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In his dystopian classic, The Managerial Revolution (1941), the American political scientist James Burnham coined the concept of “controlled democracy”. According to Burnham, the civil democracies of the second half of the 20th century would – more or less gradually – be overgrown with backroom bureaucratic networks that make the actual decisions, all far away from the electorate and public debate. While this would slowly but surely erode the democratic mandate of governments, Burnham explicitly didn’t expect that this would lead to the dissolution of the European nation-state – in name, that is.
With the EU-court ruling against Poland, there is one thing becoming clearer by the day. The EU is in the fast lane on the road to ancient Athens. Not, however, the Athens of the idyllic democracy so widely cherished. Because, as Thucydides wrote, Athens built its democracy on a colonialist empire.
Clearing the rainforests disturbs the entire water-cycle of the environment, and land that was previously covered by forest can easily turn into desert. Concerns are raised even in Somalia, where the cutting of trees has turned a once lush savannah into a barren landscape. The poverty stricken area finds itself in a vicious cycle, where poverty drives them to cut down trees, which destroys the fertility of the area and only increases suffering and deprivation.
The European migrant crisis has given rise to one very persistent argument; namely that Europe, and especially Germany, desperately requires migrants to make up for the declining workforce and to…
With an unemployment rate of 23.1%, Greece is still the worst off European country. Even if we look beyond the EU, there is Serbia with an unemployment rate of 13%. Surely, we cannot claim that Europe as a whole is in need of an increased supply of labour?
As governments over time tend to expand and centralize, the EU is likely to absorb more and more power. As the EU absorbs more power, it will become more reluctant to change. Reluctance to change means stagnation, and stagnation leads to Europe losing its position of power compared to the rest of the world.
Could we not simply have a free trade area without requiring an additional body of government to rule the continent? Like, say, the European Economic Community, which preceded the EU?
Poland will not bow to empires, no matter how great, wealthy, or militarily powerful they are. Poland does not believe the current EU migrant policy is sensible and it will not be bullied into accepting the it. (…) Poland, is unfortunately still a poor country, with many internal issues and poverty to be addressed. Poland does not have a developed welfare society, it does not have easy hand-outs on which one can comfortably live, and hence they do not feel a responsibility to save the world.