There comes a point where negotiation becomes surrender. Those actively undermining you will always demand more than their right. Those behind the Great Reset have been creating no-win situations for voters for decades to this exact end.
Over the summer Hungary’s Viktor Orban and Poland’s Mateusz Morawiecki led the opposition to the EU’s budget and COVID-19 relief package standing firm that funds not be tied to any internal political decisions member EU states make.
Both of these countries have incurred the wrath of German Chancellor Angela Merkel over things they do she doesn’t like, invoking Article 7 against Poland over changes made to its Supreme Court, for example.
So, this is nothing new. Neither is the way the EU conducts itself in negotiations.
For the past four years we’ve watched the EU put the United Kingdom through the worst kind of psychological torture over Brexit negotiations which have been anything but.
Fishy Brexit Talks
It’s been a calculated and cynical campaign coordinated with global media, foreign governments, paid political propagandists and intelligence agency operatives.
Through bullying, bad arguments, derision and shaming the relentless pressure of sociopaths and psychopaths wears most people down to the point where they negotiate away something that they didn’t have to.
They get you to agree to putting on a mask to make people feel better, accepting “sensible” gun legislation, voting for the guy who promises to only take 25% of your income versus that guy that wants 40%, etc.
In Brexit talks the EU tried to cleave off Northern Ireland as a cost to Brexit or maintain control over British law through the European Court of Justice.
Negotiation is a natural part of human interaction. There’s nothing inherently wrong with it, as long as both sides approach the negotiation honestly.
But, in politics, especially when dealing with those of a particularly self-righteous leftism so common today — as as shorthand I’ll just call them Commies — negotiation for them is a tactic in a strategic war.
Because at the core of their argument is always the threat of violence at worst and emotional blackmail at best. And that forms the basis for a negotiation that truly isn’t one, but made to look like you have a say in the outcome.
But in reality you don’t. They want all that you have and are willing to take it from you one bite at a time. In fact, the most psychotic of them truly enjoy this process of consuming you slowly.
Brexit negotiations have supposedly come down to how much French fishermen will still be able to plunder British fishing waters even though the U.K. is supposedly a sovereign country. The latest offer from the clueless Michael Barnier is the Brits get tithed 15 to 18% of what the French steal.
This is supposed to be seen as a breakthrough, according to the breathless regime media. But really it’s an insult. If the U.K. is sovereign and by international law these waters are theirs, then the EU has no rights to them unless the Brits grant them access.
But it seems on this small issue, which has now become symbolic of the entire Brexit process, the U.K. is still saying no. Negotiating even this small point is tantamount to surrender.
And they are right. Because agreeing to anything with these people is ultimately telling them what your price is.
Cigarettes and Blindfolds?
This is why, in all things political from the local to the trans-national, every small victory codified into some rule or same treaty is used as a springboard to the next victory and so on. There is no end to the war until one side achieves total domination or the other side, backed into a corner, stands its ground.
While I’ve used Brexit talks as the metaphor here, it’s not really apropos because Brexit, legally, already happened. In a little over a month there may be no formal relationship between the U.K. and the EU.
For Hungary and Poland, however, the situation is far more existential. And it is why they had to veto the 7-year EU budget and with it the COVID-19 relief package two weeks ago.
This piece of news is truly one of the most historic decisions made by any national leader in 2020. And if not for the U.S. presidential
election fraud it may well have been the biggest story of the past month.
Neither Hungary nor Poland have the economic or political power of even the U.K. Together they aren’t close to the U.K. in global influence. And because of that have much more to lose in angering the EU gods in Brussels than the Brits ever did.
It’s why both Prime Ministers Orban and Morawiecki tread lightly and go along with so many terrible edicts that come from the EU — really from France and Germany — against their will.
Both men understand the difficult position their countries are in, trapped between no less than three major powers — the U.S., the EU and Russia. The balancing act between those three powers is, at best, a difficult one. At worst, it’s a complete nightmare.
So them standing tall here is truly a momentous event and most probably a harbinger of big changes coming to the EU. They’ll both be under the most intense pressure to cave. Expect activation of Soros-bots in Hungary.
The smartest thing either could do right now is to open up new rounds of talks with the Russians who just announced they are pretty much done with negotiating anything more with the EU.
That would give them both tremendous leverage with Brussels, by cutting down their list of ‘enemies’ from three to two, even if it means courting further sanctions from Merkel and her new Stasi.
Where the State, as an institution, is at its most pernicious is in providing a vector by which these people, when their arguments are rejected via persuasion, can force them into being through the ballot box or legislative fiat.
And since we all agreed to be governed by these rules, so the argument goes, then you have to submit to the outcome otherwise there is chaos. And that’s the rhetorical and psychological wedge tyrants use to separate you from your liberty and, most importantly, your money.
When in the Course of Human Events…
But what happens when the people in the negotiations lie, cheat, manipulate and bend the rules? What happens when negotiations at one point in time, say July at the European Council Summit, yield one outcome and the final legislation says the exact opposite?
If you are Viktor Orban and Mariusz Moraweiki you stand your ground and realize that anything less than outright rejection is full on surrender, no different than the argument over EU fishing access to UK waters.
This is what these men had to do. Because by tying vague EU standards of what constitutes violations of the ‘rule of law’ to disbursement of funds under the budget is far more than what Hungarians or Poles signed up for when they entered the EU in the first place.
It is precisely because of this creeping centralization of control to the unelected bureaucracy in Brussels that the Brits voted for Brexit, in effect, twice. The second time they did so even more emphatically than in 2016.
Hungary and Poland are very clear as to what their problems are and why they will not budge. Read their joint statement here. The most important part is the final paragraph however.
Our common proposal is to facilitate the speedy adoption of the financial package by establishing a two-track process. On the one hand, to limit the scope of any additional budgetary conditionality to the protection of the financial interests of the Union in accordance with the July conclusions of the European Council. On the other hand, to discuss in the European Council, whether a link between the Rule of Law and the financial interests of the Union should be established. If it is so decided, then the appropriate procedures foreseen by the Treaties, including convening an intergovernmental conference, should be considered in order to negotiate the necessary modification of the Treaties.
Note they use the word ‘negotiation.’ But they also tie the outcome of that negotiation to a modification of the Treaties signed by each member state. In effect, saying, we as heads of state will negotiate the best possible offer, but it will still be up to you, the people, to ratify this.
And if you turn us down, then so be it.
This, of course, is anathema to the World Economic Forum, Open Society Foundation and the rest of the burgeoning technocracy being built through the expansion of powers wielded by the European Commission, which this budget and relief package sought to greatly expand.
We all know how voters choose in Europe when it comes to the European Union and the vote is open, fair and the people well-informed. The EU would never survive such a vote on the amendment of the Treaties which form it.
Orban, especially, knows this. And he has taken on the leadership role in this fight. You know he is effective because they despise him, drawing him up as a cartoonishly evil cross between Snidely Whiplash and Vlad the Impaler.
And despite the massive amount of money Soros spends in Hungary to overthrow Orban it hasn’t worked. So, something will have to be done quickly to remove him from the game board or we’ve reach Peak EU.
Because the Great Reset is predicated on a few things occurring.
- The EU having a budget and mechanism in place where the Commission has tax/spend and debt issuance capability.
- This gives them the political bludgeon necessary to consolidate power in Brussels the same way income tax redistribution undermined Federalism in the U.S.
- Extending the COVID-19 narrative to purposefully destroy what’s left of the middle class in Europe and the U.S.
- Donald Trump being overthrown as President of the U.S. restoring power there to those loyal to the WEF.
- All Populist leaders in Europe – like Matteo Salvini, Geert Wilders, Boris Johnson, Germany’s AfD, Austria’s Freedom Party — neutralized leaving Orban alone against Angela Merkel.
- Brexit undermined to the point where either Boris Johnson’s government falls or the U.K. collapses into a failed police state indistinguishable from V for Vendetta.
- Control not only over traditional television media but also the flow of information through the newer social media networks, limiting access to any countervailing narratives.
Most of these are in place. Johnson’s personal weakness has squandered one of the greatest political victories of the past century in less than a year.
Trump’s chances of overturning a fraudulent election are at best a coin flip, and realistically, vanishingly small.
AfD has been neutralized in Germany. Italy’s electoral situation is mixed. Austria has been consolidated under a fake populist Sebastian Kurz.
Local police are openly despotic in enforcing the most draconian lockdown regulations.
But Orban and Morawiecki have stood their ground. Trump is standing his ground. David Frost in the U.K., not Boris Johnson, is standing his ground. Will their example inspire others to do the same?
It’s a good question. The sheer desperation of articles like one from the Spectator, entitled “The Visegrád bloc are threatening to tear apart the EU,” speaks volumes when the author realizes the Visegrads don’t hate the EU for its freedom:
It is tempting to focus only on the individuals involved in the budget crisis: to dismiss Orbán and Morawiecki as rogue despots with no public mandate for their actions and to assume that, if full and fair democratic processes were observed, both Poland and Hungary would favour policies similar to those found in Northern and Western Europe.
Yet such a view does not chime with the democratic elections held in the V4 region this year: Duda won the Polish presidency in an affirmation of socially conservative values, while elections in the Czech Republic and Slovakia saw very strong performances by anti-immigration parties. It also ignores the fact that the Visegrád Four – whose histories of war, occupation, and communist authoritarian rule in the twentieth century differ so greatly from their northern and western counterparts – have long pursued policies in opposition to some of the EU’s core tenets.
And what core tenets do the EU practice other than extortion, bribery, backroom dealing and arm-twisting, pray tell? Because on display right now all across Europe, from where I’m sitting, there ain’t a lotta tolerance, equality and compassion.
Oh, right, those are ‘mostly peaceful’ water cannons they’re using in Berlin.
Negotiating with Terrorists
And up until the past two weeks or so, decent, productive people have negotiated, they have bargained in the Kubler-Ross model of grief, rather than accept the need to openly confront the real problems in their governments.
The lesson of 2020 to this point has been that negotiation is no longer an option. There can be no settlement on fishing for the Brits, the rule-of-law for EU member states.
For Americans all negotiating has achieved is a terminally corrupt central government running sham elections with a compliant and hostile media telling them they are deplorable scum.
We are now expected to accept the results because they said so. Um, yeah, no.
The only way to accept the current reality is to believe the very people who you wouldn’t buy a used couch from no less lead your government are telling you the unvarnished truth.
Accepting any version of the narrative that this was a close election in the U.S. is the most pathetic form of negotiating your own surrender I’ve seen in quite a long time.
This is the unbridgeable gap of modern politics. It is the infinite gulf between surrender and negotiating with terrorists.
The realization is fast dawning on the people across the West that the terrorists don’t wear odd clothes, carry Ak-47s and speak in foreign tongues.
They are the ones telling you to let Grandma die of loneliness in a nursing home, forbidding you from buying a Turkey for Christmas that can feed more than 6 people and spitting on people for not wearing a mask in public.
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your broadbrush misuse of the term commies,etc. makes me really question what I otherwise usually see as very smart analysis and factual presentation. even mccarthy was more restrained. makes no sense.
Sorry, Mike… but this is exactly what we are dealing with. All of this authoritarian nonsense is just communism with euphemisms attached.
It’s meant to be provocative. It’s meant to delegitimize that which has destroyed the lives of countless people. Marx didn’t coin the term, he described a behavioral model.
I use totalitarian or collectivist in preference to communist but your argument is unaffected: they really do want to diminish our liberty to nothingness.
Exactly Joan. I use Commie purposefully because it triggers soft-headed people and makes them uncomfortable. No one wants to be called a dirty commie. They don’t see themselves as worthy of that derision and push back on it.
But they know in their heart of hearts that’s exactly what they are simping for. The time for civil debate is over. They’re commies. Don’t let them carry water for commies and hit them with both rhetorical barrels.
By this logic, one would reject an otherwise faultless analysis because of the omission of the Oxford comma.
In a world where financial markets are almost entirely rigged, centralisation of power is overwhelming, public/private fusions are ubiquitous,and collectivist mentalities prevail in the media and education, quibbling about the use of the term ‘communism’ seems ever more blind.
We can only look back at McCarthy’s world with envy. How free it seems compared to our own.
Hurling epithets like homophobe, misogynist, Islamophobe these days is quite accepted in debate. So, what is the problem when using “communist?” If it walks like a duck, then we have learned that it probably is a duck, even if it keeps its public quacking at a temporary and discreet necessary minimum
The time is getting late now. If some sweet soul today fills my mouth with dog s–t, sorry, I just cannot anymore allow myself to politely mumble, “Strawberry Jam.”
Hmmm. Your final paragraph was too poignant. Very fine analysis Tom. It’s hard not to wonder what the world will be like in 5, 10, 15 years.
Thank you Marcus. It’s good to take a few days off now and again to sharpen the sword as it were.
Georgi Soros has been spending major bucks in Poland. I believe they are up to Ukrainian style Maidan #3 attempt in Warsaw, now with women in the streets at the moment… Orban cleaned up Hungary and shut down Soros’ NGOs, not so the case in Poland yet. Polish main media printed and TV are still Jewish and German owned, Polish “opposition” is mostly Jewish, second and third generations of Jews Stalin had sent to Poland after the WWII.
Yes. But color revolution is exactly what we want down here in Eastern Europe. Forcing enemy to over stretch is traditional way of war down here. So we got rid from Mongol Empire, Swedish Empire ( yes there was one, believe it or not ). Later Napoleon Hitler and finally Soviet Union,
In the West, you defend your towns. In the East, we let enemy into town to the well prepared kill zones. Eastern Europeans seem to be strongest at the grassroot level and retreating is the best way to open up enemy and let general population deal with it.
This is what Donald is also doing. Strategic retreat. Damage is horrific but victory will be decisive.
Draining the Swamp is not firing some third level bureaucrats who will rehired by the next leader who will also tear down the wall and reverse all other things. Draining the Swamp means getting communist permanently gone.
Like Russians did with Napoleon and Hitler. Damage and human cost were horrific but France and Germany ceased to be a threat. France has not attacked Eastern Europe already 208 years and Germany has not 75 years.
This is what real victory looks like. Temporary hullaboo is useless, when enemy can come back 10 or 20 years later.
Speaking from grassroot level. I am the ordinary Eastern European. I do not have anti communist website or movement. But I joined the Swamp by working in the close protection company. And worked myself up . So in every January when Western people bashing WEF, I drive a armored limo in Davos Switzerland, later donate my pay to Nationalist party and bring out valuable inside info, how those people live speak think and how is the best way for resistance to deal with those people. And I am not alone. There are a lot of people acting this way.
Simple as that. And now let them bring in color revolution and let our inside experienced guys deal with them. This will be serious and bloody mess but this is the only way to get Swamp permanently gone.
Hi, this is a great article. However, there are multiple typos in Polish PM’s surname. Correct surname is “Morawiecki”.
Also, his name is Mateusz, not Mariusz.
I will fix this… thank you.. That’s what I get for going by an imperfect memory
I wish that Americans had the courage of the Hungarians and Poles. I have never met a fiercer people willing to die time and again for their right to be called Polish or Hungarian. They have proved their metal in battle after battle in many ways and we in America would do well to emulate them.
They don’t think they’re going to die. They’re notorious optimists.
Also worth mentioning is that multinationals who operate in V4 countries typically repatriate all of their profits. No wonder that after 30 years of “reforms”, V4 continues to be an assembly line where salaries stand at 1/3 or even 1/4 of Germany’s (for the same job with the same firm, mind you).
But hey, the word “slave” comes from the word “Slav”. The Germans, the Brits, the French have never missed an opportunity to throw us under the bus. For a while I spelled Eastern Europe as “eastern Europe”, but then I realized I was kidding myself.
Nice essay. With all that’s going on not wearing a mask seems an odd place to make your stand, though. Pathetic, actually. From all the bragging and bombast coming from conservatives over the last year or so one could reasonably have anticipated more than a surrender to the legal community.
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