ON-Lion Letter

What caused the eurozone debacle and the chaos in Greece?  Why has Europe's migrant crisis spun out of control, over the heads of national governments?  Why is Great Britain calling a vote on whether to leave the European Union?  Why are established political parties declining across the continent, while protest parties rise?  All this is part of the whirlwind that European Union elites are reaping from their efforts to create a unified Europe without meaningful accountability to average voters.

Todd Huizinga's The New Totalitarian Temptation:  Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe, from Encounter Books, is a must-read if you want to understand how the European Union got to this point and what the European project fundamentally is.  This is the first book to identify the essence of the EU in a utopian vision of a supranationally governed world, an aspiration to achieve universal peace through a global legal order.

Huizinga is Director of International Outreach at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The ambitions of the global governancers are unlimited, he believes.  These ambitions seek to transform not just the world's political order, but the social order as well -- discarding basic truths about human nature and the social importance of tradition in favor of a human-rights policy defined by radical autonomy and unfettered individual choice.  And the global governance ideology at the heart of the EU is inherently antidemocratic.  EU true believers are not swayed by the common sense of voters, nor by reality itself.

Because the global governancers aim to transfer core powers of all nations to supranational organizations, Huizinga writes in The New Totalitarian Temptation, the EU is on a collision course with the United States.  But the utopian ideas of global governance are taking root here too, even as the European project flames into rancor and turmoil.  America and Europe are still cultural cousins; we stand or fall together.  The EU can yet be reformed, and a commitment to democratic sovereignty can be renewed on both sides of the Atlantic.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, as is the Acton Institute.

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