Archive for June 1st, 2012

When Democracy, Sovereignty and ‘well-being’ collide

June 1, 2012

Daniel Gros at Project Syndicate raises the point of the ‘sovereign debt’ vs. the ‘sovereignty of the people’.

 

The broader message from the Greek and French elections is that the attempt to impose a benevolent creditors’ dictatorship is now being met by a debtors’ revolt. Financial markets have reacted as strongly as they have because investors recognize that the “sovereign” in sovereign debt is an electorate that can simply decide not to pay.

This is already the case in Greece, but the fate of the euro will be decided in the larger, systemically important countries like Italy and Spain. Only determined action by their governments, supported by their citizens, will show that they merit unreserved support from the rest of the eurozone. At this point, nothing less can save the common currency.

Far Right in Europe

June 1, 2012

An interesting discussion debate yesterday evening at BISC. Me and two colleagues tried to define the reasons behind the rise of the Far Right in Europe today and to identify common principles among the European far right movements/parties/groups.

Interesting questions that were raised (not necessarily followed by answers though). I have to further think about the following and more…

 

  • Can we compare the inter-war conditions (social/economic/political) with the ones in Europe today?
  • Is the economic/social/political crisis in Europe also a crisis of representation?
  • Has the rise of Far Right in Europe –and particularly its expression through electoral results -become the triumph of Pluralism- central principle of democratic politics-?
  • Does Fascism express the very pathogenesis of democratic politics?
  • Is demagogic populism the product of a failed liberalism?
  • What does the constant effort of the Far Right movements/parties to label themselves as non-fascist suggest for their epistemological categorization?

….and many others……and last but not least

Is the present European crisis providing the greatest devices for the development of the Far Right’s tactics and strategies?

Our discussion goes on…