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The Tainted Source: The Undemocratic Origins of the European Idea Paperback – 2 Apr 1998

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (2 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751523240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751523249
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cannot be ignored by anyone who holds strong opinions on the future of Europe (Anne Applebaum, EVENING STANDARD)

Original and challenging (Max Beloff, TLS)

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* Subtitled 'The Undemocratic Origins of the European Idea', a powerfully revisionist analysis of the European Union.

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This superbly written book shows the Euro project as it really is; the desire to abolish European nation states; to exert control over all aspects of human & economic behaviour; to create a protectionist trading bloc. Detailed research shows the contempt shown (particularly by the French) of genuine free trade, and the political motives of the so-called European Court. Anybody interested in freedom & democracy must read this book.
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John Laughland has created a masterful political and historic study that uniquely champions the cause and nobility of the sovereignty of individual nation states and their right to enjoy those liberal political values and democratic social freedoms that the Anglo-Saxon peoples have always enjoyed and globally championed.
The Tainted Source graphically demonstrates that the political, social and even intellectual freedom of all citizens of the EU are today in dire peril because of the dark and secret political agenda of a German-inspired, EU ambition to break the commercial power and world influence of, principally, the United States; but also any other liberal, freedom-loving nation-state, especially those current and former peoples of the British Commonwealth.
This well kept secret ambition towards a German-orchestrated EU Superstate has been fully supported every step of the way by France, who hopes to share power at any ultimate, world decision-making table. We are shown, that in order to realise this, the EU has, and will continue, to absorb most European nations into its sinister orbit; even having firm plans (already in motion) to closely affiliate itself with Russia, as it attempts to dominate international politics and commerce for all time. Simultaneously, the EU is actively attempting to suppress freedom of intellectual thought and choice within its expanded 'new imperial' frontiers, by spinning a powerful and consistent web of lies and deceit designed to mask the EU's true ambition and also to allay most suspicions until it is too late for any individual nation to offer a legitimate democratic resistance to this age-old Teutonic ambition!
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John Laughland's book deserves wide reading. The European project's antecedents go back centuries, but in our times, was revitalised by the disaster of the first world war, the Versailles Treaty and its commitment at least verbally to the idea of national self determination, the experience of an ineffective League of Nations in the face of the rise of the dictators, and then the experience of the second world war. Hitler waged war in the name of racial supremacy of the Germanic peoples, but as the war progressed and German manpower faltered, his subalterns pushed to recruit troops from Europe, from Spain or France, to the Netherlands and the Ukraine. Bureaucrats also conceived of a European economic union, borrowing previous blueprints from before the war, for a European economic union, with all the attributes of the present union. This perspective is a very important one because, knowingly, after the war, the history of the EU's origins were traced to the resistance, and in particular to Altiero Spinelli,who played a leading role in rebooting the then moribund European integration process in the 1980s. The rest of the story is well known, though the outcome of the integrationists, particularly in France and Italy, was not: they did not intend that Germany and its coalition of like minded northern states come to dominate the EU. But big utopian projects have a habit, as Edmund Burke pointed out in his great pamphlet, written in the first year of the French Revolution in 1790, of leading to unintended consequences. The UK's bien pensants closed ranks against Burke then. Seven years later, Napoleon marched to the forefront of France's revolutionary armies.Read more ›
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