Ambrose Evans-Pritchard's excellent article, "Europe's fiscal Fascism brings British withdrawal ever closer," posted on this weekend's edition of LRC prompts the ever-curious reader to inquire further into the roots of the European Union and the source of the financial tsunami spreading throughout that continent. Evans-Pritchard himself provided a key piece of the puzzle with this important expose' article tracing the covert planning, manipulation, and financing of post-WWII European federalism to top tiers of the American intelligence establishment (which interlocked with key Wall Street investment banks and financial institutions, the major foundations which acted as covert funding mechanisms for these projects, the elite mainstream media which provided disinformation and cover for the endeavor, and entities of the foreign policy establishment such as the Council on Foreign Relations and the Atlantic Council).
Other respected researchers have presented their evidence, which on the mundane surface level appears to be contradictory, as to the roots of "the European Idea," European federalism, and the EU. Most notably, I am referring to former Soviet dissidents Vladimir Bukovsky and Pavel Stroilov and their compact book, EUSSR: The Soviet Roots of European Integration, and British Euro-Skeptic (and classical liberal) John Laughland and his The Tainted Source: The Undemocratic Origins of the European Idea, which traces this collectivist impetus to its National Socialist and Fascist origins. But as I pointed out in an earlier LRC article, the ideological roots of collectivism, whether in its communist, fascist, or national socialist variations, have a common origin themselves. The EU superstate is only the latest manifestation of this two hundred year old reactionary philosophy.