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The European Declaration


Portrait of Sir Oswald Mosley by Glyn Warren Philpot, 1925

1,142 words

We, being Europeans, conscious of a tradition which derives from classic Greece and Rome, and of a civilization which during three thousand years has given thought, beauty, science and leadership to mankind, and feeling for each other the close relationship of a great family whose quarrels in the past have proved the heroism of our peoples but whose division in the future would threaten the life of our continent with the same destruction which extinguished the genius of Hellas and led to the triumph of alien values, now declare with pride our European communion of blood and spirit in the following urgent and practical proposals of our new generation which challenge present policies of division, delay and subservience to the destructive materialism of external powers before which the splendor of our history, the power of our economy, the nobility of our traditions and the inspiration of our ideals must never be surrendered:

[1] That Europe a Nation shall forthwith be made a fact. This means that Europe shall have a common government for purposes of foreign policy, defense, economic policy, finance and scientific development. It does not mean Americanization by a complete mixture of the European peoples which is neither desirable nor possible.

[2] That European government shall be elected by free vote of the whole people of Europe every four years at elections which all parties may enter. This vote shall be expressed in the election of a parliament which will have the power to select the government and at any time to dismiss it by vote of censure carried by a two-thirds majority. Subject to this power of dismissal, government shall have full authority to act during its period of office in order to meet the fast moving events of the new age of science and to carry out the will of the people as expressed by their majority vote.

[3] That national parliaments in each member country of Europe a Nation shall have full power over all social and cultural problems, subject only to overriding power of European government in finance and its other defined spheres, in particular the duty of economic leadership.

[4] That the economic leadership of government shall be exercise by means of the wage-price mechanism, first to secure similar conditions of fair competition in similar industries by payment of the same wages, salaries, pensions and fair profits as science increases the means of production for an assured market, thus securing continual equilibrium between production and consumption, eliminating slump and unemployment and progressively raising the standard of life. Capital and credit shall be made available to the underdeveloped regions of Europe from the surplus at present expatriated from our continent.

[5] That intervention by government at the three key points of wages, prices, where monopoly conditions prevail, and the long term purchase of agricultural and other primary products alone is necessary to create the third system of a producer’s state in condition of a free society which will be superior both to rule by finance under American capitalism or rule by bureaucracy under communist tyranny. It is at all times our duty in the solidarity of the European community to assist each other to combat the destruction of European life and values from without and from within by the overt and covert attack of communism.

[6] That industries already nationalized will be better conducted by worker’s ownership or syndicalism than by state bureaucracy, but the system of wage-price mechanism ill, in full development, make irrelevant the question of the ownership of industry by reason of the decisive economic leadership of elected government, and will bring such prosperity that workers will have no interest in controversies which belong to the 19th century.

[7] With the creation of Europe a Nation as a third power strong enough to maintain peace, a primary object of the European government will be to secure the immediate withdrawal of both Russian and American forces from the occupied territories and military base of Europe. Europe must be strongly armed as America or Russia until mutual disarmament can be secured by the initiative of a European leadership which will have no reason to fear economic problems caused by disarmament as has capitalist America, nor to desire the force of arms for purposes of imperialistic aggression as does communist Russia.

[8] The emergence of Europe as third great power will bring to an end the political and military power of U.N.O., because these three great powers will then be able to deal directly and effectively with each other. The peace of the world can best be maintained by direct and continuous contact between these three great powers which represent reality instead of illusion and hypocrisy. The production of nuclear weapons will be confined to these three great powers until mutual disarmament can be secured.

[9] The colonialism shall be brought to an end. A way will be found to maintain or to create in African states under government of non-European but African origin amounting to about two-thirds of continent, and other states under government by peoples of European and Afrikaner origin amounting to about one-third. In non-European territory, any European who chose to remain should stay without vote or political rights. He would be in the same position as any resident in another country, subject to the maintenance of basic human rights within their own communities, by reciprocal arrangement between European an and non-European territories. Conversely, any non-European territory would have neither vote or political rights, subject to the maintenance of the same basic human rights. Multi – racial government break down everywhere in face of the non-European demand for one man one vote which they learnt from the West, and becomes a squalid swindle of loaded franchises to postpone the day of surrender rather than to solve the problem. Better by far is the clean settlement of clear division. Europe must everywhere decide what it will hold and what it will relinquish. The Europeans in union will have the power of decision. Today they lack only the will. We will hold what is vital to the life of Europe, and we will in all circumstances be true to our fellow-Europeans, particularly where they are now threatened in African territory.

[10] That the space of a fully united Europe including the lands liberated by American and Russian withdrawal, the British Dominions and other European overseas territories, and approximately one-third of Africa is a just requirement for the full life of the Europeans in a producer and consumer system which shall be free of usury and capitalism. Within the wide region of our nation the genius of modern science shall join with the culture of three millennia to attain ever higher forms of European life which shall continue to be the inspiration of mankind.

Source: http://www.oswaldmosley.com/the-european-declaration.htm [2]