(i) Ezker logika: EB neoliberala ezin da erreformatu baina exit txarra da (sic)
Bill Mitchell-en Left logic – the neoliberal EU cannot be reformed but exit is bad
So the dilemma is laid out bare.
This is the sort of dead-end the progressives get themselves into when they cannot articulate leadership and, instead, adopt caution.
We have the ultimate here – hate the EU, recognise that its core architecture is neoliberal and incapable of being reformed (so distinguishing themselves from the DiEM 25 dreamers), but cannot bring themselves to supporting a breakup or exit.
So, they propose breaking laws as a vehicle to create tension, yet have no credible threat which would make the European Commission in partnership with the ECB, take the breaking laws as a vehicle for fundamental change.
But then they don’t believe fundamental change is possible.
Skewed by their own logic.
(2) Elkartasuna nazionalerantz
Bill Mitchell-en Advancing the progressive cause through national solidarity
… I was reminded of this – Speech – by the, then British Labour Party leader, Hugh Gaitskell to the Labour Party Annual Conference on October 3, 1962
He listed the reasons why he was opposed to UK membership of the Common Market.
1. “So let us have less of this talk of narrow nationalism” – he was decrying national stereotypes.
2. “It is not a matter of just any union, it is a matter of what are the effects of the union” – he thought the concept of the ‘union’ was less important than the specific nature of the legal structures and ideology of the union.
3. “We want to be quite sure that we are free to deal with the problem of local unemployment in the way we think best”.
4. “Nor can we ignore the possibility that in view of the removal of controls on capital movements we could be faced with a dangerous situation in this country and yet lack the independent power to deal with it” – this is a point I will elaborate on in a future blog post.
One of the classic attacks these days on MMT is that we have ignored the power of global capital. The claim is false and in many of the core writings one can find discussion of this issue.
The capacity to invoke capital controls is one measure that a progressive government would desire to stem speculative capital flows. Membership of the EU prohibits such tools. That, in itself, is a significant reason why a progressive nation should stay clear of the EU.
5. And Hugh Gaitskell noted – “some of the measures which Selwyn Lloyd took in 1961, could not have been taken without the approval of the Commission and the Council of Ministers” – Lloyd was a Tory Chancellor between 1961 and 1962 in Harold Macmillan’s government. He oversaw the 1961 currency crisis.
6. “The T.U.C. were absolutely justified in pressing upon the Government the need for the special and indeed overriding recognition of the importance of maintaining full employment. For my part, I should like to see it made plain that a British Government is bound to put this as its top priority and that it cannot be deprived of the power to use whatever methods it thinks are necessary to secure and maintain security for our people”.
7. “We are now being told that the British people are not capable of judging this issue – the Government know best; the top people are the only people who can understand it; it is too difficult for the rest. This is the classic argument of every tyranny in history” – resonates with the view that the Leave vote was not legitimate because the voters were ignorant, racist buffoons!.
8. “But what an odious piece of hypocritical, supercilious, arrogant rubbish is this! And how typical of the kind of Tory propaganda we may expect upon the subject – the appeal to snobbery: ‘the big people know best; you had better follow them!’ It is all on a par with the argument of inevitability. ‘You cannot escape: you must be with it. You must belong, no matter to what you belong.’ What a pitiful level of argument we have reached!”
We can, of course, extend the list of propagandists to Blairites, Europhiles and more.
Not much has changed has it since 1962.
I urge you to read the whole document.