Jean Monet, the founding father of the European Union, had a very particular vision of Europe’s future back in 1952, and he expressed it in a letter to a colleague on 30th April that year: “Europe’s nations should be guided towards the superstate without their people understanding what is happening. This can be accomplished by successive steps, each disguised as having an economic purpose, but which will eventually and irreversibly lead to federation.”
Here, in a nutshell, we plainly see the trickery that stands behind the fabricated ‘Union’ of individual nations, each of which was led to believe that its economic and social stability would prosper once it committed to the ‘common market’ and the various treaties which mark its inexorable passage to ‘superstate’.
The actual mission of the founders of the EU has always been something of a chimera; Monet’s letter makes it clear however, that the motivation was both idealistic and elitist. The supranational entity was to be created “without (their) people understanding what was happening” following a pattern of elitist oligarchical ambition stretching back through past dynasties.
We can trace the roots of this latest ‘superstate’ experiment to the Schuman Plan of 1951, which was signed up to by six countries and took the form of a treaty (The Treaty of Paris) centred around coal and steel industries being placed under common management, ostensibly to prevent any recurrence of the death and destruction of the second World War. Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg were the signaturies to this treaty whose empirical purpose was stated to be ensuring that none of these countries could ever again manufacture weapons of war to be used against the other.
Then in 1957, the same six countries expanded cooperation to other economic sectors and signed The Treaty of Rome. Thus creating the ‘European Economic Community’ also known as The Common Market. The UK joined up to this in 1973 under Mrs Thatcher.
The formal creation of the European Union, under the guidance of Jaques Delors, didn’t occur until February 1992 under the Maastricht Treaty. It formalised the introduction of the European Parliament and European Commission, the latter gaining considerable ‘management power’ under Jaques Santer, its first president. Interestingly, the Commission was originally to be named “The High Authority”, which has strongly Masonic overtones. But this name was dropped in the 1960’s.
The single currency (Euro) element of the expanding Union was launched in 1999, along with the European Central Bank. Lastly came the Lisbon Treaty of December 2009 which created the new post of President of the European Council.
Within this brief synopsis of the EU’s birth and expansion, we can detect the process of creeping homogenisation which reflects Jean Monet’s covert master plan. As intended, on the surface it certainly appears that economic considerations were to the fore, not withstanding the supposedly benign ‘common’ interests like modernised infrastructure, the Common Agricultural Policy and the ‘no border’ agreements which were deemed to give the EU a more flowing socio economic (and cultural) connectivity.
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was supposed to ensure that no one would go hungry in the new Europe and that farming interests would be financially protected against undue volatility within the wider market. Needless to say, the subsidised mono-crops and intensive livestock holdings of the CAP have proved an unmitigated disaster for traditional bio-diverse mixed family farms, food quality and the ecology of European farmland. Distorted (subsidised) trading policies have also exacted their toll on others.
What is undeniable in all this, is that Monet’s grand experiment has concentrated a very large amount of power into very few hands; and those hands are a long way removed from the hands of the labourers and workers who continue to form the majority of European Union citizens.
The creation of the single currency (Eurozone) has served to expose the fault lines that have, on more that one occasion, come to the surface of EU affairs. Whatever the founding fathers may have thought, the idea that countries as socially, culturally and economically contrasting as Greece and Germany, could find commonality via some form of ‘fiscal agreement’ was anything but wise.
The creation of the European Central Bank epitomizes the ‘trading block’ mentality of the Eurozone. It has, as Winston Churchill once noted, brought home the fact that the EU could operate like “A United States of Europe”. A United States of Europe is just what Europe is becoming, with the president of the European Commission acting as the front man; a powerful central bank acting as Europe’s vault and a weak parliament struggling to introduce some semblance of democracy.
Within this top heavy and highly bureaucratic regime, global banking cartels have fully exploited the underlying sense of political insecurity. The European Central Bank has teamed up with the International Monetary Fund to act as central controllers of the destinies of struggling Eurozone countries. The result is a cold and soulless brand of exploitation which appears blind to anything other than the imposition of Orwellian authoritative control structures that suck dry the assets of any country foolish enough to seek its financial support.
After presiding over the collapse of various European economies, Jose Manuel Barroso has used his position as President of the European Commission to recommend the imposition of a European Superstate as the only effective medicine left to hold the troubled ‘Union’ together. Resistance to this solution is taken as an infringement of the spirit of the project and those who dare to raise their voices as ‘deniers’. Sixty years on from the date of the Monet letter and the framework of the envisioned superstate is pushed into place.
As ailing Eurozone member states pledge their dwindling national assets to the voracious demands of the IMF and ECB, the interest payments that the IMF and ECB extract continue to fuel the financier led cabal’s war chest. Countries outside the Eurozone are now being asked to further top-up this chest, because apparently there is not enough in it to prepare further poisoned loan packages for the next victims.
What Jean Monet had in mind when he wrote his infamous letter, was the carefully crafted, covert instigation of an ultimate power heist. A heist which firmly installs a small band of all powerful technocrats and oligarchs in the undisputed driving seat of one of the largest trading blocks of the planet. Under this regime, the sovereignty of nation states becomes strategically weakened and so heavily dependent upon outside economic support that it ultimately ceases to operate as a functional ‘sovereign’ system. Decisions of national importance once made via elected parliaments, are usurped by the centralized control system based in Brussels, but directly linked to London, New York, Washington, Frankfurt, Paris, Rome and Tokyo.
Any country not part of this ‘club’ automatically becomes side-lined as a second class nation with little or no right to sit on key committees and influence the future. The fiscal union club is held up as the holy grail by which all nations must abide if they are to be members of the inner sanctum.
Under this regime transnational corporations, bankers and EU bureaucrats flourish, while the working citizens of the EU are imprisoned in a modern serfdom in which the banker controlled European Commission and member nation states demand that the European labour force bail out the private banks by accepting lower pay, later retirement and the loss of social services.
In this way, we (the people) are asked to carry the can and submit to the austerity measures imposed upon us in order that governments can bail out banks and banks can satisfy their Eurocrat pay masters ensconsed behind their mahogany desks at the European Financial Stability agency. In close proximity also sit the shadowy ‘Frankfurt Group‘.
According to Larry Elliot, economics correspondent of the Guardian, the Frankfurt Group is “an unelected cabal made up of eight people: Lagarde (IMF); Merkel; Sarkozy; Mario Draghi (president of ECB); Jose Manuel Barroso (president European Commission); Jean Claud Juncker (chairman Eurogroup); Herman van Rompuy (president European Council) and Olli Rehn (Europe’s Economic and Moneytary affairs commissioner). This group, which is accountable to no one, calls the shots in Europe.”
Given the free reign which this cabal now exercises in its management of European (if not global) financial matters, its hardly surprising that money and power constitute the overriding theme of Eurozone ambitions. How many times have you heard, over the past few months, heads of state declaring that meetings must be concluded at such and such a time “in order to give the markets a clear message”?
Please note: not the people – but the markets. Everything, it now seems, is beholden to ‘the markets’. They have become a totem to which we are all expected to bow our heads in obeysance. The pervasive consumption and growth ideology and the covert lust for power which accompanies its pre-eminence suggests a deep sickness reaching into the heart of society. A sickness which gives licence to the establishment of technocratic dictatorships and the demotion of the instinct for democracy.
Jean Monet no doubt recognised this at the inception of the European Union. Maybe he saw how a small group of well-schooled power seekers would be able to engineer the economic collapse of countries that failed to fulfil the diktats of the private club which he and his colleagues had instigated. Was it foreseen that it might be possible to achieve what the Reichstaag had failed to achieve, but this time with little or no need for bloodshed?
In any event, gone is the Europe standing for a group of independent nation states banding together when appropriate, on internationally significant issues. The entire edifice of the extended family of nations called Europe, has been brought to a point of crisis due to the artifice and brinkmanship of the executors of this global power grab. A power which now controls the media, the politicians, the market and the people. “We give them what we make them think they want” is an apt summary of the heist’s blue print for success. In a world of mass media hype; virtual reality; ‘shopping’ as the number one leisure pursuit, plus every conceivable gismo to play around with; one can see how the artful creation of these superficial distractions has combined to become such a powerful opiate.
Tragically, the bankrupt materialistic imagination of the modern European fails to penetrate the veil of deceit which has allowed the clandestine takeover to proceed so smoothly. As Aldous Huxley warned in Brave New World Revisited, 1958: “Democracy and Freedom will be the theme of every broadcast and editorial. Meanwhile the ruling oligarchy and its highly trained elite soldiers, police, thought-manufacturers and mind manipulators will quietly run the show as they see fit.”
So here we stand, on the edge of the precipice, yet mostly failing to recognize that it is a precipice. The federal superstate, currently managed by the infamous ‘troika’, is closing around us, regardless of any nation’s membership or non-membership of the single currency regime. This control system works on the principle of keeping people just intelligent enough to serve the system but not intelligent enough to recognize that it is a system. It has been largely successful in this mission, since up until now we have been pacified into accepting the role of grudging servitude with few signs of outward resistance.
However, all that may be about to change. 2012 looks set to be the crunch year. Signs of rebellion are appearing where once only the mists of sleep prevailed. The extremity of US and EU neo-colonial war mongering in Africa, the Persian Gulf and Central Asia, is raising eyebrows if not a few hairs on the nape of the neck. Oil companies are turning in record profits; banks are barely humbled by their carefree profligacy of 2008/9 and multi-millionaires are created every week in extravagant game shows and lottery draws. All this while government instigated austerity packages are bearing down on citizens struggling to make a reasonable living and hold onto some modicum of social responsibility and decorum. Something has to give. And probably more than Greece, Ireland and Portugal.
Our long running pretence at being anything other than the schizoid and hypocritical society that we are, is finally falling away. The bare bones of the truth can no longer be disguised behind placatory rhetoric and artful deception. As the realisation of what stands in front of us grows, we have a very real choice to make: stand on our own two feet and free ourselves from the encircling tentacles of the Monet and Delors inspired supranational dictatorship – or slide further under its control – losing our ability to forge our destinies for generations to come. The choice has never been so stark. It’s down to each of us to reach into richer soils and ensure that something altogether better is brought to birth.
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Julian is a British pioneer organic farmer, writer and activist. He is currently president of the ‘International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside’ which is leading the fight against GMO in Poland. He is author of “Changing Course for Life – Local Solutions to Global Problems” www.changingcourseforlife.info