I think those who believe the EU has solely been a vehicle for German or French interests are mistaken. The single market has benefited global and American companies, and nary a voice of doubt has been raised against it from the left. The book looks at the ideology of globalisation that seduced the left after the cold war, the European left’s abandonment of its working class core vote and its embrace of global capitalism and global human rights, which gave support to America’s “human rights wars” in the Middle East and gave open ended commitments to migration (and refugees, many fleeing American wars in the Middle East) which have paved the way for, pockets of unintegratable Muslim communities a part, a more diverse, perhaps more consumer-oriented, but also more individualistic and alienated, Europe, seemingly lacking in indigenous and solid values.
This is from the book blurb:
“Britain has had its independence day from Europe. But where will Britain go next? Contrary to the eurosceptic obsession with “the Germans” or “Brussels”, the overwhelming force in British and European lives and the European political scene has, for decades, been the preponderant power of the United States.
Consider how US power affects us today. American foreign policy in the Middle East is largely responsible for the refugee flows Europe is experiencing. The EU single market project has benefited American and international corporations, while democracy at a national level has suffered, and it is resource-poor private individuals who have been the losers from the mass immigration flows that have resulted from a border-free Europe.
Brussels is popularly blamed for being a source of unaccountable power. But I argue it is wrong to focus on the Eurocrats. Rather, Brussels is just a conduit for other, greater forces that have pushed Europe into a direction characterised by economic, ethnic and social mixing in a model that takes after the United States. EU legislation helps US companies expand. Multiculturalism has been an ideology lifted from American academia. It gripped New Labour, which threw the doors wide open to immigration in the name of creating a cool Britannia of racial and religious diversity. But the force of this influence is no recent thing. The European movement, forerunner of today’s EU, few people are aware, received generous funding from the US government in order to get started in the 1950s; while American denazification procedures during the Cold War created the anti-nationalist, self-denying Germany we see today. This book looks at the various “vectors” of American influence, and asks why the interventions in the Middle East took the form they did. What was Washington’s motivation for the chaos created? It also looks at some of the rebellious forces in Europe against American power and argues that the British have to be aware of this “elephant in the European living room” when, standing as they are at a cross-roads of their history, they contemplate Britain’s future orientation
Brexit is only part of the discussion of where Britain should be going next.
Brexit, European Union, American Empire By Pelle Neroth, 2016