The European Union was an exceptional achievement. It brought together and in peace peoples speaking different languages and submersed in different cultures, proving that it was possible to create a shared framework of human rights across a continent that was not long ago tormented by murderous chauvinism, racism, and barbarity. It could have been the proverbial Beacon on the Hill, showing the world how peace and solidarity may be snatched from the jaws of age-old conflict and bigotry. But things turned out differently.
Today, a common bureaucracy and a common currency divide Europeans who were beginning to unite despite their different languages and cultures. A confederacy of myopic politicians, economically naïve officials, and financially incompetent experts submit slavishly to the edicts of financial and industrial conglomerates, alienating people and stirring up a dangerous anti-European backlash. Proud peoples are being turned against each other. Nationalism, extremism and racism are being re-awakened.
With contributions from some of the world s foremost thinkers, artists and politicians covering the full spectrum of concerns for the future of the Union, this volume presents realistic and viable alternatives to the mainstream barrage of dreadful prospects – a true vision for Europe.
Contributors: David Adler (editor), Rosemary Bechler (editor), Marko Anđelić, Pamela Anderson, Renata Avila, Anthony Barnett, Franco Berardi, Noam Chomsky, John Christensen, Fabio de Masi, Brian Eno, Daniel Erlacher, James Galbraith, Ksenia Gerasimova, Bobby Gillespie, Alice-Mary Higgins, Olivier Hoedeman, Srećko Horvat, Sam Hufton, Tim Jackson, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Leila Jancovich, Naomi Klein, Paul Laverty, Ken Loach, Caroline Lucas, Miltos Manetas, Lorenzo Marsili, Raoul Martinez, David McWilliams, Aleksandar Mirčov, Vlassis Missos, Jakob Mohr, Preethi Nallu, Rasmus Nordqvist, Xristina Penna, Ann Pettifor, Gerardo Pisarello, Adam Ramsay, Jaromil Roio, Bertie Russell, Jeffrey Sachs, Saskia Sassen, Vladimir Šestović, Elif Shafak, Nicholas Shaxson, Jonas Staal, Lyndsey Stonebridge, Danae Stratou, Yanis Varoufakis, Eyal Weizman, Slavoj Žižek & Shoshana Zuboff.