Well, on Franc24 I got to watch Macron describe his “vision” of the EU to the Sorbonne. It’s a frighting one, that’s for sure. It seems grounded in the Lennon song “Imagine” as he described the old, worn out, decrepit antiquated ideas of Nation and Sovereignty… Pushed for an EU police force, EU common immigration system and boarder force, an EU Food Police, a Tobin Tax on every financial transaction throughout the EU and much more.
A while was spent on the need to “Attract new talent” in the Digital Age. To which I must ask: Is France so devoid of smart adolescents and young adults that it can not educate it’s own talent? Hmmm? So we in the USA are told we need to be able to “attract new talent” from Europe and you in Europe are selling the idea you must also “attract new talent”? Doesn’t that all smack just a bit of a Big Lie to drive down wages for talent and do population replacement? Hmmm?
There was the usual trotting out of BoggeyMen to scare the rubes into accepting all this. The “Egg Crisis” ‘proves’ that it is essential for all of the EU to have One Agricultural System and One Food Police watching over it. Climate Change was waved about as justification for several power grabs, the most notable being an EU Wide transport system integration (no doubt with EU taxes and EU Traffic Police and…) that was not described in detail but gave the impression of being a push to all-electric only and making sure the plugs match…
It wasn’t clear if the EU Enforcement Authority desired was just EU Police or an EU Military too, I suspect it was left deliberately a bit vague so as to get both.
There was a pitch for the need to “support migrants” and also send buckets of money to Africa to build up their countries so that they would have less desire to migrate. How sending money to Africa will stop Muslim raids into non-Muslim areas and The Powerful Grafting All The Money, but hey, maybe it’s a French Thing…
The creepiest bit, though, was a pitch that “science” must be held superior to Politics and “business” and other forms of organization. Yeah, right. So now that you have corrupted real science into a back room driven lap dog to find “expert opinion” for whatever your goal might be, you want that to be unquestioned. Got it.
Real Science ™ is based on the idea of constant and incessant challenge of the preexisting Science. It is never settled and it is never undisputed. It can become accepted, even assumed to be right. But it is NEVER unquestioned.
There’s more just as creepy that I didn’t get notes written about. There will undoubtedly be lots of articles. The Guardian has one up already:
IMHO, Britain needs to just run for the exit as fast as it can, screw the idea of any “deal” with folks who think like that, and tell them the Divorce Check will be in the mail Real Soon Now, maybe, someday… WTO rules are way more than good enough and it is Germany and their car companies that lose the most, so they will be much more amenable to a ‘deal’ once the imbalance of trade whacks them in the pocket.
Along those same lines: Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, and more; likely need to start polishing their running shoes. Yes, this Little Hitler has a French Accent, not German, but then there’s that Napoleon history… I don’t see how a Franco / German 4th Reich is better than the last one…
Macron lays out vision for ‘profound’ changes in post-Brexit EU
French president proposes eurozone finance ministry, ‘rapid reaction force’ and EU-wide asylum agency in Paris speech
A “rapid reaction force” is different from Shock Troops how again? EU-wide Asylum Agency means Paris decides who lives in your country? (Oh, wait, you don’t want an obsolete antiquated ‘ol country now do you… you want to be in the New Improved Holy Progressive Empire…/sarc;)
Emmanuel Macron has set out his vision of a “profound transformation” of the EU, unveiling a series of proposals designed to deepen the bloc politically and harmonise rules.
“The Europe that we know is too weak, too slow, too inefficient,” the French president said in an address at Sorbonne University in Paris. “But Europe alone can give us the ability to act in the world, faced with big contemporary challenges.”
Macron’s proposals for a post-Brexit shake-up include giving the 19-member eurozone a finance minister, budget and parliament, as well as creating a Europe-wide “rapid reaction force” to work with national armies.
He called for a new tax on technology companies such as Facebook and Apple, which are accused of paying too little corporatation tax in Europe, and an EU-wide asylum agency to deal with the migration crisis.
Macron also raised the prospect of major changes to the common agricultural policy, the EU’s farm subsidy programme, which has historically been defended by France and its powerful agricultural lobbies.
French President Emmanuel Macron called on Tuesday for a common European defence force and budget, as well as common asylum offices, border police, financial transaction tax and carbon tax, in a wide-ranging speech setting out his vision for Europe.
Macron started off describing Europe as “an idea carried by optimists and visionaries” while noting that now the idea is “more fragile than ever.”
The French president framed the present in the history of post-war European integration, saying that Europeans are “heirs of two major world wars” that “should have plunged the continent into darkness”, but “we have overcome this pain without forgetting lessons.”
He said that the EU is “too inefficient and too slow”; however, “only Europe can allow us to exist in this changing world”.
So looks to me like the Plan is to tighten the noose rapidly and as much as possible now that those pesky ‘Liberty and Self Determination’ oriented Brits are on the way out…
Perhaps the Slavs and Hungarians can ‘splain it to Macron about why the Holy Roman Empire, the German Empire and the 3rd Reich didn’t work out so well… and that whole French Empire thing too…
Third Reich, official Nazi designation for the regime in Germany from January 1933 to May 1945, as the presumed successor of the medieval and early modern Holy Roman Empire of 800 to 1806 (the First Reich) and the German Empire of 1871 to 1918 (the Second Reich).
I’ll leave it for others to work out the various French Empire attempts. (1st “Colonial” Empire vs 2nd Colonial Empire vs Napoleon Empire vs …)
Top Down Authoritarian does not work out well in the end. Bottom Up by agreement does. Repeat the cycle of Freedom to Empire to Tyranny to Collapse; rinse and repeat, until learned. And do try not to invade Russia again. It hasn’t gone well for y’all.
Will Europe ever let go of the fantasy of a Grand Roman Empire past? Recognize it was in constant turmoil, and existed only on the backs of far more slaves than citizens with most folks horridly oppressed? I doubt it. You’d think after a few thousand years of Empire to Tyranny to Collapse and cycle again, someone would notice… Oh, right, LOTS of folks noticed. Including De Tocqueville… and the founders of the U.S.A.