Saturday, 20 April 2013

Europes slide into authoritatianism if Hitlers dream

Freedom and justice  are lost dreams   as Europe speeds  quickly towards   repression, dissolution and chaos.Europe's slide into authoritarianism  if Hitlers dream

We did not win the war  against the Nazi;s  they flourished and  now dominate  in Europe.  No it is not the fumbling tiny nationalist parties that pose a threat  it is the Government in power wather left or right they march to the same drum beat.

Lest we forget: The neglected roots of Europe’s slide to

Europe is being torn apart by a titanic clash between (a) the
unstoppable popular rage against misanthropic austerity policies and
(b) our elites’ immovable commitment to more austerity. Precisely how
this clash will play out no one knows, except of course that the odds
do not seem to be on the side of the good. While at the mercies of
this crushing uncertainty, it is perhaps useful to take a… short quiz.
So, dear reader, will you please read the following ten quotations
and, while so doing, try to imagine who uttered or wrote these words?

[1] “Above and beyond the concept of the nation-state, the idea of a
new community will transform the living space given us all by history
into a new spiritual realm… The new Europe of solidarity and
cooperation among all its peoples, a Europe without unemployment,
without monetary crises, … will find an assured foundation and rapidly
increasing prosperity once national economic barriers are removed.”

[2] “There must be a readiness to subordinate one’s own interests in
certain cases to that of the European Community.”

[3] “The solution to economic problems… with the eventual object of a
European customs union and a free European market, a European clearing
system and stable exchange rates in Europe, looking towards a European
currency union.”

[4] “The results of excessive nationalism and territorial
dismemberment are within the experience of all. There is only hope for
peace by means of a process which on the one hand respects the
inalienable fundamental patrimony of every nation but, on the other,
moderates these and subordinates them to a continental policy… A
European Union could not be subject to the variations of internal
policy that are characteristic of liberal regimes.”

[5] “A new Europe: that is the point, and that is the task before us.
It does not mean that Italians and Germans and all other nations of
the European family are to change their spots and become
unrecognizable to themselves or to one another, from one day or one
year to the next. It will be a new Europe because of the new
inspiration and determining principle that will spring up among all
these peoples.” … “The problem of the hierarchy of states will no
longer arise. At least in its usual form, once we have cut off the
dragon’s head; that is, the notion of state sovereignty. Moreover,
this does not have to be dne outright, but can be achieved indirectly,
e.g. by creating interstate European bodies to look after certain
common interests (exchange rates, communications, foreign trade

[6] [Here I shall quote from a well received, at the time, policy
document which recommended the need to] “…put forward a European
con-federal solution based on free cooperation among independent
nations” [culminating into uniting Europe] “on a federal basis” [and
adding that, to see this federation process through], “all that is
required of European states is that they be loyal, pro-European
members of the community and cooperate willingly in its tasks… The
object of European cooperation being to promote peace, security and
welfare for all its peoples.”

[7] “We must create a Europe that does not squander its blood and
strength on internecine conflict, but forms a compact unity. In this
way it will become richer, stronger and more civilized, and will
recover its old place in the world.” “National tensions and petty
jealousies will lose their meaning in a Europe freely organised on a
federal basis. World political development consists inevitably in the
formation of larger political and economic spheres.”

[8] “It is not very intelligent to imagine that in such a crowded
house like that of Europe, a community of peoples can maintain
different legal systems and different concepts of law for long.”

[9] “In my view a nation’s conception of its own freedom must be
harmonised with present-day facts and simple questions of efficiency
and purpose… Our only requirement of European states is that they be
sincere and enthusiastic members of Europe.”

[10] “The people of Europe understand increasingly that the great
issues dividing us, when compared with those which will emerge and
will be resolved between continents, are nothing but trivial family
feuds.” … “In fifty years Europeans will not be thinking in terms of
separate countries.

OK, now that you have read the quotations, you may take a look at the
list of their authors below.

Lest I be misunderstood, allow me categorically to state what the
purpose of listing these quotations is not: It is not to imply that
the European Union we have created since WW2 was founded on
nazi-fascist principles. And it is not to insinuate that today’s
Germany bears similarities with Hitler’s Germany (for why else would I
be calling for an hegemonic Germany?).

No, the reason for relating these quotations here is that we Europeans
have a moral obligation to dispel the dangerous illusion that the
notion of a European Union, within which nationalisms and the
nation-state might gradually dissolve, was an enterprise to be
understood as the polar opposite of plans drawn up by the autocratic,
misanthropic, racist, inhuman war-mongers that rose to prominence as a
result of the mid-war European Crisis.

As the quotations above demonstrate (and however insincere their
authors might have been), the notion of a European Confederation or
even Federation is, in itself, not incompatible with what the Nazis
had in mind. The lesson to be drawn from this is not that the European
Union is totalitarian by nature but, instead, that it is not
incompatible with totalitarianism and, thus, that the current
democratic deficit that grows with every twist of the austerity screw
bodes ill for Europe’s democrats.

In brief, a multitude of evils can hide behind the ideological veil of
top-down European integration, especially when it is accomplished in
the midst of (even by means of) a vicious, asymmetrical recession. So,
I am writing today’s post as a Europeanist who wants to imagine Europe
as our common home but who also fears that Europe is sliding into an
unbearable authoritarianism threatening to turn our common home into a
shared concentration camp.


[1] Arthus Seyss-Inquart, Minister of Security and the Interior in the
post-Anschluss Nazi government, 1938, and later Prefect of Occuppied
Holland – here he is addressing his Dutch subjects

[2] Walther Funk, Finince Minister in Hitler’s government, 1942.

[3] Memorandum of the Reich Chancellery), 9 July 1940, signed by
Hermann Göring

[4] Alberto de Stefani, Finance Minister in Mussolini’s government, 1941

[5] Camillo Pellizi, editor of Civilita Fascista, in an article
entiled ‘The Idea of Europe’

[6] Cicile von Renthe-Fink, Nazi official holding the diplomatic rank
of minister of state, 1943.

[7] Vidkun Quisling, Norwegian Nazi Collaborator, ‘Prime Minister’ of
Occupied Norway, 1942

[8] Adolph Hitler, addressing the Reichstag, 1936

[9] Joseph Goebbels, 1940

[10] Joseph Goebbels, 1942

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