Posted by aogSunday, 21 October 2012 at 15:36 TrackBack Ping URL

At what point does this sort of thing stop being amusing little oversights and turn in to a real expression of political views in Europe?

Poster hanging in the EU Commission offices

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Peter Tuesday, 23 October 2012 at 06:36

I think many Euros would shrug and say you have missed the point and that the hammer and sickle are no more to be taken seriously than the Cross, the Star of David or the (??!!)Trident. Watching the EU’s meltdown over the past couple of years, I have been astounded at the strength and perseverance of the dream of unity in the face of fiscal and monetary collapse and irrationality. In many ways, their course makes no sense at all and is unpopular and deeply divisive, but that doesn’t matter to the generations who see unity and “The New Europe” as all that stands between them and a third round of self-immolation. Who among us would say with any confidence they are wrong? If some boffin in Brussels decided the swastika and pictures of Buddha would aid the cause, that is what we would see.

It’s all very different from things like NAFTA, which are grounded in pragmatism and respect for political, fiscal and monetary sovereignty, although I’ve become worried of late by the tendency in some conservative circles to take a the-more-the-merrier approach to free trade agreements, as if the goal was one big global free trade regime. Naive leftists used to tout world government or world federalism and now naive conservatives imagine the world as one big potential even playing field.

Annoying Old Guy Tuesday, 23 October 2012 at 07:16

I suppose I would wonder why a swastika is not considered to aid the cause of the EUlite, but a hammer and sickle does.

Peter Tuesday, 23 October 2012 at 07:39

You know the answer to that. In addition to leftist denial about communism, Nazism is now our common bedrock conception of absolute evil incarnate, having replaced the Devil. It was so horrific that even trying to argue that communism was as bad without appearing to prevaricate can be tough. Plenty of archives and scholarly tomes show that it certainly was, but they don’t have many pictures in them whereas there are no shortage of films and pictures depicting Hitler’s crimes. There is a reason Godwin’s Law has nothing to do with Stalin.

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