Crimean War
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Crimean War
Part of Ottoman wars in Europe and the Russo-Turkish wars
Panorama dentro.JPG
Detail of Franz Roubaud’s panoramic painting The Siege of Sevastopol (1904)
Date October 1853 – February 1856
Location Crimean Peninsula, Caucasus, Balkans, Black Sea, Baltic Sea, White Sea, Far East
Result Allied victory, Treaty of Paris
Belligerents

France French Empire
British Empire
Ottoman Empire
Kingdom of Sardinia
Duchy of Nassau

Russian Empire

Commanders and leaders

Flag of France Napoléon III
Flag of France Jacques Leroy de Saint Arnaud
Flag of France Maréchal Canrobert
Flag of France Aimable Pélissier
Flag of France François Achille Bazaine
Flag of France Patrice de Mac-Mahon
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen Victoria
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Earl of Aberdeen
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Lord Raglan
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Sir James Simpson
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Sir William Codrington
Ottoman Empire Omar Pasha
Ottoman Empire İskender Pasha
Piedmont-Sardinia Victor Emmanuel II
Piedmont-Sardinia Alfonso La Màrmora

Russian Empire Nicholas I
Russian Empire Alexander II
Russian Empire Prince Menshikov
Russian Empire Pavel Nakhimov †
Russian Empire Vasily Zavoyko
Russian Empire Nikolay Muravyov
Russian Empire Yevfimy Putyatin
Russian Empire Vladimir Istomin †
Russian Empire Count Tolstoy

Strength
Total: 1,000,000

Flag of France 400,000 French
Ottoman Empire 300,000 Ottoman
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland 250,000 British
Piedmont-Sardinia 18,000 Sardinians[1]
4,250 British German Legion[citation needed]
Flag of Switzerland 2,200 Swiss legion[citation needed]
Flag of The Kingdom of Slavonia 1,400 Slavic legion[citation needed]

Total: 710,000

Russian Empire 700,000 Russians[2]
Flag of the First Bulgarian Legion, 1862 4,500 Bulgarian legion[citation needed]
Principality of Montenegro 2,000 Serbian-Montenegrin legion[citation needed]
1,000 Greek legion

Casualties and losses
Total: 350,000–375,000 dead[3]

Ottoman Empire
Total dead est. 95,000[4]-175,300[2]

France French Empire
Total dead: 95,000[3] of which:
10,240[4] killed in action;
20,000 died of wounds;
c. 60,000[4] died of disease

British Empire
Total dead: 21,097[4] of which :
2,755[4] killed in action;
2,019 died of wounds;
16,000[4]-16,323 died of disease

Kingdom of Sardinia
2,050 died from all causes[5]
Total: 220,000 dead:
80,000 killed in action
40,000 died of wounds
100,000 died of disease[6]
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The Crimean War (pronounced /kraɪˈmiːən/ or /krɨˈmiːən/) (October 1853 – February 1856)[7][8]:7 was a conflict in which Russia lost to an alliance of France, Britain, the Ottoman Empire, and Sardinia. While neutral, the Austrian Empire also played a role in defeating the Russians.

The immediate issue involved the rights of Christians in the Holy Land, which was controlled by the Ottoman Empire.[9] The French promoted the rights of Catholics, while Russia promoted those of the Orthodox. The longer-term causes involved the decline of the Ottoman Empire, and the unwillingness of Britain and France to allow Russia to gain territory and power at Ottoman expense. Russia lost and the Ottomans gained a twenty-year respite from Russian pressure. The Christians were granted a degree of official equality and the Orthodox gained control of the Christian churches in dispute.[10]:415 Russia survived, gained a new appreciation for its religious diversity, and launched a reform program with far-reaching consequences.[11]

Russia and the Ottoman Empire went to war in October 1853 over Russia’s rights to protect Orthodox Christians. Russia gained the upper hand after destroying the Ottoman fleet at the Black Sea port of Sinope; to stop Russia’s conquest, France and Britain entered in March 1854. Most of the fighting took place for control of the Black Sea, with land battles on the Crimean peninsula in southern Russia. The Russians held their great fortress at Sevastopol for over a year. After it fell, a peace was arranged at Paris in March 1856. The religion issue had already been resolved. The main results were that the Black Sea was neutralised—Russia would not have any warships there—and the two vassals Wallachia and Moldavia became largely independent under nominal Ottoman rule.

There were smaller campaigns in eastern Anatolia, Caucasus, the Baltic Sea, the Pacific Ocean and the White Sea. In Russia, this war is also known as the “Eastern War” (Russian: Восточная война, Vostochnaya Voina).

The war transformed the region. Because of battles, population exchanges, and nationalist movements incited by the war, the present-day states of Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and regions such as Crimea and the Caucasus all changed in small or large ways due to this conflict.[12]

The Crimean War is notorious for logistical, medical and tactical failure on both sides. The naval side saw both a successful Allied campaign which eliminated most of the ships of the Russian Navy in the Black Sea, and a successful blockade by the Royal Navy in the Baltic. It was one of the first “modern” wars because it saw the first use of major technologies, such as railways and telegraphs. It is also famous for the work of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, who pioneered contrasting modern medical practices while treating the wounded. The war was one of the first to be documented extensively in written reports and photographs.

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | March 26, 2014

Two Questions about the New Crimean War

As Russian troops amass near Ukraine’s eastern border, and additional forces enter Ukraine’s autonomous region of Crimea, and the results of the referendum coupled with Russia’s green men and vast military and navy has allowed Crimea to become part of the scheduled post-Soviet Russian expansion .. now we are witnessing the same game being played over the rest of Eastern Ukraine.

This Sunday demonstrations of pro-Russian forces throughout Eastern Ukraine herald the day that could bring the whole of Eastern Ukraine under Russian control and that has the potential to set off an armed confrontation with the other Guarantor powers of Ukraine’s integrity and independence

A Second Crimean War, if it actually broke out, would pit post-Soviet Russia against a Western alliance backing Ukraine’s national sovereignty and the rule of law in that traditionally unstable region.

 The last time the specific peninsula of Crimea started a conflict and was the critical spark at the centre of a conflagration and a vicious conflict was in the 1850s, when the first Crimean War broke out.

At that time back in 1853, the Crimean Peninsula in the Black Sea was controlled by the expanding Russian Empire, and found itself in the middle of a tug-of-war between an expanding Russia, which styled itself as the protector of Christians in the Muslim Ottoman Empire, and the declining Ottomans. The latter were backed by European powers wary of the Czar’s southward expansionism.

The 1853-1856 conflict, which killed more than 500,000 soldiers, and thrice as many civilians, was in many ways the first modern war, employing then-new technologies such as railways, long distance cannon, and the telegraph. And it was one of the first wars fully reported upon and also recorded by photographers for posterity and historical accuracy.

The war lasted almost two and a half years and Hostilities ended with a victory by the coalition of France, Britain and the Kingdom of Sardinia, with the Ottomans. Sardinia being the strongest of the pre-Unification Italian states was pivotal in securing the peace.

The Crimean War was also the vicarious “baptism of fire” that captured the imagination of impressionable young Winston Churchill who studied the Crimean war as a child and learned the ways of the War amid the heralds of Victory of this particular contest. It is no accident that his namesake William Churchill covered the Crimean War in detail for his English newspaper based in Istanbul. Young Winston much later claimed that it was the Crimean War that ignited his imagination and passion for military achievements. He hastened his imagination through the likes of the poem of Alfred Tennyson about the heroism of the Light Brigade in the poem “The Charge of The light Brigade” and all other such tales of bravery and heroism. This poem and the Crimean reports along with the assorted photographs of this well reported war, gave him the lights to be a Fighting Leader. Much later the Gallipoli stalemate and resulting rout brought him back to the sobering reality that war is not all gallantry, fun, and games, but deadly carnage, weeping tears, and loss…

Still keeping in mind that the Crimean War was the first war in which the British and French nations were allies and not enemies — this conflict presages the European Union and gave birth to our European Integration and Convergence of today.

Now, some 160 years later, Russian troops again threaten military action in eastern Ukraine having already taken over and annexed the Crimean peninsula. The pretext for beginning hostilities could be defending the rights of the ethnic Russian majority in Eastern Ukraine as this technique worked successfully in the case of the Crimean invasion and immediate takeover. Of course, since Moscow decided that the Ukrainian central government in Kiev is no threat to them, and since the “World” remained quiet about this violation; and they were able to take over Crimea without any opposition — then the questions that beg to be answered are the ones bellow:

1) What is stopping Putin’s Russia from taking over the rest of Eastern Ukraine?

2) And what is going to stop Russia from going after all the other small and weak nations and breakaway republics?

Clearly Russia’s perverted sense of security dictates that in this expansionary flex, all small states neighbouring Russia can expect to be annexed when the Russians are keen on reviving the old Soviet state… in light of the fact that there is no credible opposition and no Leadership in Europe to stop them from doing this…

To even attempt to answer these two questions we best remember the original Crimean War which erupted suddenly and lasted a full two and a half blood soaked years.  (October 1853 – February 1856)

The Crimean War is considered to be the very first modern War that employed all the horrible machinery of war to effect maximum carnage and terror.

The Crimean War was an armed conflict that spread far and wide and during which Russia fought against and lost to an alliance of France, & Britain. Minor players in the conflict were also the Ottoman Empire, and Sardinia on the part of the alliance and Austro-Hungarian empire on the part of Russia but essentially neutral…and even shifting alliances to undermine the Czar…

The Crimean War is notorious for logistical, medical and tactical failures on both sides. The naval side saw both a successful Allied campaign which eliminated most of the ships of the Russian Navy in the Black Sea, and a successful blockade by the Royal Navy in the Baltic. It was the first “modern” war because it saw the first use of major technologies, such as the blitzkrieg, the cannon fodder formations, the naval blockade through long distance guns, the modern siege method, the use of supply lines via constant railway links, the widespread use of modern signals and telegraph technologies, etc.

This war is also famous for field medical innovations such as the “Triage” and the work of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, who pioneered contrasting modern battlefield medical practices while treating the wounded.

The war was one of the first to be documented extensively in written reports and photographs.

The war transformed the region. Because of the widespread battles of the Crimean War, the resultant population exchanges, and budding nationalist movements, and other actions and conflicts incited by the war — the present-day map of Europe and especially the Balkans changed drastically. New countries appeared and states disappeared. The states of Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and regions such as Crimea and the Caucasus all changed in large ways due to this bloody serious conflict.

The immediate issue involved the rights of Christians in the Holy Land, which was controlled by the Ottoman Empire. The French promoted the rights of Catholics, while Russia promoted those of the Orthodox. The longer-term causes involved the decline of the Ottoman Empire, and the unwillingness of Britain and France to allow Russia to gain territory and power at Ottoman expense. Russia lost and the Ottomans gained a twenty-year respite from Russian pressure. The Christians were granted a degree of official equality and the Orthodox gained control of the Christian churches in dispute. Russia survived, gained a new appreciation for its religious diversity, and launched a reform program with far-reaching consequences.

Russia and the Ottoman Empire went to war in October 1853 over Russia’s rights to protect Orthodox Christians. Russia gained the upper hand after destroying the Ottoman fleet at the Black Sea port of Sinope; to stop Russia’s conquest, France and Britain entered in March 1854. Most of the fighting took place for control of the Black Sea, with land battles on the Crimean peninsula in southern Russia. The Russians held their great fortress at Sevastopol for over a year. After it fell, a peace was arranged at Paris in March 1856. The religion issue had already been resolved. The main results were that the Black Sea was neutralised – Russia would not have any warships there – and the two vassal states of Wallachia and Moldavia became largely independent under nominal Ottoman rule.

The Crimean War was not geographically contained anywhere in the Ukraine because there were smaller military campaigns spilling over in Turkey’s Eastern Anatolia, in the Caucasus region, in the Baltic Sea, all over the Pacific Ocean and also in the White Sea. In short this was the first World War albeit it was  never called that although it served as a preparation for the really big World Wars to come..

They surely arrived none too late — early in the following century.

Yours,

Pano

PS: The siege of Sevastopol

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Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | March 26, 2014

European Democratic Party Manifesto

Dear Friends,

We invite you to come along and play with us…

Because,

We are reinventing Democracy, Politics and our Civilization.

Come along and be part of this Movement.

Because if you want to live in a better future — You best design that future yourself.

 

Yours,

Dr Kroko

Here it goes:

 

EUROPEAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY PLEDGE:

Our European Democratic party is bound by our adherence and our oaths to Democracy and Human Rights for ALL. We pledge to focus on renewing our Democratic Political System, and we pledge to elect directly & democratically all of our European Government members. We pledge to focus our energies to fix our Economics and our Society with focus on employing all of our people. We pledge to contribute to our Civilization by strengthening our Regions, our Arts, and our Culture. We further pledge to improve our housing and our communities. We pledge to strengthen our Research and Development for technology advances and Education to create the enterprises of the future in Europe. We pledge to gain Energy Independence and Self-Sufficiency through Renewable Resources within the decade. We pledge to focus on delivering the best of Health for all European citizens on a continent-wide standard. We pledge to protect our Freedom of Religion for all and to also protect out food supply,our fresh water and all of our Environment because only healthy Ecosystems allow for a healthy Economy and a healthy Democracy. We also pledge to learn from the mistakes that Europe has done and to correct all of them with your help and active participation.

 

Manifesto of the European Democratic Party

 

The idea of Europe, goes back a few millennia and is defined by Europa the daughter of Zeus who is described as the One with the Wide Vision…

A wide vision of which we are the children, defenders and champions. Yet this very vision, is weakened daily in the eyes of citizens and attacked by powerful political and economic forces.

And yet as countries, nations, regions and citizens, the union of Europe is the only path forward to authentic freedom and genuine sovereignty. Without a structured, voluntary and democratized Europe, we would face changes in the world over which we would have no control.

So we must defend the European Union.

But, to defend it, we need to change it. We are conscious of the reasons for the current public dissatisfaction and we are in a position to address them and overcome them.

Since 2008, the economic and financial crisis which has affected countries of the European Union to varying degrees has given European citizens the impression that the European Union does not have any sustainable response. The succession of ineffective European Councils has destroyed the already shaky view of the people of a Europe that takes appropriate decisions.

The failed Austerity programs enforced by an all too  powerful North to a powerless South have to be scrapped. These economic fads were discredited as early as in the last Great Depression of the 1930′s and have no place in the modern European Economic Cannon or Policy Delivery. We should advocate their immediate retirement and replacement with Economic Growth mechanisms.

We need to focus all over again on our founding European Democratic principles. Egalite, Fraternite et Liberte. We are all together in this…

Conversely, Europe must speak with one voice in order to face the challenges ahead. Solidarity is not only necessary in today’s society, it is also essential for the European Union of tomorrow to bring prosperity to future generations. Together, we can act; divided, we are totally powerless. And if we are powerless, we are weak and easily dominated by fear and subsequently we are crushed. This was painfully evidenced in the current feeble response to the Ukrainian dismemberment by an atavistic Russian Dictator who didn’t hesitate to annex Crimea although Europe and Russia were guarantors of Ukraine’s sovereignty.

We need Leaders and honest Government that will protect us and lead us to prevent further erosion of European soil to the hungry and bellicose Russian bear.

We need a re-foundation of our European Union to strengthen our Defences and protect our territorial integrity in the eye of the incoming storms of war, disharmony, economic malaise, and energy imbalances.

We seek a re-founded European Union because that is the only decisive asset for the Peoples of Europe and the one bulwark for the protection against our enemies. Indeed it is the only defence they cannot overcome.

A re-founded European Union with a strong European identity for all our citizens is the only defence we have. You can easily see where the weak Ukrainian identity led the country to become mincemeat for her voracious neighbour. We don’t want this to be the fate of Europe and thus we aim for the EU to refocus on the basics, and the absolute essentials for our future through the storms.

Only a re-founded Europe away from the top heavy bureaucracy of Brussels and Strasbourg, will allow citizens to be actively engaged within its institutions in the local area.

Keep in Mind that the European Identity coupled with the European Choice is a choice of strong Sovereign Europe. An ideal for a Federal Europe that was first created in order to put an end to centuries of atrocious wars between close and neighbouring countries. In the final analysis the last two world wars and the Cold war were nothing more than European Civil Wars that spilled out to the remaining world. And what pain, loss of life, and bloodshed this created… We don’t need to repeat those mistakes of the past in order to move forward as a Federal Europe. It is on behalf of the many millions who died in the twentieth century that the founders of Europe acted. And keep in mind that war has never disappeared from our continent. Whether Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, or ex-Yugoslavia and Serbia engaging in bloody ethnic cleansing — war has been with us all along and is not likely to remain away for too long. So let’s be prepared for it jointly and strongly. We need a European Defence Force, and we need it now.

The founders of Europe set the goal of prosperity and economic development of the continent by opening up our common borders and removing taxes and customs. But Europe cannot stop at being a Customs Union in an era that requires us to defend against threats that are far superior to our individual defences.

Remember this: United We Stand — Divided We Fall.

And of course we need to sober up and rebuilt our economies. Three decades of growth have been the result of the founding Economic Union and the founder’s visionary actions. But that is over now. We need New Vision and New leadership to overcome the current economic malaise, disenfranchisement from our European ideals, and our all too common Social and cultural breakdown.

Yet we should focus on the positive. Because thanks to Europe, the free movement of people and goods on the continent and between countries with similar values, has clearly been proven to be a powerful development factor.

The fall of the Soviet system was largely caused by mismanagement and the contrast of ideologies and between the levels of development of the communist model and the free European market model. At the turn of the century, however, the turmoil of globalization gradually affected all Europe and in ways that aren’t positive at all…

Still best we remember that Open Minds, Open Markets, and Open Societies always win in the end.

All our countries, small, medium, or even of large size, on the continental power scale, are faced with power imbalances: the economic power of too big to fail Banks, of multinational industrial networks, coupled with out of control growth, of often invisible and non local financial powers, the emergence of political powers, with populations in the hundreds of millions or billions of people, huge population mobility, the clash of cultural or politico-religious models, the conflicts of civilizations, and the harassing Climate Change; all together have raised the question of sovereignty all over again in the hearts and minds of the people…

The question of sovereignty is the ultimate political issue: it is the right of people to be in charge of their own destiny, to improve their future through their own free choice, to change what appears to be a fatality of History. We maintain that it is misleading the Peoples of Europe to make them believe that they can exercise this sovereignty in this new world order in individual countries on their own.

In order to have some influence in the changing world it is necessary to pool resources and share decisions so as to create a common sovereignty. None of the crucial issues of the future could otherwise be effectively addressed. No fair and appropriate regulation of financial markets, no insurance against speculative storms, no credible management of energy, environmental or climate change challenges, no resistance to product, monetary, social, or environmental dumping, no management of problematic demographic trends, migration or integration: nothing in our future can be addressed or resolved by individual countries, let alone historical regions, not even by middle powers, in a world where it seems inevitable that, in twenty years’ time, there is not one European state that will not belong to the group of the world’s eight largest economies.

The European crisis is a crisis of democracy. Yet, and this is a worrying European paradox, for a large number of citizens and people, instead of seeing the European Union as their main asset in order to exercise their sovereignty, on the contrary they believe it to be a constraint which deprives them of their rights.

In this era of mass information, there cannot be sovereignty without democracy. A power which is not open to citizens, which makes decisions they do not relate to and which they feel they cannot influence, is inevitably challenged and rejected. The European institutions are so complex and sophisticated that they are incomprehensible to citizens, sometimes even for those who are personally involved. The powerful challenges to which they are subjected lead to a challenge of the very idea of Europe itself.

Technology is thus a powerful source of development, a tool of growth, but also ammunition for populism, and demagoguery. We should harness the power of ICT to create Direct Democracy with polls and votes on all matters based on the ancient Athenian Demos and the modern Swiss model of direct Democracy via the Internet and Mobile Communications.

The European re-foundation must therefore be carried out in such a way that it addresses two democratic questions:

A) What are the actual aims of the European Union?

B) What role do citizens play in the European Union?

Here are the Answers according to the European Democratic Party:

A) What are the actual aims of the European Union?

The European Union acts on behalf of States and Peoples who have voluntarily and permanently joined it in order to give them access to resources, authority and influence, which would be out of their reach if they remained isolated.

The Commission has the function of coordination and implementation. Its legislative initiative function should be exercised at the request of and within the framework set by the Parliament and by the Council. The indication of the candidates for the Presidency of the Commission at the European elections could attract the interest of voters. To add clarity, we propose that the positions of President of the Council and President of the Commission be combined. In this way we would, for certain, finally have a leader of Europe who is democratic, representative and effective.

The European Council consists of legitimate and recognized leaders of each European country. It is necessary to make its work more transparent by making the decisive part of its meetings public and accessible to the citizens, in a democratic scenario which would at last be comprehensible and clear. To be able to hear directly the Heads of State and Government of the European Union compare their views and make their commitments would better enable the understanding and support of the citizens.

The principle governing the Union is the principle of subsidiarity, which assumes that everyone can fully exercise their responsibilities, locally, regionally and nationally, in the areas of its competence. This can lead to the surrender of a number of powers to states or regions. We believe that Europe needs to focus on the fundamentals of European Integration and Convergence.

WE NEED EUROPEAN UNION.

WE NEED EUROPEAN INTEGRATION.

WE NEED EUROPEAN CONVERGENCE.

WE NEED FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY, BROTHERHOOD, AND EQUALITY.

We must get a significantly smaller bureaucracy. We don’t need duplication between Brussels and Strasbourg. We need to decentralize the European mechanism to all member states and to make it transparent, honest and directly dealing and serving the citizens daily and nothing else. We certainly and urgently need to stop Europe from becoming a nanny state and absolutely stop it from regulating the myriad of minor daily matters, and from embarrassing citizens and from making unstable the field for citizens, businesses, economic growth, and development.

Instead we should put forth all that bureaucratic energy towards bringing European identity together as the only and the strongest bastion in defence of our Human and Democratic Values and Rights. This is our only inheritance that no invader can ever take away.

Our crown Jewels are our Values, our Democracy, and above all else — our European Civilization…

B) What role do Citizens play in the European Union?

  1. For those countries and citizens who have made the choice, the political integration of the euro-area is essential. The existence of a single currency for these nations and for these Peoples calls for effective fiscal convergence. Yet there can be no fiscal convergence without shared political authority. The issue of debt, albeit national but whose consequences resound throughout the whole zone, should lead to shared policy decisions. A true area of solidarity, the European Union cannot allow its people to tear each other apart and turn their backs on the weakest. Similarly, if we want to avoid imbalances due to the concentration of activities in the more competitive regions and desertification elsewhere, the existence of a single monetary zone calls for planning policies that promote and encourage the harmonious distribution of these activities across the whole territory.
  1. It is essential, for Peoples and citizens and for a large part of Europe, to strengthen and restore our production capacity. This implies support for research, technological innovation and new production processes, in many areas in response to changing consumer expectations. However, a significant proportion of these sectors cannot be considered without a European recovery strategy. From digital technology to biotechnology, from nanoscience to future networks, we face competition from powerful organizations with which we cannot compete unless we join forces. For the economy, the priority for the euro-zone should be to focus on the creation of value by SMEs, entrepreneurs and artisans. Similar to the American “Small Business Act”, specific rules should be re-established for small businesses to promote their access to credit and the public sector market. Sensible competition, with a view to promoting growth and thus for everyone’s benefit, should encourage and not hinder the creation of large European groups capable of establishing themselves in the global economy. This must be preferred to the dogmatic competition rule, that prevents industrial groups from integrating and allying in the EU. Mobilization of savings should contribute to a European fund for industry in order to stimulate economic activity.
  1. It is essential to defend and promote the European social model, too often destabilized by the imbalance between standards which, justifiably, we impose on our own producers on European soil, and in the name of competition, the acceptance on our soil and in our markets products from regions of the world that do not meet any of these standards. This causes an understandable sense of rebellion and rejection among our citizens. The principle of reciprocity should be the cornerstone of free trade agreements and govern all areas in a true and well-balanced partnership. It is essential to reduce regional inequalities. We need to pursue structural funds policies to support the growth of disadvantaged areas, while ensuring efficient and effective use of this aid.
  2. A strategy for self-sufficiency and energy security is essential, including the integration of networks and full cooperation for supplies. We propose a European energy community based on the following points: diversification of a common European energy mix and of supply sources, a mutual assistance mechanism in case of energy shortage. A return to fossil fuels is unthinkable, we must therefore focus our research and development policies on effective renewable energy production.
  3. The defence of the planet and the fight against climate imbalances is essential. The green strategy has been very ambitious in statements but little effective in its results. The new 2030 goals for emission reductions and use of renewable energy must be one of Europe’s pillars of innovation policy, employment and sustainable growth, in order to gain global leadership in order to tackle post-Kyoto paralysis and to promote our economical perspectives.
  4. Foreign policy and European security in this new world order is essential. It is an absolute necessity resulting from new issues such as “cyber-threats” and terrorism. Pooling of operational facilities of Member States armed forces is needed to put an end to waste and inefficiency. Europe has been too absent from recent global turmoil, it must speak with one voice on the world stage if it wishes to be heard. Thus, external action must be the intrinsic factor in promoting European values such as respect for human rights, democracy and equity in economic development. The European Union should collectively strengthen its partnership policy with the Eastern Neighbourhood countries. In this respect the association agreements signed with Georgia and Moldova are a positive but insufficient step. We would like a Europe of ‘three circles’: in addition to the countries of the euro-zone and the European Union sensu-stricto, a “circle of shared interests” with countries who wish to move closer to European standards in terms of human rights, democracy, social-market economy and the standard of living.
  5. A fair and effective fight against the tragedies resulting from illegal immigration is essential. Europe must adopt fiscal, operational and legal means to act within the framework of a common policy on asylum and immigration, the principle of which was agreed in 1999. The first priority is to put in place a European coastguard body responsible for monitoring the maritime borders of the EU and to rescue and receive, in the presence of NGOs, ships in distress in the Mediterranean. Europe cannot think of itself as a fortress closed to the world. But it cannot be open to the four winds, vulnerable to human trafficking. Europe needs a co-development policy with a win-win partnership with our partners, including Africa: it must accept regulated immigration, in cooperation with and not to the detriment of the country of emigration.
  6. It is essential to strengthen and reform the Common Agriculture Policy. To maintain the priority given to health & safety, and food self-sufficiency, while promoting the emergence of environment friendly agriculture, concerned with the quality, traceability, and safety of food products, and their carbon footprint. The CAP must support not only production, but also the territories threatened by desertification and hydro-geological deterioration, the producers themselves, the sustainable family farms that our societies need to maintain the balance. It should ensure that fair prices are paid for agricultural production, so that farmers can make a living without needing outside intervention from public authorities. In any case, a more balanced distribution of this aid should be the rule. Maintaining a strong CAP should not be provided at the expense of the development of the rest of the planet.
  1. It is essential to fight against all forms of discrimination. Major differences between men and women, for example in salary or access to positions of responsibility, must become a thing of the past. Thus, the European Union must support toward equal remuneration and responsibility in businesses. EU must combat discriminations as well as violence related to sexual orientation and sexual violence of every kind.
  2. It is essential to promote cultural and linguistic diversity, which forms the wealth of our continent, our history, our cities and our territories. It makes us what we are. EU’s actions undertaken in the 1990’s must be sustained and amplified. This is contributing to the flowering of the Member states cultures, respecting their national and regional diversity and, at the same time, bringing the common cultural heritage to the fore. Faced to its extra-European competitors economical power, the creative sector must be encouraged; European states must keep their public subvention system to the cinema and the audiovisual sector. Decisive democratic progress. The objective is to effectively involve citizens in the European institutional set-up and have them participate in discussions prior to decisions being taken. The European Parliament is the democratic platform for elected members and the only institution directly nominated by the citizens of the European Union for the citizens of the European Union, and its role should be strengthened. This requires an increase in its legislative powers, starting with the right of initiative of which it is now deprived.
  3. It is now crucial to defend our borders with a Federal Defence Force before the clouds of war blight our commonly help open skies.
  4. We need to fight in order to create a strong Federal Europe with the federalist powers of the states as described by the Madisonian ideals of State vs Federal Government and the federated development — as seen in evidence throughout the Democratic growth of the United States of America that spans already, a few centuries of uninterrupted Democracy.

 

 We need to focus our sights and design our Future by designing institutions that allow us to converge and integrate.

We ought to start in this direction by hammering stoutly and praying devoutly for a United Europe.

Because:

We want a Europe that is fair, open and dynamic. Admired by the world for its culture and values. Respected for its political action.

We want to wake up the European people because the dream of a united Europe seems to be slipping quietly away and old nightmares are resurfacing.

We want the spirit that blew on the Fathers of the democratic Europe of the twentieth century to be re-founded by and for the young generations of the twenty-first century.

We want a Democracy by the People, for the people, and from the people… and a Government that reflect these values directly. And as we convene in Athens and in all the capitals of Europe organizing for these upcoming European Elections, we best remember that Government by the People, from the People and for the people still carries it’s ancient name across the world and is called DEMOCRACY.

We are going through a massive phase-change coming to our civilization largely due to economic imbalances, due to tremendous growth of science and technology, and due to massive challenges and Climate Change up ahead. We want to stay comfortable and avoid disquieting change — but CHANGE is what we need. We need to change and get on the boat flowing downstream with strong oarsmen to manage the flow and avoid the treacherous rapids and circling currents. Accept the Change that we need. Embrace the change within…
Accept this as the ultimate Truth.

We need to change in order to remain the same.

And even when we embrace change — we don’t seem to know which way to go because we don’t know how to steer this leaderless boat and because our current civilization is on the wrong path. We need to figure out how to take a more systemic approach to thinking about our EUROPEAN DEMOCRACY and civilization, and what role we play as we seek to build not just a new Democratic Civilization, but a better one.

God Bless and God Speed

The Chairman

Dr Pano Kroko

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | March 24, 2014

Ode to Joy – Breed Love and the price of Being Human

One has to spread children around like fairy dust if you want to have your DNA replicated wildly and widely…

Really?

Really.

Really…

Why?

Because we need to be alive in others and through others and is best to share our DNA as software. As ideas, as new structures of human endeavour that emanate as concepts in the noosphere. We put forth well formed ideas in the ether and they become things.

Thoughts becoming Things is how our DNA best spread.

And we also have to spread our babyjuice and mindjuice widely so we cannot lose our humanity. We need to be fully alive to be FREE. Because the present statist powers want to quash our humanity in favour of an atavistic machine future.

And the scary thing is that they can… Now more than ever we are being dehumanized. We are ruining our chances of being more fully human because our technology concentrates power — and that power is used really against us.

Take a brief tour of our recent history: In the 90′s, it looked like the Internet might be an exception, that it could be a decentralizing, democratizing force …

We all dreamed of that and believed, but those days are gone …

What upsets me, is that we did it because it was the easiest thing to do…

Making things ephemeral is hard.

Making things distributed is hard.

Making things anonymous is hard.

Coming up with a sane business model is really hard — I get tired just thinking about it.

We put so much care into making the Internet resilient from technical failures, but make no effort to make it resilient to political failure. We treat freedom and the rule of law like inexhaustible natural resources, rather than the fragile and precious treasures that they are. And now, of course, it’s time to make the Internet of Things, where we will connect everything to everything else, and build cool apps on top, and nothing can possibly go wrong.

He’s right. And so the Internet has, for most intents and purposes, evolved into a landscape dominated by centralized systems, epitomized by what we call the Stacks — Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft.Stacks  don’t want much. They are content to have you bound as data: Those Stacks want from you simple things: Money to endorse your whims, and other than that — they want just your identity, your allegiance, and all of your data. Of course they want to be your sole provider of messaging, media, merchandise, and metadata. Stacks want to take part in as much of your online existence as they possibly can, and one day mediate your every interaction with the world around you, online or off.

Now that contrasts with your individuality and with your Humanity. Because human being is not supposed to be slave to the machine… The human being is the measure of all things. We are infinite and measureless. We have unending potential and a great future full of Freedom to Be and to manifest our Destiny. And that is the essential conflict with the way things have been evolving…

The human being is a holographic condensation of the universe. We are something like a cosmic railway station, a receiving station of all vibrations, energies, and information contained in the universe. All information in the universe is imprinted in our body. The logos of the world is the spirit of the universe, the Sacred Matrix. It lives in all beings. Every thing, every egg cell, every marigold, and every mole is a holographic condensation of the universe. All these condensations are connected with each other in an eternal holographic movement. It is through this movement that the whole, Spirit, Brahman, or God, keeps flowing.

We are Consciousness with a body. A soul to be trained for higher things. A traveller of Light in this space of homage… Constant Travellers. In short we are beings. Human today – soulful tomorrow. Being present now and everlasting…

We already have all the information we desire and might need in our DNA. Parallel code full of data that have been shared throughout our existence and when we find how to harvest them we are Consciousness personified.

At the right frequency of our consciousness, we would thus be able to access the entire information of the universe at every point in the universe.

This is exactly what every cell in our organism does, what the spider does when it weaves its web, and what the colony of termites does when it builds its incredible cities.

We live in a world of endless networks of light and information. If we could introduce our conscious mind into this process, we would be all-knowing.

Maybe we will be so one day, for the structure of our brains, with its almost infinite number of neuron connections and synapses, also seems to be a holographic image of the universe. And we don’t need technology, nor human networks of routers and nodes running Apache to do this. We need awareness and meditation to reach our thresholds… and conquer the I to reach the WE stage of our existence.

We seek to evolve past the individual SELF and move towards the universal BEING. WE should hasten to do this because the concept of an individual “I” was developed during the time of the great separation. The human being had the thought that s/he is alone on earth, alone and dissociated, without understanding the Energy that connects him/her with everything.

Over time, this is how the narrow and distorted image of human beings was developed, an image with which we cannot solve the problems that are facing us today. We are the heirs of a mental-spiritual history gone wrong. We believe that the human being is what we find in ourselves: our individual body, our individual soul, our individual life, beginning with birth and ending with death.

If we only see that, then we see only a tiny part of the whole, which began a long time before our birth and extends far beyond our death. And the whole is – as a holographic condensation of infinite times and spaces – the human being.

This whole is us, we, ourselves.

Yours,

Pano

PS:

This is the ultimate Ode to Joy…

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | March 23, 2014

Just Deserts

ECOLOGICAL EMERGENCY
Global ecological emergency rages as water, forests, climate and ocean ecosystems dying under weight of human growth.

Without natural ecosystems and a healthy atmosphere there is nothing

Do You Hear This ?

Without natural ecosystems and a healthy atmosphere there is nothing

NO ECOLOGY, NO JOBS
Without healthy natural ecosystems surrounding human enterprises there can be no economy. No ecology, no jobs. Know ecology, know lasting jobs and well-being forever.

RAVAGED ECOSYSTEMS
Earth’s land, air, water and oceans are being utterly ravaged by industrial growth at the expense of natural ecosystems

IS HUMANITY DESERVING OF EXISTENCE ?
With scientific warnings of irreversible ecological and social collapse growing; can humanity embrace the necessary social change? If the human family can’t reform its murdering, thieving, ecocidal ways; do we deserve to exist?

“The Field… the sole governing agent of
each particle of matter.”
~ Albert Einstein

This is the unified field or quantum field
also known as the ‘Source Field’ that is
now surging with Galactic alignment of
our solar system with the Photon Belt of
billions of stars in our Milky Way Galaxy.

“If the shadows appear to be getting darker, it’s because
the light that casts them is getting brighter.”
~ Daniel Pinchbeck

“A non-doer is very often a critic-that is someone who sits back and watches doers, and then waxes philosophically about how doers are doing. It’s easy to be a critic, but being a doer requires effort, risk and courage.”

The fruits of recent centuries’ human advancement are threatened because of our inability to control runaway catastrophic Climate Change.

We’ve done some incredible leaps and bounds of Development and now we stumble. We stumble and fall because the pebble in our eye, does not allow us to see the approaching comet.

We have worked hard and have won plenty of great and difficult goals. Goals like life expectancy growth and education. Ending slavery, and spreading human rights. Offering health care to many and alleviating most of the famines around the world. Feeding people and achieving greater female and minority equality. Getting into a path to combat extreme poverty, and offering comfort and ease for many.

Yet all of these come at a grave cost because we failed to see how we have put ourselves at risk as ecosystems collapse, nanny government and corporatist fascism rise…

NO ECOLOGY, NO JOBS
Without healthy natural ecosystems surrounding human enterprises there can be no economy. No ecology, no jobs. Know ecology, know lasting jobs and well-being forever.

HUMAN ECOSYSTEMS
The human animal is fundamentally an ecological being – as with all organic life, part of and from natural ecosystems

THE GREAT COLLAPSE
Human beings naturally pursue their own interests; however, self-centerdness is very limiting. When you’re concerned about others, bullying and exploitation cease. There are two levels of compassion, one a biological instinct, the other the result of awareness. Just wishing to be compassionate, or saying that God or the Buddha wants us to be compassionate is not very effective. What we need is education and training.

Why, where, and How do we still live as part of a Compliance Consumer,  Culture?

“The destruction that originates from the Routine of Obedience….
“At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is ‘not done’ to say it, just as in mid-Victorian times it was ‘not done’ to mention trousers in the presence of a lady. Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals.”

Human existence and centuries of advancement in human rights are at risk as emerging ecosystem collapse and concerns regarding grotesque inequity are being met with resurgent authoritarian corporatism

Yours,
Pano

PS:

Love, truth, and ecology are the path to a healthy, well-lived life, and a balanced existence.

Global environment is collapsing and dying.

Illogical human economic growth overruns natural ecosystems at our peril…

The end of being looms.

THE END

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | March 22, 2014

I’ve Got Freedom

From the album Lily & Madeleine

Lyrics:
I come calling at the stairs now
I’ve got leaving in my eyes
I realize you’re just waking up
And giving to the rising sun

I’ve got something to tell you
And I didn’t want to lie
But this is not a bitter goodbye
There are no tears left to dry
Now I’ve got freedom

Free from settling, free from wasting my time

Finally it’s right before me
Maybe it was always here
My mind has never been quite this clear, my love
Maybe I will keep in touch, I’ve got freedom

Free from settling, free from wasting my time
Free from meddling, free from changing my mind

I’ve got something to tell you
And I didn’t want to lie
But this is not a bitter goodbye
There are no tears left to dry
Now I’ve got freedom

Yours,

Pano

PS:

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | March 16, 2014

Europe means “Wide Vision”

Europa the lover of Zeus that gave him two bright children that he cherished above all, and loved the most — is the quintessential “Mother” of the ideals of a United Europe.

Europe much like her Mother is the wide eyed and visionary ideal of our Mythohistory.

Europe indeed means “Wide Vision” and is this very vision that has been narrowed and perhaps blinded and now we find ourselves with a beached ship.

Our vision has been artificially narrowed by the myopic and arteriosclerotic denizens of Brussels — desk riders in the fog of their indecisiveness.

These morons and all other old fashion European Capital bureaucrqts and middle managers that like to think they can rule the “roost” forgetting that the Kaizer is long gone and that multiplicity of voices and honest leadership with crowdsourced decision making — is what makes Europe the most important Democracy and the most interesting Civilization in this world.

Yes. our demise is our fault because we let the vision lapse… and our societies collapse.

And today as we are coursing through the deserts of our making, is best to remember that we are servants of that dreamy vision and besides that, we ain’t got much else.

Our European Family is nothing but an ideal. Got this?

Europe is a State of Mind. An Ideal. A Wide Visionary Ideal.

An ideal we buried under reams and mountains of paper and stupid regulations and directives that made our nascent European Democracy a stilborn.

So now we are called to save this child of an ancient Ideal.

We are called to reinvent that mythic historical “Wide Vision” of Europe in order to go on…

We are asked to innovate for Europe in order to simply allow our Lives to continue unscathed and to avoid another catastrophic Civil War within Europe, because as you might recall these European wars tend to become global conflagrations and thus best avoided at all costs…

Still the majority of people today are blatantly Anti-European because of the poor performance the European bureaucrats have been delivering and of how they hinder everyone’s ambition to be happy and live a meaningful Life.

Yet in this difficult time is when I choose to go upstream and fight for this “Wide Vision” of Europe ideal.

We’ll do it by fighting these Europe wide elections with the European Democratic Party because I want to share with you the Gospel Reality of Vision.

Vision is Leadership and leadership is Vision. That much is simple.

Equally simple to understand is that the fruits of leadership are Peace and Prosperity. The two things that are eluding the bureaucrats and assorted non-entities who are micromanaging our lives.

Peace and Prosperity, through Democracy and Freedom is what the Wide Vision of Europe is.

And the path to this Europe goes through a Federal Vision for a United Europe because that is the only way to avoid the negative consequences of our common failings.

It is always a good inoculation against the negativity we all feel towards Europe. Our only medicine is to built a Federal state.

As a matter of fact this is the only way to get Economic Development through Peace & Prosperity. And by the way it is also the only means left for us to strengthen our Democracy.

If you want to remember just one thing — please Keep in Mind that the path to Peace and Democracy in Europe and the World is Federalism.

That much is clear.

Yours,
Pano

PS:

You have eyes and see…

The European Democratic Party offers this vision exactly as an Antidote to parochialism, selfish stupidity and machine like perfect efficiency — Peace & Democracy.

God Bless

Federal Europe is an inevitability, same as the coming of age or maturity of the teenager in all of us. It is clearly inevitable — save for the teen suicides.

Although Europe is on suicide watch right now over the Eurozone’s banking corruption, power imbalances, and sovereign debt — we are still able to dream of a United Europe.

This United Europe Dream – seen through the stormclouds of our recurring crises – best be imagined as an inevitable evolutionary aspiration. In biological terms it can be seen as an act of adaptation of the political species. It is akin to Darwinian evolution towards balance and harmony. It is best be viewed in those terms because politicizing the European Project issue, is plain wrong.

Surely, a bunch of morons think that the Federal Union of Europe is not an inevitability and they are fast politicizing the issue knowing full well that sowing seeds of doubt, fear, and uncertainty is the best way to Stop the nascent Union. Their reasons for this and their particular gain — I leave up to you to discern or imagine.

The Euro-deniers are of course engaged in this right & proper discussion of their navel-gazing ideological experiences. They also deny biological evolution and their small brains are good evidence that they are probably right. Still their narrow political and parochial neighbourhood views are rather divisive because they attract all those citizens who are focused on their very own football team, their lovely flag, and on their own small tribe, little village, city, and state. Yet any intelligent life form can tell you that, the City-States cannot be resurrected. But romantics and fools abound. Yet they seldom lead people to water and instead lead them to perdition. Instead well schooled leaders in the arts of war, reasonable politicians, Machiavellian practitioners, and Realpolitik mavericks are what Europe craves right now.

Still we are voicing the Integrity leadership gospel and we are amongst those few who speak for a European Citizenry that does not want to be deceived by racist demagogues.

Because the Europeans of today are facing a true dilemma: Europe or Not. This is not a new problem. These same questions arose across the pond a couple of centuries ago and Denialism and Scepticism of the Union, are the two key questions that were asked of the people when the American Project first came to view. The American leaders sorted this out through education and the series of Federalist papers served just this purpose.

So in the UK, Scotland, and other places that now consider their plebiscite vote for or against the European Union — it’s best to at least have an educated Citizenry. Let us shift through the tea leaves, and observe critically, analyse the thoughts mindfully, and vote intelligently; for the best political and historical outcome.

Of course the ideological politicizing is only done by the slower minds; those unable to see the bigger picture. But let’s see this adaptive Vision playing out Fast Forward in the future for our lot.

It’s a vision of wise leadership that needs to evolve within Europe and in our world because the whole European Project points towards Integration and Strength through Unity.

“United we stand — divided we fall”

Simple as that.

Yet this inexorable march forward, takes a shitload of Vision in order to carry the disillusioned and desperate Peoples of Europe along. And who can bring this on but a Real Leader?

And where is it that we can harvest a leader like that from?

Sadly there is no gardening shed to give us fresh green shoots, nor is there an incubator to get the good eggs to hatch and give us fresh new leaders. Most all public Administration and Business Administration schools produce Managers at best. Brussels excels at producing bureaucrats and the national political parties of Europe produce only mediocrities pliant to the wishes of the “elders.”
Corruption abounds. So where are the new leaders gonna come from?

Maybe they will just sprout up from the ground after a bloody war or such a destructive shambles that the ruins will birth a new creator of the European Project.

But why do we always have to go through this terrible hardship, destruction, and bloodshed in this old continent of common destiny — just to get a new Real Leader to guide us out of the desert?

Why don’t we prepare leaders carefully; and then nurture them based on merit? Why don’t we allow Integrity clad leaders to blossom into the European stage? and instead we push terribly undecided minions to the positions and controls of power?

I know that there is no school for this, yet history has taught us that Integrity leadership through the school of “hard knocks” of Life is the best training ground for great leaders and I believe that during this time of constant crises and buffeting headwinds, we are sure to get a fresh face.

But training is still mandatory.

And the only way this can be done is by useful comparison with others who’ve gone down that road before us. And the greatest United Democracy in our world today, is a good lead for observing this path. So let’s start by reviewing the U.S. history that brought that Union to fruition, and the Great men who shaped the vision and sharpened the Resolve of the disparate nations and their citizens to Unite.

The individual states of the United States of America have also gone down the rocky path of Federalism for more than two centuries now and are good leading indicators of our common destiny.

Here it goes: Although the US cannon, same as the European history have been systematically distorted by an entrenched racism that has minimized ethical responsibility of some early events for building the ideological framework that rationalized the Union — we are not going to whitewash the enslavement of African-Americans, nor the genocide of Native Americans and the minimization of individual State’s rights for the benefit of a better Union. We’ve come to realize that being moral and upstanding about individual Human Rights and personal Responsibility is far above the quotidian of what State’s rights are. Because if we ensure the Human Rights doctrine — we automatically sort out the local, regional and state rights.

Recently and slowly some of the bias towards our own history of internecine warfare has been squeezed out, and we are able to see the real story through the trees. The World Wars [Great War and the Second World War] were in reality European Civil wars that spilled over and engulfed the rest of humanity. Still History is always written by the Victorious armies and their historians. That is given, yet it’s not all black and white. Alexander the Great same as Charles the Great and Napoleon all had a dream for a United Europe – albeit of a different nature. Today it’s Democracy that defines us and not the benevolent or malevolent ruler’s whimsy or grandiose vision. It is Democracy that gives us the best benefit of the doubt policy that is our greatest asset and our gravest handicap all the same.

But you look at history and learn all the way from Herodotus to today’s revisionists. A good grip of history is our only insurance to not go blindly and repeat the mistakes of the past. No need to spill blood over the same issues all over again because these things were resolved before our time. But you need to know History to understand that. So as Europeans today we need to learn from the past — or be doomed to repeat it.

Somewhat like Grammar School…

Still those of us who have observed the American evolutionary political experience know that the greatest part of the Republic’s early struggle to unite was defined as the war over slavery. Soon enough, this led to Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation and Ratification of the Amendment that banned Slavery. Yet it’s good to remember that it was this battle that defined America forever. A Democratic Republic based on Human Rights and Civil Rights — borne out of the ashes of internecine blood and sinew wasting war.

We all know the nastiness and bloodletting of the Civil War, yet what we don’t know is that those who lost the US civil war went on to define America afterwards. The Southern States gave us most of the subsequent presidents after Abraham Lincoln and General Grant – for the next eighty years. And they used the only tool at their disposal. Their capacity to reinterpret the Constitution to their liking – through political discourse and lobbying. A useful lesson from history when viewed in light of what they accomplished. They turned a benevolent constitution which was drafted by the Federalists to make the National governments or state governments “supreme,” over the states and responsible to “provide for the general Welfare” to a set of laws that reduced Civil Rights. History doesn’t stop. It keeps on going and is claimed by the Victors of today’s battles and not of yesterday’s victories. These mostly Southern men who reinterpreted the Constitution through Demagoguerry and sharpish language; brought about new laws that came to be viewed as the instrument of terror and injustice by many on the receiving end of diminishing civil rights. Citizenry and the Democratic franchise suffered. The American Democracy was gravely injured…

This was the point of inflection where the powerful parties of the South saw that many Southern slaveholders saw the broad federal powers as an eventual threat to slavery so – after failing to block ratification of the Emancipation proclamation – they turned to simply reinterpreting the document’s clear language.

Thus, “states’ rights” and a “strict constructionist” view of federal power derived from the interests of slavery from the beginning of the Republic. The same notions later justified racial segregation and were embraced by laissez-faire capitalists who wanted no federal constraints on their exploitation of labour and despoliation of the environment.

The damage that these “interpreted concepts” did to the American Democracy and the American people – both black and white – was vast. Beyond the barbarity of slavery (and Jim Crow laws) for blacks, working whites suffered from low wages and from the boom-and-bust economic cycles of unregulated capitalism in the Nineteenth, Twentieth and, indeed, Twenty-first centuries.

So, I believe that today in Europe the State’s Rights and unique regional characteristics vocal defenders — always have a bit of racism hiding in their chests. Their role in blocking the constitutional mandate of an international government for a United Europe is not lost on us.

When we observe that the American Constitutional Message of “providing for the general Welfare” as the drafters foresaw, is the key factor; it’s easy to see the consequences the very lack of a founding document in this much maligned Europe, brings.

To add insult to injury Europe has not got a single Great Leader to call it’s own today.

Yet today is her hour of need. It is a critical moment because the Democratic mosaic that Europe is, faces it’s biggest challenge today. The will of this Union to survive has been sapped from Europe. It has been sapped by the same ones who inflicted unnecessary suffering and misery often in the past and should be held accountable for their actions in the present and prevented from doing so in the future.

Rather than counting beans we best learn from the American experience that predated us in building a United federal country.

Let us look thoughtfully at the American leaders and visualize the kind of leader we want to bring forth in a United Europe.

So let us seek leaders who can set us on a course for greater well-being for the majority of the people and for a more perfect Union.

Though Europe does not have a George Washington — we regularly hope for one to spring up from this much bloodied soil, because George was great.

Great for many of his qualities but above all for his uniquely American vision. He was great because He became an American above being a Virginian. He was great not just because of his actual service as the first chief executive under the Constitution – but because he gave us Victory against the Redcoats. Yet no one remembers the general Washington, when talking of the Great Man…

And the very fact that we forget that, reflects the lingering hostility toward the Federalists who principally drafted the Constitution, got it ratified and structured the early government around it. Yet George Washington lived and embodied the Constitutional Union that made America GREAT.

And although the Federalists made their share of mistakes and can be fairly criticized for elitism, one of the chief reasons why they have been disparaged in US history was their general opposition to slavery as reflected most clearly in the abolitionist sentiments of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, and their belief in a strong and activist central government.

That put them on the outs with the powerful and politically victorious backlash, in the 1790s and early 1800s to redefine the Constitution away from its original intent of a powerful federal government, toward a system more supportive of states’ rights and thus more tolerant of the South’s slave interests.

Though a Virginian and a slaveholder, George Washington gained a sense of the new nation from his service as the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army which brought together Americans across all geographic, cultural and racial lines. Washington, like other officers in the Continental Army, became the first true American, in the sense of seeing the diverse 13 colonies/states as one nation.

That is the one singular and remarkable achievement of George Washington. He was able to transcend his provincialism and national identity towards a new America…

From his military post, Washington also understood how unworkable were the Articles of Confederation, which made the 13 states “sovereign” and “independent” and thus inept at supporting a national effort such as the Revolutionary War and the establishment of a functioning republic in the first years after the conflict ended.

Europe understands this debate well enough, today when the idea of a Common Defence finds no givers and no takers either…

The failure of this Common Defence also bedevilled George Washington and it was this very “state rights” concept that led George Washington and other Federalists to convene the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787.

George Washington led the charge through his strategy to set the case for a Common Defense. George and his allies, managed the public and the bureaucracy and effectively scrapped the old system entirely, and replaced it with a structure that eliminated the idea of state sovereignty and declared a national sovereignty based on “We the People of the United States.”

This is how George Washington built the first American men, women, and children. He mindfully changed and transcended his own parochialism for himself — declaring that from now on He was an AMERICAN.

He was greatly assisted in this endeavour by the original founding document, and the Revolutionary War’s need for a Common Army and Central Command and because the US Constitution’s centralizing of governmental power was recognized by both supporters and opponents. This explains the lack of fierce opposition from the stalwart defenders of the old decentralized system.

Let’s observe this political shift of power and the elegance of George using the crisis of war as an opportunity to remake the American United States into an American Union. It is the best lesson for those of us aspiring to effect this type of change in Europe.

The future outcome of this giant shift of power in Washington’s favour, was not lost to the regional state leaders. And although the Constitution implicitly accepted slavery to placate the South, and as a necessary compromise to bring in the Southern states; key defenders of slavery warned that the combination of central authority and Northern abolitionism would eventually lead to slavery’s eradication, or as Virginia’s Patrick Henry colourfully put it: “They’ll free your niggers”

As the first US President under the Constitution, it fell to Washington to build the new government virtually from scratch. George worked hard on this, and he also delegated some of that responsibility to his aide-de-camp during the Revolutionary War; Alexander Hamilton, who was named Treasury Secretary. Since there were only three Cabinet members at the time — the others being the secretaries of war and secretary of state, Hamilton had a nearly blank slate to sketch the new government’s structure.

In some ways, Hamilton was even more an archetypal new American than Washington, since Hamilton was a bright and ambitious immigrant who had been raised in extreme poverty in the West Indies and who was sent to America by people who saw his potential. While attending college in New York City, he was swept up in the revolutionary fervour for American liberty, organized his own artillery unit, impressed Washington with his bravery and – because he was fluent in French – became an important intermediary to Lafayette and the French allies. At his request, he also led the final American bayonet charge in the decisive Battle of Yorktown.

Though Hamilton’s home was in New York, his allegiance was to the new country, not to any particular state, which made him a source of suspicion in the eyes of Thomas Jefferson and other early leaders who were anchored in their home states or their “countries,” as they put it.

Besides his perceived rootless origins and his self-made rise from poverty, Hamilton was disdained for his hatred of slavery, which he despised because he had witnessed its abuses first hand in the West Indies. He offended Virginia slave holders with his foot-dragging over their demands that the new government pursue compensation from Great Britain for freeing many of their slaves, an issue that Secretary of State Jefferson pressed aggressively.

During George Washington’s presidency, Hamilton acted as what we might call “Washington’s Brain,” hatching plan after plan for implementing the new government but also making many tough decisions that offended the Federalists’ political enemies. As the point man for Washington’s government, Hamilton also became the target of well-financed political attacks, some hatched secretly by Jefferson who emerged as the leader of the Anti-Federalist coalition, based in the South but drawing strength from Hamilton’s political rivals in New York.

Through these bitter battles, Washington generally backed Hamilton but sought to remain above the fray. Washington’s executive genius – as displayed as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, as President of the Constitutional Convention and as the first US President – was always less his personal brilliance than his ability to select talented subordinates, to delegate authority and to incorporate the opinions of others into his final decisions.

As historically important as Washington was as “the father of the nation,” he was a leader who didn’t let his personal ego dominate his actions. Though Jefferson and other critics of a strong central government were quick to accuse the Federalists of “monarchism” and allege that they secretly wanted to appoint a king, Washington set the standard for limiting personal power by leaving the presidency after two terms.

When Washington did step down, the new nation was off to a promising start, having put the government’s finances in order and dodging efforts to draw America in on the side of either Great Britain or France in their renewed fighting. Washington also set what could have become another important precedent by using his will to free his slaves.

To understand Thomas Jefferson, the third president and one of four faces on Mount Rushmore — you first have to separate Jefferson and his words from his deeds and actions.

Many Americans and historians regard Jefferson rather favourably because of his role as the key drafter of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, expressing some of the Revolutionary War’s most radical and noble sentiments, particularly that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Yet, Jefferson was a brilliant propagandist, deploying words both to fortify his own positions and to tear down the defences of his enemies. In the 1790s, he mounted one of the most effective political campaigns in U.S. history against the Federalists, as they struggled to establish the new government under the Constitution. He secretly funded vicious newspaper attacks, particularly against Treasury Secretary Hamilton and President John Adams.

Jefferson’s most long-lasting and pernicious shadow victory was his reinterpretation of the Constitution, which he had virtually no input in writing because he was in Paris as the American representative to France in 1787. Jefferson’s word-smithing; as he set out to recast the Constitution’s meaning, had almost a modern-day feel to it. Rather than seeking to change the new governing document through the amendment process, Jefferson simply asserted that the words didn’t mean what they said.

The Constitution’s Article I, Section 8 empowered the federal government to “provide for the common Defence and the general Welfare of the United States” and gave Congress the authority “to make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers.” But Jefferson proclaimed his own principle of “strict construction,” declaring that Congress only could exercise the specific powers, e.g. coining money, building post offices, etc, as listed in Article I, Section 8.

Jefferson’s crimped interpretation of the Constitution and his reassertion of “states’ rights” – including the supposed right to “nullify” federal law or even to secede – pleased his plantation base in the South, which saw its huge investment in slavery better protected. He was undeniably a Great politician…

Through his skilful use of language, Jefferson, a Virginia aristocrat portrayed himself as the great protector of American liberty, while painting John Adams and Alexander Hamilton – both of whom were self-made men who rose from very humble origins and who opposed slavery – as pro-monarchy elitists.

Jefferson’s undeniable political skills enabled him to defeat Adams in the election of 1800, relying on the support of Southern slave states, Hamilton’s rivals in New York, and the Constitution’s “three-fifths clause” that allowed 60 percent of slaves to be counted as people for the purpose of representation in Congress and in the Electoral College.

Jefferson during his presidency, and while rhetorically insisting on his narrow interpretation of the Constitution, he effectively embraced the Constitution’s broad powers when they served Presidential purposes, such as when he purchased the Louisiana Territories from France in 1803. He acted Presidentially enough, in this transaction — though no such authority was spelled out in Article I, Section 8.

Though the Louisiana Purchase – doubling the country’s size – is considered Jefferson’s greatest achievement as President, he also saw it as a way to economic development in the United States by opening the new lands to all Americans.

He was less than perfect and as President, he also established the policy of expelling Native American tribes to west of the Mississippi River if they resisted white domination, an approach that set the stage for the Trail of Tears and generations of genocide.

In the years after his presidency, Jefferson grew wiser and would often express his personal distaste for slavery. Still to placate Southern opponents of the Union, he would cloak pro-slavery arguments in legalistic or obscure language. He was a very skilled diplomat and balance maker…

For instance, when he founded the University of Virginia to help train young men for a possible role within the federal government — he helped in eradicating the slavery system. But he called his reasoning for launching the university “Missourism,” a confusing term by which he meant the right of the new states carved from the Louisiana Territories to practice slavery — as a way to allow the Southern Aristocracy to embrace the new school and bankroll it’s future.

Many years later, Reagan accomplished a mirage over Jefferson by winning over a majority of white men to the revisionist view of the Constitution that Reagan claimed that it was first developed by Thomas Jefferson. Some of the “intellectuals” of Reaganism, such as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, even espoused the false notion that Jefferson’s “strict construction” revisionism was the “original intent” of the Framers when the true “original intent” was the pragmatic nationalism of the Federalists.

Though Jefferson put the young nation on a collision course with the Civil War, Jefferson scholar John Chester Miller observed in his landmark book on Jefferson’s attitudes toward slavery, “The Wolf by the Ears” — “Jefferson began his career as a Virginian and he became an American”

Jefferson’s protection of the “states’ rights” movement that he built in the early 1800s and historical necessity, propelled the United States toward worsening tensions over slavery and ultimately to the Civil War…

It fell to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President, to defeat the Confederate States, reunify the nation and finally abolish slavery. In doing so, Lincoln reaffirmed a key original purpose of the Constitution, to establish the supremacy of the United States over the individual states.

Though Lincoln was not a fervent abolitionist, he came to understand that the carnage from the Civil War revealed the need – once and for all – to eliminate the buying, selling and abusing of African-Americans. He therefore issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863; created regiments of freed blacks to fight for the Union; and backed up his wartime emancipation edict by pushing through the Thirteenth Amendment ending slavery, shortly before he was assassinated on April 15, 1865.

But let’s learn from the Best Leader out there: Old Abe – Abraham Lincoln – for what Europe needs now. Whether Lincoln could have orchestrated a more effective Reconstruction of the Republic had he lived; is one of American history’s great historical missed opportunities.

Still the efforts by the radical Republicans, who asserted themselves in the years after Lincoln’s death, led to the important enactments of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments seeking to guarantee equal protection under the law and the right to vote for Americans regardless of race.

Yet Lincoln’s name and Emancipation became dirty words in the South. This obstinacy and revisionist historical perspective towards State’s Rights drove much of the United States into a century of racial apartheid enforced by lynching and other acts of terrorism.

This Confederate resurgence also created a political alignment of sorts between the unreconstructed South which resented federal interference and the North’s new industrial and financial might which focused on economic development and modernism and opposed government efforts to regulate commerce.

Though Lincoln’s presidency was cut short by an assassin’s bullet, his contribution to the country cannot be overstated. Through the carnage of the Civil War, he finally addressed one of the nation’s founding crimes, the slavery of African-Americans.

In doing so, he corrected some of the distortions that had been inserted into the national narrative. But Lincoln’s death – at the start of his second term – left much of the business unfinished and enabled the states’ rights rationalizations to re-emerge through the era of Jim Crow and the Gilded Age.

In modern times we have Franklin Roosevelt who created the Modern State as we come to know it today.

The problems created by the resurgence of Jefferson’s restrictive view of the Constitution, which jointly served the interests of white supremacists in the South and wealthy bankers, financiers and industrialists in the North, contributed to gross inequalities across the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

In the South, blacks were oppressed and terrorized by the Ku Klux Klan; across the nation, factory workers and small farmers were exploited by the Robber Barons. America may have been a land of opportunity, but it was increasingly a place where most of that opportunity ended up in fewer and fewer hands.

This combination of unregulated capitalism and the stunning disparity in wealth that it created contributed to boom-and-bust cycles that wreaked further havoc on average Americans who found their small businesses shut down, their farms foreclosed on, and their jobs often gone.

This cascade of panics, shocks and various recessions finally culminated in the Great Depression, which began with the stock market crash of 1929 and reverberated across the country in the form of bank runs, massive layoffs and lost farms.

It was Democrat Franklin Roosevelt who, after winning a landslide election victory in 1932, threw the weight of the federal government behind an array of initiatives, to put people back to work, to invest in the nation’s infrastructure and to stabilize the financial system through regulation of the banks. In effect, what Roosevelt did was to finally give meaning to the constitutional mandate that the national government “provide for … the general Welfare.”

Not every one of Roosevelt’s ideas worked perfectly – and he arguably pulled back on government stimulus too soon allowing the country to slide back into recession in the late 1930s – but his New Deal, including passage of Social Security for the elderly, laid a strong foundation for the creation of America’s Great Middle Class, which was essentially a product of a series of federal laws over several decades: from union protection to transportation projects to safer banking to the minimum wage to the GI Bill to technological research and development to conservation and environmental safeguards.

Despite facing fierce political opposition himself – from an old guard that still pushed Jefferson’s constitutional revisionism of “strict construction” – Roosevelt eventually fashioned a consensus around the necessity of federal government activism, which continued through the next several presidents, both Democrat and Republican.

Besides pulling the United States out of the depths of the Great Depression, Roosevelt guided the country through World War II, coordinating a sometimes fractious alliance that defeated fascism in Europe and Asia. Despite a shameful decision to intern many Japanese-Americans during the war, the Roosevelt administration also began the gradual movement toward the federal government taking a more supportive position in favour of civil rights for minorities.

As Best Presidents we also have John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson to remember for their contributions to the Union.

The post-World War II presidents – including Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower and continuing through John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson – are all marred by excesses of the Cold War, even as they deserve credit for building on Roosevelt’s New Deal legacy.

Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson also grappled with the terrible legacy of slavery and segregation. These presidents advanced the civil rights cause in fits and starts, fearing the political consequences of offending the Old South and the many white racists throughout the country.

But what distinguishes Kennedy and Johnson in this regard is that they finally brought the federal government down decisively on the side of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the movement to end segregation and Jim Crow.

The passage of landmark civil rights legislation represented a historic repudiation of Jefferson’s Anti-Federalist/states’ rights positions on the Constitution – or put differently, the civil rights laws belatedly gave meaning to Jefferson’s idealistic (but betrayed) rhetoric in the Declaration of Independence about all people being created equal.

Kennedy also contributed his own soaring rhetoric in the cause of peace (most notably in his American University speech on June 10, 1963), and Johnson built on Roosevelt’s New Deal legacy by pushing through Medicare for the elderly, declaring a “war on poverty” and enacting environmental laws.

But the Kennedy/Johnson escalations of the Vietnam War – one of the Cold War’s greatest crimes – will forever muddle and muddy their legacies. Though Kennedy increased the number of U.S. military advisers in Vietnam, his defenders note that he signaled plans to withdraw US forces after his expected re-election in 1964.

However, after JFK’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963, Johnson reversed that tentative decision. After winning a landslide victory in 1964, Johnson sent in a half-million US combat troops and pummeled both North and South Vietnam with massive air strikes.

LBJ’s supporters contend he escalated the war out of fear that Republicans, like Richard Nixon, would otherwise exploit a “who-lost-Vietnam” debate the way they did the “who-lost-China” argument during the anti-communist hysteria of the McCarthy era in the early 1950s.

Johnson supposedly calculated that holding off a communist victory in Vietnam was the price he would have to pay to gain passage of his Great Society programs. Instead, the war began eating away the foundation for the decades-old New Deal consensus. Many young Americans grew increasingly suspicious of government, while tax money that could have gone to addressing domestic needs was squandered on a bloody stalemate.

The public’s harsh judgement of Johnson over the Vietnam War might have been mitigated if he had been successful in negotiating peace by the end of his presidency, but Nixon and his 1968 campaign maneuvered behind Johnson’s back to sabotage the Paris peace talks by persuading the South Vietnamese government to boycott in exchange for a Nixon promise to get Saigon a better deal, which meant extending and even expanding the war.

Though LBJ learned of what he called Nixon’s “treason,” Johnson decided not to expose the scheme before the election apparently for fear of splintering the nation if Nixon still managed to win. Johnson also hoped that he could convince a victorious Nixon to let the peace talks move forward. However, after winning, Nixon chose to live up to his promise to the South Vietnamese government and extend the war for four more years.

Kennedy and Johnson authorized the Vietnam carnage but also avoided the Nuclear War with the Soviet Union…

Yet, their crowning glory is their joint role in confronting America’s grim record of racial oppression. This stands as one of the greatest political accomplishments of U.S. history. It also was a rare example of a major party putting principle before politics. Kennedy and Johnson both knew the consequences of supporting Dr. King and the civil rights movement: the Democrats would lose the white vote in the South and in many working-class areas of the North. But they did it anyway.

Kennedy’s and LBJ’s intellectual successor, is Democrat Barack Obama, who volunteered to “look forward, not backward.”

At a time when the right-wing media reframed recent events as showing that what America needed was a weaker federal government and more “state rights” Barack Obama went boldly the other way and established Health Care for all the people.

And although lunatic fringe tea-partiers got hold of GOP and remade the prevailing narrative as one that Anti-Federalist slaveholders would have appreciated — they lost the public debate.

Looking back at the actual wisdom of the Framers of the Constitution – and the presidents who recognized the true message of the United States of America Constitution – the real answer to America’s current difficulties and assorted crises would seem to be another era of an activist federal government.

Obama does just that by reviving the battered middle class, raising taxes on the rich to address income inequality, putting the unemployed to work rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, and tightening regulations on Wall Street and other out-of-control businesses.

But the Right and much of the mainstream media insist that we gaze back at the Founding era through a distorted prism that rearranges the heroes and villains in ways designed to confuse, not to inform.

Yours,
Pano

PS:
This discourse leads one to be intensely jealous of America’s leaders.

Yet one must think for Europe that it needs the space to nurture these leaders before they emerge and to stop growing bureaucratic mediocrities and projecting them as leaders.

These are managers and they seldom if ever make the cut to be Real leaders.

Enough…

Basta.

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | March 11, 2014

Tragedy of the Commons

Apparently the Eurozone crisis is just getting started.

This is not some alarmist weak in the knee and trembling lip errant city boy conclusion but my War Horse sense.

And am not alone in saying this.

My friend George Soros believes this too same as Warren Buffet and a bevy of the most erudite value investors out there.

Am seriously strengthened in this view, because some seriously smart and prescient investors are also seeing that the Eurozone is going to face a fresh sovereign debt crisis this year.

A series of headwinds are forecast to hit the Eurozone in the early second half of 2014…

George Soros, the billionaire investor, believes the banking sector is a “parasite” holding back the economic recovery and an “incestuous” relationship with regulators means little has been done to resolve the issues behind the 2008 crisis. George blasts the corrupt ‘parasite’ banks of Europe as the weakest link in the European economy and the one to drag down the whole lot…
George, has warned repeatedly that little has changed since the 2008 crisis in the ‘parasite’ banking sector and the banker-wankers who have not been disciplined, nor punished, but rather rewarded for their self pleasing behaviour, they are seriously out of control and hurting the real economy. The financialization of the the European Economy and the laxity of any serious control on the part of National and International governments against the failing Banking sector will take all of Europe down this time around.

It is so serious that all of the smart money is taking bets against the Euro long term. Sorting this out requires balls that Europe sporting a major lack of Leadership hasn’t got. “The banking sector is acting as a parasite on the real economy,” Mr Soros writes in his new book “The Tragedy of the European Union”.

“The profitability of the finance industry has been excessive. For a while 35pc of all corporate profits in the United Kingdom and the United States came from the financial sector. That’s absurd.”

Mr Soros outlined how the problems that caused the Eurozone economic crisis remain largely unresolved.

“Very little has been done to correct the excess leverage in the European banking system. The equity in the banks relative to their balance sheets is wafer thin, and that makes them very vulnerable.

“The issue of “too big to fail” has not been solved at all.”

The proposed solution of a European banking union does not address the underlying problems, Mr Soros adds.

“A real danger to the financial system is the incestuous relationship between national authorities and bank managements. France in particular is famous for its inspecteurs de finance, who end up running its major banks. Germany has its Landesbanken and Spain its caixas, which have unhealthy connections with provincial politicians.”

In his new book Mr Soros outlines, in a series of interviews with Dr. Gregor Peter Schmitz, how he believes the European Union is in danger of becoming a thing of the past unless its flawed banking and financial structure is reformed.

The German economy at the regions heart could also be its biggest weakness, because the banking sector is all powerful and without any serious government control — is ready to explode under a mountain of debt. All the German banks have serious debt problems and the country’s sovereign debt will not be able to handle any small deviation or correction of the Economic path. The German Banks are poorly capitalized and are all locked in goose step and going over the cliff in formation.

George believes that “What was successful in Germany before the crisis will not be successful as a prescription for the rest of Europe in the years ahead.” And since the politicians gave up any serious control of the Banks to the same bankers back in the 1980′s we’ve come to see the same serious excesses of the errant banker-wanker mentality we’ve seen in Greece’s thoroughly corrupt banking sector and elsewhere where the nation was driven to default because of the Banks and their corrupt handling of the economy.

“In German the word Schuld has a double meaning (both “blame” and “debt”). So it is natural (selbstverstandlich) to blame the debtor countries for their own misfortunes,

“Germany’s tone, is sometimes self-righteous and even hypocritical…. Yet back in 2003 Germany was the first country to break the eurozone rules in order to prop up it’s own banks and create an illusion of stability. ”

The prospect of Germany leaving the eurozone is very real and it would have serious implications as the euro would depreciate sharply and the deutsche mark would go through the roof. It is at that point that Germany will find out how painful it is to have an overvalued currency.

George, who famously “broke the Bank of England” by betting consistently and at length against the British Pound Sterling, during the 1992 sterling crash, talks candidly about his most successful trade: Arbitrage, speculation based upon thoughtful and mindful discernment, and observation in order to be seeing the pattern that reveals the cracks in our financial systems.

Simply pt the Art of Investing is practised by the few of us who are trained and able to read the leaves and “see”

The small group of seers who are clearly a cut above — see with the eyes of the soul. The eyes of scientific reason…

Should You have any qualms — best to know that our influence in Society and Economy is always beneficial. We do our work quietly by exposing the
corruption and the systemic failures of the cannon of orthodoxy that rules so many faulty systems of zealots and hierarchical organizational machines.

Yours,
Pano

PS:

We all know how corrupt the banks are and that we absolutely need now to rein them in. We need to let many of them simply expire. We need to let them die off and we need to built new banks and new institutions in their place. The corrupt cancerous Banking sector has to be cleaned up with serious surgery.

Yet the Governments in charge now within the Eurozone are so deeply in bed with the Bankers that it is difficult to find leading people able to do any of this. Hell — they are not even leaders. Vastly unable to regulate the banks and to rein them in — instead they are giving away the people’s money to the Banker-Wanker class of shady priests of corruption, willy-nilly. And thus a new Black Hole has been observed in the Universe — the black hole of the corrupt Banks of Europe. You know it is a physical impossibility to fill in a black hole…

Yet what about the Europeans? Are the citizens of this vast Democratic Union so ignorant that they are easily digesting the lies and obfuscations of their bankers and politicians coming down on them like so much brown rain from the saintly Media in the sky?

The people are ready to revolt and invite Cromwell back in with the guillotine operating at full speed; because no change is visible in the horizon without serious bloodletting…
So forget about change coming down the pike from this lot of current politicians and best serve yourselves a new batch of leaders unafraid to shut down the banks. Do this now because the current Loser-leaders are all ignoramuses and figureheads ready to spout the next inanity of a party line, and participate in this standard comedy of generalizations, and white lies, without any real thought of either telling the truth or addressing the needs we really have as Civilized and Democratic Society. Sadly, we are ruled not by the people but by some priestly class of nefarious wankers called bankers.

And by the way — It’s good and healthy to be able to profit from the inefficiencies and profligate corruption of this class of wankers.

In the end of the day it’s God’s work to break the back of these nasty purveyors of Bullshit called systemic banks.

In his new book: “The Tragedy of the European Union” George writes: “I have a clean conscience. The big events in which I participated would have occurred sooner or later, whether I speculated on them or not.”

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | March 6, 2014

The Case for Europe


Those of us in the UK, in Greece, in Basque country, and in Scotland, and all those of us living in Catalonia, or in Pannonia, and in Sudetenland, or in Alsace, same as in Hungary, and in so many other regions of Europe that are vying for independence — we’ve got Good News.

  We’ve got good news that validates our Independence and self determination struggles. We’ve got news that will help us maintain our particular sovereignty without surrendering the benefits of a common market and a common future — free of the menace of war and internecine conflict.

  We’ve got news that speak of a future within a federal Europe with strong State’s Rights, and above all the regional local directly democratic rights, that make our present day situation look positively primitive.

 It is time. It is time we liberate ourselves from the slavery of petty parochialism and beggar thy neighbour nationalism, as practised by most all European national parties, national leaders, and as exemplified by Germany’s debt colonialism policies today towards the weaker member states of the Union. It is time we wake up and liberate ourselves because in this Europe of ours, we seem to have surrendered our ideals, our Democracy, our community excellence and our community values in the mere accumulation of material things.

  This abject slavery of the regions of Europe is not a new thing. In recent memory the European regions were first enslaved to an unyielding nationalism that severed their historical ties, roots, languages, and traditions, — and then they were subjected to the conflicts of the Great Wars this errant nationalism engendered within Europe.

 I always refer to the Great War and the Second World War as European Civil Wars because that’s exactly what they were. Nationalist fervour coupled with economic imbalances led to massive bloodshed of the youth of Europe mere “moments” before the Grand union ideals were shattered. Such bloodletting that washed the soil of Europe is but a prelude to a United Continent for those who have eyes to see the horizons of history.  Far too much blood has been spilled from the simple citizens of Europe to water the tree of Freedom in this Democratic Union — to let the dream unfulfilled.

 The European Civil Wars, first and second, have sacrificed in the altar of Mars far more men than the lives lost in the American Civil war. That alone has to make our Union stronger…

The European Union today is made up of 503 Million people and rising as new member states are slated to come in. No single tribe or nation or even grouping of historical origins comprises anything close to a numerical majority. Europe is a kaleidoscope of light. It is a Union of Minorities. It is a Union of aligned interests and common borders. Nothing more — even though certain “power-blocks” think otherwise. The role of a “phantom majority” is non existent apart from the “Golden Rule of Power” = “He who has the Gold makes the rule”

That is Machiavellian thinking or Realpolitik but that is not the majority of European thinking either.  It is not even an approximation to what Europe is today, because although the smaller debt ridden states of Europe have become debt-colonies of Germany, we all know that Europe’s Greatness is evident only when we act as a Democracy. A true Democracy into which, we share equally the fruits of peace, prosperity, and harmony — is Great. A Europe attentive to it’s weaker members and observing the minority reports is what we want. A Europe that allows for the different minorities to share & coexist harmoniously within the mosaic that Europe has been for as long as recorded history remembers, is a Great Europe and nothing else.

Yet let’s look at a snapshot of today: Who is the majority rule today in Europe?

Is it the North, the Centre, or the South?

Or some block thereof?

Is it an ideology or a coalition of parties?

Is it a moneyed elite?

Simple Answer is, none of the above.

None because nobody knows exactly how to express this “Majority rule” in legal democratic terms but we all feel it and we all know it. It is Berlin with Paris and the Brussels bureaucrats lining up in an Axis of power that serves them alone, and nobody else. The vast European mechanism that occupies Brussels and is tentacled all over Europe is to serve that pseudo-majority and nobody else.

Yet reality dictates that Europe is a Sea of Minorities. You and I same as all other European are this Minority and this is my Minority Report:  “Time is now to Liberate ourselves from the orthodoxy of this stupid and evil illusion of a ruling Majority”

It’s a nasty conundrum when one thinks that Europe is made up of 87 or so strong regions, some 340 subregions of strong local constituency — yet only 28 national entities. As some of these regions are straight-lining on the race for independence — the natural order of autonomous, liberated and integral regions will be restored. We are not going to revert to City-States,  but some approximation of the ancient regional rights has to be recreated in order to prevent the Corruption and Nepotism of indirect and distant bureaucratic & despotic rule. That is not Democracy.

 Let this sink-in for a moment. Think of your own roots, because am certain you come from a special city or region that surely is unique and has more in common with it’s nearby constituency than with any National State government or distant mindless Bureaucracy. In addition you probably live in a city You enjoy and one that has a unique local flavour and custom. When was the last time You felt kinship with anyone in Brussels if you do not live there? And when was that You received a coherent support and answer from the bureaucrats and the desk centaurs of the EU in Strasbourg or Brussels? Most all European citizens are still waiting by the phone to get simple questions answered about their “Europa.”  Have you been on the phone with Europe lately? All of us are still on hold with Wagnerian music playing in the background since Christmas last — Christmas of 2007 is more like it…

 Citizens of Europe are living in cities by far and have more in common with other city dwellers than with their national capitals and their national parties or state leaders. That much is clear to anyone who has taught or seen an Erasmus class of graduates. Yet Europe tells these graduates to wait by the phone to find a job… Someday the phone might get answered. Or not. Europe tells it’s young people to wait. Wait for what?

God only knows. 

But waiting for Godot, is not befitting European citizens today. Neither is besieging the doormen of power, as Dostoyevsky exemplified in the Karamazov brothers. A Grand Inquisitor in the face of a European Grand Bureaucrat is more akin to the Darth Vader than Pericles. And I sense that Europeans today want Pericles again to lead them with visionary leadership. People want near and direct Democracy instead of distant and indirect bureaucracy. People want democracy “canton style” as practised in Switzerland. People are fed up with corruption this bureaucracy enshrines in it’s master workings as an asylum for the incompetent and bellow medium minds. We are aware that this is desired by Brussels today, since it serves this vast class of well established civil servants. We all speak volumes about Democracy but this is not what we have. Having a Mr Van Rompuy and a Mr Barosso leading the European Union — men who have never been elected by the Citizens of Europe in a direct or indirect way does not make a Democracy. Europe today is not a Democracy anymore than the Europe ruled by the Gauleiters of Adolf Hitler during the nazi occupation.  I believe these Gauleiters were not exactly Democratically elected Mr Barosso.

Right? … 

Or were they?

But that is what the Eurocrats want. Yet the Citizens of Europe don’t care what the Mandarins want  …  because as I recall in Democracy it is what people want that matters.

We are keenly aware that the Bureaucrats want exclusivity of power & control, but our version of Direct Democracy is inevitable in this technologically grass roots enabled day and age. And as it turns out this direct democracy is good for the vast citizenry of Europe — that wants it and wants it badly. A citizenry ready to level these artificial differences and walls and a citizenry of levelers who has fought far too many wars and independence struggles to attain this all too human aspiration. People want equality in front of the law, direct access to their Democracy, and Liberty to pursue their happiness and celebrate their differences. Yet this is not what the Berlin-Paris-Brussels axis system today offers. And sadly this doesn’t serve us anymore. Not any of this.

  European people want Democracy, Liberty, and the freedom to pursue their own Happiness. They want meaningful jobs and security in health and wealth. And this system today offers none of that for the vast majority of citizens. So what United Europe are we talking about? 

 But the future is long and arriving shortly. So to those visionary enough, it is an inescapable reality that all citizens of Europe will enjoy a far greater and unique Democracy tomorrow than what the Eurocratic Autocrats are offering up today.

  We are all fed up because today’s dysfunctional system only works well for the Mandarin class as personified by the Banker class, the Corporate men, and assorted bureaucrats in Brussels and the national government bodies across the European capitals — but it doesn’t work for the Citizens of Europe. The Corruption built-in and accommodated by the present day bureaucratic system is plain VIOLENCE against our basic Human Rights, Ancient Customs, and Democracy.In Europe today instead of convergence we have divergence. The wealthier North gets further ahead and the poorer South falls further and further behind same as the inequality rising within the respective societies. This does not augur well for the European project, and although even the junior bureaucrats know this — not one of the senior Brussels behemoths dares talk to Germany and France about this.

Fair is fair.

   Europe has to stay strong where it serves us best and stay the hell away from our three sacred trusts. Our Ancient Customs, our particular Liberties and our direct Democracy. 

 Let’s make this clear. Europe is really useful as a United Economy and a Mercantilist Union, but it is not useful as a nanny-state. It is absolutely useless in matters of defence and clueless in the matters of minorities. It is not fit for purpose because today’s Eurocratic state does not know left from right. It forgets that one size fits all rule went out of fashion about the same time the Soviet Union became a tombstone of history and the “phat platform” shoes went out with the babushkas that looked and dressed like matryoshka dolls…

  Europe has got a lot to learn about it’s people and their differences. And as our Gross Domestic Product is rising across Europe after this debacle of an exacerbated Sovereign Debt and Austerity led crisis — largely due to the Eurobureaucrats — we can certainly afford to. Europe’s GDP has now risen to over Sixteen and a Half Trillion US Dollars [combined GDP as European Union]. This makes Europe the biggest economy in the world and the value of the Euro reflects that fact well.

 Please understand this: Europe United, is the Biggest Economy in the world. Bigger than the United States economy by a few hundred Billion US dollars. Old Europe’s economy is far bigger than the Asian tiger economies judged by the gross domestic product of China and Japan combined.

  This is not an exaggeration but an actuality based on solid 2012 figures as compiled by Eurostat and checked by the IMF – World Bank and all other actuarial services in America, Europe and beyond. So these are the facts. Europe sits in pole position as an economy and this is the number one enviable position worldwide. As the lead position is occupied squarely by Europe — we Europeans ought to adjust our sights to a reality of transcendence. A reality for a strong United Europe that respects regional idiosyncracies, above state differences, and Orwellian controls.

It might be beginner’s luck but the first spot of Europe has to be defended for there are always other more industrious and copious claimants vying for the position of World leadership. Europe has the capacity to lead, in Climate change, in Human Rights, in Immigration, in Finance, in Industrial Design and in all the sectors where European integration bodes well. But it has not got a clue as to how to lead in Democracy and the Rule of Law. Europe’s coin is the strongest in the world. But it is not a depository receipt coin. Because the Eurocrats can’t be trusted to deliver the goods. Unfortunately the lack of native intelligence within the European Institutions and in the Brussels bureaucratic crowd, does not exude the confidence requisite to make the Euro the international reserve and depository currency that it could be…  Simply put: Investors don’t trust Brussels centaurs to handle a pair a scissors – let alone to do the right thing with a complex economy that ranks Number One in the world. A crowd wisdom poll, has proven the people don’t trust ‘errant & distant” Brussels with their lives’ choices. Decisions made under the permanent storm cloud in Brussels do not bode well for the average European citizen…

  That is plainly obvious.

  And now people have spoken across Europe and have declared that they want a European mosaic made up of ancient customs and modern Innovation to accommodate our internet ready Democracy. A people’s Democracy with polling for every important issue and not a nanny state imposed by ghastly bureaucrats from Brussels.

  Europe spends over seven hundred billion dollars a year, for it’s Brussels and Strasbourg bureaucracy, and it’s tentacles throughout Europe. An empire for sure. And if we should judge Europe by that — we count nothing and we get very little in return…

Yet the combined Gross Domestic Product of 16,5 Trillion USD, that makes Europe the leading economy in the world does not account for our Ancient Customs, our Dignity and our Liberty.

As RFK said: “Our Gross Domestic Product measures a lot, but does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials.”

“It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country.”

And in this time of deep crisis for Europe, dealing with the corruption of our public officials, GDP doesn’t measure the likelihood that European Union as we know it will continue it’s existence. And in the end it doesn’t matter because our collective GDP doesn’t measure the devastation of injustice, the vast inequalities, and the abject poverty and pain of our salt of the earth people & Peoples throughout Europe.

Nor does it measure our yearning for Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood, and our love of Democracy. Our common GDP fails to account for our Civilization and Culture being the guiding Light of our lives. It forgets the joy of Life that is unequally distributed between North and South and the increasing inequality of power distribution amongst equal in principle nations. And our common GDP really fails to measure the Happiness index because it hurts too many of us to see the lesser ones. It fails to measure Compassion and it certainly forgets the many people in the margins and those fallen in the cracks. It neglects those that matter the most – the weakest links – those beautiful souls that make Life a Mission.

Our European GDP disregards most everything but above all else it forgets to measure the Mother’s instruction that inform the oral traditions sacred to our Peoples.

For all that it is a faulty measure of our Europe.

“And above all it fails us because it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.”

Yours,

Pano

PS:

The Good News is that the European Democratic Party will fight in these elections throughout Europe to elect European Parliamentarians that are free of the prejudices and misconceptions of the nationalistic racist past and are ready to embrace a future of Democracy, equality in front of the law,  and respect for the minority rights — throughout the land.

European Democratic party is for the young and those young at heart who understand the Operating System of the New Millennium. It is an Open Democracy, an Open Society, and Open Source Political Party, and an Open Europe that we are all aspiring to.

So come and join us and built your future job with us right here. We’ve got a meaningful job for each and every European who aspires to our ideals and who embraces our shared vision. Join us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EDPARTY/

Let us know what You want to achieve in your Life within this Europe of the future.

Thanks to my beloved RFK for “allowing” me to use his speech quotes liberally…

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