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Under EU laws, if one of its member states rejects a treaty, the EU is mandated to scrap the bill. But the European Union's contempt for direct democracy is likely to lead them to ignore the Irish referendum and pursue the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty anyway - underscoring the fact that the EU is nothing more than an illegitimate autocracy of manufactured consent.

75% of people in the EU want a referendum on any new treaty which gives more powers to the EU. In the UK, 83% would want a vote to be held. A majority in all 27 countries would want a referendum.

If a new treaty is drawn up which gives more powers to the EU do you think that people should be given a say on this in a referendum or citizen consultation or do you think that it  should just be up to the national parliament to ratify this treaty?


Across the EU as a whole, 28% think the EU should have more powers than it has now and that more decisions should be taken at the European level. 23% think the EU should keep the powers it has now, but should not be given any more. 41% think the EU should have less powers than it has now and that more decisions should be taken at a national or local level. In the UK the equivalent figures were 11%, 27%, and 58% - a clear majority for taking powers back.

If there was a referendum on a treaty giving new powers to the EU, on average 41% of people in the EU would vote for it, with an exactly equal 41% voting against. But UK voters would vote more than three to one against a such a new treaty (67% - 21%). Majorities would also vote “no” in 16 EU countries, including Germany.
While the Berlin Declaration is to cite the euro as one of the great achievements of the EU, a majority of citizens in the eurozone want to go back to their old national currencies. For the eurozone as a whole 47% wanted to keep the euro, but 49% wanted to go back to their old currency. There is majority support for keeping the euro in only 6 out of the 13 euro member countries.

If there were a referendum, 11 out of the 14 non euro members would vote not to join the euro. Opposition to joining in the UK is at its highest ever: 77% – 19% against. Only Romania, Denmark and Malta would vote to join.

Looking at how the EU should change, across the EU as a whole, voters’ top priorities were to establish clear fixed limits on the powers of the EU, and to reduce the EU’s trade barriers against developing countries. Their lowest priorities are the creation of an EU foreign minister, further enlargement and CAP reform.

In the UK, the voters’ top priority is to “turn the EU into just a simple free trade area, without political aims”. Their bottom priority would be the creation of an EU foreign minister.

For the EU as a whole, 56% agreed with the statement that “the European Union does not represent ordinary people in our country”. Only 34% disagreed. In the UK the figures were 68% - 27%..


If the Eurocrats continue to ignore the will of the people
as expressed in the NO-votes in three referenda in a row,
the EU looses all legitimacy and eurocrats therby underscore
that the EU is nothing more than an

illegitimate autocracy of manufactured consent.


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The Road to Serfdom. This masterpiece of Nobel Prize laureate Friedrich Hayek is an eye-opener, strongly advocating the free market principles. In this all-time classic Hayek persuasively warns against the authoritarian utopias of central planning and the welfare state. Fascism, communism and socialism share these utopias. For the implementation of their plans these authoritarian ideologies require government power over the individual, inevitably leading to a totalitarian state. Every step away from the free market toward planning reduces people's freedom and is a step toward tyranny. Planning also cannot assess consumer preferences with sufficient accuracy to efficiently co-ordinate production. However in a free market, "Price" is the all-inclusive source of information, guiding entrepreneurs to produce whatever is wanted and directing workers wherever they are most needed. Free markets also provide the entrepreneurial climate for a thriving economy and for releasing the creative energy of its citizens. Free individuals in their native strive to develop their talents and to improve their fate produce spontaneous progress. All public interference in the economic process disturbs the market equilibrium, distorts the optimal allocation of resources and consequently reduces the level of wealth. Where planning replaces free markets people do not only loose their freedom and individuality. Resulting slow growth also increases welfare demands causing dependence similar to slavery. In the end people's self-reliance and self-respect is ruined, and citizens are degraded to a means to serve the ends of the collective mass.

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The Tragedy of the commons  by  Garrett Hardin   Free access and unrestricted demand for a finite resource ultimately dooms the resource through over-exploitation. This occurs because the benefits of exploitation accrue to individuals, each of which is motivated to maximise his or her own use of the resource, while the costs of exploitation are distributed between all those to whom the resource is available (which may be a wider class of individuals than those who are exploiting it). The theory itself is as old as Aristotle who said: "That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it.      more here
Ludwig Von Mises: A Bundle of six short Essays. (22 pages). In his usual easy-to-read style, Von Mises explains the very basics of sound economics. The first essay vindicates the role of capital goods and saving. Mises explains how saving inaugurates a process toward prosperity. By consuming less than they produce, savers furnish resources for investment in machines and tools which make the laborers' efforts more efficient. Higher output per unit of input can so be achieved. The productivity gain of such investment allows for non-inflationary wage increases which is the sole road to real progress and prosperty for all. Public policy should therefor favour saving and investment, rather than stimulate growht through inflationary easy money policies. In the second essay "The Individual in Society" Mises pleads for a free market economy based on division of labour and strong property rights as the sole guarantee of liberty. For Mises, government intervention implies compulsion, exactly the opposite of liberty. In a market economy individuals are the supreme arbiters in matters of their needs, both material and spiritual. They alone decide what is more and what is less valuable. Central planning is unable to assess the individual's priorities so that planners permanently make wrong choices lessening consumer value and satisfaction. The government apparatus of coercion is not only costly and inefficient. Many also consider state compulsion as unbearable. Other excellent essays in this bundle:   The Economics and Politics Of My JobThe Elite Under CapitalismFacts about the Industrial Revolution  and   The Gold Problem

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