What is truly disparaging about France’s rejection of the EU Constitution isn’t the act itself – it’s the way in which the French people rejected liberal market economics along with it. When the term “liberal” (and I mean classical liberalism, not modern American liberalism) is considered a pejorative, it’s clear that France is in deep, deep trouble.
Socialism does not work, and the more that France falls into the pit of embracing the failed ideologies of state socialism, the worse things will get for the French people. The doctrine of socialism twists the language of rights and turns them into a demands that the state provide everything for everyone. Rather than rejecting the EU Constitution as a document that creates a massive and intrusive bureaucracy, the French rejected it because it didn’t take them far enough down the road to serfdom.
As much as I’d love to celebrate failure of the French vote, it provides a very disturbing omen about the way in which Europe continues to slide towards economic and social collapse.
UPDATE: Austin Bay has some more cogent thoughts about the future of France and the EU:
Itâ€™s clear that a disgruntled and discombobulated French electorate expressed various types of outrage and enrage (an odd construction but given Franceâ€™s constant straddling act, strikes me as appropirate). However, if the Communist Redshirts and Le Penâ€™s fascist Brownshirts are politically determinative in France â€“and thatâ€™s an argument one can make based on this plebisciteâ€“ then letâ€™s recognize France as the politically sick society it truly is. If â€œsickâ€ is a push word and too therapeutic for the pragmatic set, then call it the â€œlostâ€ society.
Sadly, I’m inclined to agree. Bay also suggests adding Britain and the Netherlands into a new North Atlantic Free Trade Association — an idea I heartily endorse.