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2 August 2012
DUBIOUS CULTURAL TOSH
The European Union is, in essence, an institution the purpose of which is to create a uniform economic environment without national borders throughout Europe in which global businesses can operate freely and with minimal regulation, taking advantage in particular of the economies of scale provided by a single homogenised market-place. However, it seems clear to us that this is only the first stage. After all, you have to start somewhere. The European project kicked off in 1952 with the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), which had only six member states. Today the European Union, the latter-day successor of the ECSC, has 27 member states. And its ambitions don’t end there. The Eurocrats are now eyeing up Turkey, the remainder of the Balkans, the countries of the Caucasus, etc. The important thing to remember is that the market does not give a hoot about “Europe” as a historical, political, cultural or social entity – just as it did not give a hoot about Europe’s nation states as historical, political, cultural or social entities. The unending stream of cultural tosh churned out by the EU’s propaganda departments – historically dubious twaddle about Europe’s common democratic origins, its shared Christian morality, its collective contributions to art and literature, etc – is mere eyewash, a public relations exercise deliberately undertaken to distract attention from the ugly reality of the homogenised market that is at the camouflaged core of the project. The market is concerned exclusively with the bottom line. Profit – ever- increasing profit – alone matters. That is why the market is continually pressing for an ever-increasing territorial base in which to continue its insatiable expansion. The logical conclusion is a homogenised world economy precision-tailored to facilitate the unregulated exactions of an oligarchy of business megaliths. It is this nightmare scenario towards which the European Union is relentlessly dragging its victim peoples.
You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts. For instance:
1. Why? or How? That is the question(3 Jan 2012)
2. Partitocracy v. Democracy (20 July 2012)
3. The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices(2 Feb 2012)
4. Capitalism in practice (4 July 2012)
5. Ladder (21 June 2012)
6. A tale of two cities (1) (6 June 2012)
7. A tale of two cities (2) (7 June 2012)
8. Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat(31 Jan 2012)
Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.
The EU wide tendering process required for all government contracts has contributed to a growth in civil servants required to handle all the extra EU documentation, as well as preventing countries supporting their own local businesses. This in turn has contributed to the collapse of the PIGS economies. Britain is damaged too – as in the Siemens/Bombardier scandal