Time at last (well, almost) for the Great British exit from the big dream of a European Union and we see Juncker expressing ever more bitterness as he sees the collapse of his personal dream of himself as Europe's Putin, exercising an iron, unopposable rule over a congeries of unruly states. Several countries which do not have an autocratic form of government have been and currently are faced with the problem of putting up suitable candidates for the top post; such candidates as are chosen are seldom ideally suited for it, so the electorate has to make the best of poor choices. This was evident in the case of America and now we see it in France. Strong, but sensible government is now needed more than ever in Europe and it is to be hoped that a broad understanding will grow of the unsuitability of socialism for democratic government in countries in serious social crises such as France. If democracy is rule by argument, socialism is bureaucratic argument only, since any proposition is always, in theory, forever arguable. In Britain, signs are that government aware of the seriousness of its social problems is already in place, but of course the same cannot be said of Germany, where the unbelievably irresponsible actions of Merkel will have terrible consequences. The question of whether the European nations will be able to save the essential elements of their culture from the inroads of Islamic imperialism is inescapably tied to whether they will ever be able to concede a point where population increase and density can be seen for what it is: overpopulation. If and when humanity comes of age, that is what it will have to be considering; until then, a solution can only remain in potential.

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