I don’t make plans. Or at least I try not to. And actually it’s very easy to not make plans, because it involves not doing something rather than doing something. And I can usually be relied upon to not do things.
Instead I prefer to remain open to chance, open to possibilities. I like to respond flexibly to unfolding events.
So I don’t tend to make lists of things To Do. Or things To Buy.
I had no plans for today, as usual. But when the sun came out around noon, I took the opportunity to visit a pub, and sit outside in its garden. And before I got there, remembering I was out of cash, I took the opportunity to get some from a nearby cash machine. And when I found I’d forgotten to bring any tobacco as well, I went and bought some more. Zero planning. Simply responding to events.
If my unplanned life is like a river, then I just go with the flow. And planned events in the future – like dental appointments or tax return deadlines – tend to look like rocks or rapids looming ahead.
I don’t plan this blog either. I don’t draw up lists of things to write about. I usually just get to the end of the day and find that there is something on my mind, and I write about that. And there’s usually something on my mind.
And today I was thinking about plans and planning, and how I not only don’t have plans for myself, but also I don’t have plans for anyone else either.
But other people have got plans for everyone. And some of their plans are hugely ambitious. Tobacco Control, for example, are planning to completely eradicate tobacco smoking everywhere in the world.
But if you have plans for how other people should live, of necessity you’re planning to override whatever way they themselves might want to live. You’re planning to coerce them in some way. And Tobacco Control has a variety of coercive measures available to it, ranging from incessant antismoking propaganda to any number of legal restrictions – like smoking bans. I’m sure that most antismokers think the world would be a better place without tobacco. But I think a coerced world is always far worse.
The EU “project” is another grand (and coercive) plan for everyone. They couldn’t just leave the various peoples of Europe to be the French and Germans and Italians that they already were. No. That was too untidy.They had to create a European Union into which all these separate states were to be merged under a single central command, didn’t they?
It’s said that “The Plan is the first casualty of any war.” Army staff officers spend months or years carefully planning for the next war. And almost invariably the plan goes wrong on Day One. And the best generals turn out to be the ones who don’t make elaborate plans, but instead respond rapidly and flexibly to unfolding events.
And it seems to me that the EU “project” isn’t going according to plan. The single European currency is too strong for the southern states, and too weak for the northern states. A flexible response to events would be to return to separate currencies. But the EU bureaucracy has instead stuck with The Plan for a single currency. And they’ve also stuck to The Plan for open borders across Europe, even though it’s opened the way for millions of migrants (and hundreds of jihadis) to flood into Europe. Or rather, its centralised bureaucracy has responded by calling for more planning powers for itself. The response to the planning failure is to call for “more Europe” – i.e. more central planning.
Yet while the EU is losing control of its internal economy and its external borders, it’s still pressing ahead with its expansionary plans in Ukraine:
The European Commission is to press ahead with plans to grant visa-free travel to 45 million Ukrainians, despite over 60 per cent of Dutch voters rejecting the European Union (EU)-Ukraine trade deal last week.
An unnamed senior EU source told Reuters that the EU had promised Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko it would implement the measure and it was bound to keep its word.
The plan of European imperial expansion is being rigidly adhered to, even as Europe slowly implodes. Everything must proceed according to The Plan, even if the plan has gone disastrously wrong. It’s just like an army general staff demanding not only that its generals stick to the plan – Capture Kiev -, even if they have run out of supplies, and the enemy has outflanked them, but also that anyone who disobeys orders – or retreats one inch – must be shot (like Berlusconi and Tsipras).
What happens in such circumstances is that commanders in the field start to ignore the general staff and their unrealistic plans, and take matters into their own hands. Junior officers ignore senior generals, and throw The Plan out of the window, and do their best to save what they can.
And that’s what will happen with the EU. One by one, the constituent states of Europe will start ignoring the orders being radioed from Brussels. It will continue to issue edicts, but nobody will pay any attention to them. Power will flow from the centre to the periphery. And the EU empire will cease to exist, victim of its own rigid, inflexible planning.
And much the same will happen to Tobacco Control.
I didn’t plan to write this, of course. I just responded to events.