October 6, 2000


It's been an exciting week, on every front, but let's start small – with Denmark. Now, I don't mean that it the pejorative sense, naturally, but only in geographical terms: Denmark may be a tiny country, but the impact of its decisive (53.1%) rejection of the euro is sending mighty shockwaves throughout Europe. The wave of right-wing populism represented by the victory of the Danish Euro-skeptics is washing up on British beaches, and at the decisive moment. Just as Tony Blair was about to deliver John Bull in chains to the dictatorship of Europa, the Danes delivered what many consider to be a near-fatal blow to the Euro-federalist dream: the Danish defeat has emboldened the Tories, whose Euro-skeptic wing is now taking the lead. While the elites cower in the castles, the people are rising up all over Europe, delivering a firm message to European socialism disguised as "federalism" – "Not so fast!"


The Danish People's Party and its leader, Pia Kjaersgaard, are bound to be targeted by the Left for a hate campaign similar to the one unleashed on Joerg Haider and his Austrian Freedom Party: get ready for a press campaign smearing Denmark's Buchananites as a gang of dangerous "ultra-nationalists" – isn't all nationalism ultra, and therefore dangerous? – and with "racist" tendencies to boot. They're against unlimited immigration, aren't they – what more do we need to know?


Speaking of the Austrians, the example of what the Eurocrats did to that proud people – another small country, like Denmark, rich in history as well as material comforts – was a major factor in the Danish referendum. If they could impose sanctions on Austria for voting the wrong way in a national election, then what was to stop them from doing the same to Denmark? This question was doubtless on Danish voters' minds when they voted a resounding no: would the entry of the Danish People's Party into the government subject their country to the same sort of ritualized humiliation?


Haider's Freedom Party, like the Danish People's Party, is free market-oriented, opposed to immigration, and unabashedly nationalist in the Swiss sense: not aggressively expansionist, but quite the opposite: peaceful and a bit standoffish, even aloof from the rest of the world. These are people who want only to be left alone – by governments, at home and abroad – and they are rising up, from Copenhagen to Vienna, and beyond. The Euro-tax revolt movement – the Spanish fishermen blockading harbors and their British brothers blockading the street in front of 10 Downing Street – is also very much in the spirit of the new trend I call the Revolt of the Little Guys. The little people, the small traders and entrepreneurs, and the little countries – Denmark today, perhaps Britain tomorrow – are marshaling the forces of little-ness into one big backlash against the rapidly consolidating European super-state. The results are already historic.


The election results were a rebuke to the "presumptuous Brussels bureaucracy," as Haider put it, a "warning to the mighty in the European Union which cannot be ignored." But Haider is the first one to know that they have not been ignoring the rising tide of opposition to their rule. Vilification was the price he paid to be one of the first to show that the little guys would not be forced to their knees by "the mighty." They can't vilify all the opposition to the creation of the United Socialist States of Europe. But they can certainly try, and if that doesn't work then they'll silence their critics by force: The European Court of Justice is currently hearing the case of Bernard Connolly, a British whistleblower who once served the EU at their Brussels headquarters as a leading economist – and enraged he Eurocrats with his book, The Rotten Heart of Europe, which exposes the EU as a means for the Franco-German elites to dominate Europe at its "core": he was not only promptly dismissed from his post, but the European Commission tried to silence him. The legal move to muzzle Connolly was upheld by a lower court of the European Court of Justice, which ruled that "the general interests of the Communities" trump free speech. This is the fate awaiting all Euro-skeptics who dare to raise their voices as soon as Brussels clamps its iron grip on the life of a continent. But help is on the way –


The more the Eurocrats bear down, the bigger the backlash. The demonstrations against fuel taxes were the culmination of a movement that has been percolating for some time. The secessionist trend, especially in northern Italy, is yet another countervailing force to the movement for integration. Reflecting a split in the ranks of the Eurocrats, Romano Prodi, the head of the European Commission, is openly complaining about the coming Franco-Prussian hegemony. Centrifugal forces seems to be tearing the EU at its fragile edges. In a direct challenge to the eastward expansion of the EU, Serbian President-elect Vojislav Kostunica upbraided small countries that have abandoned their sovereignty to "international organizations" without even a backward glance. Significantly, his supporters in Serbian are employing the same tactics utilized by the Euro-tax protesters – and perhaps we are seeing in the streets of Belgrade a little of what is in store for Tony Blair and the British version of the Serbian Socialist Party if they don't start seriously negotiating a significant fuel tax reduction.


Kostunica recently attacked the US and Russia, belittling the latter for its bumbling indecisiveness and attacking the former for its overbearing strength: clearly, he and his movement are part of the revolt of the little guys against "the mighty," along with Denmark, Austria, and the Padanians of northern Italy. Emblematic of what is happening all across Europe are the 90.000 residents of the Channel isle of Jersey, who may hold a referendum next year on ending their 900-year-old association with the British crown. Jerseyites fear that their low taxes will come to an abrupt end once Britain is mired in high-tax Europa. Jersey libre!


With the Franco-Prussian monolith on a fast-track to de facto unification, and the elites of England and the others solidly in the camp of the Eurocrats, but a few short months ago the rise of a new European empire seemed almost inevitable. Today, it seems highly problematic – and it is the revolt of the little guys that is suddenly calling all this into question. Without any centrally-coordinated leadership, without the support of the media or the major political parties, a spontaneous rebellion against the big guys – big government, big business, and the big powers – is taking shape. It's only a matter of time before it leaps the Atlantic Ocean and lands on American shores – and not a moment too soon.

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Justin Raimondo is the editorial director of Antiwar.com. He is also the author of Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement (with an Introduction by Patrick J. Buchanan), (1993), and Into the Bosnian Quagmire: The Case Against U.S. Intervention in the Balkans (1996). He is an Adjunct Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, in Auburn, Alabama, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Libertarian Studies, and writes frequently for Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He is the author of An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard (forthcoming from Prometheus Books).

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