Sunday, 17 July 2011
2,500 years ago, Rome and Greece were formed.In 509 BC the Roman Republic was formed, and the Classical period started in Greece around 500 BC. 500 years later Greece was put under Roman rule, and 500 years after that the Germanics forced the last Roman emperor to abdicate
But, in the meantime, Rome's and Greece's influence had stretched across the world.
Looking at the current state of affairs, the so-called senatorial provinces are rocking the boat again. Will history revert itself, and their rise mean the downfall of Europe?
Algeria, Tunisia, Lybia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen. Greece, Spain, Italy. All conveniently located in and around the main ancient Roman and Greek power centre. The African and Arabic countries there don't lie within the European Union, but the other three do. Greece is unofficially bankrupt, Italy will turn out to be so once Berlusconi leaves the stage and the smoke screen, and Spain is on the verge
All those countries, all in dire straits.Where Rome and Greece did conquer them, this time the conquering might be reversed - all those withdrawing power and energy from the centre, in stead of vice versa
The fact is that the European union is failing on an economic level. So is the US, and many other conglomerates. In fact, the US economy started failing in 2008 and its bank crisis crippled the world - so to that extend it shouldn't be a surprise that the side effects are now starting to show. What should surprise, is the fact that Greece's feeble economy has stayed so remarkably well hidden - or has it?
Look at the map again - the Netherlands, nor Germany, nor Ireland, nor the Nordic countries are on it. Ireland has been sponsored by the EU for decades now, getting back 6 pounds for every single 1 they invested in the EU. Germany has been largely preoccupied with "fixing" the get-together between Western Germany and Eastern Germany after the Wall crumbled. The Nordic countries have the highest tax rates and the shortest work weeks in the history of mankind, and the Netherlands were about to say "No" to the latest EU loan to be granted to Greece
Remarkable? I think so. Then again you can always make something look perfectly plausible as long as you target on and provide the right amount and quality of information - i.e. leaving out the rest you don't deem "fit"
The European Union will cease to exist within a year from now - on an economical level. Given the fact that the monetary EU was there before a political one was, that means the very basis for the current one will disappear. So what will be left?
Europe, as it was before, if you ask me: dispersed single countries. But a Europe that will have lost its credibility as a single economic power - and can political powers exist if they don't have economic powers? Well yes they can, but only if they're not country-based. So, I think that is not a political option - imagine the loss of face.
The good news is, US magically survived while their main engine was failing. Of course that led to enormous suffering for the working class at the bottom of the equation, "but hey". So, the choice for EU is clear - isn't it? As usual, the people who make the money, will have to turn in some. Management doesn't make any money, it only burns it. And as long as nobody effectively objects, that will stay the same
Life is a pulse, following a sinus wave. Given the exact same amount from the middle, one time you'll reach the top, and the next time you'll reach the bottom - that's just how it is