Friday, November 20, 2015

Is This the Fall of the Euro Empire?

Good old Niall Ferguson is telling the Boston Brahmins today that this might be the End. As in Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Like the Roman Empire in the early fifth century, Europe has allowed its defenses to crumble. As its wealth has grown, so its military prowess has shrunk, along with its self-belief. It has grown decadent in its shopping malls and sports stadiums. At the same time, it has opened its gates to outsiders who have coveted its wealth without renouncing their ancestral faith.
And, of course, as 1,600 years ago, the ruling class is clueless. Ferguson recalls his youth, 30 years ago at Oxford.
We learned nothing that mattered. Indeed, we learned a lot of nonsense to the effect that nationalism was a bad thing, nation-states worse, and empires the worst things of all.
This was the lesson that the educated and evolved ruling class learned from Hitler and Mussolini. The people could not be trusted; they would fall for the man on the white horse. That's what the European Union is all about. The wise elite extracts the levers of power away from the hoi-polloi and concentrates it in the hands of the educated, evolved, and expert elite that has the wisdom and the knowledge to rule.

This lesson is, of course, the wrong lesson. The lesson of the inter-war era is that, when the normal ruling class fails to keep the wheels of commerce and prosperity turning and people look down and don't see the floor but a gaping precipice, then and only then do the people look to a Hitler, a Mussolini or a Trump.

In other words, fascism is a product of ruling-class failure. Period. Today, ruling class means liberal politicians, liberal media, liberal corporate elite, liberal Hollywood, liberal professors, liberal teachers that, e.g., won't let little boys play with Legos.

Right now, everyone -- especially women -- is trending on the Paris massacre, and now the Mali massacre. But frankly I am not paying attention out here in Oz. I don't need to pay attention. Instead, I am feeling serene. We were never going to be able to deal with the Islamic reaction until the anti-nationalist, anti-nation-state, educated and evolved ruling class was utterly discredited. Now it starts to seem to me that Barack Obama and Angela Merkel were sent by God to do the dirty work, and clear the decks with their follies for a response to the Islamist challenge.

Of course, as Winston Churchill famously said, in 1942, after Monty's victory at El Alamein:
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
We are certainly nowhere near the End of the Beginning. But we are approaching the real Beginning of the Beginning, and that is why I am feeling serene. "Events, dear boy, events" are starting to cook the goose of our liberal ruling class. And we can't get to the middle, let alone the beginning of the end of the current World Crisis until the liberal goose is well and truly cooked, served, eaten and the bones thrown to the Tasmanian Devils. (Little bit of Tassie stuff there).

Europe may still fall the to Islamic revolt against the modern culture and economy; this may indeed be the End of the European Empire. But it won't fall without a fight.

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