Particularism and Gleichschaltung in synergy

Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 08.41.09The fear of being overwhelmed culturally is, writes Dalrymple,

entirely understandable.

He notes the strength in Europe

of both centrifugal and centripetal forces.

Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 08.44.08The politicians,

who want to be important in a way that the merely national stage will never allow them to be, desire an organisation that is

  • a launching pad for a career of international importance
  • a pension plan for when they lose power in their own countries
  • Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 08.50.36a trough to feed at.

This explains why no European politicians of any importance reject the idea of the European Union, however damaging it may be to their own country‘s interests.

Co-existing with

Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 08.52.10this drive to Gleichschaltung

is a growing

ethnic and regional particularism.

Far from the two trends opposing each other,

Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 08.57.23they are in synergy. The weakening of the national state in Europe strengthens the undemocratic and self-appointed centre. What is left to the regions is folk-dancing, national costume and parking regulations.

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