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Remembering Thatcher

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Speaking at the Economist event the Greek Prime Minister mentioned some so-called ‘conventional wisdom’, which he defined as short-sighted projection of the present to the future, inability to understand truly the historical forces. The conventional wisdom foresaw the exit of Greece from the euro-zone and is proved false because Greece and the euro area survive crises.

Does Thatcher and indeed England itself follow the ‘conventional wisdom’ in the suspicion for the European Union?

Thatcher worried that the European nations may lose their freedom to a central bureaucracy and the more robust among European countries, and foreseeing the strengthening of Germany feared that euro itself will lead Europe to adventures.

First of all let this be clear, that the purpose of the European Union is (and can not but be) the political and economic power of the European peoples – not cultural fertility , which does not need the Union, not even the friendship, of European nations. This is not authentic or conventional wisdom, but a simple historical fact. European civilization to the very tops developed before the Union, even in extreme hostility and wars. If the culture of the European peoples faces various risks, the European Union creates one more and does not remove anyone.

Especially when the multicultural model dominates, and the roots of European culture in Classical Antiquity and the Christian religion tend to be disregarded or denied – and Thatcher does not belong to the protagonists of this denial – the ultimate danger is not too distant. Speaking about risks of a culture we can not mean the production of fewer dissertations, but the possibility that European peoples will lose their spiritual roots, as it has already started to happen centuries ago, a development that the European Union will perhaps fulfill and seal.

Now that Thatcher passed away, at a time when she wanted more than anything else the Word of the Gospel to be heard (The first six verses from the 14th chapter of John), it is worth to keep in mind that the iron lady did not distrust the European Union because of some sterile nationalism, but rather being concerned about the freedom of peoples to shape their future and culture.

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