Lately I’ve been asking myself what makes me happy; I’m not convinced I’ve found the answer yet. It’s essentially an existential crisis around the idea of success and achievement. Cheerful stuff, right?
Personally I believe that I was subconsciously pursuing two contradictory objectives – blending in, and living in an international bubble –, all the while maintaining my JEF engagement outside Paris. Maybe the best advice is to expect less.
for the sake of fairness, we must say that many of the UK’s Brexit problems are caused by its imperial history, unusual constitutional model and incompetent politicians. As such, other countries insane enough to follow the UK could avoid many of the pitfalls of Brexit. Even then, though, it’s impossible to imagine any country ending up in a better place once it’s left the EU.
On Wednesday outside the Parliament, the pro-EU and pro-Brexit protesters with their garments confronted each other behind an exasperated France 24 journalist who was trying to film a report from London. Another Remain protester chased the environment minister and well-known Brexit supporter Michael Gove with a toy unicorn.
We already commute, marry and move houses across borders, so why shouldn’t we get elected anywhere in the EU as well? We already have free movement of people – next it’s time for free movement of politicians.
What we do know for certain is that if the goal of a good political system is to bring out the best in human beings and to avoid the escalation of disagreements to violence; the system of European nation-states has consistently failed us. It may be that no system can guarantee eternal peace, but a federal Europe would bring us closer.
The danger is that we are left feeling distant from these momentous historical events – that we don’t recognise exceptional circumstances when they’re around us because we don’t see armed fascist troops marching on Rome. In reality, however, the defence of freedom and democracy is everyday business.
I’m back, still alive! Over the past three weeks I gained, among other things, first-hand knowledge of the French healthcare system and some more book wisdom about military strategy. A couple of days after the latest blog post my throat started hurting, and soon I found myself nearly unable to swallow. Over the weekend, I... Continue Reading →
I haven’t been updating the blog at all in the past couple of weeks, not because it’s been boring, but because there hasn’t been too much time to spare. I’ve been trying to stay on top of my reading schedule, and so far with success, and on weekends I’ve travelled around. Here’s some relatively unorganised thoughts and updates!