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They really can not say it

by kcurie Thu Jan 18th, 2007 at 02:12:13 AM EST

This is going to be a very simple diary.
A very simple indeed.

There are great questions in the universe and our life that belittle us but that have easy explanations when you belong to the elite.

Who Am I? A congregation of souls
Where do we go? As a person to the grave, as a specie probably nowhere after a 4-million year window and as a planet to go five billion more years around a star in the outskirts of a galaxy in the outskirts of the universe.
Where do I come from? Dust of supernovas and cooperation selection.
What is the truth of existence? You just cannot know it but you can live it through your relation with others.
What can/would a pundit/plutocrat/neo-center/neolib marketista never say? That Europe goes somehow fine.

Promoted by Colman


Yes... it is this simple.. what would be the proper title of an article starting with...

By rights, Europe should be celebrating. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding Treaty of Rome in 1957, and the European Union is on a roll. Its economy is outperforming the United States. Unemployment is falling. The Union's prosperous embrace has taken in post-communist Eastern Europe. Impoverished countries such as Ireland, Portugal and Spain have become comfortably middle class while health care, free education, housing, clean water and decent roads can today be taken for granted by all.


?????

Hint: Observe the "By rights" beginning

Answer:"Unhappy Anniversary" or "Will Europe survive 2007?"

Europe go

If you want other gems.. just proceed. Things like...


Why, then, are Europeans so miserable? Instead of quaffing champagne and penning grateful eulogies to the founding fathers, they are moping.

These downward trends to a large degree reflect a deficiency of leadership. France's Jacques Chirac, Britain's Tony Blair and Germany's Gerhard Schröder spent more time squabbling than they did on making Europe work. Will that change in 2007 with a new generation of leaders? Not likely.

Uups... he is balanced..attacking everyone .. left and right. This is what I call the balance of "they-are-all-the-same-those-mot-f-ck Europeans".

No, no , please I would not do this argument straightforwardly because I have been invited by a magazine to write the now so famous "pseudo-intellectual"..approach. So the real problem is that the new leaders " do envision strong EU leadership but they largely disagree about its direction. This is a recipe for division and paralysis."

Oh gee... yes paralysis..we may agree is a bad word. After the constitution failure there has not been political reforms in Europe bringing more democracy and more cohesion because nation states do not want to or seem to or because complex issues... It is really interesting to talk about it... nahhh.  down deep we all know that division and paralysis comes from the fact that:


when it comes to reforms at home that would make Germany's energy market more efficient by relaxing state controls and opening closed utility markets? Forget it. When the European Commission last week suggested a modest program to make Europe's state-dominated energy sector more transparent and competitive, Berlin made clear it had no intention of dismantling its sacred monopoly.

And do not let me even start with those nasty french people (or frogs or whatever)


Berlin's attitude is sweet music in France. Both candidates for the Elysée in May adopt a hawkish protectionist tone on trade and reject reform of the EU's wasteful agricultural subsidies. Each seeks scapegoats for high unemployment and low growth by railing at the European Commission in Brussels or the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

Those french are really like stupid kids, really. They broke something, whatever, and they want to scapegoat. But we all know french people, don't we?

We can only foresee one savor... yes Gordon Brown  to the rescue because he "has denounced EU regulation and red tape" but oh my God.. ei Me the writer should be balanced.. so despite I want to carry the water for England and for Brown I just can not do it completely.
What should our hero do?
Oh yes, I know I know, now it is the moment of one of the most famous rethoric figures I have seen lately:
"NON-CRITIC CRITICISM".. or in other words..."his only fault is that he works too  much"..

In this case Gordon Brown  just does not realize that "to win these fights requires a strategy of networking and influence-building in 26 other EU capitals, as well as Brussels, for which Brown has so far shown little appetite."

And now for the metaphor. We can not end a pseudo-intellectual and pseudo-religious article full of common places with no insight whatsoever without a wonderful metaphor to denigrate Europe. A powerful one, please. If it is possible, it should come directly from the neocon think tanks... something that inspires a fear.. yeah I have got it from the American Enterprise Institute...irrelevance. Yes, this is right... and what is irrelevant in our culture, I can see the evil right-wing anthropologists asking in the swimming-pool of the think tank? oh yeah, in western societies we consider children gods and old people waste (in opposition with other cultures down there in Africa where elder people are even killed because if they grow too old they become too powerful and know-it-all)..

So Europe is fretting that may be...


 EU is the sick man of contemporary geopolitics, a kind of elderly relative, stuck in the corner with a great past but not much of a future, The problem is accentuated when elected leaders such as Merkel, Brown, Sarkozy and Royal only see the EU as a problem, rather than an opportunity. If they feel that way, why should voters think differently?

And with this simple diary I have clearly answered one of the deep questions/misteries of our time. What can/would a pundit/plutocrat/neo-center/neolib marketista never say?

We all know now.. even if the bloke is a Labour M.P.

Rest my case

Display:
Merkel, Brown, Sarkozy and Royal only see the EU as a problem, rather than an opportunity. If they feel that way, why should voters think differently?

It seems to me the only one of these four who really sees the EU as a problem is Brown, whom McShane appears to support.

And when a former UK Minister for Europe spreads this pernicious down-talking of Europe in Newsweek, adding his voice to the propaganda noise about an out-dated, irrelevant EU, why should voters think differently?

A pleasure,

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Jan 17th, 2007 at 02:57:58 PM EST
Amen.

Amazing propaganda. And Labour.. you know.

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Wed Jan 17th, 2007 at 03:05:44 PM EST
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It is really a sad state of affairs when Labour MPs are pundit/plutocrat/neo-center/neo-lib marketistas.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 17th, 2007 at 03:07:01 PM EST
As you may guess I was going to let Jerome make the decosntruction... but after watching the author and hte online title of US MSNBC-Newsweek link to the NEwsweek Internation edition as "WIll Europe survive".. I really had to rest my case...

We all know now why we are not swimming in cava... because of the sad state of affairs you mention.

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Wed Jan 17th, 2007 at 03:09:29 PM EST
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Mac Shane deserves a second one.

As soon as I can ,which may not be until tomorrow evening or even later.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Jan 17th, 2007 at 06:14:43 PM EST
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A second one? You mean he ahs a second article... or youa re working in another smack down on your own of the same article?

Well... Mac Shame... is a good nick name.. that's all I can say to support you.

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Jan 18th, 2007 at 04:01:53 AM EST
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I will do a second deconstruction - even with yours now on the front page.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 18th, 2007 at 04:20:08 AM EST
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i'm kinda glad europe ( a tidy nickname for 'your last hope') isn't wasting energy trumpetting its glorious achievements right now.

ther are notable successes to acknowledge and i am duly grateful for them.

however we have just begun, and there is a long way to go before breaking out the laurels, imho.

by historical accident it has become our role to speak for relative reasn, standing as we are between the smug wurlitzer accross the atlantic, and the billions whose voices still are unheard, who look at us as the enemy still for our greed and powergames.

not to mention many who look to us to modulate america's global predator role, or help pick up the pieces after bubble boy has shattered the china.

we are still carrying way too much american dirty water, and as befits this codependent attitude, are they thankful for it?

noooo, they sneer.

while they borrow our culture and price it up 'back home'.

gourmet-ing out on our wines and chocolate, our pates and our pizza.

and we gobble their action movies, vidgames..

so it goes...

thanks kc for a good diary.

there is something so delightfully elliptical about your style...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Jan 18th, 2007 at 04:32:23 AM EST
and we gobble their action movies, vidgames..

And don't forget Buffalo wings!

i'm kinda glad europe ( a tidy nickname for 'your last hope') isn't wasting energy trumpetting its glorious achievements right now.

i hear you.  "Speak softly and carry a big euro."  i bet nothing has convinced the average American on the street more of Europe's viability than the strong euro (whether or not that reasoning is sound).  even if you barely understand anything about economics (like me), headlines like this will gradually persuade Americans that Europe still has legs.

having said this, as jerome never tires to point out, if english press interpretations of economic conditions are not counterbalanced by european interpretations, then even europeans themselves will start to buy the badmouthing.

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.

by marco on Thu Jan 18th, 2007 at 05:06:55 AM EST
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lol!

speak softly and carry a big euro

funtastic...

your last comment makes me wonder if that means we have to start counterbalancing propaganda, or is that lowering?

i think i know the amswer.

patient deconstruction...people will figure out the truth, the more the lies are pointed out.

trying to outboast the neolib fellatio parlour...forget it...

like arguing with a drunk...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Jan 18th, 2007 at 05:37:37 AM EST
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your last comment makes me wonder if that means we have to start counterbalancing propaganda, or is that lowering?

i think i know the amswer.

patient deconstruction...people will figure out the truth, the more the lies are pointed out.

i share your discomfort.  both for the reason i think you mean ("two wrongs don't make a right", "the ends doesn't justify the means", "don't fight dirty just because your opponent does", etc.) but also because i am wary of any kind of us vs. them tribe-think and ideology that so often cause such destructive extremism and confrontationalism.

that is why i was initially rather uncomfortable with kcurie's You really want to fight back? Manifesto diary (although I enjoyed it very much).

having said that, i am starting to see -- and have been impressed by -- the power of omnipresent and repetitive characterizations in the (English) press that are not seriously questioned, much less debated, and so take on the allure of objectivity.

and that makes me worried that "patient deconstruction" may not be enough.

and it's why i was so happy and hopeful upon learning about the appearance of EuroNews and France24.

well, besides a big euro, let's hope Europe can continue building an ever more impressive portfolio of "actions that can speak louder than words".

(indeed, in the U.S. it was not propaganda that finally won over the majority of Americans to throw out the Republicans, but the undeniable stinking pile of mis-actions that Bush et al. had accumulated... though i know many conservative diehard Americans will still insist that it was the propaganda of the liberal press.)

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.

by marco on Thu Jan 18th, 2007 at 06:12:44 AM EST
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Actually, if Zapatero is president of Spain right now is becuase the Spanish center-left has the infrastructure I described in the diary.. but only for Spain.

My point is that, unfortunately, there is no other way to fight right now... as much as I would like that every single person could understand a sober scientific article with the very detailed metaphors and explanations used, the truth is that most people only control the most standard methods.. and this is why advertisement works.

:)

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Jan 18th, 2007 at 10:46:11 AM EST
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We on the left have two problems:

  1.  The plutocrats own the mass media - Rupert Murdoch, et. al. - and thus start any discussion.  They also set the terms and context of a discussion.  We are always in reactive mode, a bad place to be strategically and tactically.  

  2.  The hired guns within and outside the news (sic) organizations are really, really good at Framing the discussion using emotive language and selective evidence.  

Examples are not given.  They are not necessary.

We do have an advantage with the rise of the internet.  The WWW has given an opening for access, at least, to multi-media presentations (YTube), spoken, and written communications with the potential to reach a mass audience.  

The plummeting costs of video production and distribution using DVD technology is another communication channel.

Internet based "radio" also exists.  About which I know nothing.  

If you're reading this then you know about blogs.

Our disadvantage is the lack of secure funding for our efforts.  All of the four venues mentioned above depend on individual effort, are labor intensive, are risky, and that risk is not mitigated by the paucity of the reward(s) when compared to those of the Establishment media companies; a wildly successful alternative production will bring in thousands of dollars, a moderately successful Establishment production will garner millions.  The effort and cost are similar for both productions.  

The work being done by alternative communication entities should not be belitted, and I don't.  But the systematic barriers in reaching a mass audience with our side of issue should not be belittled either.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Jan 18th, 2007 at 02:18:47 PM EST
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 and soem other Euroepan coutnires there are conglomerates which set the narrative in the center-left position by default.

This is something mass media in Europe realized.. thety can make huge money with center-left policies.. the good side of this investment for rich elements ina society is that eocnomic poicies never reach the left territory..but always remain from center-left to neolib...
I hope one day a nationa US network becomes completely center-left...thsi is dailykos style.

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Jan 18th, 2007 at 03:00:21 PM EST
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and soem other Euroepan coutnires there are conglomerates which set the narrative in the center-left position by default.

Can you name some?  (Not a challenge, just pure request for information, as I am too unfamiliar with the European media to know.)

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.

by marco on Thu Jan 18th, 2007 at 08:01:26 PM EST
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In Spain  is PRISA groups which control the largest newspaper and the largest radio network (EL PAis y LA SER). They also control a national TV channel

In Cataloina you ahve to add public radio plus El Periodico Group Newspapers. Even Godo Group (editor of the mainc catalan newspaper La Vanguardia) is very balanced and youc an here both points of view. The radio network of the Godo group in Catalonia is clearly on the center-left, left.

This is in Spain... In England The Guardian and the Independent do have mainly this point of view. And in BBC you ahve both points of view. Although in England everything is balanced to the extereme comapred with Spain.

Situation in Italy is more problematic but I guess in France and Germany there are examples and some other people could give it to you.

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Fri Jan 19th, 2007 at 05:04:01 AM EST
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Indeed.. ont he two counts.

First, carry a big euro.

Second..a nd more important, we must not bleieve all the hype and all the nonsense that they spew at the European model.... and keep it that way. Strong union, high wages and stability...(universal health care, universal education and universal social security) plus a pro-peace , pro-secular and pro-environment general mythology among the public.

Great comment

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Jan 18th, 2007 at 10:40:43 AM EST
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Oh come on, whose wine and chocolate?

...a wino chocoholic.  

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears

by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Thu Jan 18th, 2007 at 01:31:55 PM EST
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ours, while we play on our american computers, assembled in asia, probably!

bon appetit

pass the santa cruz zinfandel...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Jan 18th, 2007 at 08:16:03 PM EST
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Thanks Melo.  I do like Zinfandel (Euro grape peeled or not), but cacao is American of course.  There is, however, a family here in town of German descent.  The patriarch came over some time early last century and started a cacao plantation that the family still owns.  See this for tours offered to this old plantation and birth place of chocolate/cacao The locally produced chocolate isn't bad either.  Of course you Europeans  made it a delectable concoction.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Thu Jan 18th, 2007 at 10:31:32 PM EST
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