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?"
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