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Thank you so much for your thoughtful response.

I regret to tell you that it is not likely I will be posting more diaries here again soon. I try to pay attention to what's happening in Europe, but it is always as a learner rather than someone with the solid groundings needed for diaring.

I very much appreciate the existance of the ET blog and its community of English language Europeans. I do very much desire that your community grow and remain strong and will try to keep a look out for opportunities to participate either with comments or diaries of my own.

Thanks so much for the reprint of the polling graph. That is worth it's pixels in gold. Of course only to the extent that it's drifts are born out.

With structures like the EU and NAFTA I sometimes fantasize Illinois or even Chicago becoming an "independent" country, tied to our neighbors still in many ways but then less tied in others. But as always such fantasies usually assume that the connection between the local and the central is more democratic than either the current U.S. and the current E.U. Both are still overly favorable to big money and corporate structures.

I suppose Royal to be comparable to Edwards and Obama, neither of whom are "progressive" enough for my tastes but each with potentially redeeming qualities.

Thanks again for your thoughtful and informative reply.

Jeff Wegerson - Prairie State Blue

by wegerje on Wed Apr 18th, 2007 at 04:20:51 PM EST
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