The European Union: The Land of the Blind *
Wise Up Journal
By David Richards
There is a land where the populace have become so blind to their system of governance that they do not even know which country they live in.
The land of the blind is the new European Union federal state.
With the passing of the Lisbon Treaty on December 1st 2009 we are now all official citizens of this new entity with rights and duties superior to our national citizenship. All EU law now automatically supersedes national law, with about 90 per cent of our new laws coming directly from the EU. In fact, the EU will not even be run on the basis of nation states such as Britain, France or Germany but on transnational regions taking orders from Brussels.
While the EU may have been set up without provocative signs of statehood such as sports teams or military parades, we should be under no illusions that legally and in substance the Lisbon treaty is the capstone of a whole new country. The structure may be incomplete right now but will be quickly fleshed out because, and this is crucial, the Lisbon Treaty is a self-amending Treaty, which means it can expand and grant itself new powers as long as they are agreed upon by its internally ratified top politicians.
December 1st, 2009 is a day that should be burnt in our collective psyche; because like the fall of the Berlin Wall it signifies a whole new era of global politics. National sovereignty in Europe has been slowly dismantled for decades, but on that fatal day it finally died. And yet, the vast majority of Europe’s nearly 500 million citizens have yet to realise what has happened. How long will it take them to realise that their nations are extinct? That their national symbols are antiques? Their national ceremonies are nothing more than a funeral march? The answer to these questions and the populaces’ subsequent reactions will surely be one of the great political experiments of our age.
The Soviet E-Union
What then, has been constructed away from the public’s glare?
The European Union is an extremely centralised, totalitarian form of government run in collusion with big financial and corporate interests, being held up by enormous bureaucracies.
The only people we can vote for are the MEPs, whose powers are limited to suggesting amendments to laws being put through and voted on in the higher echelons of the power structure. The European parliament is there to give a democratic aesthetic to the whole arrangement. It is what former chief accountant Marta Andreasen calls a ‘mickey mouse parliament’. Everyone else; the president, the commissioners and the council of ministers are all chosen internally without public approval.Structurally, it is a replicate of the Soviet Union. As former Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky explains:
If you go through all the structures and features of this emerging European monster you will notice that it more and more resembles the Soviet Union.
It is no accident that the European Parliament, for example, reminds me of the Supreme Soviet. It looks like the Supreme Soviet because it was designed like it. Similarly, when you look at the European Commission it looks like the Politburo. I mean it does so exactly, except for the fact that the Commission now has 25 members and the Politburo usually had 13 or 15 members (will be around 18 under the Lisbon Treaty).
Apart from that they are exactly the same, unaccountable to anyone, not directly elected by anyone at all. When you look into all this bizarre activity of the European Union with its 80,000 pages of regulations it looks like Gosplan. We used to have an organisation which was planning everything in the economy, to the last nut and bolt, five years in advance. Exactly the same thing is happening in the EU. When you look at the type of EU corruption, it is exactly the Soviet type of corruption, going from top to bottom rather than going from bottom to top.’
Welcome then, to the EUSSR. You may wonder how a communistic power structure could work in harmony with the big financial and corporate interests that dominate the West. The reason is that a collectivist, planned economy is the perfect vehicle for monopoly capitalists. Taking control of government vastly increases their power and eliminates competition. Anthony C. Sutton explains this in his seminal book, Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution, ‘Monopoly capitalists are the bitter enemies of laissez-faire entrepreneurs; and given the weaknesses of social centralist planning, the totalitarian socialist state is the perfect captive market for monopolist capitalists, if an alliance can be made with the socialist powerbrokers.’
We can already see the results of this cosy union reflected in the enormous amount of EU corruption, with stories of hundreds of millions of Euros disappearing without trace. It is seen most clearly though in EU policy itself, for instance, in policies that are attacking small farmers while protecting big agricultural corporations pushing GM food. It is even clearer in the determined attack on trade unions and the introduction of policies designed to create a ‘race to bottom’ of wage and work standards across Europe.
This form of government has clearly been designed to work in harmony with monopoly capitalists. Therefore it is no surprise that the vast majority of the EU’s policies and commission statements are based on the policy papers of Business Europe, the umbrella group for corporate interests in Europe. Journalist David Cronin gives a striking example, ‘This week Barroso issued a “consultation”, ostensibly designed to kick off a debate on what the EU’s strategic goals should be for the coming decade. The top two priorities it identified were to improve the “knowledge-base” of the European economy and to ensure that its labour markets become more “flexible”. Can it be a coincidence that Jürgen Thumann, the president of Business Europe, urged that the EU set exactly the same two priorities in a speech earlier this month?’
Clearly then, when the European elite talk about a ‘progressive’ and ‘dynamic’ Europe for the 21st century they are talking about one designed in their interests, not ours. They must be, because if their plan comes to full fruition then we will be living in a new feudal system where the bankers and corporations act as our overlords.
This is our new government. What can we do to change it? We may wave our hands in the air and cry treason to the establishment, but as Lord Christopher Monckton notes: ‘It is indeed treason: but the UK courts are now mere rubber-stamps for the dictators.’ If you haven’t got it yet; the British powerbrokers wanted this. Any hope of changing it will have to come from massive grassroots resistance from the people of Europe, but for this to happen one day, we must all first realise in which country we live.