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The fundamental assumption appears to be that the EU is a neo-liberal institution. Certainly it has embraced some neo-liberal economic policies as its member state governments have drifted ever further rightwards, but I would argue that the EU - especially in relative to USA terms - is a fundamentally social-democratic concept seeking to prevent increasingly globalised capital from dividing and conquering small states, playing them off against each other, and capturing the smaller ones. One of the fundamental drivers of Brexit is the failure of global capital to completely capture the EU, preferring instead to deal with a smaller and weaker target in the UK.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Nov 19th, 2018 at 12:16:50 AM EST
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