Sunday, February 20, 2005

"European Superstate:" Still no threat

I've wanted to post again about the "European Superstate." In particular, what to make of the bizarre 500-page "Constitution" that is making the referendum rounds?

By all accounts, the proposed EU Constitution is a bureaucratic, socialistic, politically correct mess. Charles Moore writes (hat tip, Signifying Nothing):
Rather than confining itself to the division of powers by which a country should be governed – head of state, parliament, judiciary, what's local and what's national – it lays out scores of pages telling people how to run their lives. It supports positive discrimination, outlaws the death penalty in all circumstances, commits itself to high public spending, compulsory consultation with trade unions about changes at work, "the exchange of youth workers", "fat-free breakfasts", "distance education" and "the physical and moral integrity of sportsmen and sportswomen" (I made one of these up). And it imposes all these on nations that have their own governments and electorates.
I stand by my earlier opinion that the only threat a potential "European Superstate" would pose to the US is in how it would stifle its own entrepreneurial spirit and economic growth, thus reducing the market for US goods and services.