Unity gives power

It’s July 4th here but still yesterday in the USA so I’m getting in early in wishing them a happy Independence Day.

When I was studying in Spain I was bemused by the Anti-Americanism among many of my fellow students who came from all parts of the world.

A lot of it seemed to be based on envy of its power. One day I said to the Europeans, it was the united bit which gave the USA its power and that Europe could be as powerful if they provided a united front.

“But,” one replied, “They have many states under one government, we have many countries, each with an independent government,. The European Union provides economic unity but we’ll never be able to provide a really united front.”

4 Responses to Unity gives power

  1. Fredinthegrass says:

    Interesting post Hp. Have just returned from 5 weeks in Spain, Portugal, France, and Italy.
    That quote from one of the students is no longer bearing the truth.

    Economically it will take a herculean effort from the EU to maintain unity. The last few weeks bare testament to that. And the feeling gained while over there was political unity is a dream. The disparity between cultures is vast. For example in Spain unemployment is mooted at 30 %. We never saw poverty on any scale – rather the “cash” society would give hard working Germans the screaming jeebies. Portugal is a basket case – magnificent motorways with tunnels and viaducts that must have cost the EU a fortune, but no taxes being paid to offset the loans. Portugal looks tired.The French seemed ‘concerned’ while the Italians we met didn’t give a hoot.

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  2. Andrei says:

    They have many states under one government

    He’s wrong on that – each State has it’s own Government and there is the Federal government.

    What belongs at the State level and what should be legislated for at the Federal level is a tension that has existed since the very beginning and was the major issue that drove the American Civil war.

    The EU is a bureaucratic nightmare on the other hand – unelected public servant types in Brussels and Strasbourg issue reams of regulations regarding every thing from the maximum amount of salt permitted in a can of stew though to the obligation to permit Gay Pride parades in your city whether the citizens want it or not.

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  3. homepaddock says:

    Fred we lived in Spain for 3 1/2 months in 2005 and it was booming. We returned in 2007 and already the recession was showing.

    The wee town we lived in had 30% unemployment then and it won’t have got any better.

    Andrei – Australia also has tension betweens tate and federal governments – probably happens everywhere.

    I agree about the EU bureaucratic nightmare – regulations for just about everything.

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  4. Fredinthegrass says:

    Yes Hp, but a good number of that 30% are working – for cash, and paying wages in cash – hence no taxes. Which doesn’t pay the government’s bills. Spain looked relatively prosperous to us but we were there only a short time.

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