Vladimir Bukovsky, a Soviet dissident who was exiled to the West in the seventies, was interviewed for the December 2012 edition of the Italian periodical Radici Cristiane. In his discussion Mr. Bukovsky paints a grim picture of the European Union’s metamorphosis into a repressive superstate, a virtual carbon copy of the totalitarian Soviet Union.
Many thanks to Enza Ferreri for the translation:
From the USSR to the Soviet European Union, the Project of Socialist Internationalism — Interview with Vladimir Bukovsky
Vladimir Bukovsky, 70, is one of the most famous ex-political prisoners of the former Soviet Union. He spent a total of twelve years of internment, including prisons, labour camps and psychiatric hospitals, before being ejected and swapped for the Chilean prisoner Luis Corvalan in 1976. Since then he has lived in Cambridge, and took British citizenship.
In 2007 he co-authored with Pavel Stroilov EUSSR: The Soviet Roots of European Integration in which he reconstructs, on the basis of documents copied from the Soviet archives in 1992, plans to transform the European Union into a Union of Socialist Republics in all ways identical to the former Soviet Union.
Radici Cristianehas asked his opinion on current developments.
Mr. Bukovsky, at least since 2000 you have been saying that the European Union is the exact copy of the Soviet Union. Aspects in common highlighted by you include the new Europe’s structure itself: a union of republics with a socialist structure, run by a handful of unelected people who make typical Bolshevik promises — equality, fairness and justice — and do not recognize nations, but only citizens of a new people, with “European” instead of “Soviet”. In common, in addition, the two unions have the typical corruption of a socialist republic, a corruption organized from the top, aggressiveness towards the outside and even gulags inside. Many years later, are the events proving you right?
You forgot the similarity in the way they started. How was the USSR created? Of course, by military force, but also by forcing the republics to join through financial threat, making them economically fearful. So there we are.
But we are still at the beginning, at the first stage. The ultimate goal of all unions that have been built so far does not end with the submission to the control of Brussels, but it goes further. The target is the building of a single state, under one world government, with a single law, a single pension…
The financial crises serve to push in this direction.
General impoverishment would then be desired?
It is the very concept of “union” that removes flexibility from the economy. A single economy makes impossible the constant adjustments necessary to facilitate trade.
Don’t let’s forget that the Soviet Union went bankrupt. Of course, we were far ahead on the road to integration towards a single state: not just a single currency, but also one people. And the Soviet Union, in contrast to Europe, had enormous resources, so, every time it was on the verge of bankruptcy, it would discover new resources: oil, diamonds, gold… That’s what made them carry on. Otherwise they would not have failed in the eighties, but by the end of the thirties.
You said that the crisis was the first stage. What about the second?
Over time there is a development of distrust that can lead to hostility. That is the next stage. Examples abound, just think of Yugoslavia, the USSR… Countries forced to live under the same roof. I myself grew up under a federal flag. But it is a pressure cooker that sooner or later blows up.
Is this why they are gradually unifying the military?
It still has to do with the construction of a single state. One government, one president, one policy. The economic difficulties help to reduce the sovereignty, because people are more willing to accept and obey. In Italy not coincidentally you have an unelected Prime Minister.
Are they using the economy to crush the nation state? It seems to me that they use it to crush people. They manipulate people to prevent them from opposing the new policy, which must, on the contrary, appear to them as the only hope.
Are they therefore all socialists in Brussels?
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