Tainted source : undemocratic origins of the European idea 

Laughland, John  

London : Little Brown


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John Laughland (British, born 1963) is an author, academic, expert on international affairs and political philosophy and Eurosceptic journalist and commentator.


The book examines the intellectual origins of the European project, and finds similarities with fascist ideas, notably geopolitics, and Nazi economic policies. For example, German industrialists held a conference on a 'European economic community' in 1942. Laughland links Schuman, Monnet, Spaak and Delors to fascist organisations, but makes clear that he does not suggest that the European idea was inspired by fascist ideology. He finds further historical antecedents in the German customs union and subsequent unification of Germany in the 19th century, and as far back as the Holy Roman Empire.
Laughland opposes the European Union because it undermines the nation state, which he considers as the essential foundation for liberty and democracy. He argues that the EU subordinates democracy and national sovereignty to corporatist economic objectives. He is wary of the power of central banks, and advocates a return of the gold standard.
Laughland extends his criticism to international organisations like NATO, OSCE and the Council of Europe, which he chides for promoting antinationalism.