The EU shows that we have not drawn the lessons from the collapse of socialism. European cultures are different, for example, when it comes to their commitment in the relationship between citizens and the State, or in their educational orientation. Negating these differences leads to the situation that is today tearing Europe apart. It is not transfer payments that lead to change, but social pressure. Unfortunately, misconduct and economic incompetence are still being rewarded today, even by increased transfer payments.
Equality in classical liberalism means equality before the law and not equality of individuals, their performance, not equality of culture, religion, gender or worldview. It has been shown that a planned transformation of cultures that have evolved over centuries from the top down is not realistic.
Competitiveness is a cultural achievement that has evolved on foundations such as a high-quality education system, a culturally anchored appreciation of achievement or even the rejection of corruption. Competitiveness must evolve through the willingness of people to change their culture and that of their environment, for example their own business culture. If cultures are not prepared to make this progress, they cannot be forced to do so. Performance only works on a voluntary basis.
The politicians who dominate Europe today no longer want to recognise differences between people and cultures in Europe and beyond. For them tolerance stands above all other values and, by tolerance, they mean the denial of the right of the majority culture to criticise other cultures.
If political correctness claims that no culture can ever be called more progressive or better than any other, why should European values, such as women's rights, be defended against foreign civilisations? This policy is the exact opposite of Europe. It brings about the abandonment of European identity. It would rather deny its own cultural achievements than question the left-wing ideal of equality.
At the same time, the EU aspires to intervene deeply in European areas of life by means of regulation and to find the best possible system for the whole of Europe. But that is not how progress works. It is not based on a central planner implementing an idea for the whole continent. Progress is based on allowing new ideas, allowing better ideas to compete and to lead to inequality. Inequality leads to competition, and this leads to better policies, because successful ideas are copied.
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