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Europe's Zeitgeist

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in response to reader comment: Humanism is the solution, not the problem

Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Aug 1, 2011 at 08:08

Kevin Bjornson wrote :

' If "humanism" were really the zeitgeist of Europe today, we would see a flourishing of European art, science, technology, business, and culture generally. That is not the case.'

Right. Europe's "Zeitgeist" is not humanism but conformism and opportunism on which the present political system can only be based and survive.

What sort of "humanism" and "flourishing" can we expect from reviving censorship and heresy laws called in the jargon of the time "hate speech laws" which discourage, intimidate and atrophy any inquisitive mind as effectively as the medieval laws and doctrines on witches and demonology did? What sort of freedom can we have in a hyper-bureaucratic monster called "the European Union" that under quite obscure circumstances passes thousands of laws and regulations per year to regulate everything - from what we are taught at school, what we should think on this or that issue to what size of carrot we may consume or not. What can we expect from having authorities and police that have practically degenerated into militia of the alienated oligarchies that are ruling across Europe with their sectarian agendas and visions of replacing the indigenous recalcitrant historical European nations and cultures with an amorphous servile Eurabian mentality , where respect for Islam and other destructive minorities is just an effective weapon to oppress, humiliate and finally eradicate the historical majorities with ?

What can we expect from a system which calls itself "democratic" and which in essence is a caricature of what "democracy" was originally supposed to mean , showing on every occasion its contempt and disregard for the will and wishes of its people and ruling to their detriment and at their expense ? What can we further expect from a system which is based on pervasive corruption, where the so called "laws" are nothing less than licences and permits bought by potent lobbies to promote their particular commercial interests and where once sovereign countries have been reduced to serve as dependent supermarkets with politicians as spineless shop assistants? The oppressive and intolerable system we are living under at present in Europe is rotten to its core and is widely perceived by Europeans themselevs as unjust, self-serving,detrimental and hostile.

So I think that moral relativism and nihilism you write about are secondary phenomena and the problem lies rather first and foremost in politics which creates conditions that favour this moral relativism and nihilism in order to weaken resistance against anti-European politics implemented by the present ruling class.

Bearing this in mind can we be surprised that Europe is on the decline and that ... jackals and vultures have smelled its rotting body and are gathering to swoop on the prey ?


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