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A Message to Europe .. Prepare for Nationalism _Michael Krieger

Sunday, November 15, 2015 8:49
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Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:

Although everyone watching has been convinced that Europe’s disastrous economy and related debt crisis would be the spark to unravel the European Union project, it appears history has its own plans.

While EU technocrats have demonstrated an uncanny ability to scheme, threaten, kick the can and lie their way around the debt crisis, the migrant crisis will prove to be a much graver threat to the project. Strikingly, all it took was a few weeks of unrelenting migrants crossing into EU borders to put an end what is essentially the only achievement of the European Union — the Schengen system of borderless travel.

Without that, what is the EU really? A collection of nation-states forced by bureaucrats to pretend they are part of an artificial fantasy superstate called Europe? An amalgamation of debt serfs and technocratic overlords? See what I’m getting at?

– From the post: Does the Migrant Crisis Represent the End of the European Union?

Before I get into the heart of this post, I want to make something perfectly clear. I am not cheering on any of what I see coming to the European continent. It will most likely be ugly, divisive, reactionary and potentially violent.

I am no more happy about what may become of Europe as I am happy about the destruction of the middle class in America. Or the decimation of civil liberties in the post-9/11 surveillance state. I could have echoed happy thoughts of solidarity and hope for the past five years of Central Bank, Wall Street and government theft as opposed to exposing oligarch crimes, but that wouldn’t have saved the American middle class either. Likewise, happy thoughts and positive thinking will not help Europe.

Actions have consequences, and people can only be pushed so far before they snap. I believe the Paris terror attacks will be a major catalyst that will ultimately usher in nationalist type governments in many parts of Europe, culminating in an end of the EU as we know it and a return to true nation-states. Although I think a return to regional government and democracy is what Europeans need and deserve, the way in which it will come about, and the types of governments we could see emerge, are unlikely to be particularly enlightened or democratic after the dust has settled.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of these horrific events, but the Paris attacks didn’t happen in a vacuum. The people of Europe have already become increasingly resentful against the EU, something which is not debatable at this point. This accurate perception of an undemocratic, technocratic Brussels-led EU dictatorship was further solidified earlier this year after the Greek people went to the polls and voted for one thing, only to be instructed that their vote doesn’t actually matter. Here’s what I wrote in the post: Greeks Flock to Grassroots Alternative Currencies in Affront to Euro Debt Slavery:

Hundreds of millions of people throughout the Western world are being forced to admit an obvious, yet uncomfortable reality. Democracy is dead. Your vote and your voice doesn’t matter. Not at all.

No group of people understand this as intimately as the Greeks. They voted for one thing, got something else, and in the process were unceremoniously reminded of their political irrelevance.

The key point I’m trying to get across here is that an increasing amount of people across Europe feel voiceless and alienated from their governments. Governments have in turn done absolutely nothing to address these concerns. Indeed, similar to in the U.S., the ruling EU power structure cares about only one thing; a further consolidation of money and power within the ranks of the entrenched status quo. People get this, and are becoming increasingly angry about it.

So what does growing anti-EU sentiment have to do with terrorist attacks? A lot, particularly with the current refugee crisis still underway. For example, the refugee crisis has only exacerbated this feeling of hopelessness, despair and chaos on the part of an increasing number of Europeans. They feel like they have already lost control of their democracies, and now they are losing control of their towns and villages. This feeling of helplessness will manifest in a desire to restore order to a world they no longer understand. It will manifest in a push to elect a “strongman” or “strongwoman” who can flip the bird to EU bureaucrats and give a voice to their anger. So while nationalist movements have been gaining momentum across Europe, they have up until now been contained by the status quo. I believe that the Paris attacks will be the catalyst to further fuel many of these nationalist movements, and ultimately bring some of them to power across the continent in the years ahead.

Of course, none of the above is inevitable. If status quo politicians in Europe make some big changes, such as restore democracy and come up with a sane refugee policy that the people can accept, the trend toward anger-feueled nationalism can be avoided…………..

…………I want to emphasize that it is still early days, and I hope the report about one of the attackers being a refugee turns out to be false. Because if not, the backlash against Muslims generally, and refugees specifically, is likely to be sustained and unjustifiably harsh. Which is truly a shame, because it is the EU politicians and Brussels technocrats who are mostly to blame for everything happening. While they are likely to be ejected from power in a coming nationalist wave, this wave will unfortunately likely be fueled by stereotyping Muslims and extreme hatred.

I really hope I am wrong about everything I wrote. I hope those advocating for positive statements and solidarity will win the day. I hope EU politicians change course before it’s too late. I hope all of those things, but hope is not going to save Europe.


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