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You're still fighting the battles of the 19th century... In so many ways.
"We" is the commonly accepted first-person plural pronoun in English.
Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.
Don't believe your lying eyes!
The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet.
That belief is a pernicious fantasy. And whatever the merits of the regionalist vs. centralist debate on the French left (of which I am ignorant and thus reserve judgment) redstar is absolutely both right and correct to call out DCB for propagating pernicious fantasies.
Certainly, the argument that energy can be fixed by nationalising it is a caricature of this sort of reflex. I'm inclined to agree with DCB that dismembering EDF is a prerequisite to attaining a sustainable future.
It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue
- Queen Elizabeth II
There is nothing in the thread (either in DCB's commentary, Mélenchon's reply or Redstar's gloss) which indicates this "good faith" position.
If you want to begin the energy transition, there is one thing to do: break the monopoly of EDF.
If you enacted a 0.1% tax on every phone call happened in Europe, in addition to the tax on financial transactions, these could generate, according to calculations, between 50 and 80 billion euros per year that would go into Europe's coffers. There it is, the necessary room for maneuver - at the European level, not impoverished states which compose it!
Yes of course! When you hear Jean-Luc Melenchon castigate American imperialism, do not you hear the speech the hollow Communist Party diatribes against NATO in the 1950s?
What is clear is that DCB is arguing in favour of the European and infra-state levels, and that Mélenchon and Redstar are arguing for abandoning both and retrenching to the nation-state.
Forging ahead on the current institutional foundations will blow Europe apart (perhaps literally as well as metaphorically), not further the cause of European integration. We've passed the point where that train wreck could be avoided, now it's a search, rescue and salvage operation to preserve as many parts of the European federal structure as we can. And the first step in any salvage operation is triage: To identify which parts can be salvaged, which parts are irretrievably damaged, and which parts must be jettisoned because they present a clear and present danger. The common currency belong firmly and obviously in the last group.
What is also obvious is that DCB does not understand any of this.
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