure of the EU, which vests all real decision-making power in the hands of a few un-elected "commissioners" and bureaucratic regulators. This mirrors in many detailed ways the plans of the wartime Nazis for precisely such a post-war "European federation,", where real power was to be vested in precisely such a set of "comissioners" (think of them as Reichkommisaren and Gauleitern) who would represent the Grossraumkartel (large space cartel) of the giant German and Italian combines such as I.G. Farben, which, with the then Reichswirtschaftsminister (Reich Economic Minister) Dr. Walhter Funk, jointly sponsored a study, published in Berlin in 1942, of precisely how to establish such a Germany-dominated "federation." Additionally, I pointed out how Nazi jurist Dr. Walter Hallstein and other legal thinkers also added details to this structure. As I pointed out in that book, the EU bears an uncanny resemblance to these designs, and, it should be noted, Dr. Hallstein became a prominent eminence grise to several post-war West German Chancellors, from Dr. Adenauer to Willi Brandt. CDU or SDP, Dr. Hallstein was there to make sure the "plan" moved forward.
Britain, as always, was the constant spoiler of these ambitions (let it be recalled that it was Great Britain that exposed the 1953 Nazi Naumann coup attempt against Adenauer), Lady Maraget Thatcher's Government being the first to strongly voice concerns about the whole project, but with British concerns continuing down to our own time, and demanding a referendum on whether to stay in the EU or leave. THe driving issue here, for most Britons, has been that first voiced (and one needn't add, strongly voiced) by Mrs. Thatcher: how would the EU institutions impact on long-standing and deeeply-rooted English institutions of freedom and law? And the answer was, and is, "adversely". Under the current EU arrangement, no national court supercedes the EU courts, which again, are pprofoundly un-democratic institutions.
But, the news out of the United Kingdom for Brexit advocates has taken a sudden and dramatic turn for the worse, with the assassination of a promient pro-Brexit MP, as these storis - shared by several readers of this website from the Uniited Kingdom - show:
I ave been arguing for some time that a Brexit might not be as dire to Great Britain economically as many have been arguing. For one thing, it would free Britain from th choking dictatesand chhoking regulatory bureaucraccy that the EU has become. This would position Britain effectively to pursue its own agenda with the emerging Chinese-Russian silk road projects with greater efficiency and `effectiveness. For another, it would remove Britain from beneath the thumbs of the EU's subservience to Washington's gllobalists. It should be remembered that the EU was as much a project sanctioned by people such as Averrill Harrriman and Allen Dulles, as it was of Walter Hallstein and a dream of the Nazis for the simple reason that it would be much easier for the USA to dominnate and influence a bureaucratically controlled "federation " than a multitude of indeppeendnt powers. Nonne of this, in spite of the "special relationship" between London and Washington, is in the long term economic or security interestts of Britain. The British know this too, that the political class in the USA is deeply sick, as their op-ed piecce in the Economist last year complained, running Jeb Bush and HIllary Clinton only serves to indicate how calcified and corrupt that class has become. Prime Minister Cameron's "logic" as been that if a Brexit occurs, it will weaken Britain's ability to neegotiated a modificcation of EU structure. I would arguue the reverse, thatt a strong and independent Britain would me an ameliorating force in an institution that looks increasingly like it is being run from the board rooms of the Bundesbank and Deutschebank than even Brussels.
But Britaiin is not the onl country leaving the EU project. Switzerlaand, which once wanted in, has withdrawn its application in a big "No thank you":
What's the bottom line here? It seems to be this: in spite of decades of propaganda no on how wonderful it all it all is, no one really likes the idea of unelected bureaucrats, who represent the interests of the 1%, determining everything. In short, that old 1942 plan is beginning to unravel, and it will continue to do so, unless real people, and not just the 1%, have a real voice in real democratic institutions.
See you on the flip side...