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Re: <nettime> the thing with Europe
Patrice Riemens on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:59:55 +0100 (CET)


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Re: <nettime> the thing with Europe


On 2018-01-16 20:38, Morlock Elloi wrote:
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.


But Morlock, you know since Henry Kissinger, who couldn't find it in the phone directory, that there ain't any 'Europe'!

Caioui, p+7D!
(happy in Italy, where Bruksel (aka 'Europe') is an 'onshoni shogket' (distant thunder), and life is still relaxed - in my village at least)




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