The Tower of Babel
These evolutions force us, not only to find an effective answer in day-to-day political terms, but also to revisit the very concepts on which our political and societal institutions are based, to reaffirm our commitment to democracy and the rule of law, to redefine our attachment to globalisation and international integration, to upgrade our engagement in multilateralism and multiculturalism. Either we will shape the new world order, or we will suffer the consequences.
According to itselfThe Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.But what about reality? The European Union is a prime example of globalization by the hands of the power elite who took more and more control over European nations and beyond. In 2008 José Manuel Barroso saidToday Europe can propose the principles and rules that will shape a new global order.He also speeched abouthow the European Union can contribute to global governanceandthe European Union as an example of international and transnational governance for the world. Basically the EU is one big step in the globalist agenda, from nation states to a supranational union, which eventually is supposed to turn into a world government. Of course this goes hand in hand with a decline of power of nation states and an increase of power of international or global entities. More power for the power elite, less power for the people. Martin Feldstein said thatthe primary political motive for increased European integration is to enhance Europe's role in world affairs.The EU is of course first of all about power.
The Tower of Babel
The first picture shows the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The second picture displays The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder next to an early EU propaganda poster. The similarities are obvious. According to the story of the Tower of Babel, a united human race in the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating eastward, comes to the land of Shinar. There they agree to build a city and a tower tall enough to reach heaven. God, observing their tower and wicked plan, confounds their speech so that they can no longer understand each other, and scatters them around the world. The symbolism is obvious. Essentially it symbolizes the will of the power elite to bring back all nations under one umbrella or one world government.
A higher species of men which, thanks to their preponderance of will, knowledge, wealth and influence make use of democratic Europe as their aptest and most mobile tool, in order to bring into their own hands the destinies of the Earth and as artists to shape 'man' himself.
The Will to Power is said to describe what Friedrich Nietzsche may have believed to be the main driving force in humans. The idea for the European Union can be traced back directly to globalization and the will of the power elite to create a one world government. Powerful globalists like Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Józef Retinger, Jean Monnet and Winston Churchill were instrumental in creating their desired supra-national union. Józef Retinger also helped found the secretive Bilderberg Group. Konrad Adenauer, Robert Schuman and Paul-Henri Spaak are regarded as the three pioneers of European unification. Robert Schuman was instrumental in building post-war European and trans-Atlantic institutions and was one of the founders of the European Union, the Council of Europe and NATO. The declaration he gave on the 9th of May 1950 is believed to be the founding text of European integration. One of the major stated aims of unification was to compete with the United States and the Soviet Union, but it was rather meant to strengthen the Anglo-American Empire economically and weaken the Soviet Union, pretty much like NATO was intended to do militarily. Important is the Atlantic Alliance. Powerful people on the other side of the Atlantic played an important role in the creation of the European Union as well. The Marshall Plan led to the creation of the OECD. The Marshall Plan also marked the entry of Western Europe into the consumer age and Americanization and Atlanticism boomed. Books like "The European Union and Emerging Powers in the 21st Century: How Europe Can Shape a New Global Order" by Sven Biscop understate the given that globalization is a one-way street, leaving no room for alternatives and no way back. It's the iron will of the power elite. See also the iron law of oligarchy.
The democratic deficit is a lack of legitimacy in that EU decisions are not sufficiently responsive to public preferences and scrutiny. This gap between elite opinion and public opinion on European integration has also been established in more empirical terms showing differences in the areas in which political elites and European publics are willing to confer power to the EU.
Last year's referendums on their Accession Treaties were travesties of democracy. Public funding, the mass media and the referendum rules were grotesquely unbalanced in favour of EU accession. The EU Commission, ever anxious to increase its own power, interfered massively in favour of the Yes-side - almost certainly in breach of EU law, which gives the Commission no competence in treaty ratification.
Globalization is essentially contrary to democracy. Practically all EU member states and their governments are extremely pro-EU and their state media are extremely biased in favor of EU. Therefore criticism is hard to find and oppressed. The 2004 referenda for the EU Constitution are good examples of extreme manipulation of EU populations to vote in favor of EU. Criticism is censored on all state media or minimized to insignificance. Since the outcomes of these referenda were not in favor of the EU elite they simply canceled all future referenda in order to roll out their globalization agenda regardless of the people's opinion. So much for so-called "democracy" in the EU.
The EU has shown that states can come together and form a collective, in terms of sharing laws, currency, security, and other areas that are usually under the control of a singular nation state. Consequently, the traditional view of sovereignty has especially been challenged in recent years. Since the EU is made of different member states, in order for the EU to have power and sovereignty, the member states have given up much of their sovereign power.
Globalization essentially undermines sovereignty. The European unification processwas and is unique in history because it entailed a partial surrender of national sovereignty to a common European institution, something that had not happened before in the European history of nations.The power elite draw ever more power from people to themselves.
It has been estimated that the EU costs us around £1,000 billion a year - an incredible £2000 for every man, woman and child in Europe. So what do we get for our money?
According to the European CommissionCorruption remains a major problem in the countries of the European Union and levels are thought to have risen over the last three years.The EU is a bureaucracy whose leaders are not democratically elected by EU citizens, but they are appointed by the EU power elite themselves. This is like cronyism. The EU is also a good example of revolving door politics. Once a national politician has proven his pro-EU worth he is often promoted to some lucrative EU position or at some of the multinational corporations owned by the power elite. The EU is in essence undemocratic. The EU power elite make laws and regulations for member states without the consent of the people who are simply forced to abide by those laws. Usually those laws are such that small and medium-sized businesses are duped while the multinationals thrive. The question is not "whether" the EU is corrupt, but "how" corrupt, and due to constant and massive pro-EU propaganda most people haven't got much of a clue. Many leaders of EU nations are involved in corruption scandals. Of course anybody who thinks that corrupt people will ever tackle corruption is a complete idiot.
If you want to avoid paying taxes and have no problem with dicey business practices, Europe has a lot to offer.The EU power elite have created a tax haven empire for the super-rich. As Luxemburg's minister of finance Jean-Claude Juncker turned Luxembourg into Europe's leading tax haven. He made sure that wealthy institutions and individuals can avoid the taxes little people and small businesses must pay. He was involved in the so-called Luxembourg Leaks and the Juncker spy scandal. Politicians in Brussels have maneuvered to save him from the scandals. The European power elite elected Juncker as president of the European Commission. Before the French referendum on the EU constitution in 2005 he saidif it's a yes, we will say, 'On we go', and if it's a no, we will say, 'We continue'.So much for so-called "democracy" in the EU. He also once memorably said thatwhen it becomes serious, you have to lie. A professional liar like Juncker in such an important position says a great deal about the EU and the power elite in control of it.
According to the European CommissionIn 2012, close to 125 million people - almost a quarter of the population in the EU - were at risk of poverty or social exclusion (see STAT/13/184). Almost 50 million are suffering severe material deprivation.According to the WHOThe number of children living in relative poverty is increasing across all Member States in the WHO European Region.While the rich get richer and the super-rich even more so, the rest suffers the consequences of growing extreme inequality.
In this picture the signing the New European Union Constitution in Rome, October 29, 2004.
Nice symbolism again. The signing took place in the Hall of the Horatii and Curiatii of the Capitoline Museums. In the hall the statues of two popes are situated. Pope Urban VIII is known to have expanded the papal territory by force of arms and advantageous politicking. Pope Innocent X is known as one of the most politically shrewd pontiffs greatly increasing the temporal power of the Holy See. The story of the Horatii and Curiatii takes place during the Roman Kingdom era and is about Roman rule over a neighbouring city, Alba Longa, where the mythical figures Romulus and Remus were born who are linked to the founding of Rome and the Roman Kingdom. The Roman Kingdom eventually transformed into the Roman Republic, then the Roman Empire, and eventually the Roman Catholic Church when the pope took absolute power evidenced by for example the appointing of kings and queens and emperors. The Roman constitution served as the basis for all later constitutions in the West. Perhaps the European Union undergoes a similar transformation from Republic to Empire.
The EU Constitution was a show of anti-democracy preceded with heavy one-sided pro-European Union propaganda. With heavily controlled referenda these power elite tried to make it seem more democratic. Hans Martin Bury said thatThe EU constitution is the birth certificate of the United States of Europe.The United States of Europe is in comparance with the United States of America. The European Union is an empire ruled by unelected power elite whose agenda is globalization which is opposed to democracy. The concept of the Eurosphere or European Empire has grown in popularity in the early years of the 21st century and shows the tendency of these power elite. The Telegraph reported in 2009 thatThe European Union has drawn up secret plans to establish itself as a global power in its own right with the authority to sign international agreements on behalf of member states.The EU is all about power.
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