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Is THIS, then, what democracy looks like?

a non-delusional assessment of the European Union (EU)
Polizei Demokrazi
Polizei Demokrazi
Tree Sit
Tree Sit
Water cannons move in
Water cannons move in
Broken noses
Broken noses
Standing their ground
Standing their ground
Eye injuries from water cannon -- but don't worry, Europe is a democracy!
Eye injuries from water cannon -- but don't worry, Europe is a democracy!
"Like everywhere, it is the same... it's the same!"
Some authors and even grassroots activists sometimes mention the European model as a way forward, into a smoother running capitalist society. An example this week is Steven Hill's "Dispatches from Europe".

But the argument against their pro-European positions is remarkable simple:

People here in Europe spend their days fighting against government policies favoring industry and elites, just the same way people everywhere else in the world do. Cars burn, factories are occupied, cops crack skulls.

There is nothing progressive or democratic about Europe. The vestiges of progressive labor laws and social safety nets are the result of CENTURIES of workers struggling at the grassroots level. They have absolutely nothing to do with Europe as a whole, or European bureaucrats in Brussels.


HERE ARE JUST A FEW SNAPSHOTS FROM TODAY TO UNDERSCORE THIS POINT


NO COLORED FOLKS ALLOWED: Europe is busily fine-tuning it's impenetrable (to dark-skinned persons) fortress around the affluent metropolises of central Europe. This is going on in Brussels right now in protest:
www.noborderbxl.eu.org/?lang=en


WHO ASKED YOU?: Europe is also antidemocratic. Here's just one example that happened today.

 link to www.sueddeutsche.de

A massive peoples' movement (youngsters, park supporters, retirees, etc.) turned out to demonstrate against the construction of an overpriced (7 to 17 billion Euros!), unnecessary new train station in the southern German city of Stuttgart to replace a perfectly functional fancy old train station. The construction industry, together with the weapons industry, plays the role that the military-industrial complex plays in the US, so in Germany, they build, build, build, and re-build and then industry requests and the government writes new regulations requiring everything to be torn down and rebuilt again.

So yeah, here's European Democracy™ in action.

 http://tagesschau.vo.llnwd.net/d3/video/2010/1001/TV-20101001-0619-0801.webl.h264.mp4

The media are calling it an "escalation of the demonstration" (Channel SWR3) when the police moved in and beat up and peppersprayed demonstrators who did nothing in provocation or retaliation. And who get's invited to talk about it? A speaker for the police union, of course. Who's views do you think he'll represent? The media model works almost identically to that in the US. On paper, European media is actually _less_ free than in the US, for instance, there is no full right to free speech (there are several forms of banned speech and banned music).

 http://www.swr3.de/startpage/-/id=47310/did=783916/c097wd/index.htmlv


So what the Europhiles need to recognize, is that the working class living on this side of the Atlantic, who just happen to have been born in an area later politically called "Europe" are the ones who created the reality we see here today. The German-led Bureaucracy in Brussels, pushing yellow-starred EU flags and another new nationalism, was in fact developed to steal the progressive changes back from the population. Their main tool so far has been limiting the "debt" member states can have, in a perverted sense in which government money spent for public housing, education, and health care is "debt" whereas it's product —— a healthy, housed and university-educated population —— is not considered an asset.

So when the US economy turns sour, there's no need to look to the gray-suited bureaucrats in Brussels for suggestions. They're not here to help the people, nor is any legislation or parliamentary party there for our benefit. It is a hard message, a hard reality for life-long green/progressive voters to accept: only grassroots peoples' struggle and direct action helps other people, and nothing else ever has.

There's no voting our way out of climate change, social injustice, or Orwellian permanent war, sicne all parties are on the same wavelength. We will not get out of the shit we're in by checking boxes with a number 2 pencil. We will organize effective emancipatory movements or our species will spend it's last dark — and overly hot — nights under the same government and private tyranny we've always been under for the past several thousand years who got us into the current mess.


ECOLOGY: 282 several hundred-year old trees got torn down by bulldozers under riot police protection:
 link to polpix.sueddeutsche.com

 link to www.swr.de


LIKE EVERYWHERE ELSE: environmental destruction must take place behind a wall of pawns in uniform to protect environmental exploitation from popular outrage:
 link to polpix.sueddeutsche.com


DEMOCRACY™: means getting hammered with water cannons:
 link to www.swr.de


DEMOCRACY™: peace for the elites means more cops on the streets:
 link to www.swr.de


BE PEACEFUL, PLEASE: An appeal against police violence:
 link to www.swr.de

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