Tuesday, 27 March 2007

A contradictory continent

The Telegraph reviews In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century by Geert Mak:

"Moving from one key historic site to another, Mak argues that we do not always correctly identify the real threats to our social stability or, indeed, our sovereignty; and, of course, in the worst scenarios we turn on minorities and newcomers when in fact we have ourselves encouraged these imagined threats by embracing economic liberalism without understanding its high psychic and social price."

It asks pointed questions: "How could cultivated Europe allow the horror of racist fascism? And then let that horror happen all over again?"

And concludes, "Mak's implications are plain: if we wish to survive and prosper, we really have no choice but to see sense, start working and do some serious business together." I wonder, is anybody willing to listen?

A contradictory continent

Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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