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The political point was - and as far as the French are concerned, still is - political union.
The economic point was and is - through neo-liberal hegemony by and for the corporate sector - the withering of the State.
But the Austerian agenda embodied in the ECB constitution did not emanate from the French, I think.
We must thank the Germans for that.
"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed"
Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.
an erosion of the ethic of public service.
and a corresponding diminution of public trust in their government spokesmen.
The cultural effect of the last 30 years may be more lasting and damaging than the economic effect.
it's quicker to whip up a bubble than educate a child... the yawning gap between rich and poor, 3 generations of entitlement, and the paucity of employment opportunity leads to intense cynicism amongst the youth, and a rejection of even the most basic of social pacts. a cocktail of reasons for dissent, but the PTB, in their flawless wisdoom, have decided that a please state is one where renewables are ignored, suppressed, defamed and otherwise hobbled, when a switch would guarantee umpteen responsible jobs for the unemployed and reduce social tensions no end*, in favour of coal/gas/nuke top down oligarchy where no-one in their right mind would want to work, just to keep those freaking utility bills coming in.
*and just for kicks possibly save our species from mass extinction.
yes, we have no bananas.
'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
For true-believers in the neo-lib faith, there's no such thing as a distinction between "inside" and "outside" (the nation) or "public" and "private" administration. All administration, properly seen, is to be (or become, eventually) privately held whether in appearance or not.
So, while political ambitions there are, they aren't "french" or any other nationality; they're "purer" than that. This test of strength is at least in part a struggle over the question of who "owns" and directs the "Euro" as a currency and the monetary policies which are attached to it--- shall it "Europe", its member states, or, as corporate interests would have it, banks and their clientele interests?
It's almost not even a question at all since there doesn't seem to be much force on the side of "Europe" except that which is to be seen in the streets and public squares of Spain, Greece, etc.--though, of course, that may change and in fact, I think one way or another, it must. People have a strong aversion to starving to death.
"In such an environment it is not surprising that the ills of technology should seem curable only through the application of more technology..." John W Aldridge
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