Boris compared EU to Hitler and he was right!Watch
"The former mayor of London, who is a keen classical scholar, argues that the past 2,000 years of European history have been characterised by repeated attempts to unify Europe under a single government in order to recover the continent’s lost “golden age” under the Romans.
“Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically,” he says.
“But fundamentally what is lacking is the eternal problem, which is that there is no underlying loyalty to the idea of Europe. There is no single authority that anybody respects or understands. That is causing this massive democratic void.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016...as-hitler-did/
Of course, he was exactly right about Hitler. German historians in the 1930s were dividing human history into Reichs:
- First Reich (German: Erstes Reich): the Holy Roman Empire (German: Heiliges Römisches Reich) 962–1806; later the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation (German: Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation), also called the Old Empire (German: Altes Reich)
- Second Reich (German: Zweites Reich): the German Empire (German: Deutsches Kaiserreich) 1871–1918
- Third Reich (German: Drittes Reich): Nazi Germany (German: Deutsches Reich) 1933-1943 later the Greater German Reich (German: Großdeutsches Reich) 1943-1945
Here is a quote from Pamphlet 9 of The European Economic Community - Berlin 1942:
"It cannot make sense to join all the European countries through a customs union just to build a smaller version of the English global economy full of the same mistakes. Customs unions are a useful means of removing unnecessary difficulties between two national economies of the same level, if required."
Those who drafted the Marshal Plan seemed to have been very impressed with the first EEC and made the creation of a Common Market in Europe a condition of receiving Marshall Aid in 1948. The US involvement in creating the EEC was suppressed during the Cold War so most of us grew up with the persisting myth of Jean Monnet and other dedicated Europhiles forging Union out of the Ashes of war. However, Monnet was a US agent, paid by the OSS and then the CIA to accomplish Marshall's objectives.
It's a pity we're going towards globalisation which seems to be inevitable much like recessions in economy. The bigger the structure, the less it can be controlled by disorganised individuals and the more prone to manipulation it becomes, so we should strive for local governments and transparency rather than this centralisation.