Old globalization, meet the new globalization…

by on April 15, 2017 at 8:26 am in Current Affairs, Economics, Political Science | Permalink

France is careening toward a nail-biter presidential election this month that pits a crowded field against anti-E.U. titan Marine Le Pen. But E.U. funds pay her salary, support her assistants, and underwrite the conferences and books she churns out to attack the 28-nation bloc. Key British leaders of the successful Brexit campaign got their financial lifeline from Brussels euros. Elsewhere in Europe, self-identified fascists are paying for rallies to further the future of the “white race” by breaking up the E.U. — all thanks to E.U. money.

…[these parties] get millions because of their heft in elections for the European Parliament, an institution that is short on power but flush with cash.

Here is the Washington Post story by Michael Birnbaum.  I say that Hegel, and works of Continental philosophy that use the word “totalizing,” should be raised in status!

Addendum: Here is more from Farrell and Newman.

1 The Other Jim April 15, 2017 at 8:49 am

It’s important that we continue to equate any opposition to Statism with an embracing of white supremacy. Nice work!

2 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ April 15, 2017 at 9:03 am

These are confused times. In quieter periods people fit more gently into political groups. They might think they “are” a Democrat in 1990 because that was a mild and uncomplicated thing to be.

Maybe polarization continued until it could no longer hold itself together. “Being” a Democrat is less a thing today, but that’s nothing compared to the global breakdown of the right.

And you can’t report the truth of that right wing disintegration without telling the truth of a new “white politics.”

(I breezed through Customs yesterday while my Asian-American friends were stopped and questioned. I got to use the “Trump’s America” line. Funny, if not true. But maybe true.)

3 Thiago Ribeiro April 15, 2017 at 9:10 am

If they do not wanted to be stopped, maybe they should stop manipulating their currency!!

4 Troll Me April 15, 2017 at 10:22 am

You’re confused in quite a number of ways.

For example, the group you portray as the “victim” for “opposition to Statism” in fact wants MORE state and LESS EU.

Also, there’s the classic issue that the right wing is not actually opposed to the state spending huge amounts of resources on things. It’s just that the disagree with the state doing social safety net things (which, incidentally, make it easier to take risks and specialize, knowing that at least basic sustenance is assured. Also, it’s easier to go to school when it does not cost more money than you have … Canadian speaking here … different dynamics … )

5 Harun April 15, 2017 at 11:13 am

Its similar to civil rights people on the left who forget it was the state who enforced the segregation laws, not “society.”

The fact that you needed laws, suggests many didn’t want to make blacks sit in the back, but had to be forced to do this by the state.

(There was a famous case of a street car company suing to NOT have to discriminate. They lost the case.)

So, definitely statists can also be white supremacists, too.

That said, there are weird situations like we see now, where stopping or slowing immigration, if its really a ploy to import a new, lefty electorate, are in a weird gray area.

6 Skeptic April 15, 2017 at 10:06 am

Anyone who puts white race in quotes is a twit.

7 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ April 15, 2017 at 10:30 am

It communicates something pretty critical in 2017. You might want to talk about a “white race,” but I reject the concept. The Mayans I met last week are just as much my bros, my buddies.

8 So Much For Subtlety April 15, 2017 at 8:12 pm

By all means reject the concept of the White Race. That’s kind of nice when you do that. Unfortunately it is a little harder to convince everyone else to give up the idea of a Black Race.

Black criminals mainly murder each other. But for other crimes, they appear to go out of their way to target Whites. So it doesn’t really matter if you insist that you are not White. Everyone else sees you as White – and when the day comes it matters, it will matter.

I am sure that any number of German Jews did not see themselves as Jewish.

9 Kevin C. April 15, 2017 at 8:53 pm

“You might want to talk about a “white race,” but I reject the concept.”

Tell that to all the Privilege Theory folks, because how is “all the people who have White Privilege” not a workable definition for a “white race”?

10 Troll Me April 15, 2017 at 10:35 am


And I refer to my ancestry by culture, not indications of skim pigment intensities.

Most of all, I’m me. Just me. Not a colour.

I refuse to identify as one of a group who identifies on the basis of skin pigment intensities. How about something more substantial like a cultural legacy including the Enlightenment, or the centuries long and extremely bloody struggle to enforce separation between church and state?

11 So Much For Subtlety April 15, 2017 at 8:38 pm

Well of course you do identify on the basis of skin pigmentation. You simply belong to the tribe of self-loathers by over-stating how much you despite your own kin group in the hope that non-Whites will respect you for it. Your entire identity is bound up with proving how truly you hate your own.

But you also stand on the Left. Which has abandoned the enforced separation between Church and State. Rather the Left insists that we should have a new Established Religion. That is why the New York Times will not print the Muhammed cartoons. Why Muhammed is always called the Prophet Muhammed (no one calls Jesus the Son of God). Why Richard Dawkins is savaged every time he defends the Enlightenment.

The Left has embraced the New Irrationalism. Anti-Vaccers. Anti-science. Anti-the Western tradition. In favor of witchcraft, Green neo-paganism, and rejecting the very idea of the Enlightenment.

12 Bill April 15, 2017 at 10:20 am

German austerity policy for the EU since 2008,

What could go wrong with that and why would anyone object.

What do you get when you marry a strong German economy with others who are in a much weaker state who cannot float their own currencies?

13 Troll Me April 15, 2017 at 10:39 am

BMV factories in Czech with much more cost competitive exports.

This was Germany’s explicitly stated reason for supporting expansion of the union in many respects. And it worked out quite well in that regard, right?

14 Troll Me April 15, 2017 at 10:39 am


15 Careless April 15, 2017 at 10:53 pm

V and W are next to each other on Canadian keyboards, right

16 Bill April 15, 2017 at 10:59 am


So it was with NAFTA.

17 Bill April 15, 2017 at 11:01 am

Here is a piece on the Euro summarizing Stiglitz book and containing an interview.

18 Bill April 15, 2017 at 11:01 am
19 TMC April 15, 2017 at 12:32 pm

German monetary policy for the EU in the 90s was bad for other EU members too. Ireland’s economy was on fire when Germany’s wasn’t in the 90s and the German led policies was like throwing gas on the fire for Ireland. The EU members all have very different economies and different policy needs. The EU has been bad for all but Germany.

20 Troll Me April 15, 2017 at 2:53 pm

I think the unproductive losses related to currency transactions of all sorts and for all reasons within businesses and people operating across the 28 countries more than counters the reduced monetary policy efficiency for reasons you mention. On average. In the long run. Probably.

21 TMC April 15, 2017 at 6:22 pm

A typical smart phone would be able to handle all those transactions for most banks. That would be the easiest part of it all. If they wanted to, they could maintain a theoretical euro that everyone could price their goods in so everyone is on the same page.

22 Anon7 April 15, 2017 at 4:50 pm

Borrowing using Germany’s credit card and then whining about austerity and structural reforms is rich.

23 Bill April 15, 2017 at 8:17 pm

German banks were chasing yield in other markets.

24 Anon7 April 16, 2017 at 3:47 am

Germany could afford to clean up its financial sector. Greece can’t, so Greece deserves to be kicked to the curb and fend for itself. It’ll be austerity one way (status quo) or another (devaluation + financial meltdown).

25 derek April 15, 2017 at 11:27 am

Is this the best argument this twit can come up with?

26 Art Deco April 15, 2017 at 12:27 pm

The latest from the Bezosified WaPoo is a witless ad hom.

27 Lurker April 17, 2017 at 5:04 am

Didn’t you know, Le Pen is in it for the big fat cat EU salary…


28 TMC April 15, 2017 at 11:27 am

It’s not Brussel’s money, but the taxpayers. Why shouldn’t their views represented as well as an others. I wonder how much of Brussel’s money was spent against Brexit?

29 Anon7 April 15, 2017 at 4:40 pm

+1. There’s nothing hypocritical about opposing a deduction or subsidy but taking advantage of it while it exists. From what I gather, France is a net contributor to the EU budget, so they are just clawing back some of the money being wasted.

30 chuck martel April 15, 2017 at 11:30 am

” Key British leaders of the successful Brexit campaign got their financial lifeline from Brussels euros. Elsewhere in Europe, self-identified fascists are paying for rallies to further the future of the “white race” by breaking up the E.U. — all thanks to E.U. money.”

So, where did those Euros come from?

31 Ray Lopez April 15, 2017 at 11:46 am

Sorry, while I’ve read summaries of Hegel, and read F. Fukuyama’s neo-Hegelian work “End of History”, is there something in Hegel that implies everybody will live from the hand of the state, even those who are opposed to the state? I know that Hegel is a sort of proto-Welfare State (or Nanny State) advocate, but did he also say that critics of the state will depend on the state?

32 Harun April 15, 2017 at 12:24 pm

So now all of a sudden state financing of poltical parties is bad.

33 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ April 15, 2017 at 1:59 pm

Not really an unanticipated problem. In the US we have “threshold requirements” for public funding that are supposed to keep out the fringe. That of course presupposed that a “fringe” would be small.

34 Alain April 15, 2017 at 3:55 pm

Indeed. The hypocrisy is thick with this Michael Birnbaum.

Public financing of political parties is a core position of the left and looking over his articles he is 100% in line with his party.

But really, does the left favor the financing of political parties? Or do they only support the public financing of parties that they support? We know the answer.

35 So Much For Subtlety April 15, 2017 at 8:23 pm

Presumably it is partly talking to their base – trying to disqualify the Populist wave so they don’t have to think about why it is popular.

But partly it is probably a call for a Vlaams Blok solution. As the wrong sort of Belgian political party was too popular, the other parties tried banning them. When that did not work, they re-wrote the laws to deny some parties state funding. That is, only the Vlaams Blok. Then they tried to ban them from raising private money too.

If you think the voters are too stupid to be trusted with the vote, all sorts of things become possible.

36 Aidan April 15, 2017 at 12:39 pm

So, the incentives driving these parties are to find an equilibrium where they can maximize the sum total of their seats in the European Parliament and the share of the “anti-EU” vote that gets them said seats: “We’re going to the capital to slay Leviathan, but it turns out the fight’s taking longer than we thought and is surprisingly comfortable”. Pretty much like the US Republic party then?

37 ChrisA April 16, 2017 at 2:56 am

“UKIP would have withered on the vine without the support from the European Parliament ” – surely UKIP would not even exist without the EU, since that was what they were set up to complain about.

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