What should young people make of what they are being told about the merits and demerits of membership of the EU “club”?
Leo Tolstoyin 1917 wrote, ‘Understand then all of you, especially the young, that to want to impose an imaginary state of government … far from assuring the well-being of humanity, is only a lie, a more or less unconscious hypocrisy, camouflaging the lowest passions we posses.’
As a former teacher, I was interested to read on the website of the UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line “Myths and misperceptions about school bullying”, the following opening statement: “It’s in schools which say “there’s no bullying here” that you are most likely to find bullying.” Flowery language can conceal the most dangerous intent.
Bullying is something that young people understand. Today’s youth have, in the main, been heavily propagandised by Pro-EU teaching in their schools, conditioned into thinking anyone who opposes this must be out-of-touch or backward, even racist(!), and suffer, I believe, from the same sense of confusion that was felt in 1918, when the young were told to think that the Revolution was Good and that a once-for-all-time “change” would make everything “perfect”, where the “ends justified the means”.
Within the EU and the rapidly-changing globalist environment of today, on the surface so different from a hundred years ago, we see in fact the same paradoxes which lead to paralysis of critical thought. It took millions of dead dissidents to break the slavery to the ideology and come at last to the tipping point where large enough numbers of people were brave enough to stand up openly and to bring it toppling down.
Ten years ago, Vladimir Bukovksy, the now 73-year old former Soviet dissident, stated his fears that the European Union is on its way to becoming another Soviet Union. In his speech he called the EU a “monster” that must be destroyed, the sooner the better, before it developed into a fully-fledged totalitarian state. Why would we not listen to these words from a man who has lived in the future the EU is every day bringing nearer? How is it that propaganda bullies the young into believing the opposite?
When I was at school we still wondered about the lives of those imprisoned under that cruel regime, witnessed the fall of the Berlin wall and the triumph of Solidarnosc. Our parents and grandparents had fought in the World Wars; in my own family, my mother – who worked at Croydon airport as an early computer operator – was evacuated when the “flying bombs” – the V1s – came down. my father was a Desert Rat and involved in the liberation of Belgium until his capture by the SS and lucky escape at the end of the war, and returned, only to find that jobs – if any could be found – in the cities and the councils had been taken by the non-serving sons of pacifists and communist-manifesto-touting ideologues (like the parents of unmentionable PC politicians today) who all “knew better” than those poor sods that went off bravely to fight and die for the freedom of their waiting girlfriends and future sons and daughters. His father, my grandfather, had been a migrant to the UK, a boy from Denmark working on board merchant ships who came to the UK with only a single suit of clothes and the shoes on his feet, and was only many years later granted British citizenship, not like today’s mobile-phone-wielding hoards threatening overthrow and demanding free sex, food, housing, health care and education.
The youth of today do not have this connection to the past, so why would they think that the EU is in any way like the USSR as the brave dissident Mr Bukovski has said; why would they not believe that the EU was founded to put an end to all wars like those of the last century; why would they not realise that far more have died since 1945 in wars related to United Nations territories and for the same geo-political and financial gains as then; why would they question whether the EU is nothing else but an avuncular caretaker, our “friend”, and the apotheosis of democracy and civility and shared culture and business, something that all politicians should automatically prioritise above their own peoples and history, and as fas as could be from a Frankenstein monster riveted together by hidden agendas, brainwashing, economic mayhem and corrupt accounting?
To answer these questions is to know that the EU is an empire, its builders (like the unelected and unreformed post-communist Mr Barroso) will happily admit proudly that it IS! Yes the EU is an empire, but not one dedicated to the well-being of Europeans, however. Why, in schools, is this EU Empire so “good”, so desirable, and the British way of life, tried and tested and with a constitution that was the envy of the world, so “bad”? In the EU, power equals control. Plain and simple control of the minds and bodies of others, as a sign of strength, yet the British Empire brought personal freedoms, self-government and democracy to countries, while the EU is bringing the opposite!
In the EU there is a kind of love of power and desire for control – seen in the deplorable treatment of the Greeks – and in the terminal state of denial where the elites love their power and privilege and the idea that what they do is all for “the good of humanity”; and where, as so many in the IN camp have said, “the British are too stupid to know what is good for them”, where referenda results are routinely ignored, where mistakes are never learned from. The deliberate threats of “catastrophe” by leaving, and the probable “repeat referenda” should we vote to leave, as happened in Ireland and Denmark etc with the Lisbon Treaty, are well known features of this type of control.
As was said in the anonymous ancient proverb, “Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.” Why would a system that after more than 60 years of trying, has resulted in nothing better than up to 50% levels of unemployment amongst its OWN youth, consigning a whole generation to the dustbin, incorrectly trained, unable to earn and thus to spend, basically enslaved by a system that does not work for them, claim to be a “success” or that without it, the youth will have no future? Madness indeed. Yet the pro-EU still say MORE curtailment of sovereignty and self hood, MORE digging into our pockets to pay them to make a mess, is what is needed! Tell the victim of bullying that he or she needs to cough up MORE pocket money to avoid further pain!!
In Britain our Constitution precisely protects us from the abuse of this kind of threatening control by elites. Under the Act of Settlement and Bill of Rights in 1688/9, which made provision for a contract between the people and the monarch, a special relationship of power was created that had never been seen before, is not seen in the EU and of course was not an element in Communism or power-laden cultures based on the principle of fear. The Crown would have the duty to serve the interests of the people. This is why all key public service staff swear an oath of allegiance to the Crown. This principle, which now seems to have been largely replaced by the stealth of the EU overtaking the powers of our constitution, requires a balance between the powers of the Crown, the House of Lords, and the elected Commons. Sadly too, the traditional neutrality of the Lords has been replaced under the same propaganda, meaning that the system of social organisation delivering equal rights under the law to every citizen has been usurped by the EU system of rule by directive. This has put sweeping powers in the hands of technocrats who are unaccountable, unelected and irremovable, and who are obviously not bound to the people of the United Kingdom by a duty of allegiance to the Crown, and – as others have been saying – this infringes the people’s sovereignty, freedom and birthright. Isn’t that what bullies do, too?
This kind of bullying behaviour is everywhere in the EU:
“Staunchly integrationist EU figures” reacted to the Swiss referendum vote in 2014 where the people of Switzerland chose to curb some of the immigration to their country ”with anger and threats” (my italics) “Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, called it ‘worrying.. we will have to review our relations with Switzerland,’ he said. ‘Switzerland is not a considerable economic power … it lives off the EU.’… “On a visit to Britain, Viviane Reding, deputy chief of the EU’s executive, said Switzerland could not expect to keep the benefits of free trade without accepting freedom of movement. ‘That is not possible. You take them all or you leave them all,’ Ms Reding said…. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German foreign minister, warned that Switzerland had ‘harmed itself’
Are these not all the threats of people who want to control at any cost? As the EU flails from one “emergency” to another, should we not remember the following wise words? “’Emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.” Collectivism is the perfect mask for the power-mad. The writer of the above, Freidrich Van Hayek, the Austrian and British economist and philosopher best known for his defence of classical economic liberalism, and defender of personal, national and general economic freedoms, reminded us to distrust collectivism in all its forms: “When it becomes dominated by a collectivist creed, democracy will inevitably destroy itself.”
Mary Shelley’s friendly Frankenstein monster, threw the little Maria who did not seem to like the flower he had given her, into the lake, and drowned her. Young people today will understand that It is better to be free, than under the bullying thumb of collectivist monsters hiding their true threatening intentions for control, behind flowers.