The post I wrote yesterday was entitled “Hope for the Future”. In the post, I stated my opinion that the European Union might not survive.
Fellow Chicago Boy Ralf Goergens left a comment….
“…why did you call the post ‘hope for the future’ when you are predicting the end of the EU? Surely you know that this would be a very bad thing, including the United States?”
If the only purpose for the EU was to increase trade between the member nations and allow them to compete more effectively in the global markets, then I’d have no problem. I also wouldn’t mind if they pooled defense assets and formed something that would be effective. Both developments would actually help the US, since healthy competition is good for business and having an effective military means that the US wouldn’t have to keep paying good money to protect those freeloaders any more.
At least I wouldn’t have a problem if they went about it in the right way, and if they confined themselves to their stated goals.
So far as the EU’s relationship with the US is concerned, I think that it’s rather obvious that our differences run much deeper than simple friendly competition. The movers and shakers in Europe think that the only way they can rise above the appalling state of affairs that they find themselves in (lack of influence, eroding culture, shrinking economies) is by hamstringing the United States. This essay by Steven pretty much outlines my own point of view.
Anyone who’s been reading my posts here know that I’m not a fan of the United Nations, and the reason why is that they don’t perform their stated function. They increase human misery and encourage the violation of human rights, and this happens because there’s no accountability. Unelected officials, with no consequences for criminal behavior, means that corruption will become rampant. It’s gotten so bad that I don’t see any other reasonable course of action except for the US to leave the UN in disgust.
Is there anything to the claim that the EU is a potential threat to the US? Well, yes and no. As long as they’re dedicated to Socialism and opposed to the idea of true democracy, then they’re certainly not going to be our buddies. But as long as they’re dedicated to Socialism and opposed to true democracy, they’re not going to be able to keep up with the US in any meaningful way. Plundering the defense budget and hobbling business with crippling taxes in order to fund social welfare programs is a recipe for insignificance, after all.
I agree with Ralf that the dissolution of the EU would be bad for the US in a variety of ways. America is a major part of the global economy, and if the EU comes apart there’s going to be a depression that will certainly effect the US economy.
But if the EU comes apart, the governments of Europe might actually be inspired to get their act together and become effective. That would not only result in something that might provide some competition, but it would eliminate a system devoted to ideals that I find repugnant.
Yeah, I know. That’s like something out of a science fiction novel. The Eurocrats give up Socialism and unelected elitist rule in favor of a free market and democracy? That’s about as likely as the claims that Europe will be able to beat the US in space exploration!