I realize it’s silly to get upset about who gets awarded a prize that Henry Kissinger was previously awarded, but I find myself genuinely angry about the fact that the EU was just given the Nobel Peace Prize, even as its ill-conceived common currency brings Spain and Greece to their knees.
The Guardian argues to the contrary, that’s there’s more to the EU than the Euro, and that much of it is good. But awarding the prize to the EU at this moment seems to me to be some kind of endorsement of its calamitous economic policies.
Maybe this would bother me less if it weren’t the fact that nearly everyone I talk to (all of whom describe themselves as “liberals”) seems to believe that the Greeks and Spaniards need a dose of Teutonic tough love to rouse them from their lazy, darkie ways. I know Atrios beats the drum about this every single day, but it’s only now sinking in with me, the extent to which western elites see western workers as moochers and looters who would benefit from being locked up in a Foxconn dormitory for a while.
I just don’t see how you can grind the middle-class into the ground forever and not expect to see unrest, no matter that kind of “values” — be it European unity or Burkean humility — you’ve convinced them to adopt.