Cuntti di Tutti Cuntti

The question we have to ask ourselves is whether these people\’s gums bleed for a week each month. Without, you know, the saving grace of being enjoyable, servicable and of purpose the other three weeks?

Ulrich Beck, Daniel Cohn-Bendit,Yuri Andrukhovych, Jerzy Baszynski, Zygmunt Bauman, Senta Berger, Patrice Chéreau, Rudolf Chmel, Jacques Delors, Gabor Demszky, Chris Dercon, Doris Dörrie, Tanja Dückers, Peter Eigen, Olafur Eliasson, Joschka Fischer, Jürgen Flimm, Anthony Giddens, Alfred Grosser, Ulla Gudmundson, Jürgen Habermas, Dunya Hayali, Michal Hvorecký, Eva Illouz, Mary Kaldor, Navid Kermani, Imre Kertesz, Rem Koolhaas, Kasper König, György Konrád, Michael Krüger, Adam Krzeminski, Wolf Lepenies, Constanza Macras, Claudio Magris, Sarat Maharaj, Olga Mannheimer, Petros Markaris, Robert Menasse, Adam Michnik, Herta Müller, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Thomas Ostermeier, Petr Pithart, Martin Pollack, Alec Popov, Ilma Rakusa, Peter Ruzicka, Joachim Sartorius, Saskia Sassen, Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, Helmut Schmidt, Henning Schulte-Noelle, Martin Schulz, Gesine Schwan, Richard Sennett, Martin M. Šime?ka, Johan Simons, Javier Solana, Michael Thoss, Klaus Töpfer, Klaus Wagenbach, Richard von Weizsäcker, Christina Weiss, Wim Wenders, Bob Wilson, Michel Wieviorka.

As to their major proposal yes, there is indeed a suitable answer:

A new contract needs to be agreed between the state, the EU, the political structures of civil society, the market, social security and environmental sustainability.

What is good about Europe? What is the value of Europe to us? Which model could and should be the basis for Europe in the 21st century? These are open questions that urgently need to be addressed.

And I shall address such questions for you. Firstly, you can fuck off, all of you.

Secondly, the European Union can fuck off.

Thirdly, the Council of Europe can fuck off.

Oh, and did I say that you can all fuck off?

For to ask these questions is to prove why Britain simply should not be a part of whatever idiocies you continentals wish to indulge in. We just don\’t do things this way. We\’ve a thousand years of the organic growth of the structure of our society: we\’ve never let madmen with a plan anywhere near how our State is constructed. As opposed to, say, the French, who had what was it, four different constitutions between 1939 and 1959?

So you go off and play your games and we\’ll continue to muddle through as we always have done.

And do recall, that you can all just fuck right off.

A European Year of Volunteering for Everyone – for taxi drivers and theologians, for workers and the workless, for managers and musicians, for teachers and trainees, for sculptors and sous-chefs, for supreme court judges and senior citizens, for men and women – as a response to the euro crisis!

The young people of Europe may be better educated than ever before but they still feel powerless in the face of the looming bankruptcy of nation states and the terminal decline of labour markets. Every fourth European under the age of 25 is unemployed. In the many places where disenfranchised young people have set up camp and made public protests they are clamouring for social justice. Wherever such camps are – in Spain, Portugal, the countries of North Africa, American cities or Moscow – this demand is being made with great force and fervour. Anger is mounting over a political system that rescues banks with eye-watering mountains of debt but squanders the future of young people in the process. But how much hope can be held out for a Europe with a steadily ageing population?

US president John F Kennedy astounded the world with his idea of founding a peace corps. \”Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.\”

We, the undersigned, wish to provide a mouthpiece for European civil society. For this reason, we are asking the European commission and national governments, the European parliament and national parliaments to create a Europe of actively employed citizens and to secure the financial and legal requirements for the European Year of Volunteering for Everyone – as a counter-model to the top-down Europe, the Europe of elites and technocrats that has prevailed up to now that considers itself responsible for forging the destiny of the citizenry of Europe – if need be, against its will. For it is this unspoken maxim of European politics that is threatening to destroy the entire European project.

The aim is to democratise the national democracies in order to rebuild Europe in the spirit of the rallying cry: \”Don\’t ask what Europe can do for you but ask what you can do for Europe – by doing Europe!\”

No progressive thinker – from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Jürgen Habermas – ever wanted a democracy that consists merely of being able to periodically vote. The debt crisis that is currently driving Europe apart is not simply an economic problem but also a political one. We need a European civil society and the vision of younger generations if we are going to solve the burning issues of today. We cannot afford to allow Europe to be transformed into the target of an \”angry movement\” of citizens protesting against a Europe without Europeans. Europe cannot function without Europeans committed to its cause, and Europeans cannot do Europe unless they can breathe the air of freedom.

The practical action transcending the narrow bounds of nation state, ethnicity and religion that the European Year of Volunteering for Everyone is meant to promote is not intended as an institutionalised fig leaf for European failures. The vision is instead to open up space for creativity. Far from being a means of providing handouts to unemployed youth, the European Year of Volunteering for Everyone is an act of self-assertion by European civil society: an act that can be used to construct a new proactive constitution from the bottom up in order to re-establish Europe\’s political creativity and legitimacy. Political freedom cannot survive in an atmosphere of fear. It only thrives and becomes established where people have a roof over their heads and know how they are going to live tomorrow and in their old age. That is why the European Year of Volunteering for Everyone needs a robust foundation of finance. We ask businesses in Europe to make their appropriate contribution.

If Europe is to develop a bottom-up culture, it cannot afford to fall back on predefined courses of action. The citizens of such a Europe will want to go to other countries and get involved in transnational problem areas in which national states are no longer able to offer appropriate solutions – environmental degradation, climate change, mass movements of refugees and migrants, and farright radicalism. They will also want to make use of European networks of art, literature and theatre as stages to promote the European cause. A new contract needs to be agreed between the state, the EU, the political structures of civil society, the market, social security and environmental sustainability.

What is good about Europe? What is the value of Europe to us? Which model could and should be the basis for Europe in the 21st century? These are open questions that urgently need to be addressed. For us in \”We are Europe\” the answer is this: Europe is a laboratory of political and social ideas without parallel anywhere else in the world. But what constitutes European identity? You might say that Europeanness arises out of dialogue and dissent between the many different political cultures – of the citoyen, the citizen, the staatsbuerger, the burgermatschappij, the ciudadano, the obywatel. But Europe is also about irony; it is about being able to laugh at ourselves. There is no better way to fill Europe with life and laughter than for ordinary Europeans to come together to act on their own initiative.

36 thoughts on “Cuntti di Tutti Cuntti”

  1. No progressive thinker …

    That’s the problem. Start from the wrong premises and you’ll be exceptionally lucky if your conclusion is merely rubbish rather than positively harmful.

  2. Tim

    Didn’t know you spoke Italian!

    Must admit, all those intellectuals, might get some traction.

    I hope the Spanish might be more sensible. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  3. So they want the European Commission and the European Parliament to design and create a ‘bottom-up Europe’. Er, sorry?
    And forced ‘volunteering’?
    Stilll they admit that they need to ‘laugh at ourselves’. I volunteer to laugh at them on their behalf if that helps.

  4. They want a bottom movement yet are petitioning the top to grant them it?

    I have not time for their brand of ‘civil’ society.

    I find this remark quite sinister: “Europe cannot function without Europeans committed to its cause, and Europeans cannot do Europe unless they can breathe the air of freedom.”

    People already have the freedom to be as European as they like. These people want to restrict the freedom of others and have coerced European-ness.

    Also this: “The citizens of such a Europe will want to go to other countries and get involved in transnational problem areas in which national states are no longer able to offer appropriate solutions – environmental degradation, climate change, mass movements of refugees and migrants, and farright radicalism.”

    It’s not that nation states cannot solve those problems but that these people view nation states as unable to apply *their* kind of solution.

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  6. “The citizens of such a Europe will want to go to other countries and get involved in transnational problem areas in which national states are no longer able to offer appropriate solutions – environmental degradation, climate change, mass movements of refugees and migrants, and farright radicalism.”
    In tanks(?)

  7. Never let a madman with a plan anywhere near the structure of the British state?

    That must mean A.C.L. Blair was never prime minister.

  8. So Much For Subtlety

    No progressive thinker – from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Jürgen Habermas – ever wanted a democracy that consists merely of being able to periodically vote.

    Or even for that matter. No, they wanted a democracy that consisted of the plebs being able to periodically vote for the right sort of people – and get involved in mass enthusiasm for their pet projects. The idea of a private, personal life was and is anathema to them.

    We cannot afford to allow Europe to be transformed into the target of an “angry movement” of citizens protesting against a Europe without Europeans.

    Evidence of their real aims – they don’t want to let the plebs vote against Europe.

    Political freedom cannot survive in an atmosphere of fear. It only thrives and becomes established where people have a roof over their heads and know how they are going to live tomorrow and in their old age.

    Opposing the welfare state is contrary to democracy? I suppose they think classical liberalism ought to be banned then?

    We ask businesses in Europe to make their appropriate contribution.

    Because they have a nice shop. Shame if anything were to happen to it.

    The citizens of such a Europe will want to go to other countries and get involved in transnational problem areas in which national states are no longer able to offer appropriate solutions – environmental degradation, climate change, mass movements of refugees and migrants, and farright radicalism.

    Ahh, I see. People voting for UKIP is a “problem” that Britain is unable to solve. It needs the nice Europeans to do it for them. Myself, I tend to see the will of the voters as more of an end product rather than an obstacle towards some other goal. If Britain has a problem with mass migration and refugees, as it does, it is because of Europe – Greece’s non-borders, the European Court of Justice etc. Leaving would solve most of those.

    They will also want to make use of European networks of art, literature and theatre as stages to promote the European cause.

    Because the only purpose of culture is propaganda of course.

    Tim Worstall is too kind to these f*ckers.

  9. Bunch of foreign weirdos with a few usual suspects of ours thrown in. The usual inversion of meaning of common words. Their ‘freedom’ is slavery to the State.

    Volunteer for a year. If you don’t volunteer, you’ll do it with a gun to your head, to assist your freedom.

  10. Erm, volunteering as a solution to youth unemployment problems in Club Med states? I think they call this “workfare”, don’t they? They’ve upped the ante over the British version though. Unemployed yoof from Greece, Portugal etc. can all go and work for Germans in return for bed & board. Actually I think they call this “domestic service”. Whatever.

    Delors’ European dream has become a nightmare. He’s trying desperately to rescue it before everyone wakes up.

  11. So Much For Subtlety

    Frances Coppola – “Erm, volunteering as a solution to youth unemployment problems in Club Med states? I think they call this “workfare”, don’t they?”

    At the risk of violating Godwin’s law to hell and back, I believe the last time they tried this, they called it the Reichsarbeitsdienst. I don’t think it was very popular when the Germans extended it to their Latin neighbours.

  12. At the risk of violating Godwin’s law to hell and back, I believe the last time they tried this, they called it the Reichsarbeitsdienst.

    That started out voluntary too, it was called the Freiwilliger Arbeitsdienst at first. I don’t speak German, but I’m guessing it means something like “voluntary labour organisation”.

  13. Paddy Pantsdown

    “the looming bankruptcy of nation states”
    Shock horror! Leftists admit truth!

  14. “As opposed to, say, the French, who had what was it, four different constitutions between 1939 and 1959?”

    Reminds me of the old joke about the man who went into a Parisian library and asked to see a copy of the French constitution. The librarian responded by saying that he was sorry, but that they didn’t keep periodicals.

  15. Speaking of jokes – why did the French give the Statue of Liberty to the Americans? Because they didn’t need her any more.

  16. It’s “fica” literally, or “culo” colloquially, not the abominio that Tim has come up with.

  17. “You might say that Europeanness arises out of dialogue and dissent between the many different political cultures – of the citoyen, the citizen, the staatsbuerger, the burgermatschappij, the ciudadano, the obywatel.”

    You might indeed, so we’re just going to have to whack them again.

  18. Following on from JamesV: in Slovak/Czech the equivalent term is “pi?a”, which has its own taboo symbol, an elongated lozenge ? with added slit (is it in Unicode somewhere?). I wondered in the past, whether fica and pi?a are etymologically related or if their similar form is just coincidence. All my research tells me is that pi?a comes from Proto-Slavic *pizda (Russians, Poles, Serbs have similar words but I don’t know if they have the symbol) and presumably (?) fica is from Latin “ficus” for fig. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%AD%C4%8Da for the graphic.

    For those who wish to enhance their multicultural European identity by practising Slovak declensions:

    NOMINATIVE Ona je pi?a! — She’s a cunt / She’s a bitch.
    ACCUSATIVE Drž pi?u! — Shut the fuck up! (lit. “Hold the cunt!”, note how in “Drž” the “r” is used as a vowel)
    GENITIVE Cho? do pi?e! — Fuck you! (lit. “Go into a cunt!”)
    LOCATIVE Je to v pi?i. — It’s fucked up. (lit. “It’s in a cunt”)

  19. in Slovak/Czech the equivalent term is “pi?a”, which has its own taboo symbol, an elongated lozenge ? with added slit

    Every day is a learning day. I’d like to thank you for enlivening an evening otherwise spent burning HMRC paperwork.

  20. a list of people including Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Patrice Chéreau, Jacques Delors, Joschka Fischer,Jürgen Habermas, Mary Kaldor…

    to be serious, is anybody interested in the views of these people? Did they try to get a quote out of Franco, Mussolini, Stalin, de Gaulle? maybe Tutankamun has a view on the matter.

    the age of dinosaurs is over.

  21. I then looked further down the list and saw Wim wenders. Well, anything he thinks is good is by definition bad – eg his films, all of them, including his horrifically exploitative/voyeuristic film about the dying Nick Ray. And the next name was Bob Wilson….the ex-Arsenal goalkeeper has a stake in this bullshit? WTF!

    But at least, Eric Cantona was not on the list.

  22. That is a wet dream for Guardianistas – a bunch of sophisticated foreigners with exotic names dreaming up all sort of weird (er, fascist) shit in favour of any entity which isn’t the UK.

  23. The French Constitution as a periodical! ROTFLMAO!!!

    As for the Statue of Liberty, though it was nominally a gift from the French, presumably to poke the British in the eye, they never actually paid for it all, leaving the Americans to pick up the tab.

    There’s a lesson there somewhere….

  24. My pleasure SE. For anyone thinking of practising their newfound Slavic skills – a note of caution, it can be a startingly offensive word. One Slovak acquaintance of mine got choked up when recounting a time when, months ago, some random guy had called her it. She couldn’t even bear to repeat the word itself, just to hint at what it was, and most but not all Slovak women I know are equally shy even of discussing the word let alone using it – although males seem less sensitive about it.

    The Russian equivalent profanity pizda (?????) is considered part of the ultra-obscene slang/cant called “mat” (???), honed in prisons and the army, censored in the media, and whose public use is illegal (punishable by up to 15 days in jail) under article 20.1.1 of the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses.

    And the Russians are inventive about it, with mat including thousands of variations based on just a few words! This is in addition to several other layers of profanity, but those considered mat possess an elevated offensive status. From Wikipedia: “The first volume of the Great Dictionary of Mat (??????? ??????? ????) by the Russian linguist and folklorist Alexei Plutser-Sarno treats only expressions with the stem khuy, numbering over 500 entries; 12 volumes are planned.” [khuy or ??? = dick, but stronger, the male equivalent of having a “C-word”: on gender equality grounds something I feel English lets us males down on!]

    Tim adds: Obviously I mixed with the wrong Russians. Pizdit (used as in, “stop talking shit” but clearly having that much stronger root) was a commonplace.

  25. I’m going to go out on my usual isolated limb here and say I think a bit more grassroots Europe would be a bloody good thing. But this letter is a typical content-free piece of Eurowaffle and comes from the usual elites. Are we sure it isn’t a clever-clogs exercise in self-parody and in a couple of weeks they’ll write to the papers again going “haha, got you!”.

  26. So Much For Subtlety

    Matthew L – “That started out voluntary too, it was called the Freiwilliger Arbeitsdienst at first.”

    By the time they got around to imposing it on France they were more honest. They called it the Service du travail obligatoire

    24 diogenes – “a list of people including Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Patrice Chéreau, Jacques Delors, Joschka Fischer,Jürgen Habermas, Mary Kaldor…”

    Daniel Cohn-Bendit boasted of engaging in sexual activities with children while working in a kindergarten. Delors was at least not entirely opposed to Vichy and is responsible for the mess we are in. Little Joschka seems to have given shelter to the Baader-Meinhoff gang. Certainly his car was used to transport weapons later used in the murder of other Germans. Which is not a surprise as he was a leader of the “Proletarian Union for Terror and Destruction”. Habermas is simply symptomatic of what is wrong with the West. In every respect it is hard to think of a way the world would not be better if he was not born. And Mary Kaldor is a total waste of space.

    It is not that they are dinosaurs per se. It is that their views are at best wrong. When not evil.

  27. So I am now confused. I can’t work out if these signatories are lickspittles of the revolutionary vanguard party attempting to impose communism on Europe, or running dogs of the neoliberal neoconservative bankers conspiracy attempting to impose capitalism on Europe.

  28. I just love that last sentence:

    “There is no better way to fill Europe with life and laughter than for ordinary Europeans to come together to act on their own initiative.”

    And still they don’t see the irony, that what they’re suggesting is just more statism, and nothing to do with anyone’s “own initiative”.

    Peoples’ “own initiative” is the last thing these tossers want to encourage, or even allow.

    Tim’s right. They can eff off, every last one of them.

  29. “Europe is a laboratory of political and social ideas without parallel anywhere else in the world”.

    I’m old enough to remember them bien-pensant lefties of yore saying the same thing about the Soviet Union: how brave, noble &c of the great Russian people to be conducting such an experiment as an inspiration to us all &c.

    They could try fucking off to Russia and starting again.

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