Build a strong Europe – or abandon all hope

Having spent around a decade fervently warning against Russian president Vladimir Putin’s master plan, it is something of a relief to see that even the mainstream media have gradually come to realise what’s been going on, even if they perceive it as an outcome of recent events, establishing some sort of consensus that the objective is to destabilise and, ultimately, disintegrate Europe, leaving the northern hemisphere with only two really influential powers; Russia and America – among whom the latter currently under the influence of the former.

Concluding that a strong Europe is the best preventive action isn’t rocket science, and yet we’re left with no option but to witness the UK’s departure, possibly followed by other countries, depending on whether or not nationalist parties emerge victorious in this year’s European elections.

Of course you may object that it’s easy for a citizen of a non-member country, such as my own, to call for a European consolidation, even if I’ve championed a Norwegian EU membership since the age of ten (which amounts to approximately 45 years), but remain cautiously optimistic that the non-nationalist parties will prevail in this year’s general election, luckily to be held in September, at which point I would hope Norwegian voters will have had ample time to witness Putin, Trump, Le Pen, Petry and Wilder’s frenzied attempts at destroying European unity.

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Norwegian ballot.

There is, of course, a distinct possibility that they like what they see, considering that nationalist tendencies are palpable, also in Norway – especially among the Progress Party, the Centre Party and the Socialist Left Party supporters, eagerly resisting a Norwegian EU membership, among whom the rural, energetically anti EU Centre Party just made a formidable leap forward in recent polls.

Screw you, EU! Blogger's feeble attempt at a comic strip.
Screw you, EU! Blogger’s feeble attempt at a comic strip.

Voters able to see beyond narrow-minded self-interests, on the other hand, may conclude that the ongoing Russo-American race to tear Europe apart, with the aid of European nationalists, needs to be met with a firm support of the European Union.

The obvious approach would be for Norwegian voters to not only support EU friendly parties, but to demand resumed membership negotiations – if Europe will have us, that is (it wouldn’t surprise me if they decline, seeing as two former applications already failed, due to discouraging referendum outcomes).

At any rate it is time to reinforce European unity as a countermeasure against the emerging nationalism – and a world lead by a through and through non-democratic Sino-Russian-American trio, accompanied by the Erdoğan regime in the Middle East.

If not I’m afraid we may as well abandon all hope.

Top illustration: EU flag. Blogger’s own painting.

Hitherto zip, zilch, nada, zero and absolutely no visitors today, reports baffled blogger at 8:20 pm, suspecting Sino-Russian DDOS attack.

Everybody

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  2. Russia
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My apologies, America

As a warm supporter and defender of western democracies, including the United States of America, I must confess my severe doubts about own faith for the better of the year about to ebb, mostly due to last summer’s Brexit, as well as the U.S. presidential election and its discouraging outcome – and the rise of European right-wing parties everywhere, as if we have succumbed to a global disease, spreading at staggering pace.

I know I’ve distributed more than my fair share of displeasure with Donald Trump’s 8 November victory, most likely to be confirmed by today’s electoral college assembly, but rest assured that it’s all to do with a growing concern for the world’s collective development, just as much as fear of a fascist setting up house in The white house.

Donald J. Trump
Donald J. Trump, America’s President-elect. Photographer: Gage Skidmore/Flickr.

Of course that fear remains intact, but who are we to talk, electing and keeping a government and a PM appointing sexual abusers, racists and homophobes as cabinet ministers, while retracting former years’ critique of China’s human rights violations for the sake of mutual trade, as if our own financial wellbeing somehow trumps (I know …) human rights.

Even more interesting: Norwegian media do not seem to question the ethics of the matter – at all. Which in itself speaks volumes, but comes as no surprise, as, after all, the only future that matters is our own.

Dear American reader, we have no right to point our indignant fingers at you and your future president while acting like crazed far-right extremists ourselves, for which I hereby offer my sincere apologies.

Top illustration: Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg (Conservative). Blogger’s own drawing.

Donald Trump’s phone call to Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen.

Slightly comparable to Norway’s peace prize to Liu Xiaobo.

The U.S. presidential election highlighting the «dysfunction of democracy»?

While most of us observe the unfolding American presidential election in disbelief, some, among them Russian authorities and communist China, revel in its many unbelievable manifestations, claiming it proof that democracy simply doesn’t work.

Some even claim that Germany’s WW2 dictator Adolf Hitler and his fellow Italian fascist Benito Mussolini’s democratically won offices support that notion. Understandably so, as presidential contender Donald J. Trump most certainly is a fascist, leading many an observer to conclude that his victory would pave the way for a fascist America.

While a distinct possibility, it isn’t very probable, as the president’s power isn’t absolute. However, neither were the German Reichskanzler’s or the Italian prime minister’s, but they both made sure to undermine and remove all constitutional obstructions in their way, bullying the opposition into silence.

Could it happen again – in America? Even if we’re inclined to answer no, there’s no denying that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

With so many voters unable to recognise the similarities, it is tempting to conclude that the past indeed stands to be repeated, if, of course, the Trump campaign regains its foothold, which at present doesn’t seem very likely (but hey, who would have thought even his candidacy likely?).

And yes, a full-on fascist society is one possible outcome of any democratic election, just as much as a communist society is. An outcome of a democratic process, nevertheless, and one – as history has taught us – we’re likely to learn from, until a generation or two has passed (as we now see proof of).

Although we should be able to expect more, history, again, has shown that we can’t.

Meanwhile the Russians (and the Chinese) are having a ball:

Illustration: The U.S. Republican party’s presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. Blogger’s own drawing.