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PostBrexit Update: EU is More Like USSR than USA (Nigel Jones, UK, 10/09/17 4:48 am)
As Istvan Simon (8 October) demonstrates, too many Americans are ignorant about how the European Union actually operates, vaguely thinking that the EU is some sort of liberal, well-meaning, economically efficient enterprise resembling the USA. In fact it is none of these things and is a totalitarian project that no American--particularly one coming from Communist Eastern Europe as Istvan does--should or would dream of accepting for themselves for a moment. So if they wouldn't, why should we Europeans?
Istvan makes the fundamental error of comparing the EU with the US. The US was a new nation founded by migrants from Europe explicitly committed to freedom and democracy and building their country on those principles. The EU is a conglomerate of ancient nations with different languages, laws and economies cobbled together and run from on high by a bunch of second-rate politicians and bureaucrats. It does not merely have "shortcomings" as Istvan says. It is fundamentally flawed and rotten to the core.
Although the EU pretends to be a nation, with a flag, anthem, fake Parliament and such trappings, it cannot be one in actuality since its people do not feel that they are Europeans. They stubbornly remain Germans, Italians, Spanish and so on: even Catalonians. Californians are Americans but Britons remain Britons--or English, Scots, Welsh, Irish, not Europeans. Crucially, no one would fight or die for the EU (with the possible exception of the shiny-bottomed bureaucrats who run it, who might battle to retain access to their favourite restaurants, fat salaries and generous pensions).
Like all such multi-ethnic empires (eg. the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia) directed by an unrepresentative elite, it cannot survive in the long term. As the man who presided over the collapse of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, said: it is a mystery why Europe's politicians should seek to resurrect that disaster on European soil. For the EU is far closer to the USSR than it is to the USA.
Since my fellow countryman John Heelan has already enlightened Istvan in detail on the dictatorial nature of the EU, I will confine myself to correcting his misapprehensions about the situation in post-referendum Britain.
I am not aware that I predicted that the EU would " implode" after Brexit as Istvan says. What I did (and do) believe is that Brexit represents one of many straws in the wind which will lead to its demise. Other such recent signs include the resistance of other countries, including Istvan's native Hungary and the conservative Polish government to EU (read German) diktats that they should accept more Middle Eastern migrants and thus speed the Islamification of their societies; the rise of AfD in Germany as a response to Merkel welcoming a million such migrants; the toxic levels of long-term youth unemployment in southern Europe; the EU's crippling debts; the unresolved Greek crisis, and now the threat of Catalan secession which would automatically exclude Catalonia from the EU.
The only signs that Brexit will not go well for Britain are the continued bleating by those (nicknamed Remainiacs or Remoaners) who were on the losing side of the referendum and refuse to accept its result, as well as the foot-dragging reluctance of our politicians to respect the democratic will of the people to withdraw from an organisation that never suited British history, law, culture or economic interest.
But that boat has sailed. Britain is leaving by the spring of 2019 for good or ill, with or without a deal. We will reclaim our independence and freedom and all Americans who value those things should applaud us.
JE comments: I'm fascinated by neologisms: "Remainiac" and "Remoaners" are going in my notebook.
Istvan Simon (next) has already responded to John Heelan on Brexit-EU. For now, a question for Nigel Jones: what would Brexit "without a deal" look like? On the surface it's obvious, but what about immigration, trade, finance/banking, and a myriad of other treaties and accords?
Many have fought and died for NATO, and even the UN. Why should the EU automatically be different?