The EU economic explosions have just begun and Victor Davis Hanson, in an article in today’s National Review Online, concisely outlines the aftershocks of the Greek bailout reverberating across the socialistic landscape of the European Union.
The Free Feast Frenzy that has swept Europe since the end of World War II has hit a bit of a snag. Apparently, the good citizens of Europe were unaware that a bill would be presented to them at some point during their gluttonous entitlement meal. A bill??? Oh, the shock! Oh, the horror! Our sophisticated compatriots in Greece may no longer believe in the never ending glory of an All Mighty God but they sure do believe in the never ending bounty of an All Giving Government. The pampered progressive naivete is mind boggling.
Hanson sums up EUphoria Madness quite succinctly.
We were often lectured by “progressives” that almost everything Europe did was better: subsidized mass transit, free college tuition, extended maternity leave, early retirement, and “soft-power” diplomacy….Few wanted to listen when it was pointed out, well before the Greek meltdown, that on key questions of demography and immigration, the future of the European Union was bleak. The very idea that, in historical terms, socialism, agnosticism, pacifism, and hedonism were not only interrelated and synergistic, but also suicidal for civilization, was considered crackpot.
Declaring that the EU dream of a continental democratic socialism is now dead, Hanson goes on to delineate the death knell of Diaper Democracy in Europe: the end of EU expansion; the end of European commonality; the re-powering of NATO; and the reappearance of old European wounds.
And Europe now comes full circle, kicking and screaming the whole way.