Mon Sep 17th, 2012 at 07:17:33 AM EST
One of the fun things about neoliberals is the disdain for solidarity: Hayek couldn't believe that Europeans could be persuaded to support people in other countries. When it turned out that they could, the right had to go to great lengths to persuade them that they shouldn't. They've carried out the same attacks locally, selling the idea that people on social welfare or unemployment benefits are almost all undeserving and lazy.
Now we see what I'll assume, given the nationalism of most of the right, is an unintended side effect: splintering of the nation states. We've had Bavarians complaining about paying for the rest of Germany and Catalonia looking for "fiscal sovereignty".
Never mind the EU, can the existing states survive much more neoliberalism and more attacks on solidarity?