Predictions are made – 50 years the “Biblical plague” should persist, somebody has caught up.
A long march through the valley of recession or whatever comes now. Almost one human life – two generations. Up to that date all grassroot movements, some guys on the streets or in their niches are dreaming of are dried out. But – the message itself – it arrives at what its aiming at – it paralyzes – it squashes all hopes – it’s lacking any perspective and alternative.
“Experts” are saying things like that. Thus there must be some truth in it, many of those in the shoal without visions dreaming of utopia on the other mountain chain hidden in the fog think.
The Peace Noble Price for the EU at this time – announced the day before – October, 12th is commented by Sebastian Müller on “Le Bohemien” that way:
“Sure, with its vote the committee highly values the historical achievements of the EU and there’s no denying of that. The way from the European Coal and Steel Community ECSC via the EEC, the EC and ultimately the EU enabled the peaceful merging of a continent, which has been war-torn for centuries. An at least introversive peaceful stronghold of wealth evolved from a debris field. Since the Pax Romana there hasn’t been a longer peaceful period than the one since 1945. From a historical point of view the Peace Nobel Price for the EU definitely is comprehensible.
Against that background, that is the striking democratic deficits of the EU, the attack on wealth and social welfare perpetrated by the bank rescue or the scandalous EU refugee policy with the frontex-program – just to mention some grievances of Europe today – the award doesn’t come only too late, but it’s totally out of season. It absolves the status quo.” 1
At that time it was said, that “citizens ran away from the Warsaw Pact states”.
That seemed to be easier then – there was the iron curtain and an “alternative” behind it.
This “alternative” today acts “lacking any alternative”.
Where does the journey go to after all?
That doesn’t seem to really strike and cross nobody’s mind – neither Occupy, nor leftists, social democrats, greens – let alone Christian and free democrats or liberals here – easterners, westerners and all over there in the civil society with or without participation in forming of the political will are somehow tending towards a broad agreement.
Where does the journey go to after the Pax Americana has been cancelled – amplified and evident since September 11th, 2001 and – will “the old continent” once more be able to deliberate itself from these “historic bonds” or – have people already forgotten the painful history of the 20th century – in the absolutistic manner of “technocratic democratorship” – or – “technocratic demacrotism” of a new edition of all out-dated social systems “strangely acting according to a certain natural law”? And – do Europeans now march lock-step towards “Bellum aeternum Transatlanticum” – the eternal Transatlantic war?
In fact one awards a prize to oneself – backslapping for EU leaders soon is documented omnipresently in all media – on (almost) all channels.
“Change, yes we can“ becomes rebuilding the continent to the Corporate States of Europe in the sense of the “Project for a New American Century”. At least half of it already is estimated for “rebuilding” – better – “retrofitting” of “Old Europe”.
50 years – the Thirty Years War 1618-1648 – the first half of the 20th century with WW1 and WW2 – all that costed Europe – and then soon also the world a lot – not only money – no – blood, soil and – painful memories. And the extinction of some parts of what once could be called the “collective memory” of the old continent.
The EU-Charta of basic rights doesn’t really matter to anyone any more. The opposite is true – by media control the news becomes an omnipresent jubilation message with scarcely audible alerting overtones and the omnipresent danger – the increasingly smashed “inner peace” in Europe is legitimated in a way, lacking any perspectives and alternatives.
The end of history reveals itself as the ultima ratio of the unconditional “preservation of the system”. Philipp Roth’s frowning vision of a “Plot Against America”2 transferred into present time at “the end of history” becomes a cruel reality:
A transatlantic appeasement face to face with structures on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, which more and more openly act in a fascist way.
The protagonists there on top this time aren’t named Hitler and Charles Lindbergh as in Roth’s novel – “when even the Jewish composer Weill and the communist writer Brecht are succumbed to the pilot’s high-flyer charme! Lindbergh appears as the plausible republican nightmare, which easily might have happened between Franklin D. Roosevelt and his true follower Harry S. Truman.” 3
Though Philipp Roth shows “fascim as an eligible option, as democracy, consequently thought to its end” 3, but then in 2004 Philipp Roth didn’t think that to an end in its last consequence and cringed facing the fact, that this “might not just” be a German – but rather a Transatlantic pheonomenon. A phenomenon, that quasi poisoning hen and egg furthermore this time comes from the Western side of the Atlantic and is aspirated and reabsorbed by “Old Europe” in the most compliable way.
The “German character” as Europe’s central Great Power naturally once again acts particularly distinctive. That oneself also is risen from the debris fields is as much forgotten in that linear uniform self-importance towards the Southern European countries decreasingly moving from depressed areas to disaster zones as the fact, that Greece in 1953 agreed with the debt cancellation for Germany, what enabled the country to revive again. 4
“The Hellenic Republic began 1974 with tremendous mortgages: the population splintered, the military thread by Turkey, which just had occupied Northern Cyprus, no industrial infrastructure and no money – also because the Wehrmacht had robbed the country and Germany didn’t even pay the restraint loans back, which it had substracted from the Greek Central Bank during the occupation. In today’s currency this would be about 3,5 billion dollar, with interests meanwhile this would be something between 70 and 80 billion Euro ( the deputy Daniel Cohn-Bendit in the EU-Parliament spoke about 81 billions). This is just one of the reasons, why accusations from the German side in Greece provoke such an emotional objection. One key for understanding Greece is: Everything here, the country, the soil, every harvest, every right and every privilege – everything is eked out.” 5
“Do you want total democracy” – the “technocratic demacrotism”? one is tempted to shout out of the window – knowing – sensing, that in shoals without visions out there horrified and alienated looks would be the only helpless answer.
1 http://le-bohemien.net/2012/10/13/weihen-fur-die-falschen-erben/ - just in German
3 A review about Philipp Roth’s book from 2005 – in the ZEIT – “The German Times” – just in German - http://www.zeit.de/2005/34/L-Roth
4 http://www.erlassjahr-blog.de/blog/tag/londoner-schuldenabkommen-1953/- just in German
5 http://e-books.campus.de/product_info.php?info=p1274_H—nde-weg-von-Griechenland.html - Michalis Pantelouris - „Hands off from Greece!“ – a Campus E-book.
Thanks to Andreas Schlutter for this and the previous link.