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Europe's slow motion suicide

On the night of 12 March the Lisbon Treaty bill cleared its final hurdle in the House of Commons. The bill of shame now goes to the Lords. MP William Hague declared that "Everything about the ratification of this re-packaged [EU] Constitution has been marked by cynicism and calculation." And, we would add, by subterfuge, subversion, and treason.

American professor of Classics Bruce Thornton, who has just published Decline and Fall: Europe's Slow Motion Suicide, provided a classical analysis of the European Union in an interview -

It's the old Enlightenment ideal of an abstract super elite of guardians that Plato dreamed about in the Republic.

For a certain stratum it works wonderfully. They can buzz about here and there, but average people are rooted in a community. It's local. It is not abstract.

. . .The EU is abstract. It works in terms of abstract rules. It's totalizing, if not totalitarian, because it will suck in more and more regulatory power. [This] is because the more variety you have, the more power you have to have to smooth differences and variety out, so it works against particularity and against the local and that, necessarily, as we’ve seen, will work against freedom. . .It isn't democratic.

He observed, "It took the nation state to create the conditions for parliamentary government and democracy and freedom. The nation state was the community that fostered those developments."

We would add that the nation states of Britain, America, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia fostered liberty and representative government, with France an on-again, usually off-again player.

Thornton offered a number of reasons for the decline and fall of Europe. About the EU he concluded, "It will fail."

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