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Not on any account to be missed. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
Not on any account to be missed.
Dickens the cinematic.
The case for sovereignty.

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kestrelsparhawk From: kestrelsparhawk Date: November 19th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Just my two cents...

In regards to the case for sovereignty -- huh, conservatives have changed. In my youth, the conservative visionaries wanted a United States of Europe, as a reaction to communism. All the things he describes the EU doing as problems would have been a logical outcome for a democratic United Europe.

Unfortunately, the US has become a violator of basic international consensus; again, ones predicated by conservatives (in the old sense, political people believing in defending the liberty of all) such as the Nuremberg agreements. When a country regularly participates in assassination of political enemies, including university professors doing the "wrong" kind of research, invasion of any country where US profits are threatened, torture of war prisoners, egregious treatment of refugees, and deliberate attempts to stop or foment revolution in other countries as it chooses, other countries may well find that it behooves them to band together and enforce a few rules, in order to defend their own sovereignty.

Yes, the UN sets standards which my country does not want to aspire to. However, the US can and usually does just say no to those standards. Personally, I like having rights for women and subordinate religious groups, and wish it would say yes. But that's an internal struggle among citizens, not a challenge to sovereignty.
poliphilo From: poliphilo Date: November 20th, 2011 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Dickens did go to Hollywood- only he called himself "Steven Spielberg".
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