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02 August 2016

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Seamus Padraig

The only change I ever hear Brussels floating is the idea of 'ever closer union', which is precisely what the overwhelming majority of Europeans (not just 'Euroskeptics') don't want. If there's any plan to democratize the EU, scrap the euro or end austerity, I haven't heard it.

Seamus Padraig

"Even though the Fourth's ideology is the complete opposite of the attempted Third Reich's yet it is still carried out with the tempo, the unforgiveness, the arrogance and the iron hand of its predecessor."

This is what so many Germans refuse to understand. They are taught to believe that Hitler's cardinal sin was nationalism rather than imperialism. Consequently, they think that by declaring themselves to be 'anti-Deutsch' and phasing out the German nation that they are finally getting rid of the problem, and with it, all of their war-guilt. But the real problem, since 1871, has always been the rapacious and expansive German corporate-state. Getting rid of the German nation will simply remove another obstacle in its path. The description the EU as an economic Fourth Reich is therefore quite apt.

LeaNder

Yes, as other's said, some things never change:

"The pacifist Germans -while conveniently blaming all international fiascos they have been involved in on the Americans- wont be able to continue building their Fourth Reich in the disguise of the EU. Even though the Fourth's ideology is the complete opposite of the attempted Third Reich's yet it is still carried out with the tempo, the unforgiveness, the arrogance and the iron hand of its predecessor. On the other hand our American friends wont be able to continue to siphon off the cream of other countries' work through the globalized, but firmly american controlled financial system, and the dollar. How convenient that a regulation free international environment favors mostly, almost exclusively the monopolistic giant American multinational companies? Don't get me wrong I would not like to see a third German attempt on a forceful European unification, nor a chaotic international order with no rules and no number one player. "

Balint, I appreciate that you so perfectly recognize the real German (Nazi) character beneath its "pacifist" mask.

But, would you care to elaborate on the first sentence/statement. What exactly do we collectively and incorrectly blame the US for? The collapse of the housing bubble with its shadow banking system? Was the Deutsche Bank really behind it all?

And when exactly did we start to create the Fourth Reich?

βάρβαρος bárbaros, βάρβαροι, bárbaroi, the one that utters indistinguishable br-br-br sounds.

Babak Makkinejad

A "Liberal" political order or dispensation, in my opinion, squarely rests of some sort of implicit or explicit consensus on what is Possible (as opposed to being merely Desirable in someone's feverish fantasy life) within a political economy.

Conservative & Liberal parties in the Western Diocletian states operate and bicker, forever, on just about the right amount of socialism in the body politic.

Had the Hungarian experiment not been crushed by USSR, I should think that there would have been an analogous situation in Hungary; with a Conservative (Stalinist) Communist Party and Liberal (Goulash) Communist party; forever bickering about just the right amount of capitalism to have in the political economy.

But the evolution of such a consensus for a middle ground is not pre-ordained. It clearly does not exist in much of the world where people and populations are dealing with immediate problems of food and shelter or are, alternatively, are fired up by dreams of a Utopia which does not immediately make itself conducive to the acceptance of any middle ground.

"Wishy-washy", as an adjective, is still a negative in much of the world - I should think.

Babak Makkinejad

Hitler actually said that: "Europe can only be unified under Germany."

He went about it the wrong way, he should have setup an Inter-European Monetary Fund, a European Bank, a Bank of International Settlement.

Babak Makkinejad

I do not agree.

From the time of Aristotle and his "Prime Mover" we have been able to infer the existence of God.

What we have not been able to infer is that God cares about Man - or indeed the entire Creation.

That is where faith comes in, which is not Irrational rather, non-Rational.

The Irrational are those who go against the Supreme Rationalist - Baruch Spinoza.

Balint Somkuti

Since the decline is not obvious yet. Rome has not been directly attacked the army is still unbeaten I would say 270ish. Only the peripheries are in real danger. The core only suffers from the consequences of his own hedonism.

Balint Somkuti

Yes. Corporate feudalism. Excellent summary. I see jobs become hereditary titles. Like dux or even imperator. Imagine his highness CEO Smith or her highness general manager Johnson.

Balint Somkuti

In my opinion they have the same exceptionalism problem as most americans. And drew the wrong conclusions from two defeats.

Like you said.

Balint Somkuti

Yes 2008 crisis military blunders flow of migrants you name it. They have som truth but selfreflection an humbleness is sorely lacking from them. They behave in my region like the french in their colonies and the anglosaxons everywhere in the world.

Balint Somkuti

One more thing. Most of them treat us like we were some kind of barbaric natives who just came down from the tree. Same was under the nazis. But the nazis had a good excuse. They did what they promised contrary to the present ilk who despise and lecture you un the name of tolerance. But it is not only the germans. The french the austrians and especially the nowegians and the swedes recenzlx.

Balint Somkuti

I disagree. If I may. If not please crucify me in the name of tolerance.

Balint Somkuti

You trumped me on that. Philosophy is not mx strength.

Balint Somkuti

Are you sure all of your senses work 100%? Reality is only a perception.

Do you know what is the generic definition of truth? Truth is what most people accept as truth.

We are limited to the 4 dimensions we know. But can you tell me what is outside?

Balint Somkuti

Well those suffering the feudal anarchy the incessant fighting (you know Treuga Dei) the collapse of the antique high culture and alike would beg to differ.

Balint Somkuti

Thank for raising my attention.

Balint Somkuti

Thank you for the excellent quotes.

Babak Makkinejad

The Antique High Culture died because it lost its vitality; it was abandoned in favor of Christianity.

LeaNder

My dear, it's getting quite funny around here:

"If not please crucify me in the name of tolerance."

Hmmm? crucify?

PeterHug

You're already seeing that - I've worked with some fairly large (and publicly traded) companies where a few families control significant fractions of the top jobs.

I'm also seeing (i) much reduced mobility in general, and (ii) a strong tendency for families to specialize in particular fields (e.g., all the kids are engineers, mostly because one of their parents is one).

I don't really know if this is an increasing trend, or I'm just beginning to wake up to the way the world truly is.

PeterHug

One explanation of the British political establishment's actions since that vote is that they intend to make the Brexit process and consequences as painful as possible, with an eye towards re-entering the EU at some point in ten years or so.

I'm not currently in the UK, so I'm on the outside looking in, but that's just a thought I had...they're certainly capable of it.

PeterHug

I expect he was speaking metaphorically.
:)

Babak Makkinejad

I am not sure this would be any consolation to you as a European but they behaved the same way towards Iran and Iranians.

However, after a while, their belief in their own moral superiority became amusing; like clueless children in damp dark forest - with the right path appearing not anywhere.

Balint Somkuti

Crucifying was a common execution method in Rome. I meant to be ironic not disrepectful.

rjj

Most of them treat us like we were some kind of barbaric natives who just came down from the tree. ....

when that happens, wind them up: just pretend you think they are from Poland and persist in this error. (it changes focus and balance)

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