The New Imperialism
is Beginning to Pull Its Strings
a number of years ago exactly the same phraseology was being used about Europe
by the business and political elite in America: ‘Oh, you Europeans with your
nostalgia, your babble of languages and all your traditions. There’s no profit
in any of it, and it’s so inefficient!’ We Swiss, in particular, were accused
of wanting to cling to our ‘tiny, old-fashioned little democracy’, instead
of finally coming round to embracing NATO and great America. All this was
expressed by people who were appallingly ignorant of European history and
the origins of democracy, including Switzerland’s system of direct democracy.
For the psychologically educated listener it was obvious that this exaggerated
preoccupation with efficiency already bears clear signs of megalomania.
When exactly the same arguments as those heard verbatim ‘on the
other side of the Atlantic’ several years ago simultaneously appear in Le
Monde and Der Spiegel (see box) at the same time as the foot-and-mouth epidemic
in England is raging, then it is clear that the spin-doctor system of the
great imperium is trying to teach Europeans what to think. Modes of thought
differ somewhat between the leftist liberal sectors of the German and French
populations and the conservatives.
Ideas like replacing British farming areas by primeval-like forests
have coursed for years in Switzerland too: Agitprop leftists, such as the
director of the Swiss Forestry Office, hotly demand that the Alps should
be turned back into a forest area, where wolves and lynxes roam, despite
the fact that this runs contrary to all reason and common sense.
Such ideas have existed for years, hatched in international bodies
and in so-called ‘think tanks’ which are part of the PR system of the new
imperialism. These are modelled on the ‘agitprop’-department of the college
for training communist leaders in Soviet Moscow, which Western European cadres
also attended. What is new about the propaganda system of this new imperialism
is the fact that it is interlarded, polished and refined with all the theories
of social sciences. Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s special friend is an
expert in this field. During the Kosovo War he managed to stifle the growing
opposition in Europe against the NATO bombings, assisted by 40 specialists.
What he also tried out successfully in the Kosovo War was that by subjecting
the various language regions to different ‘treatment’ you can manipulate
each of them in a different manner. They might call this ‘social engineering’
nowadays, but it is still remains what it always was: planned economy and
‘agitprop’. Instead of the Soviet form of state-controlled economy it is
now the global stock market economy, which is totally devoid of any legal
control. Hegel’s world spirit continues to move on – until it finally implodes.
What must be avoided is:
that democracy and the state of law in Europe are not strangled
by using the foot-and-mouth epidemic as well as a possibly man-made tuberculosis
epidemic with resistant bacteria strains as a pretence to introduce emergency
measures with all their implications: suspension of civic rights, human rights,
freedom of assembly, free speech and freedom of movement, the basic right
to democratic debate and thereby legitimisation of proceedings in the public
The fact that Tony Blair sent for his top general of the Gulf
War, and made out that he was the helper in their hour of need – illustrated
with an impressive close-up in The Independent – is a bad omen.
Democracy is too costly a good of mankind’s struggle to safeguard
equality, mutual respect and freedom of decision for all citizens, and to
protect the common good as well as every citizen. If the people of Europe
were prepared to tolerate democracy’s downfall, the world would really become
totalitarian. Even if the EU has already brought this about in its member
states, freedom and democracy are not yet lost. ‘Let us win it back’, an
Austrian organic farmer recently said. •
the Costa Blanca
The whole nation is no longer so enthusiastic about farming – at least
from an economic point of view. British farmers take advantage of eighty
per cent of the country on which they produce a little more than one per
cent of GDP. That is less than what the national sandwich industry produces
with their cellophane-wrapped filled sandwiches.
It would make more sense to close down all the farms, to send
the farmers into early retirement and send them to the Costa Blanca. With
the money that one would save an army of foresters and woodsmen could be
financed for the upkeep of the countryside. But the British refuse to allow
any criticism of their farming profession. The nostalgia the urban population
associates with farming is indestructible. Popular feeling identifies the
countryside with ‘the better England’. Three quarters of the urban population
are prepared to pay almost any price to preserve farming.
Source: Der Spiegel, 15/2001