Sábado, 31 de Dezembro de 2011

XXI European Manifesto

At the very beginning of a brand new millennium Europe is leaving behind almost three thousand years of history that gave birth and rise to the so-called Western Civilization and is now facing its definitive fall as an international reference. At the dawn of the twenty-first century we are now witnessing the definitive humiliation of Greece, mother of our civilization, followed by Italy, its second pillar, Portugal and Spain, the first overseas empires of the contemporary world. Others will follow at the hands of bureaucrats and technocrats and the ones they serve, namely old bourgeois families, remnants of old aristocrats, new local millionaires that made fortunes by every dubious mean and, most importantly, the yuppies to whom people, land and nation are nothing but collateral damage of their addiction to making millions.


Unlike what has been taught at schools, there were no winners or losers left in Europe after both World Wars. Europe lost. After centuries of foolish nationalisms, religious fundamentalisms, dictatorships, prejudice of all sort and, above all, fierce imperialism, Europe had lost its identity and its role in the World. However, our present leaders still insist to see Europe as a quilt made of unrelated patches, each regarding its neighbour as a vessel to draw money from and thus allegiances are made and lost to honour the most obscure benefits. In the process, Europeans were forgotten and are formatted to look at history as a succession of empires and the conflicts between them. As a result, the British rather become a protectorate of the US than work with their fellow neighbours. Germans and French easily criticize their southern counterparts regarding their finance, however submarines have been forcedly sold to indebted countries by unclear means that tend to leave a trail of corruption and waste. Rich countries forgot where their wealth is based on, meaning the cheap labour and commodity markets that are supplied by other countries. Not to mention who is benefiting from the abusive interest rates that are attacking poorer countries like ravaging swarms of wasps.


The mediocrity that grabbed the wheels of power is overwhelming. Unfortunately, this is not a problem restricted to our continent, of course, but such fact does not ameliorate the sadness of watching the motherland of so many philosophers, ideologists and revolutionaries so devoid of critical intellect. It is also clear that our leaders, high above in their pedestals, live in quite a different world from the one most Europeans dwell. Down here, our lives are played like if in a checkers game, mediocre politicians look at the very people they ought to serve like an embarrassing burden that makes statistics look bad. The very notion of the social state, which is the real reason why people came to live together, anyway, became an obstacle to finance, as once it was to the selfish objectives of sovereigns and dictators. Democracy itself is at its last when financial institutions now decide who is or not to govern a country. Remember Greece. And Ireland. And Portugal. And Spain. Others will, once again, follow. Meanwhile, our protests are ignored when not censored. Europeans are now collateral damage in their own home. History, however, repeats itself. Remember 1789 and 1917.


We should be fighting for our common home, without denying our ancestors, nationality or history. Europe should belong to all Europeans and all who wish to join us or become our allies. We should be proud that our home it the selection of all those who arrive at our shores in hope of a better life instead of chasing them away like unwanted beasts. We do not need more empires or weapons of mass destruction parading up and down the squares. And if we want oil, we shall simply buy it instead of supporting the dictator who may arrange the monopoly on our behalf. Our cities are now crowding with people from all over the continent, in fact from all over the world, taking benefit from free trade, liberty to travel anywhere and from our common currency which is under attack since it threatened the majestic USD. May all of us think if we wish to return to the era of fortified borders with little soldiers all around them. May we all look back and think if what we want is to return to the age of empires, dubious allegiances and treacheries that ultimately ended in two world wars, sixty-million dead bodies, a holocaust and a wall that divided the continent by the world’s new superpowers. May we think if we really want to go back to all that. 


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