Weltanschauung

This post considers, in general terms, the destructive nature of the EU’s ideology

If you look in a thesaurus at the word ‘ideology’, one of its semantic cousins is a particularly striking word: ‘Weltanschauung‘ [velt-ahn-shou-oong]. This unmistakably Teutonic word literally translates as ‘world view’ (welt “world” + anschauung “perception”) [1], but more specifically it is defined by one online dictionary as ‘a comprehensive conception or image of the universe and of humanity’s relation to it’ [2].

The initial impression of this word suggests wholeness, unity, clarity, a sense of completion. Yet interrogating this word is revealing. In fact it yokes together two separate and often incompatible positions: the objective (that is, the world/Welt), and the subjective (the view/anschauung).  Consequently, the impression of unity becomes fractured since there is no single world view: there is the world and there are, subjective views of it. The pursuit of a world view may well be a common stimulus for philosophical and theological enquiry, but, as history has shown us time and again, it is dangerous when sought and applied politically.

The genocides of the twentieth century may be the familiar historical currency when it comes to  considering how Weltanschauung was executed in the name of political certainty; but in our own time the fanatical pursuit of ideologies, in Europe at least, seems less about determining who should die, rather, it is trying to determine how they should live.

In dividing Weltanschauung into its constituent parts, we find a helpful model that describes the European Union and the people’s relation to it.  If Welt is fine tuned to represent the people  and anschauung is taken to mean the view of the European political elite, then, in the complete word, we have the EU political ideology: two separate units uneasily joined together, the objective prefix modified by the subjective suffix.

This is the EU’s central tension: in a democracy, the people should be modifying the politicians, not the other way around. By turns, a country’s ideology should not be imposed from without, but be nurtured from within. Like all ideologies, the EU’s is acutely self-serving, self-regarding and self-interested. And it exhibits the characteristic that is the mark of all obsessive, compulsive and blinkered ideologies: denial. The European political class have, in each tense and on a variety of subjects, affected denial: it has denied the people a referendum on their country’s relationship with the EU, it is denying the significance of the economic cataclysm that is  the single currency, and it will deny meaning debate on either of these subjects (and more).

The people of Europe and the very nature of democracy are under considerable duress as a consequence; but the skewed, glib attitude of the EU seems to bear out Macbeth’s rumination, ‘ let the frame of things disjoint, both worlds suffer’ [3]. The EU, with its ideological  desire for political, economic, social and cultural integration, for centralized power and for bureaucratic regulation, is prepared to take nation states and their peoples as casualties; they are the short-term collateral, a price worth paying for the long-term realization of their Weltanschauung. 

‘Idealism is fine,’ comes a useful quote from William F. Buckley Jr., ‘but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.’ The trouble with the EU, is that any sense of proportion or reality  have long since been cast aside. Consider the cost of the UK’s membership of the EU alone, which is reckoned to be a staggering £45 million per day, an inconceivable annual figure of approx. £16.3 billion per annum [4]. These sums are, in themselves, prohibitively expensive, but they are small change when considered alongside the trillion dollar bailouts being used to prop up floundering economies.

If the EU is prepared to imperil the livelihoods of current and future generations with an insurmountable debt in order to resuscitate its crippled ideology, then it is brazenly making no effort to hide its willingness to sacrifice the great many people of Europe who have not mandated its Weltanschauung. This is democratic genocide.

So far as the UK is concerned, whilst government after successive government, party after party hails membership of the EU as vital to our interests, they are complicit and, indeed, culpable in stifling the British people’s right to determine their own future.   And they know the argument for Europe has long since be lost –  this is the only reason why an in-out referendum is consistently denied.

The breakup of the EU’s worldview is essential for the survival of democracy and self-determination; the European and British political elite are blinded by their own vision, it is up to eurosceptics to ensure that, for the UK at least, we view the world with our eyes wide open.

© thepanopticonblog, 2012.

References

You may also like to read:

‘European Union.’ Counter-Propaganda <http://www.counter-propaganda.w3.lt/es_eu_/enes_eu_.php>

  • Abstract: “European Union is destroying democracy and promoting corruption. Any opposition to the EU is suppressed by successfully manipulating conservative economic ideologies and the symbolism of Europe.”
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