I like this analysis from Eilis O’Hanlin in the Irish press today; She is talking about the rise of the “technocrats” across Europe as Democracy is pushed out of the way to accommodate the needs of Frau Merkel and co;
“This is not so much a democratic deficit as a total democratic bypass. Where’s the resistance? It’s certainly not coming from the European Left, but that’s no surprise. Soviet-style technocratic government was always socialism’s guilty pleasure. The people can’t be trusted to do what’s right for the revolution, so for a time the normal rules of democracy must be suspended whilst experts make the informed decisions on their behalf. Once the New Order is bedded down, then the little people can get their rights back. Only they never do, because the heirs of Plato’s beloved philosopher kings never willingly cede power except to others like them.
That sort of paternalism is endemic on the micro scale in left-wing politics. In Europe, it’s simply being transferred to national politics. The issues are too complicated for the uninitiated to grasp, so best to let experts run the world whilst the ordinary people watch TV and eat chips.
The process isn’t happening entirely without protest. Students in Milan are already out rioting against what they call a “bankers’ government”, but that, maddeningly, misses the point too. European democracy is not being subverted solely in order to prop up a free market system which allows incompetent bankers to flourish; democracy is being subverted in order to ensure the survival of a pet political project which would otherwise now be in ruins.
The “markets” don’t give a damn about the details, they simply want to make money. It’s the political class in Berlin and Paris which is pulling out all the stops to keep the federalist fantasy afloat. They’re the ones who’ve embarked on this course regardless of its consequences or internal contradictions.”