“Europe knows nothing of liberty and freedom” was asserted in a comment on another blog.

The Magna Carta? The American revolution was at least part driven by colonists feeling they were being deprived of their rights as Englishmen.

France played a crucial role in the success of that revolution.

Thousand of Germans risked their lives to escape across the Berlin wall.

Greece is the birthplace of democracy.

Many Hungarians risked their lives in a hopeless and short lived revolution against the Soviets in 1956. I could go on but I think you get the point.

Obviously in Europe’s long history there are a lot of couterexamples such as Nazi Germany, Napoleonic France and Soviet Russia. In fact that should remind us that freedom can be lost.

But I don’t think it follows that Europeans are just mindless, weak and willing pawns of the state, so as soon they do something that proves it’s a bad idea, or at least inconsistent with “freedom”.

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