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<nettime> the thing with Europe
Morlock Elloi on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:53:23 +0100 (CET)


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Or maybe it's time to put down our phones, pick up shovels and start laying fibre.
I don't know.

This, of course, is the only solution. If all other arguments fail, consider that this gets you to the jail fastest. QED.

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Europe was mentioned several times recently as alleged potential for doing good stuff, breaking MAGAf, regulating, taxing, creating communal infrastructure etc.

If Europe resembled anything from the 1983 Stuttgart Declaration, then this would be a reasonable hope and actionable direction.

It doesn't.

It's a 2nd class neoliberal financial cartel, dominated by US directly and via proxies (DE, UK.) Pipe dreams notwithstanding, this is not changing any time soon. The smartest ones gravitate to US, because becoming rich CEO or semi-rich CTO is more attractive than championing community issues. Most Europeans have foreign cellular and landline providers - they couldn't even fix that, and they are going to communalize and regulate Internet?

"Europe" has, in the progressive circles, the same sinister role that Democratic Party had in the US: capture, coopt and subvert anything that endangers the system. It is no wonder that right-wingers are doing so well.

Forget Europe. If anything happens, it will happen in the heart of the Empire, where shovels and the shoveling drive exist.


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