Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Friday, May 27, 2016

Boris Johnson Defends Hitler European Union Comparison

Boris Johnson has defended comparing the European Union to Hitler’s attempt to occupy the continent.

The former London mayor and leading Brexit campaigner said the reaction to his comment was driven by media “hysteria”.

“Over the last few thousand years there have all sorts of attempts in Europe to recreate the dream of the Roman Empire,” he said today.

“Very often that has been done by force. The EU is different. It’s trying to do it in a more bureaucratic way.

“The problem is there isn’t a single charismatic authority that anybody feels any loyalty to. It’s completely anti-democratic.”

He added: “”There is very good argument against the lack of democracy in the EU. Over the last 2,00 years people have made repeated attempts to unify Europe by force. The EU is a very different project but it is profoundly anti-democratic.”

On Sunday, Johnson was widely criticised for using an interview with The Daily Telegraph to argue European history had been dominated by doomed attempts to unify the continent under a single government to recreate the “golden age” of the Romans.

“Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically. The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods,” he said

Labour’s shadow chancellor Hillary Benn, who is campaigning in favour of EU membership, said Johnson had lost his “moral compass” with his Hitler comment.

“To try and compare Hitler and the Nazis - the millions of people who died in the Second World War, the Holocaust - with the free democracies of Europe coming together to trade and co-operate, and in the process to help to bring peace to the continent of Europe after centuries of war, is frankly deeply offensive,” he said.

Original Article
Author:  Ned Simons

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