Never is late, but sooner or later late becomes too late.
Absolutist Europe died four centuries ago as a result of the Renaissance and was slowly and gradually replaced by compromise. Nowadays, however, instead of looking for the Golden Ratio we’ve quickly gone back to the Middle Ages with more rules and obligations than ever before, something that only happened in the last couple of decades.
The Cold War started immediately after World War II and was first predicted by the Americans’ charge d’affaires in Moscow, George Kennan. He sent a now-famous 8,000 word “long telegram” to the State Department which anticipated the outbreak of hostilities between the two former wartime allies and suggested the ways in which the West could successfully contain the spread of Soviet influence in the rest of Europe.
In 1946, the same year as Kennan’s communiqué, Winston Churchill delivered a now-famous speech in Missouri that condemned the Soviet Union’s actions in Eastern Europe and described how Soviet leader Joseph Stalin had carried out repressive policies in their areas of post-war Europe that resulted in, as he described, an “iron curtain” having descended across half the continent.The Cold War lasted from 1947 to 1991 and during those years Western Europe was on the other side of the Iron Curtain was forced to produce strong and dynamic leaders, such as Konrad Adenauer, Francois Mitterrand, Margaret Thatcher, and many others who had the capacity to manage with the forced division of Europe. All of these leaders had come from bitter political and ideological confrontations in their own countries and were fully capable of containing the Soviet’s attempts to ideologically dominate the Western world and enrich its network of satellites.
Once the Cold War came to a close, Europe hoped to enjoy the fruits of the new peace and felt it no longer needed these types of formidable leaders anymore. Strong political confrontations faded-out and was even frowned upon as they were replaced with heads of government who were no longer capable of being leaders, but were instead appointees of the big European zaibatsus – the main business conglomerates that are in cahoots with Europe’s top media magnates. This led to the European political elite entering into a long downward spiral as it began lost its political power to “the administration”.
With these kinds of weak leaders in place, the administration expanded like a colony of microbes and Europeans became prisoners of an apolitical, self-reproduced cruel, and merciless system. This was the beginning, the middle. and the end of everything.
It is time to liberate Europe of its shackles before it is too late. Do not think of the Salvinis, Orbans, or Kaczynskis when pondering what the will look like. They are just the in-betweeners, When the moment arrives that it’s too late it will not come from either the far left or the far right, but only from chaotic anarchism.
Over-regulation in every aspect of every-day life and the uncontrolled ambitions of the state machines are the real problems. The solution is the adoption of Euclid’s Golden Ratio where the ratio of two sums is equal to the larger of the two quantities in all facets of our socio-political system.
There are many areas in which the administration, under various pretexts, has taken the citizens of Europe prisoner through taxation, plastic money, security, etc. This time, let’s see what can be done for the economy to spark a new renaissance that would resurrect Europe.
New Europe has spoken of deregulation for years. Very recently, it took on the subject general deregulation under both outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his successor, Ursula von der Leyen. This may, as it seems, not to be the right approach as it will bring the markets closer to a Wild West playground where smaller businesses will always be overshadowed by both their bigger and wealthier competitors and the controllers who favour the latter.
This is exactly where the problem lies. Tiny family enterprises are the backbone of Europe’s middle class, and this what we have to restore if we want the bloc to sail in safe waters.
At present, there are no controls whatsoever and they are absolutely needed to monitor 1) VAT payments, which would be controlled electronically; 2) physical unannounced checks to make certain that people with no employment rights in the country are not working illegally; 3) if illegals are found working in any enterprise, that both the major stockholder and the manager of the company serve five years in prison and that the individual who broke the immigration laws is summarily deported; 4) the enforcement of sanitary laws.
When thinking about any solution, it is critical to understand the three types of enterprises that we are dealing with: 1) large conglomerates where over-regulation should be maintained, and possibly increased, not for the benefit of civil servants but for society; 2) medium-sized enterprises of up to 250 employees that need to see over-regulation slashed through the abolition of at least 50% of the existing rules.
The first and most important battle of a real revolution for the new generation of political leaders should be for the benefit of smaller enterprises with no more than 10 employees. Small family-owned and run business were the backbones of our society in the 1970s and 1980s, but because of the combination of excessive over-regulation and recession, millions of them were forced to close. The owners – the vast majority of whom were deeply proud of their family businesses – suddenly became, at best, marginally paid employees or, at worst, unemployed and with no prospects for a future.
This development resulted in an endemic misery for Europe and even those who did not lose their level of income and was thus not affected by the ensuing plague of despair cannot enjoy life as they once did because they are surrounded by such deprivation.
Millions of small family owners and the new young dreamers of Europe – at least those who did not yet take a one-way ticket to Australia or Canada – must be given the opportunity to either reopen their businesses and open new ones.
How to go about doing this? First, provide a 10-year interest-free small loan of up to €100,000 and abolish all rules on the loan and no income tax. Lenders would not have to provide a tax statement for 10 years and people would be allowed to establish free labour relations with no limitations.
In no time millions of small enterprises will emerge all over Europe as they absorb all the unemployed workers in the process, while also restoring the dignity of millions of Europeans. The depressed pencil pushers and unhappy factory workers found all over the continent will turn into creative inventive citizens with their hopes and dreams restored.
The state will, it’s true, lose social security contributions and income tax revenue, but those who would benefit from a programme like the one above are already unemployed and pay nothing into the state coffers, but they all do collect unemployment benefits. It doesn’t take much for one to think about what kind of negative impact this has.
Let’s leave the feasibility studies and sophisticated economic models aside and rather look at society and at individuals. Everybody has to tell you a different narrative because we are not an aggregation of protozoa in extinction but a society of humans in decay and we must reverse it.