Towards A Good Samaritan World

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Someone else thinks "Europe Doesn't Believe in Democracy":

It may sound apocalyptic, but I do believe that the democratic experiment in continental Europe, begun just over 200 years or so ago, is coming to a close.


The European Union is creating what it hopes will be a benign oligarchy.
Real political power will reside once again within elite circles (as it does
already in France) which will conduct their business in the corridors rather
than in the assemblies.


Like I said.

Give the people power and they do bad things. Like Robespierre's Terror. Or the Bolshevik revolution. Or bringing Hitler to power. Or re-electing George W. Bush.

[UPDATE: Also note that Chirac and Schroeder are unpopular, but their anti-American foreign policy stance is popular. It's a lesser version of the phenomenon you see in the Arab countries, where the ruling class deflects popular anger from domestic stagnation to external enemies. Just in case I'm sounding too negative on Europe, it has a lot of good people, beautiful landscapes and scenery, and absolutely wonderful history. The Europeans seem to be walking into a strange twilight... The Wrong Nation?]

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