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Long Read of the Week: The Paris Statement. What has happened in Europe, can (and is) happening here.

The Paris Statement does not explicitly prescribe the dissolution of the European Union, but every one of its aspirations is incompatible with the “values” and policies of the EU. The subject headings indicate the preoccupations and principles canvassed by the authors: “We are not passive subjects”… “The nation-state is a hallmark of Europe”… “Christian roots nourish Europe”… “We are losing our home”… “A false freedom prevails”… “We are regulated and managed”… “Multiculturalism is unworkable”… “Elites arrogantly parade their virtue”… “We must restore moral culture”… “Markets need to be ordered toward social ends”… “Education needs to be reformed”… “Marriage and family are essential”… Do you get the drift? A Europe we can believe in – Reaction

Excerpts :

5.The patrons of the false Europe are bewitched by superstitions of inevitable progress. They believe that History is on their side, and this faith makes them haughty and disdainful, unable to acknowledge the defects in the post-national, post-cultural world they are constructing. Moreover, they are ignorant of the true sources of the humane decencies they themselves hold dear—as do we. They ignore, even repudiate the Christian roots of Europe. At the same time they take great care not to offend Muslims, who they imagine will cheerfully adopt their secular, multicultural outlook. Sunk in prejudice, superstition and ignorance, and blinded by vain, self-congratulating visions of a utopian future, the false Europe reflexively stifles dissent. This is done, of course, in the name of freedom and tolerance.


10. The true Europe affirms the equal dignity of every individual, regardless of sex, rank or race. This also arises from our Christian roots. Our gentle virtues are of an unmistakably Christian heritage: fairness, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, peace-making, charity. Christianity revolutionized the relationship between men and women, valuing love and mutual fidelity in an unprecedented way. The bond of marriage allows both men and women to flourish in communion. Most of the sacrifices we make are for the sake of our spouses and children. This spirit of self-giving is yet another Christian contribution to the Europe we love.Christian roots nourish Europe.11. The true Europe also draws inspiration from the Classical tradition. We recognize ourselves in the literature of ancient Greece and Rome. As Europeans, we strive for greatness, the crown of the Classical virtues. At times, this has led to violent competition for supremacy. But at its best, an aspiration toward excellence inspires the men and women of Europe to craft musical and artistic works of unsurpassed beauty and to make extraordinary breakthroughs in science and technology. The grave virtues of the self-possessed Romans and the pride in civic participation and spirit of philosophical inquiry of the Greeks have never been forgotten in the real Europe. These inheritances, too, are ours.

The Generation of ’68 destroyed but did not build.

15. For Europe’s younger generations, however, reality is far less gilt with gold. Libertine hedonism often leads to boredom and a profound sense of purposelessness. The bond of marriage has weakened. In the roiling sea of sexual liberty, the deep desires of our young people to marry and form families are often frustrated. A liberty that frustrates our heart’s deepest longings becomes a curse. Our societies seem to be falling into individualism, isolation and aimlessness. Instead of freedom, we are condemned to the empty conformity of consumer- and media-driven culture. It is our duty to speak the truth: The Generation of ’68 destroyed but did not build. They created a vacuum now filled by social media, cheap tourism and pornography.

16. At the same time that we hear boasts of unprecedented liberty, European life is more and more comprehensively regulated. Rules—often confected by faceless technocrats in league with powerful interests—govern our work relationships, our business decisions, our educational qualifications, our news and entertainment media. And Europe now seeks to tighten existing regulations on freedom of speech, an aboriginal European freedom—freedom of conscience made manifest. The targets of these restrictions are not obscenity or other assaults on decency in public life. Instead, Europe’s governing classes wish to restrict manifestly political speech. Political leaders who give voice to inconvenient truths about Islam and immigration are hauled before judges. Political correctness enforces strong taboos that deem challenges to the status quo beyond the pale. The false Europe does not really encourage a culture of freedom. It promotes a culture of market-driven homogeneity and politically enforced conformity.

RTWT @ : THE PARIS STATEMENT – A Europe We Can Believe In

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  • Howard Nelson October 23, 2017, 1:33 PM

    Eloquent, pertinent, excellent, awakening, and accurate with obvious corrective actions to be implemented NOW. Churchill, FDR, JFK, and RR salute this reveille of restoration.

  • Donald Sensing October 23, 2017, 2:08 PM

    Stunning in its clarity and assessment. We can substitute “America” for “Europe” and not need to change another word.

  • Donald Sensing October 23, 2017, 2:14 PM
  • RKV October 23, 2017, 3:03 PM

    Sorry, I’m just not as impressed as you guys are. Europeans don’t impress me much since I went to school there (in France) and I’ve seen plenty more of the continent since. They are free because of American blood and American gold. Otherwise they’d be speaking German or Russian. No mention of that sacrifice in this document. And the web site where it’s posted, well, they’re NeverTrumpers. Good luck to them, but this is not going to be done without a fight.

  • RKV October 23, 2017, 3:45 PM

    In re: Reaction – the web site and their politics…
    I can only wonder at their support for Bush’s open borders speech as evidence of how much the editors hate America. Of course the bullies don’t like it when you successfully fight back, so that’s an explanation for why NeverTrump. There’s a piece on the sleazy origins of America’s national anthem (yep the tune came from a drinking song, so what, that was 200 years ago). Another article makes excuses for Hillary’s political failure. And another piece calls the Iran deal “a distillation of the nation’s finest spirit.” VOMIT. And Donald, you think that the people who support that crap have a great idea in that manifesto? I’d read NRO if I wanted better logic and more common sense, with a dose of NeverTrump.

  • indyjonesouthere October 23, 2017, 4:15 PM

    Tis only personal opinion but I think much of Europe lost its soul after the French fed a very large number of Vendee Catholics into the guillotine. The following latest and greatest scientific based governments managed to kill members of western culture at numbers that leave the jihadist in shock and awe. It isn’t much of a surprise that the remaining survivors, much like the Clintons, stick a finger in the air to determine which way the wind is blowing and which direction the blood is flowing.

  • Bunny October 23, 2017, 5:18 PM

    I agree with RKV regarding the Reaction website, but can not fault the document itself. It would be interesting to discover the origins of The Paris Statement. All I could find after a brief search was this-
    “This ‘Paris Statement’ was signed by ten well-known scholars from various European countries—Rémi Brague, Roger Scruton, Robert Spaemann, Ryszard Legutko, and six others. Significantly, no Italian, Spanish, Irish, Greek, Balkan, or Scandinavian name was signatory.”
    I wonder who the six other authors are and under what aegis the statement was produced. Bueller?

  • Bunny October 23, 2017, 6:01 PM

    Here is the complete list of signatories:
    The signatories are:

    Phillipe Bénéton (France)
    Rémi Brague (France)
    Chantal Delsol (France)
    Roman Joch (Česko)
    Lánczi András (Magyarország)
    Ryszard Legutko (Polska)
    Roger Scruton (United Kingdom)
    Robert Spaemann (Deutschland)
    Bart Jan Spruyt (Nederland)
    Matthias Storme (België)
    Those are some real heavy hitters! I was only familiar with Roger Scruton and he’s the man.

  • Howard Nelson October 23, 2017, 6:14 PM

    Perhaps, lessons learned, the Statement signals a new phoenix rising from the ashes of the burnt out mistaken path of the past.

  • bullet force October 23, 2017, 7:32 PM

    The patrons of the false Europe are bewitched by superstitions of inevitable progress