Is This the End of “One Europe”?
How Europe’s crisis resolves itself as yet remains unknown.
But with Sunday’s returns from France and Greece, the mega-trends on the Old Continent are unmistakable. And for the European Union, they are ominous.
Nationalism — be it economic nationalism or ethnic nationalism — is ascendant. Transnationalism and multiculturalism are in headlong if not irreversible retreat. The European project is itself imperiled.
To be sure, no one should underestimate the commitment of Europe’s elites to the vision of One Europe as challenger to the United States. In the capitals and corporate headquarters of the continent, these elites are, almost to a man and woman, devout Europeans.
Yet their ability to keep Europe on course until its peoples have yielded up their sovereignty and agreed to submerge themselves in a single entity is now in question. From Paris to Athens, the radical left and the nationalist right are resurgent. Marxists and patriots dream different dreams than the disciples of Jean Monnet...
From inception, the European project was built on a Faustian bargain.
If the nations of Europe would surrender their sovereignty, let their identities be diluted through immigration and open borders, and submerge themselves in a larger and more inclusive Europe, their peoples would be rewarded with an unparalleled prosperity.
Surrender your souls, and we will make you rich, secure and happy, said the eurocrats to the peoples of Europe.
After two terrible wars, Europe’s peoples took the bribe.
Free-riding off America’s defense, enjoying a prosperity produced by internal free trade and the explosive growth of their welfare states, financed at low interest rates once the euro was accepted as the common currency, they came to relish the good times.
Now the bill has come due. Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain must sacrifice and suffer to pay for these good times. Their public sectors must be pared back, pensions reduced, retirement age advanced. They must work harder and longer for all the years it takes to put their fiscal houses in order and pay back what they owe.
The left is saying is: We want our pensions restored, our public employees rehired. If our leaders need more money, take it from the rich, take it from the banks, take it from the big corporations.
The right is saying: We want our countries and culture back. We want our borders closed. We want no more immigration from the rest or Europe or the rest of the world.
Let France be France again. Let Greece be Greece again.
Tribalism, radicalism and socialism are the growth stocks of the new Europe....MORE...LINK
Chris Moore comments:
The West needs to restore its Greco-Christian identity -- rational Greek ethos, Christian pathos.
The great Western thinkers, religious leaders and political figures who created and roughly unified what came to be known as Western civilization should be elevated. Anyone who lives in the West should be properly educated in Western values, ethics, and the rule of law, along with veneration for the anti-tribal, melting pot concept of integrating into Western norms.
Let the individual countries keep their cultural identities and control their own immigration, but let's all embrace Western values and a love, respect and jealous protection of Western civilization and its accomplishments in human rights, liberty, free speech, (non-corrupt) democracy and the sanctity of the individual.
And the West needs to dump this grafted, tribalistic, greedy Judeo-"Christian"/Zionist/Abrahamite agenda and identity.
The Judeo-Zionsts have Israel, the Islamists have Muslim civilization.
We don't need Zionists, Islamists or their greedy, tribalistic, warlike ways in the West. They poison the environment and the polity with their constant tribal intrigue, self-serving angling, and militancy.
Their worship of wrathful Yahweh and its brooding culture of vengeance inevitably manifests in angry religo-ideologies like Islamism, and mass murderous, pseudo-secular, Jewish supremacist Trojan horse ideologies like Communism, neoconservatism and Zionism.
The West now has its own serious problems to deal with; we don't need Abrahamites bringing their nutty, tribal, scorched earth ideas and Old Testament desert religious fever into the Western realm.