Saturday, 18 July 2015

Democracy is all that stands between Europe and EU tyranny

There's a telling interview in the Guardian this morning with Jürgen Habermas, Frankfurt school academic and leftie icon. At a time when Europe's left are reeling at Greece's treatment at the hands of a new German hegemony, the Grauniad is digging deep in its search for voices in support of Federism. Habermas is clear that the greatest barrier to Federast objectives is democracy - if only, he sighs, right thinking people such as he could ignore the actual people of Europe how much easier things would be.

Habermas: By focusing on avoidance of open conflict, the EU’s institutions are preventing necessary political initiatives for expanding the currency union into a political union. Only the government leaders assembled in the European Council are in the position to act, but precisely they are the ones who are unable to act in the interest of a joint European community because they think mainly of their national electorate. We are stuck in a political trap.

Those dratted voters again! How inconvenient that they put their own interests before those of a 'joint European community'

Habermus: Over the course of the crisis, the European executive has accrued more and more authority. Key decisions are being taken by the council, the commission and ECB – in other words, the very institutions that are either insufficiently legitimated to take such decisions or lack any democratic basis. Streeck and I also share the view that this technocratic hollowing out of democracy is the result of a neoliberal pattern of market-deregulation policies. 

What the old leftie actually means is that an unholy alliance between the the EU's unelected officials and the global corporates, an alliance that strangles both democracy and free open-market competition, has in the process caused sight to be lost of Europe's objective of Welfare State Dependancy.

Habermus: I do not see how a return to nation states that have to be run like big corporations in a global market can counter the tendency towards de-democratisation and growing social inequality – something that we also see in Great Britain, by the way. Such tendencies can only be countered, if at all, by a change in political direction, brought about by democratic majorities in a more strongly integrated “core Europe”. The currency union must gain the capacity to act at the supra-national level. In view of the chaotic political process triggered by the crisis in Greece we can no longer afford to ignore the limits of the present method of intergovernmental compromise.

And there you have the new strategic direction - using a veneer of democratic accountability to seize total power in Europe from nation states in a velvet coup. The answer to Greece is more political union and more EU power - the only issue is how the EU's unelected officials can fix the voting.


DeeDee99 said...

It was always the plan to use a financial crisis to force Eurozone integration and create the United States of Europe they have been planning for decades.

The EU is not democratic. The necessary changes will be imposed.

And if we don't get OUT soon, we will eventually be forced to join.

john cheshire said...

Where do these people learn to speak like that? It's not natural so it must have been taught.

Anonymous said...

Habermus? May the Gods protect us.

Habermus, is an ocean going, A1, tiresome, boorish, pious, meddling brown nosing c**t. I am surprised that, he isn't regularly invited to spew his liquidized mental excreta all over the graun and indeed what a match, shite and bog roll melded into the whole.
The damage this c**t and his ilk has wrought on the western world is incalculable, as it is mostly irreversible. May all the demons of hell hound him in the eternal fire of damnation - his place is booked guaranteed.

Anonymous said...


You put it so-ooo succinctly!

Bill Quango MP said...

So...not a fan?

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...


the fawning Guardian piece coupled to this secular saint's biog on Wikipedia do rather indicate that you are a master of understatement.

Cascadian said...

Greater political union-like Maastricht perhaps, an attempt to impose "good" governance on the Euro members, and created new opportunities for creative accounting.

Or they could go back and review each country's economic performance against Maastricht and throw the non-performers out of the Euro, that would be the death of the Euro and advancement for Europe.

That does not deal with the rather inconvenient amount of debt sloshing around Europe trying to support insupportable welfare programmes though.

Oh my, could that mean that cuts to the welfare state may be a solution-who could have predicted that?

Anonymous said...

A problem can occur when doing things by increments, when you get to the final increment and it doesn't fit you end up trying to ram it into place - a partial analogy would be a badly cut jig-saw puzzle. Being a simple chap I like to keep things simple.

I was wondering what the final piece of the Brussels jig-saw will look like?


Ed P said...

I wonder if a medical analogy would work.

Spiralling dept, which can never be repaid, is cancerous. The effort expended on trying to service the interest payments, ignoring the huge numbers, is like chemotherapy poisoning the host in the folorn hope of improvement. Debt relief/forgiveness would be equivalent to the excision of the primary tumour - done in time if might save the patient.

In the case of Greece it's too late, as metastases have already taken root and the prognosis is entirely negative.

Rossa said...

The EU's officials have already fixed the voting by ignoring it. They will do the same with our referendum if the outcome is the 'wrong' one.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

That isn't the new strategic direction.

That's the old, original, always-was-and-always-will-be strategic direction.

It goes right back to Monnet and Schumann, and it's been parroted and quoted by the likes of Delors, Giscard d'Estaing, Mandelson, and many many others over the last sixty (yes, sixty, 60) years.

I am constantly astonished that people don't realise this. Read what these people say: they mean it.