The European Union and the euro must be unwound and Germany and France must again plough their own furrows, Declan Hayes writes.
Though explaining who really rules Europe begins with the Peloponnesian wars and carries on through our more recent Napoleonic wars, it only ends when the governance issues Pericles and Plato first raised are finally resolved. As Donald Kagan reminds us that Pericles believed he and his fellow Athenians should “decide public questions ourselves, or at least come to a sound understanding of them,” his Spartan squabbles are an excellent place to begin our analysis of Europe’s current decline, not least because Pericles and his Peloponnesian wars form the intellectual underpinnings of Europe’s real rulers, such vile Americans as Dick Cheney, Victoria Nuland, Robert Kagan, and his father, the aforementioned Donald, the noted scholar on Pericles’ wars.
These pretentious thugs see Europe’s current dilemma as the same matrix Pericles faced. They want us to have no clear understanding of who we the people (demos) are or where the power (cratos) to rule us lies. Our European nations must not be sovereign, independent actors or form autonomous alliances. When, like the Irish, we vote against Europe’s (sic) interests, we are forced to vote again and again until we vote the right way, their way. Whether we are looking at Ireland, the Netherlands, France, Germany or Italy, we the people must have no meaningful input into the power matrix, their power matrix.
Power, it seems, is ever above and beyond us. It must rest with others, with the European Commission, the European Council, the Troika, the European Central Bank or some other lot who get to dine with the G7 or World Economic Forum’s crews who, their media mouth pieces assure us, know best.