Off Her Rocker

I think the European political class has gone completely bonkers:

‘Off her rocker’ Merkel mocked for urging Germans to beat terror with love and compassion

ANGELA Merkel was branded “mad” and “off her rocker” today after giving a bizarre New Year’s Eve speech telling Germans to fight the bombs and guns of Islamic State with love and compassion.

The embattled Chancellor, who is surrounded by armed guards around the clock and travels everywhere in a bullet-proof car, said terrified citizens should meet the ISIS terror threat with “openness”.

Her remarks come less than two weeks after a failed asylum seeker drove an articulated truck into families at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 and seriously injuring dozens more.

The shocking tragedy, which followed a spate of jihadi terror attacks earlier this year, has heaped yet more pressure on Mrs Merkel’s hated open door migration policy.

But in her annual New Year’s Eve address the under-fire leader was unrepentant, insisting that ordinary Germans should continue to attend public events despite the risk to their own lives.

For it’s not just Merkel.

In his New Year’s Eve address, President Hollande, who earlier in December said that he will not be seeking reelection in 2017, alluded to Front National candidate Le Pen when he warned against what he called “rising extremism,” citing Brexit in the U.K. and the election of Donald J. Trump in the U.S.

“There are periods in history when everything may change dramatically. We’re in one of those times,” said the Socialist Party member.

“In five months you will make a choice … France is open to the world, it is European, it is fraternal. How can we imagine our country huddled behind walls, reduced to its only domestic market, returning to its national currency and in addition, discriminating against its children according to their origins?”

“It would no longer be France!” added the country’s least popular president since World War II.

Even Prince Charles is warning against populism. And he’s not very popular.

I think that the entire European political class is going to be swept away soon. They’re idealists pursuing dreams of an ideal world. For them the EU is a sort of ideal state, with one currency and open borders, run by a politburo in Brussels, and with them in charge. What could be better?

Smoking bans are another example of political idealism. What could be more ideal than smoke-free pubs and restaurants? Alcohol-free and food-free ones?

But in the process of constructing their ideal world, the European political class have comprehensively betrayed their own peoples. Angela Merkel has betrayed the German people. Francoise Hollande has betrayed the French people. Almost all of Europe is administered by politicians who have betrayed their own people. And of course all the smokers everywhere in Europe have been utterly betrayed by this ruling political class.

And now the people are starting to get angry. And when they’ve got angry enough, they will overthrow this mad, idealistic political class. Because the people are realists who have to live in the dysfunctional real world created by these idealists.

What is populism other than what ordinary people want? If all these politicians are warning against populism, they’re warning against giving people what they want, as opposed to what a political class  – that has become completely detached from the people – think is good for them.

The people want their own countries back. The people want to govern themselves, not be governed by remote bureaucrats. And they want their smoky pubs and restaurants back as well.

European politics is now idealistic governments versus realistic people. And the people will win. All over Europe, one by one, self-governing sovereign states are going to re-appear. The failed experiment of the EU will come to an end.

Many people will see this as the prelude to another European war. They’ll say that once the sovereign states of Europe have been reconstituted, they will all start fighting with each other, just like in 1914. But the current European political crisis is not one between European countries, but between governments and peoples that have grown detached from each other. All the peoples of Europe are, in effect, united in wanting governments that actually represent them, rather than governments that remotely administer them. The European states in the EU want the same thing that Americans wanted in 1776: they want to govern themselves, rather than be remotely administered.

And Europe is no longer the same Europe as it was in 1914. That past Europe was made up of empires: the British and French and Dutch empires, and the fading Spanish and Portuguese empires. Everybody had to have an empire. And naturally so did the Germans and Italians, who hadn’t got one. And all these empires were in collision with each other, all over the world. WW1 and WW2 were the collision of global empires. And they were collisions that brought the end of all of the empires.

There now exists no reason why there should be war in post-imperial Europe. The current European struggle is for the re-assertion everywhere of a national self-determination that was lost during the construction of the current EU empire by its imperial elites.

The struggle now is between idealists and realists. The idealists are usually on the left, and the realists are usually on the right. The same struggle is taking place in the USA, where the election of Donald Trump hopefully signals the dawn of a new era of realism.

It’s the idealists who usually cause the problems, with their utopian schemes for “improving” the world. Their grand plans never succeed. They are invariably dreadful failures. And it’s usually left to the realists to clear up the mess that the idealists create.


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24 Responses to Off Her Rocker

  1. Timothy Goodacre says:

    Yes Frank, the whole political class needs getting rid of. But first tobacco control. I want my smoking pubs back.

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  3. Actually German Polls (which tend to be rather more accurate than elsewhere-it’s a German thing) seem to suggest it’s pretty much 50/50 regarding Merkel’s ‘Open Door’ policy. Mind you that may all change after the Berlin attack.
    You have to bear in mind that a large chunk of the German population are the children/grandchildren of refugees themselves (in Hessia -where the banks are-it’s one in eight, or was the last time I looked) and the word ‘refugee’ in German is actually, literally, “a Fleeing (from)”. Which is why the German MSM never describes those fleeing poverty as ‘economic migrants’ as the Brits do.
    Crippled Sohn was trying to tell me last night that Merkel was going to lose the Gen.Elec this year, I don’t see it…not yet anyways. More likely the AFD will implode/schism and take their toys home with them. Trump winning really really upset and scared a lot of Germans and they will probably vote for Merkel as a safe ‘liberal’ pair of rhomboid hands rather than risk a ‘populist’ (which in German Media’s Lexicon just means a ‘nazi’).

    Judging the mood in Germany by what the former DDR’ers say, especially Saxony, is a bit like trying to decide the Westminster election result by what the SNP say.

    • Frank Davis says:

      Trump winning really really upset and scared a lot of Germans

      I would have thought that Trump’s German ancestry (on his father’s side) would have been slightly re-assuring. His Scottish ancestry – his mother was Scottish – is probably one reason why he takes a lot of interest in the UK (he was in Scotland when Brexit happened).

      But then Trump isn’t pro-EU. He regards it as an almost completely lost cause, sunk in socialism. And he also wants to get European states to pay more for NATO. So I suppose that pro-EU Germans who are worried about Putin will have been alarmed at his election.

        lays it out pretty clearly: “The election of Donald Trump has profoundly shocked this country (Germany).”
        With the usual British understatement.
        It’s more than shock. Back in June when I suggested to Johannes and his Frau (see my link to AR) that Trump might win because Hilary was just too awful to contemplate as president, they were almost as horrified as they had been when i mentioned I cleaned my toilet with bleach (although they are Labourites, they are German Labour which comes with a built in green-streak a mile wide. Even admitting to possessing a bottle of bleach comes just after praying to the Devil). German media makes no secret that they (the Liberal Elite and Journalists) regard Trump as a raving misogynist and racist.

        • Frank Davis says:

          German media makes no secret that they (the Liberal Elite and Journalists) regard Trump as a raving misogynist and racist.

          So does the BBC, unfortunately. We no longer seem to have unbiased news.

        • “So does the BBC, unfortunately. We no longer seem to have unbiased news.”
          Agreed but , and trust me on this one, the expression of bias is greater in the German MSM. Watching the snappily entitled “Political Pictures Of A Year 2016” (the German year review) I was actually rather gob smacked at some of the commentary, especially regarding The Donald . I can only assume that ZDF ‘got away’ with such biased commentary at prime time by dint it of being the ‘personal view’ of the commentator and not the view of the *cough* totally unbiased station. And because it was done ‘clever’ and ‘polite’. But no German watching would have been left in any doubt as to how they are required to think about Trump -or the MONA who attacked all those women in Cologne last new years (although later in the article the commentator admitted that the majority of the perps were people with a ‘migration background’ -if i recall aright.

        • Manfred says:

          I’m afraid that the BBC has ensured that it is absolutely the last place of refuge for a reliable, unbiased report. The organisation is focused on ‘recycling’ the news from the perspective of eco-globalism.

  4. Rose says:


    Frank, with regards to your previous post, see what you make of this.

    The Real War on Science

    It covers many of the things we’ve talked about here but I never considered it from this angle.
    After all in our case , it was the socialst doctors who were mad keen on the cigarette theory, but a Conservative government that found it useful and made it official after the Great London Smog of 1952.

    • Frank Davis says:

      From the article:

      To conservatives, the fundamental problem with the Left is what Friedrich Hayek called the fatal conceit: the delusion that experts are wise enough to redesign society. Conservatives distrust central planners, preferring to rely on traditional institutions that protect individuals’ “natural rights” against the power of the state. Leftists have much more confidence in experts and the state. Engels argued for “scientific socialism,” a redesign of society supposedly based on the scientific method. Communist intellectuals planned to mold the New Soviet Man. Progressives yearned for a society guided by impartial agencies unconstrained by old-fashioned politics and religion. Herbert Croly, founder of the New Republic and a leading light of progressivism, predicted that a “better future would derive from the beneficent activities of expert social engineers who would bring to the service of social ideals all the technical resources which research could discover.”

      I don’t trust experts or planners. And yet I never think of myself as a conservative – even though I’ve become a lot more conservative over the last 10 years or so. I remain pretty much an old fashioned liberal.

      • Rose says:

        I still think of myself as a conservative but old loyalties tend to fade when you are at the wrong end of a “denormalisation” campaign no matter which party is in power.

        • waltc says:

          Rose,yesterday’s “old-fashioned liberal” IS today’s Conservative or at least Libertarian.

        • Frank Davis says:

          I always think of conservatives as being a bit different from old-fashioned liberals in a number of ways. I think of conservatives as being far more patriotic (and nationalistic) than liberals. And very often far more religious as well. I’m a creature of my time, but many conservatives strike me as being creatures of 30 or 40 years before that. But what do I know? I’m not one of them, even if I have become much more like them than I used to be.

        • “but old loyalties tend to fade when you are at the wrong end of a “denormalisation” campaign”
          The stone cold truth (translate ‘denormalisation’ into German and it gets really scary)!

        • waltc says:

          @Frank. Well yes, you’re right. I was thinking of the part of “old fashioned liberal” that meant Live and Let Live and took the part of the individual against the state. So I guess the parallel is more Libertarian. Certainly I used to think of Conservatives as uptight finger-wagging prudes (and many still may be) but today’s true conservatives (as opposed to your Cameron lot) at least seem to share some of those original “liberal” values while today’s liberals have turned statist.

        • Rose says:

          Conservative – If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

        • prog says:

          Not voted for the co-called Conservatives for years. Never, ever, voted Labour or the Dim Wits. What’s happened is the centre ground has shifted considerably to the left (obviously), so by traditional standards I guess I’m now far right. (though UK far right generally isn’t the same as the European version). TBH, I don’t give a **** what lefties/snowflakes label me as – they’re mostly deluded, ignorant, self-serving drips. And hardly any are Libertarian, despite what they might claim. Their idea of freedom is ‘freedom from’ (SHS, etc) rather than ‘freedom to’.

  5. Twisted Root says:

    It seems we can’t move for ghastly continental jack-a-napes telling us how uncouth we are. I have come to realise that the narcissistic political and authority types are constantly projecting. This is why the Alinsky tactic of accusing your opponents of that which you are guilty comes so naturally to them. It is however, reaching breaking point and the disconnect between the political class and the people will manifest in that very same way they claim they fear most. In short they can’t help themselves.

    If I am right and they are all projecting, I wonder what ‘filthy habits’ tobacco controllers are running from?

  6. slugbop007 says:

    The great Tazio Nuvolari. A pit photo from the 1933 Monaco Grand Prix.

    Happy New Year! Let’s work together to demolish Tobacco Control worldwide.


  7. slugbop007 says:

    I forgot to add that even Nuvolari’s car is smoking.


  8. Marvin says:

    I think there is some “idealism” on the Brexit/Trump “populist-right” that needs to be addressed. For example in the case of Brexit, removal from the single market and in
    the rest of Europe the collapse of the euro currency. How would this affect the high-tech industries in Europe eg. Rolls-Royce, Airbus Industrie and the ESA. Important high value components such as engines, wings, tailsection, fuselage etc are made in various european countries and the whole lot assembled in Toulouse. The satellites are made in Wales, the Arianne launcher in France, the ESA control room is in Dortmund Germany. It’s the same as Boeing sub-contracting their work to the various states in the US. But they have an advantage, a single market and a single currency, whereas the Europeans will not if we revert back to self-governing states and national currencies. The EU is the creation of big business for big business and they will not like that one bit, as we have already seen. Don’t get me wrong, I am pro-Brexit, I just think that the “realists” will not find it easy.

    Trumps “idealism” is slightly different, for example how on earth will he stop American corporations from exporting american jobs, short of nationalising them, which he sure as hell will not do.

    • Frank Davis says:

      Concorde was an Anglo-French product that first flew in 1969, before Britain joined the EEC in 1973, and when we still had pounds, shillings, and pence, and the French still used francs. So if being self-governing states with their own national currencies was no great obstruction to such projects prior to 1973, why should it be when they return to being that?

      I think Trump is threatening US corporations with high tariffs if they out-source jobs to places like Mexico, and try to import their products into the USA. Already several US corporations have changed their minds about doing this.

    • waltc says:

      Not that i can fully answer your question but today Ford announced that it’s scrapping its plan to open a factory in Mexico and will put the money in to expanding its Michigan plant and hiring local workers. I believe Trump’s plan is carrot and stick with more carrots than sticks. Reduce corporate tax rates to be globally competitive, bring home money nestled abroad, get rid of useless regulations, including the costs of Obamacare. On the stick side, impose tariffs on reimported goods that US based companies make elsewhere. The latter might be counterproductive (cause higher domestic prices–but then that would put the re-imported goods at a competitive disadvantage, and also act as a deterrent) and might be hard to get thru congress, but neither if those tools require nationalization. Just what the left would call a “nudge.” Some of their own medicine.

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