Category Archives: European superstate

The shame of being German

Cologne is noted for its vibrant nightlife

Cologne is noted for its vibrant nightlife

The European Union, writes Dalrymple, is

a bureaucratic monster, unaccountable to anyone resembling a normal human being.

It is also a

vast pension plan for ageing or burnt-out politicians who cannot any longer face the inconveniences of having to be elected.

Why are the Germans so keen on it? Why do they yearn so much for a European identity? Dalrymple’s answer:

So that they can stop being German. This, of course, will deceive no one.

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Faiblesses de l’architecture européenne

The European construction

The European construction

Dalrymple was having a good day until he picked up the Paris newspaper the Figaro and came across the following sentence:

This [No vote in the Greek referendum] opens a new period in the history of the European construction, in so far as, for the first time, the exit of a country from the eurozone appears as a possible, some would say desirable, outcome.

Dalrymple fumes:

I don’t know how many times I have seen the words European construction used without it being said what exactly, or even approximately, was being constructed: indeed, I have never seen them used in so frank a manner. You can, perhaps, go on a journey without knowing your destination (just about), but you cannot construct anything without knowing what it is that you are constructing.

Under construction: the Berlaymont in happier days. It was completed in 1967

Under construction: the Berlaymont, Brussels, in happier days. It was completed in 1967

It is obvious, says Dalrymple,

what those who use the words European construction in a positive sense mean: a European superstate that will, on account of its size and economic weight, be a superpower. How otherwise could a former prime minister of Luxembourg take his place in the sun of power?

How best to characterise the European construction?

Megalomania? Fascism without the boots (so far)?

The European construction euphemism should, says Dalrymple, be banned.

Feeble-mindedness of the European federalists

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Europe, writes Dalrymple, is again

sleepwalking to cataclysm.

European federation is a bad idea, but

the mere badness of an idea does nothing to halt its progress.

The arguments of the European federalists

Screen Shot 2015-06-20 at 10.31.46are trotted out with monotonous regularity, like the stories of someone with Alzheimer’s, and anyone who raises objections, however obvious and unanswerable, is compared to a rabid nationalist, as if to be attached to a national identity were a symptom of hating everyone else. There are such rabid nationalists, to be sure: forced federation is the best way of ensuring their increase in numbers and influence.

Such pooling of sovereignty as has occurred in Europe

Screen Shot 2015-06-20 at 10.45.40has held its prosperity back. The currency union without any kind of fiscal union has proved disastrous for several countries, and is economically deleterious for all.

The further step of fiscal union

could only be imposed by an unelected, authoritarian bureaucracy upon countries unwilling to comply, and whose interests might not be served by compliance.

Sooner or later, a federation

would lead to war, or at least to revolution.

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Belgian diagnosis

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 07.12.36Flemings, Walloons and a failed European project

In the course of a discussion of the implosion of the European Union, Dalrymple cites Belgium, stating a fact that is obvious to all but the West’s political and intellectual leaders:

What has not worked in two centuries in a small area with only two populations will not work in a few years in a much larger area with a multitude of populations.

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 07.44.36Belgium has existed since it was cobbled together in 1830.

In all that time, it has not been able to create a durable national identity.

The country is divided into populations with incompatible politics: Wallonia and Flanders. Belgium is officially bilingual, yet you will not see a word of Flemish in Wallonia or of French in Flanders.

Not pretty

But it’s not pretty

The division could not be starker if barbed wire separated the two provinces. Only in the capital, Brussels, does one find any concession to bilingualism.

Wallonia,

though it contained a minority of Belgium’s population, long dominated its culture and economy.

Even upper-class Flemings spoke French at home, while Flemish was the language of the peasantry; until recently, Belgian schools forbade children from speaking Flemish in class.

With the decline of Wallonia’s coal and steel industries and the economic rise of Flanders, the pattern of dominance changed. Flanders

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 07.54.21went from being the poor relation to being the rich one, albeit with something of an inferiority complex. It started to make large transfer payments to Wallonia, which suffered from comparatively high unemployment.

Such payments

rarely promote goodwill between groups. Resentment is common among both the donors, who harbour suspicions that the recipients are exploiting them, and the recipients, who indulge in mental contortions to explain their dependency away.

The largest political parties in Flanders

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 08.01.59are either nationalist or free-market; both philosophies lead to reducing or stopping the transfer payments.

The largest political party in Wallonia

is socialist and wants the payments to continue or increase. The Wallonian socialist party’s patronage powers in its territory are almost feudal in nature and extent; the last thing that the party of social change wants is actual change.

Binding the Flemings and Walloons together

Binding the Flemings and Walloons together

The Walloons

want higher taxes to maintain the current arrangements.

The Flemings

want lower taxes and reduced spending to promote long-term growth.

A masterpiece.

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Cataclysmic designs of the City plutocrats

Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 22.14.52Dalrymple picks up a copy of the Brussels newspaper the Soir, and his eyes fall on the following passage directed against those elements that are reluctant wholeheartedly to embrace the mystical ‘European project’:

Seuls les ennemis de l’euro et du projet politique européen, notamment à la City de Londres, rêvent de pareil cataclysme.

(The cataclysm being dreamed of is the break-up of the single currency.)

Dalrymple points out that the City of London here plays the role

Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 22.42.36of the bloated plutocrat of Soviet iconography or of the Jewish manipulator of Nazi iconography, pulling the strings behind the scenes in order to achieve its malevolent design of controlling the world.

He goes on:

One can make many possible criticisms of the City of London, but a determination to destroy the viability of the euro for some unspecified, atavistic reason is certainly not among them. If the euro is viable, the City couldn’t destroy it; if it is not, the City cannot save it.

Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 22.46.11The idea

that there is a congregation of malign conspirators within the Square Mile who would rejoice at the euro’s implosion is absurd; the prospect is almost universally viewed with apprehension, though it would not come as a surprise to everyone.

Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 22.48.38The conspiracy theory

serves to suppress the thought that perhaps the European project’s creators are not much wiser than those of Balnibarbi in Gulliver’s Travels.

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The EU racket: how it works

Screen Shot 2015-04-04 at 20.55.35Dalrymple answers your questions.

When politico-bureaucrats use cant terms such as ‘ever closer union’ or ‘the construction of Europe’, what do they mean?

The phrase ‘the construction of Europe’ is often used, but never with any reference as to what, even approximately, is being constructed. It is as if the entire population of Europe were being invited on to a magic mystery tour, neither the destination nor the experiences en route having been specified. The population has merely to trust the drivers and the guides.

Screen Shot 2015-04-04 at 20.56.47What is the object of this ‘construction’?

There can be only one aim, one blueprint: a sovereign superstate that, given the modern tendency to centralisation, will leave the leaders of entire countries with fewer powers than governors of the American states.

Why are leaders of nationalisms — Catalans, Flemings, Scots, etc. — that threaten to break up long-established states so in favour of ever closer union?

Those who claim to want independence but who are simultaneously enthusiastic defenders of ‘the construction of Europe’ are enthusiastic place-seekers.

Screen Shot 2015-04-04 at 21.00.49What is the fate of such nationalisms under the European Union?

Ever less sovereignty.

Until that sovereignty withers away?

The respective nations already have such autonomy as they are ever likely to be allowed in the new dispensation to which they claim to be attached.

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Edward Heath (right), the worst British prime minister of the 20th century, and friend

Why are so many members of the French and German élites in favour of the EU?

The European Union gives the French the illusion of power and the Germans a possibility of being something other than German.

Why does the political class of all European countries so strongly favour the European racket?

It gives them the hope of eternal life, or at least of power beyond the normal natural life of a democratic politician. It is a giant pension fund for European politicians.

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Life is good

Does it not give them a bit of a break from chasing votes?

Politicians grow tired of the political game as it is played in parliamentary democracies with its tiresome and anxiety-provoking necessity to be re-elected every now and then, and want to retire to the sunny uplands of the European administration with its large salaries and even more generous expense accounts, where nothing so vulgar as an election ever takes place and where you can be important for ever, avoiding tax in perfect tranquillity and never have to pay for lunch.

Screen Shot 2015-04-04 at 21.12.47What is going through the minds of the corrupt politicians?

Who, after listening to a conversation on a bus or in a bar, would want to make it his life’s work to solicit the votes of the idiotic participants, or to make sure he said or did nothing to upset them? Such would be a life of hell, of never being able to say what you really think, of walking always on eggshells, of being so afraid of saying something that is out of line that you are reduced to langue de bois.