Monday, June 13, 2005

EU Constitution Update 6/13

The Emperor's Old Clothes analyzes the EU Constitution, and the process surrounding it, in terms of Orwell's "Newspeak." The emperor's old clothes are a bit too transparent when one of the tailors (Helmut Schmidt) says this):
"Jean Monnet, Robert Schuman, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Jacques Delors, many of the old guard knew: We can repress the historically created egocentric nationalism of Europeans only gradually. Today's statesmen and the overzealous Brussels commissioners should follow this example."
Is fascism acceptable if it is instituted slowly? Does it help if you give the process a veneer of democracy?