Non Transit Turpia Mundi

by Sean Gabb

I’ve just turned on the wireless, to hear that the euro may be collapsing. I haven’t noticed much shift in the exchange rate with sterling – then again, the pound is probably collapsing as well. No benefit for Mr Blake, then, on his next trip overseas to launch a novel translation.

Many people are rejoicing that, once the euro goes, there will be an end of the European Union. I wouldn’t be too sure, or so complacent. On the one hand, political entities able to steal and splash the proceeds round on that scale don’t collapse overnight. We could be in for years of protracted and boring death throes. On the other hand, once the EU has gone, we shall find ourselves subject again to the absolutely sovereign power of Parliament. Bearing in mind that the main qualification for being allowed into Parliament is to be a bribe-hunting whoremaster, willing to nod through anything demanded by the bureaucracy and its corporate/fake charity friends, I think we’ll soon be regretting the days of an EU Empire that was at least rather slow and predictable in its despotism.

Expect the worst, dear readers – expect the worst.



  • “I think we’ll soon be regretting the days of an EU Empire that was at least rather slow and predictable in its despotism”

    Isn’t that rather like the difference between being guillotined or hung, drawn and quartered? The result is the same, but one is arguably less unpleasant than the other (I say arguably as I have, happily, suffered neither).

    I agree with your main point that the end of the Euro may not be the end of the hateful EUSSR. Of course, I’ve always been of the opinion that those continental countries wanting to “unite” in this way are, and should be, free to do so. Britain, however, should have stood well back and let them get on with it.

  • I think they’re so focussed on the top end of the financial system that they’re trying to do a coordinated superinflation of all the main world currencies, to maintain parity and thus prevent collapse in the financial markets. They are probably dimly aware that this will lead to the destruction of the “street value” level of these currencies, but they’re so far removed from the everyday that that barely registers with them.

    This is really the problem with the Keynesian outlook on economics, where you’re just concerned with the manipulation of aggregate statistics, and there’s no real sense of connection to reality.

  • The late Auberon Waugh believed to the very end that Britain was in for a worse dose of socialism if it stayed out of Europe than if it went all-in. His theory may be about to be proved or disproved.

  • I agree. Indeed, I agree with Richard North that our membership of the EU is less a problem in itself than a symptom of a deeper problem. Since at least 1940, we’ve had a ruling class that, with the occasional change of master, has been singing “Better to serve in heaven than reign in hell.” We’re naturally in trouble.

    Leaving the EU will not be an answer to our problems. It will show that the answer has already been found.

  • Interesting points. I must admit that as a younger man I thought myself on the Left (because I thought the “left” believed in personal freedom, naive as I was). I was generally in favour of EU membership, largely because I thought that the relatively socially liberal continental nations would act as a brake on our own ruling class and its fetish for what I would now call Anglo-Socialism, or Utopian Puritan-Communism, or GramscoFabiaNazism, or such.

    I’ve been convinced for a long time that the particular problem facing us now is home grown, the attempt to impose the Utopian ideals of anglosphere authoritarian idealists that you can indeed even find in More’s Utopia (which proposes a communistic society). In particular, the bansturbationism which would ban every practise perceived by some evangelical statist to be a “social problem”. Which is just about everything enjoyable. In this model, we would have been no better off, and possibly worse off, outside the EU, since we would simply be locked in with our own madmen in charge.

    However, even if this did apply, it seems clear that the Anglo-Socialists have entirely colonised the EU and tranzi bureaucracies in general, so it is not applying any more; see the worldwide smoking bans, “binge drinking” following tobacco, obesity panic, etc etc. It seems in fact that these tranzi bodies act as vehicles for the Anglo-Socialists to increase their worldwide hegemony, so in that sense it would not help us to leave, but it would at least help the rest of Europe and the world resist our flavour of hegemonic madness.

    Puritan Britain and America would be full of people trying to ban beer and hamburgers regardless; the tranzi bodies help make it a worldwide problem.

  • Even if I agree with your basic premise, I don’t share your altruism. The nice thing about global government is that it moves slowly and with an incompetence and corruption that must drive English-speaking power freaks half mad. Rather that, I feel, than a semi-“privatised” and red hot committed tyranny of the Elect.

    The last time I was in Italy, it was a proper tip. But the only evidence of a war on smoking was the dusty notices in the coffee bars. And, bearing in mind how else the money might have been spent, the solid bloc of neo-palazzi obscuring the shore between Catania and Syracuse was almost worth the money Mrs Gabb and I wasted on the holiday!

  • I don’t understand waht you mean Sean, altruism towards whom?

    I think that which I do understand of your comment makes sense. One problem the Anglos have is that they presume that systems that work in the Anglosphere can be successfully imposed on other culture types, such as the Roman Empire continentals. But whereas anglo-citizens, particularly British ones, can be relied on to cave in to a smoking ban, other cultures will react differently. I remember sitting in a pub with a French friend, a while before the ban, and she drew on her cigarette, and said, “the problem with you English is you obey the law. When we don’t like a law, we just ignore it”.

    Nonetheless, the intentionality is there from the Anglos, and the tranzi mechnaisms are being used to spread these things worldwide, even if sometimes only in name. There can be no doubt that the reason for worldwide smoking bans (as for worldwide narcotics prohibition, and now a growing worldwide alchohol temperance, etc) is that the Americans and ourselves thought up the ideas and disseminate them. The intention is a homogenous global moral hegemony, based on Anglo-puritan values.

  • i suggested you were altruistic for your desire to save the rest of the world from our own ruling classes. I’m beginning to think it not so bad if we have them diluted with lesser breeds who can be trusted to pay not attention to the law.

  • Ah, well it’s not really altruism. A bad idea that becomes global is much harder to undo. Compare for instance narcotic prohibition and alcohol prohibition; the first went global and is with us to this day, the second was local and ultimately collapsed (the Enemy have learned this lesson, which is why everything they do is now globally coordinated as much as possible).

    Anyway, I personally believe that libertarians need to stop thinking in a mental model where everything bad is a nasty foreign imposition on a liberal anglosphere (the Cultural Marxism hypothesis is a specific culprit here, that blames nasty German Jews for it all) and recognise that the current form of Statism is our own invention and thus our own fault. The model is of our own design. Currently the primary driver is the USA, but as in many other respects, Britain is the Robin to their Batman.

  • Dealing with our own scum will be less difficult than dealing with the eurotrash–on the grounds of numbers and resources they can command. I think a woprld-wide financial mega-crash is at hand and that may cause problems with Hitler types arising but on balance a crash will weaken the powers that be.

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