A Man For This Season

A Man For This Season

While Emmanuel Macron peeps about diminutively, calling the real into question and conjuring social and economic utopias into existence with spells and slogans, there is a man for this season to whom Europeans, if they wish to remain so, should offer nothing but genuine gratitude. With every day that Mr. Erdoğan breathes, Turkey’s accession to the European Union becomes yet more of an impractical absurdity. Continue reading “A Man For This Season”

Michel Houellebecq in Berlin

Michel Houellebecq in Berlin

The important thing about Michel Houellebecq is his part in liberating French intellectuals from the New Terror of the socialist media and, since 2012, the governing Parti socialiste: that is, those intellectuals who wished to be freed. What they can practically do with their new freedom remains to be seen, as demographic change in Europe continues to bulldoze nice philosophical categories, precisely as outlined in Houellebecq’s novel, Submission. Continue reading “Michel Houellebecq in Berlin”

The Other Inconvenient Truth

The Other Inconvenient Truth

The fate of Europe is now fully engaged, as on so many occasions throughout its thirty or so centuries of prodigious cultural and economic development. Driven to a moral fervour in September 2015 by President Erdoğan’s migratory ‘push’ and Angela Merkel’s complementary ‘pull’, the neoliberals of Germany and Sweden briefly demonstrated their enormous capacity for humanitarian concern. The over-confidence necessary to carry off the first few weeks of mayhem seemed to be induced spontaneously by the enormity of the challenge itself: it could hardly have existed beforehand. Neoliberals have always insisted on diversity they can see; but this was on an altogether new and overwhelming scale. Continue reading “The Other Inconvenient Truth”

Bosnia-on-Rhine

Bosnia-on-Rhine

Human Rights legalism already meets all the criteria of a religion, and the institutions of global capitalism are well on their way to meeting all the criteria of the superstate that the European Union sought unsuccessfully to become. Further, the Church of Human Rights, with its clergy of lawyers and its vast supporting laity both inside and outside national governments, is the established church and jesuitical instrument of the emerging global superstate. Continue reading “Bosnia-on-Rhine”

Boris & Nigel’s Protestant Reformation

Boris & Nigel’s Protestant Reformation

One day, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage will be as famous as Luther and Schwartzerdt. Their many theses on the corruption of European democracy, which had become a veritable hierarchy of representations piled up on each other all the way from the electors to Brussels and beyond, found an echo in the generally despised English working class. Representative democracy in Western Europe is doomed to perpetuate the rule of the Centre, effectively of the one-party state. Only referenda on issues of the first magnitude can install structural change, as with the Johnson-Farage Protestant Reformation, colloquially known as Brexit. 
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The Turning Of The Tide

The Turning Of The Tide

Götterdämmerung : Brexit, Blair, and the Hungarian referendum

There were parts of Tony Blair’s public response to the Chilcot report that seemed to put the modern observer in visceral contact with the mediæval sense of the damned soul. There was no joy in this for anyone, only vindication. Watching, sickened, Don Antonio’s descent into what must surely now be his personal, inescapable hell, one should remember — as pointed out by Brendan O’Neill in Spiked — that Blair takes with him in spirit the sycophants and lazy thinkers everywhere who in 2003 let him fall in with Bush’s fraudulent, catastrophic, and — like Hitler’s — personal war, on Iraq. Continue reading “The Turning Of The Tide”

Winning Back The People

Winning Back The People

logo_caesar_35pxFive days after the narrow vote for Brexit, the alternatives seem to be: General Election, palace revolution, or both. Outraged globalizers, champagne Leftists, the bourgeois bohème, the young: all are frothing with demands for a second referendum. This last, in the unlikely event it took place, would be felt as a direct insult by the millions of Brexiteers who have just voted to leave the European Union. It would confirm their worst fears, if confirmation were needed, that they are the objects of contempt in the minds of their betters. Continue reading “Winning Back The People”