Who would’ve thought that 140 characters could limit the in depth discussions of geopolitics and abstract ideas? Much appreciation to a Twitter follower, called Sophie, who is responsible for myself pondering the concept of Europe.
Jeremy Rifkin wrote an excellent book called The European Dream: How Europe’s Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream in 2004. Rifkin constructs a narrative in which a future Europe is a superpower, with the ability to rival the emerging economies of the world. Tragically, the book never foresaw the financial crisis and panic of the Eurozone.
Sophie thought the idea of Europe was purely economic. Financial and economic commentators would agree with her, but recent events in Libya also suggest a political and militarist aspect of Europe. An argument I put forward.
Europe is an abstract idea, with different incarnations and meanings to a variety of political and demographic collectives. Is Europe the idea of utilitarianism and a continent, which seeks to provide tranquility and peace to region of historical wars and conflicts? Or is it the first postmodern utopia and an existence without the concept of nation states.
It is almost philosophical in essence; the idea of Europe containing an objective truth or universal morality. I’m not even sure what is the true understanding of the European project and concept behind it; or if it even has one.
One truth is certain though. Twitter can really make you analysis the world sometimes.