Thursday, January 26, 2012

Guidance for Merkel; Hope for the European People

Whether they like it or not, the USA is the most accomplished and successful entity in history in addressing and managing the problems Europe is now facing. Of course incredible trial, terrible error and often crass outcomes have occurred to the USA during the last two centuries to acquire this knowledge. Much pain and death from the twin poles - forever connected in American history - of racism and slavery versus minority institutional rights, in defining the interplay between the freedom of institutions and the freedom of the individual - occurred as this knowledge was acquired. Democracy versus corporatism. Labor versus capital. Utilitarianism versus libertarianism.

To avoid accepting and learning these lessons, Europe endures ever more pain and suffering, and this European ignorance is deliberately cultivated so a very small elite minority maintains power via a corporatist structure. So as to not be "American", Europe has every 30 to 70 years visits upon itself carnage of incredible ferocity yet, in comparison, the USA required only one Civil War to arrive at settling on the truth and the best governance possible that avoids constant carnage. Jefferson's Pol Pot/Maoist like thought that the tree of liberty needed to be constantly watered by blood never took hold in the USA - though most would of course say the Civil war was enough blood for a millennium of irrigation.

Europe carries on and on with blood watering almost constantly, given their terrible disease of commitment to special interest corporatism, for the sake of these strongly embedded and tradition based organized blocks of special interest a fanatical subtle dedication to maintain this system continues, a system which is basically a complex net of guilds developed in the Middle Ages -Europe has constantly sacrifice millions and millions and millions of souls so as to avoid the basic enlightened principles proven true over 200 years ago for they would end corporatism. The core and true governance of Europe is applied always so these long bastions of power, these corporatists blocks, are maintained. The blocks are clocked and hidden under the claim to the primary importance of "culture" and that they really do not even exist.

A major point of enlightenment was when I came across Keynes phrase used in 1919 peace talks describing WW I as "the European civil war". His criticism of the resulting Versailles Treaty was that of a person considering a whole "United States of Europe".

I thought it would be useful to reread the Gettysburg Address not in context of the USA, but in context of Europe - that no one in Europe has reached a "Lincoln Moment" of reflection and redemption and progress (or of greatness) that generated a Gettysburg Address. But there is hope if Lincoln is correct in claiming these truths are universal and "self evident". That means one day, one year, one century - Europe will adopt universal truth so as to avoid great evil.

That hope is firmly part of the the great root that Lincoln stated as the "last best hope of Earth" which is not that the USA will dominate or have empire, but that the ideals of the USA were worthy of the slaughter of the Civil War given that they were universal truths, first brought in front of the public eye in the Declaration. Lincoln said on the Declaration: "something in that Declaration giving liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but hope to the world for all future time". If Europe wishes to grant their people more perfect union and "hope", they must surrender their subtle elitist and but powerful corporatism system which is extra-democratic governance and accept these universals truths. They should not be repelled that the source seems to be from the USA, for the source that the USA applied and then modified and tested was, of course, from Europe. rather that anit-american disdain is a ruse by the groups in power to maintain power for corporatism cannot survive as the dominate power in a Lincoln democracy.

Merkel, and all leaders of Europe should for the sake of their People accept and apply these hard learned universal truths versus the steadfast European rejection of the last 200 years. There is hope in this crisis as it is not like the previous ones for the current crisis can be seen not as a challenge to these universal truths, but rather that the current EZ and the EU being basically a design brought to Europe by the USA post WW II, is undergoing a "counter-coup" by the still deeply entrenched European corporatists - only this crisis, instead of manifesting in the form of fascism or Marxism or monarchism - all corporatists at heart, is a more clever subtle anti-democratic Habermasian perpetual complex dialogue of technocratic elite which maintains it is a refinement of the universal truths of Lincoln. But it is not, it is still corporatism the likes of Lorenzo Medici would understand and likely actually compliment as being especially insidious and effective.

Europe should ponder the below not in terms of American hegemony objectives, but in terms of asking why is it the USA required only one Civil War in the last 200 years while Europe is now approaching their sixth civil war. Why is it the USA only required one lesson of slaughter of their own people, with about 700,000 casualties of wounded and dead from the Civil War while Europe, in the same time of 200 years, has suffered well over 200,000,000 in casualties of wounded and dead? The price the European corporatists are willing to spend in terms of blood is staggering - beyond the most rapacious thoughts of a Caligula or an Attila.

To not read deeply the below, and to go on and implement the universal values and truths in Europe the below so succinctly declares, is indicative of an incredible evil and dark side to the European psyche. Europe should face that they are not dealing with a sovereign debt crisis now, which once solved with technical devices, Europe can then return to the so called European "third way"and thereby maintain the corporatism governance, but that Europe is once more, by attempting to maintain a unique political philosophy of corporatists governance, will lead to great suffering and blood once again.

Europe must surrender corporatism and the belief that only the few can lead - they must trust and give power to the 'People", not in terms of populism cant but in terms of ' We the People". The current system is an evil - perhaps the most evil in history. The fact it is masked and hidden under decades of refined civilized discourse and "culture" perhaps makes it the most insidious and deadly evil in history of man. There - how about that? Prove me wrong.

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

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