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The European project is inherently imperialistic

It necessitates, Dalrymple writes,

the suppression of nationhood in Europe against the express wishes or even capacity of the vast majority of Europeans.

Moreover,

there is no logical reason why the European Union should stop at Europe’s (rather indistinct) borders — rather the reverse. That the Union should be European implies that there is a border between the European and the non-European, but the pan-Europeans are against borders. The elimination of borders is the official raison d’être of the project; borders are supposed to be the cause of wars.

Dalrymple points out that the European constructivists are Kantians, followers of one

whose scheme of universal peace ought to appear laughably shallow to anyone who has seen more of the world than is visible from a regular walk on the same route day after day through 18th-century Königsberg.

England fans should be turned back at the border

England 1 Iceland 2

England 1 Iceland 2

Dalrymple was pleased when Portugal won the European Cup. He writes:

I would have preferred it to be Liechtenstein or San Marino, or best of all Vatican City. But at least Portugal is not a large country.

He says that as a patriotic Englishman, he was

delighted when Iceland defeated England. Everyone likes an underdog.

Moreover,

anything that humiliates, crushes mentally, and causes misery to the beer-bellied, shaven-headed, and tattooed English football supporters is a blow for civilisation. If there are more unattractive people in the world than these supporters I do not know them. If we lived in a sensible world, such people would be on sight automatically denied entry to all foreign countries.

L’union fait la force

Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 08.57.05Dalrymple reports that Arnaud Montebourg, who was Ministre de l’Économie, du Redressement productif et du Numérique under François Hollande, accepts that the EU is bankrupt. Montebourg suggests

  • a return to real national borders
  • the reduction of the number of European bureaucrats by 97%
  • the ending of the tendency to regulate the cocoa content of chocolate or the market for goat’s cheese
  • the return of money-issuing powers to the various countries’ central banks (while keeping the euro)

Montebourg also calls for an alliance of the grasshoppers (France, Spain, and Italy) against the great wicked ant, Germany. Dalrymple comments:

What a wonderful way to promote peace and harmony between France and its neighbour across the Rhine!

Fine words butter no parsnips

Screen Shot 2015-09-19 at 08.56.42This is one of the laws of political science, writes Dalrymple. Thus

openhandedness and moral exultation have been quickly replaced by recrimination, border controls, and barbed-wire fences. The categorical imperative has met particular circumstances, and it is the latter which, as ever, have proved the more compelling.

It is Dalrymple’s desire — one shared by the vast majority of decent people everywhere — that

the small place in which I live should be saved from the influx of hundreds or thousands of migrants.

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