The EU question

Greg Schofield gschofield at
Mon Apr 30 10:04:43 MDT 2001

At 11:43  30/04/01 -0400, you wrote:
This would not be the first and only time capitalists do something to
advance their own goals just to end up strengthening the workers.  The fact
is protectionist barriers or national borders do not preclude competition
among workers.  In a way, it makes much tougher.  Just to mention the
obvious: the international solidarity among workers may be made easier --
not more difficult -- by the intensified traffic of things, ideas, and
people that these trade blocs bring about.

Julio Huato, one of the problems with our movement is that it continually
throws up abstract opposition to real problems. Hence the plans of
capitalists are always translated into actuality while the desires of
workers remain somewhere in the heavens, our opposition becomes ever so
righteous in the process.

I agree with you, although very far removed from the EU. Some fundamentals
need to be taken into consideration. The EU is already in existence, those
countries that remain outside it will only do so for a time or become
Luxembourgs to it (nominally outside but effectively functioning within the
larger orbit). Virginal opposition to it seems ridiculous, historically it
will come about with or without our opposition and despite various
countries getting cold feet - this must be recognised as the first premise,
but it is not.

If the EU in one form or another is inevitable, in fact already arrived,
then our role must be to push to advantage of the class every aspect of the
new conditions, a strategy not possible while retaining political
virginity. In the case of the countries presently rejecting the EU, the
populations are obviously fearful of the consequences, we do them no
favours by maintaining the illusion that somehow they can absent themselves
from what is a major geo-political realignment, those countries will be
dragged in whether they are members of the EU or not, I would suggest that
saying this is no more than stating the obvious.

The EU is above everything else a result of geo-political pressures that
have been with Europe for a long time. In fact, if proletarian socialism
had spread through Europe before-hand an EU type resolution would be expected.

There is the EU then as a general historical trend and its particular
manifestation. Concretely there is much to change, challenge and oppose,
there are reforms which need to be put up and a vision for Europe which
needs to be proletarianized. There are also consequences which the ruling
class want to ignore, the emergence of regionalisation and mini-nations
within countries that form the EU, the need to dissolve NATO, the need to
further democratise the EU and from this flows other things a (a
pan-european bill of rights, judicial reform, constitutional reform,
language revitalisation, cultural resurgence, joint social programs, etc.,).

All of this goes by the boards if blind oppositionalism is embraced. In
this I join your criticism wholeheartedly.

Greg Schofield
Perth Australia

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