Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bickerton Reacts to Trichet's Speech


What Trichet presents is a blueprint for a Europe run by administrators and government executives, purged of any possibilities for political contestation by national publics. He makes the analogy with Edmund Husserl, the German philosopher who argued in 1935 that Europe was faced with two choices: barbarism and hate, symbolized by the Nazi regime; or a philosophical spirit. But the situation we face today is hardly that of the mid-1930s. Even then, Husserl was wrong to give democracy up to a choice between enlightened despotism and fascism.

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