Saturday, 19 November 2011

The Absence of Outrage

Sometimes it's truly shocking how little outrage there is when something truly horrifying occurs.

In the last two weeks, the leaders of Europe's most historic democracies have been forced out of office and both been replaced by illegitimate, unelected leaders. Greece, the cradle of democracy, has seen democratic process destroyed. The will of it's people has not simply been ignored, they were not even consulted.

Similarly in Italy, where many of the central founding concepts and principles of democracy were developed, democratic process has been violated. The EU has replaced National Leaders with it's own puppets, for the furtherance of it's political objectives

But do we feel a sense of shock and outrage? - A national outpouring of stunned shock, dismay, anger, fury?

Why, when for generations our people have given their lives for the ideal of democracy, do we feel so little sense of anger at what is unfolding in Europe - all for the sake of continuing down the road of yet another failed European political project.

I shudder to think what those who died for their independent European nations in the 1940's would feel today, not just to see Europe again in turmoil as the result of another set of expansionist ambitions, but at the tragic apathy of so many of it's people.

There was a period in the 1930s when 'concensus' government and public disaffection for politics lead many to ignore the growing threat of fascism in Germany. Similar to today, most people failed to make sense of the sequence of events that was unfolding. If it hadn't of been for that incomprehension, apathy and inaction perhaps many of the horrors of the early 1940's and the millions of deaths would have been avoided.

The moment of realisation came when a great force was assembled with territorial ambitions to unify Europe and began the process by invading the weaker nations and replacing their governments with their own. But this realisation was made real by the images of war - soldiers, tragic scenes of war-torn civilians, death and destruction.

Today a similar process is sanitised because, barring a bit of civil unrest in Greece, there have been no scenes of violence. There has been no shocking event that has woken people up and forced them to question exactly what is going on. Thus the insidious creep of the destruction of democracy continues unabated.

In the 1930s, one politician sounded constant warnings about the rise of a forceful political group with ambitions to dominate and control all of Europe. Churchill was derided as an extremist lunatic by many - but his warnings of the dangers that were unfolding proved prescient.

Here another individual from our time  provides similar warnings:

Farage is regularly derided as an extremist. So complacent are we that many dismiss him as a misguided ranting fool.

Is he? Or is he simply pointing out the obvious truth that we as yet fail to fully recognise?


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