The EU and Neoliberalism

“Control the oil, and you control nations. Control the food, and you control the people.” – Henry Kissinger

The following headline caught my eye and hits at the core of the problems we are now facing with the monolith that is the EU:

Osborne: We should think of EU as a “single market of free trade”

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Chancellor George Osborne said, “I prefer to talk about it as a single market of free trade. It’s free trade with the rules that enable the free trade to be a real success. That’s the way I think we should think about it.”

Putting ‘Free Trade’ and ‘rules’ in the same sentence stretches my imagination to breaking point! Our global marketplace is dominated by vast corporations whose most important activity, after profit making, is deregulation!

The EU has been in existence, in one format or another, since 1951 and therefore witnessed and been a party to the growth of the present global ‘free trade’ abuse that is destroying democracy.

The more you take in his words the more you can see how focussed the EU has become on trade and how little it is concerned with the welfare of its citizens. The Brussels bureaucracy invades our lives with increasing numbers of unelected people in positions of power. Their influence is paralysing our ‘free’dom with expanding regulations, whilst at the same time deregulating business in the name of ‘free’ trade.

Democracy it is about how people run their lives. In a small village it can work as near perfect as we can get it because we have an easily defined group of people and an easily defined area that these people interact within.

Decisions made by the village council come from an understanding of the needs and requests of the people and the village. Those decisions, once implemented, can be effectively measured by the only yardstick of any value . . . how they affect and improve the quality of life of the villagers.

As the democratic area grows, from a village to a town and then on to city, county, state and country so the ‘distance’ between the villagers and those decision makers increases. It is within this enlarging space that we see accountability diminishing, as political and financial considerations become the criteria for how our lives are lived.

The expansion of the EU into the present 28 countries, with more new members being sought, has demonstrated how the last point is now playing out. I am not alone in feeling disconnected from the democratic process of running the EU. This feeling is further exacerbated by the continued exodus of national power to Brussels and greater feelings of helplessness over running my life.

Once we were ‘citizens’ but are now rebranded as ‘consumers’, whose only rights can be exercised in deciding which products to buy from the global monopolies. Osborne makes no reference to our quality of life as citizens and seems only concerned with us as consumers. Proof positive that our Society in being turned into an Economy.

As the ‘conspiracy theory’ veil is lifted on such groups as Bilderberg, their influence is becoming more apparent. They may be powerful men ‘just getting together for a chat about world affairs’ but their interest is primarily commerce. It doesn’t take rocket science to work out that the agenda for such meetings therefore, is how to improve their business interests.

To further the interests of Capitalism, Bilderberg was created and became the birthplace of neoliberalism. Without such an organisation it would never have been possible to develop the thinking and influence capable of birthing and developing such a vast trading arena as the EU (or indeed the emerging international trade agreements like TTIP and TPP etc.)

A central political hub like the EU, overseeing so many individual countries, is the perfect means of expanding global control. Add a central bank and that control expands to include not only the people but their money as well. It is obvious from this premise that it becomes necessary to suppress democracy or it will interfere with this control. Which is precisely what is now happening.

The EU can only function for the benefit of the people if it is returned to a simple trading arrangement between member countries and without the vast political bureaucracy that has been allowed to develop. Returning powers to individual countries automatically returns democracy to those countries that is now being successfully usurped.

Reversing the current development of the EU would result in a mighty international Chamber of Commerce devoted to improving trade relations, whilst allowing international relations to remain the province of individual countries.

If Bilderberg is so successful for neoliberalism, then Socialism needs a similarly powerful group to fight its corner and re-establish democracy. If there is already such an animal it needs revitalising, because its presence on the international scene is not currently being felt. If there isn’t . . . There should be.

Until the next time


Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes