13 Nov 2016

US Elections 2017: Trump’s America, Reality Anger in the USA.

An American dream becomes reality anger in the 2017 US election. It is not an anger of violent rage. It is a contest within modern augmented perceptions about two visions of the developed world.

One side of the vision feels brow beaten by excessive political correctness. It experiences stagnation in living standards and harbours an opinion that establishment elites have abdicated political responsibility to faceless technocrats and undemocratic bankers.

Seeing is believing. What the public sees is a fake world where reality is something to handle as one sees fit.
In the shadow world of the left behind an awaking has rocked the cradle of a patronising elite who use
managed perceptions of reality to push their global vision of a technocratic world government. Has at last the
substance of this narrative wore off. Are we witnessing a return to politics of the real. Or will the technocrats just up
the daily dosage and sedate the masses.  image November 2017.    

This is rural southern and middle America; the backbone of one vision of white American culture. They are experiencing the sober reality of distress and identity politics. Angered, they have sent a hard response to Washington.  Against a backdrop of continuing upsurges of western populism reacting to a stalled globalisation, that response was personified. Its name is Donald Trump; the 45th President of the United States of America. 

Managing the world is a different slant on the vision of changing the world. The global financial community who now lead the management philosophy are being challenge by the backlash of the disaffected who call for change.

Interesting times to witness if the 45th president can deliver the change he has promised or will the forces of global management re-enforce its position and relapse western citizens into mediated reality where none really knows what is fake and what is real.
In the harsh world of managed perceptions and outcomes does anyone now believe in anything!

3 Oct 2016

EU Decline: Hungarian Referendum: A Counter-Revolution Against EU Federalists.

Hard border between Northern Ireland  (UK)  and the
Republic of Ireland during the "Troubles." 1969 -1990.
Hungary's  new border fences are the result of
new troubles brought about by EU policy
 over free movement of people. Image 1983
This EU project is led by the European Commission. The Commission is like a collection of government ministries supported by an army of thirty-three thousand employees. Its focus is an attempt to create a modern Federalist Superstate; a successor to the many forms of government that have ruled Europe since the collapse of the Roman Empire of past ages. To some this may sound appealing. To others it sounds the stuff of nightmares.

Empires do not end gracefully and often are credited with a legacy of internal strife and civil war. From the end of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD till the close of the World Wars of European origin, various empires, federations, confederations, dictatorships, kingdoms, isms and the like have shaped, built, destroyed and defined the continent.

Euroskeptics view EU ideologues as sick and dangerous patients to be cut adrift and quarantined. They see the commission as a fanatical body of brainwashed elites that forces Europeans to follow “More Europe.”

The European Commission, aka “Good Europeans” view the skeptics with similar disdain. Democracy is dangerous and leads to wars – this they say about Europe in the 1920’s and 30’s. Better to direct the people how do it than ask for their viewpoint.

This is a clash of political thought over what is the better system for ruling Europe in the 21st century.

A clash of political cultural identity between the Democratic Nation State which emerged from 19th century Europe and the continuity of European empire.

 Interestingly Churchill said in 1943 “Empires of the future will be empires of the mind.”  The new counter –revolution spawning in Hungary and spreading to central and Eastern Europe is taking the politics of culture and identity closer to central stage. “Who am I and do I own my country?” “Shall I be told to move aside to make room for another people and another culture regardless of how I feel about it?”

I see the EU project entering into decline over its dogmatic approach to fulfill the aims of the Lisbon treaty. One can only comprehend that the EU as an intuition to bring Europe together is creating the opposite effect on almost half of the continents citizens.

19 Sep 2016

EU Decline: National Populism Confronts Federalist Liberal Elitism.

Vehement federalists and former prime ministers of Luxembourg and Belgium, Jean Claude Juncker (EU commission chief) and Guy Verhofstadt (Federalist leader), speaking on behalf of the pro EU lobby in the Strasbourg parliament (Week 37) looked despondent, sounded angry, became frustrated and appeared cornered.  
"Battle for survival" and "existential crisis" – were phrases used by Juncker.

It was extraordinary to watch. I say extraordinary; most Skeptics and Brexiteers at the parliament session in Strasbourg wanted to hear conciliatory notes.

After the victorious post-Brexit vote it is clear the federalist command went into camera to plan their response. Rather than address genuine concerns and fears about where their federalist plan is taking Europe and its citizens, they have emerged to declare a counter offensive against National Populism.
Brexit revolution throws the  EU into decline. Across Europe the Nation State
is asserting its primacy over a weak and mistrusted Brussels leadership to create
a Federalist Superstate.  image England 2016 
Unstoppable Nationalist Populist sentiment spreading across Europe was treated to a display of attitude and commendation.

These ultra-federalists projected a weak notion they can and will persuade citizens of Europe to accept their mantra of “More Europe.” Sadly it seems, they may have no further intention of even attempting to do any persuading. They show little interest in the views of the people. They are convinced they can ultimately steamroll citizens into their federalist Superstate Europe by a declared 2025 deadline using the tools provided by the Lisbon treaty.

A Europe under threat seems to be the EU federalist’s last throw of the dice. They openly are pushing for the EU army they believe will save their plan. Creating diversions and promoting external in internal threats is a way to temper political and social grumblings. It worked for Rome and the Soviet Union-right! But it only works if you control the orders to send the troops into action-right!

Are they so blind they cannot see the power they craved for slipping away from the Brussels citadel and re-forming in the north nation states and to the east where the politics of culture and identity has gripped its people?  

Of-course they are blind just as they were blind to the idea of a positive vote for Brexit.
As this blog stated in an earlier post, the EU response to Brexit was a planned attack on an East European country with threats of expulsion from the organisation over allegations of corruption and misconduct.  

Hungary has come under a proxy threat from Luxembourg (of all countries) over its handling of the migrant crisis, refugee quotas and asylum seekers treatment.  Luxembourg is renowned for being Europe’s number one big international corporation tax haven. A system set up by commission boss Junker while he was PM there.  
The EU (Junker) also recently attacked an international American Corporation in a prodding attempt to claim the right to set tax laws for sovereign member states-Ireland; and of course the saga of the EU army and the Commissions role (Junker) in invoking it into action rolls on and on.

These federalist pipe dreams are sounding more dangerous and desperate. Their obsession with reaching “More Europe” in its totality is now fanatical and fuelling unmeasured responses from National Populism.

At the latest “Unity” summit in Bratislava, “divisions” were led bare. The German Chancellor declared the EU in a “Critical Situation.” Merkel’s call to correct the “Critical situation” was to drum up the usual taboos-internal and external defense, terrorism, security co-operation, jobs in security etc. 
Reassessment of critical situations, redefining relationships and the re-mapping of new courses is not an admission of failure but a deed of courage to find and lead out of a “Critical Situation.”

21 Aug 2016

Notes From Transylvania: Preserving the Continuity of Traditions; Maramures August 2016.

The deep bellowing sounds of Maramures are projected into the moonlit sky. The astoundingly beautiful natural amphitheatre of ‘Sus Pe Bradova’ in the hills above the village of Barsana is sending messages from a concert fusing traditional and contemporary music.

This historic part of Transylvania is in insurgency. It is opposing the latest campaign to reach these ancient hills; the contemporary erosion of the area’s rural spirituality.

On a hillside above Barsana village in remote Maramures, (a district of northern Romania) Grigore Lese – regarded internationally as the leader of Romanian traditional and pastoral music - created an extraordinary event of musical theatre. 

The Festival of the 63 villages’ mission is not only to promote but to protect and preserve the role of Maramures as the beating heart of Romania’s peasant culture.

The Romanian Emperor Trajan immortalised Maramures’ resistance to outside forces’ attempts to dilute its proud independence by carving into a stone column the story of his adventures in the area – then known as Dacia- in the year 113 AD. That’s how long the baton has been held by the residents of the 63 villages: they continue to champion the way of life in this region, often referred to as ‘the greatest garden on earth.’

In experiencing the sounds and character of Maramures on a hillside deep in this garden, I feel a new resistance to global urbanisation. Slow and tranquil, the garden entices one’s soul to contemplate and reflect on life and purpose.

This festival is sending powerful messages to our urban centres, the deep sounds of Maramures emanating from these hills are calling to the senses. Senses that make us, as a people, feel connected to nature and our duty never to forsake its treasures.

10 Jul 2016

Art of Superstate: Part Three

POST-BREXIT-Dismantling the European Union:  Remain Absorbs the Five Stages of Grief Simultaneously.  

May 23rd 2016. An article appeared in the Guardian newspaper under the heading

How will the Brexiteers react if they
lose? Expect bitterness and frustration

The dreadful contamination of the EU’s loathing for democracy spread into the hearts and minds of some in the Remain camp. Not all I might say. Some are respectful of the will of the people. However there is a vocal few who are outspoken about over-turning the vote and are demanding a re-run of the referendum; won’t happen of course.
A great star has left the Union to shine bright in a wider
stellar system. Expect bitterness and frustration from Brussels.
Rumors say the EU is planning to evict a small member
state on corruption charges as an act of revenge and a warning to
the rest to tow the line of loyalty. Image Frankfurt 2012

But this is precisely the EU disease of vote again till you get it right attitude which started the terminal rot of that institution. France, Netherlands and Ireland were either ignored or sent back to fix their mistakes in 2005 and 2008. But not this time! The British are too big to be pushed around.

The size of this outpouring of public grief can be measure by over four million people signing a petition to cast aside the referendum vote.  This would mean to run and run the issue again until democracy becomes a mirror of how the EU perceives it should look. In other words disobedience towards “More Europe” will not be tolerated.

In October 2013, the then president of the European council Herman Van Rompuy announced in his state of the Union address:

“But ultimately, we will convince people not with rhetoric and words alone (even if words are needed), but with results, with growth, with jobs.”

Oh! how out of synchronisation  is the EU with its citizens. And more so, they were told this solid fact over and over and over.

Now that the dismantling of the EU in its present shape and form is begun, it would help the four million in national angst and indeed the EU itself to absorb the final stage of Grief- Acceptance.

26 Jun 2016

Brexit E.U. Referendum is Won. Fallout is Bitter. Cooler Heads Are Waiting to Take the Lead.

It had to happen.  And it did; democracy has stood up against the march of technocratic rule in Europe. Loyalty to the EU’s Commission that has divided Europe is shattered.

Sovereignty is restored to the British people; giving hope to those in Europe who are Euroskeptic.

Hope is a stronger emotion than fear.  “Project Fear” which focused on the economy, the negative and the absurd, failed to overcome citizen concerns about immigration and sovereignty. It is a lesson for the architects of Superstate to learn. That lesson is- a great political deception (that they know better than the people) can often deceive the deceivers into thinking they can deceive the people – even when their deceptions have been exposed.

 Arrogance and bloated self-importance is the Brussels Europhile elites’ cancer. They must now be wondering where their EU Project is now heading; possibly to the grave.

Already there are calls from some quarters to ignore the result. If this were to happen then a street revolution would surely follow; to seal this historic moment from the majority, is a gamble too risky to consider.

Sovereignty is restored. The cost is a divided Europe. The UK is still part of the EU and stunned at the referendum outcome.
Negotiations should begin at once. Hard decisions made. I am not a Royalist but I am Loyal to the Lands my ancestry has provided for me.
 I feel no Loyalty to a Technocratic Europe. Image: Northern Ireland June 25th 2016.

I suspect the referendum will be downplayed as no more than an expression of British distrust and disdain for the EU. But for the sake of re-framing citizen cohesion in a fractured Europe - it cannot be ignored.

The EU Commission now needs to be disbanded or at best brought under the control of sanity and proper vision for the continent.

France, Italy and Spain are worried. They should be. For in the coming months ahead the EU’s failings and clumsy handling of the financial crisis will become increasingly apparent. Recrimination, frothing and skeptic empowerment will detonate the simmering resentment towards the EU’s political classes.  They had better watch out.

In the UK families are split down the middle over what to do next. Seventeen million “Brexiteers” should not gloat or show victorious rejoice towards sixteen million “Remainders.”  

NO! NO! NO! The great challenge is to re-unite the U.K. to correct the compounded damage the now discredited EU ideology has done to its citizens over the past Twenty –three years.