Celebrating some reasonableness.
I have been critical of Durocher in the past (and will no doubt be so in the future), but one must be fair, and I see nothing at all wrong with this – actually, I would strongly endorse most of it. It is of course interesting that he chooses Radix – the site of Richard “Big Europe” Spencer – to promote this very pan-European vision, but never mind.
Of course, there are some commentators who are unable to distinguish a confederation of autonomous states from a “Roman Empire,” but then extreme ethnonationalists have never been a very impressive lot. Who says Bavaria can’t have its own local autonomy? The point is, without Europe, Bavaria is virtually meaningless on the world stage. Rest assured, China cares not one bit about the bucolic charms of various European locales (even though they may want to copy them in a bizarre fashion to make a buck), and would not hesitate to move against atomized micro-states. And if “the people just want to be left alone” then why don’t they vote that way? To start with, the Germans, including all those wanna-be autonomous Bavarians, can stop voting for Merkel and start voting for Alternative for Germany (putting aside why they never supported the NPD).
Further, not only has Durocher written a reasonable post, Silver has written reasonable comments to that post. What’s the world coming to? Anyway, fair is fair, I must encourage reasonableness as well as discourage unreasonableness. I’m still very wary and suspicious, however.
In any case, I don’t see why a person cannot be, at the same time, a Bavarian and a German and a European. Where’s the problem with that?