Newsletter 28 June

02 juli 2024 | Forum for Democracy Intl

One of FVD’s members of Parliament, Gideon van Meijeren, gave a superb speech on the war in Ukraine last week. In five concise minutes, he lays out FVD’s unvarying position: that Russia has security concerns, that NATO is aggressive and anti-Russian, that peace is better than war. If the situation does escalate even further, historians will look back at these lucid and calm speeches by FVD and scratch their heads in wonder why they went unheeded - and why, instead, the West seems obsessed with digging an ever deeper dividing line across the European continent. Gideon gives an answer: because war is good business, especially for the Americans, while it allows European and EU politicians to ratchet up more power for themselves. It is all so simple, really, and so tragic.

Watch Gideon's speech here



The situation is different in Britain, where Nigel Farage last week put the cat among the pigeons during an increasingly interesting British election campaign by saying in an interview that EU and NATO expansion had provoked the war in Ukraine. The outrage from the political-media class was almost more newsworthy than the claim itself, which has been made by Farage himself many times before, as well as by numerous American academics like John Mearsheimer and the late Stephen Cohen. This is because until this campaign no one in Britain was visible above the parapet discussing this: now there is both Farage and George Galloway. FVD, as we know, has made this argument for over two years, including in one-to-one exchanges between Thierry Baudet and Mark Rutte in Parliament. FVD International’s director, John Laughland, was interviewed by RT International after Farage’s intervention: he is sceptical that it heralds any sort of sea-change in the debate in Britain. In France, on the other hand, Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella have said quite firmly that if they govern the country after 7 July, they will not allow French troops to be sent to Ukraine. So maybe the edifice is starting to crumble after all.

Watch John Laughland's interview here



Sid Lukkassen returns to one of his favourite themes in an article for FVD International this week – how to make life-changing decisions through sheer will-power. He contrasts the optimism of Viktor Frankl in a concentration camp with the stark pessimism depicted in George Orwell’s 1984, in which the hero’s spirit is entirely crushed despite his best efforts to resist tyranny. Which is the better path? Lukkassen’s conclusion is a surprising one, given the apocalyptic terms in which he has framed the issue: live every day for itself, like the Stoics.

Read Sid Lukkassen's article here



If you missed The Forum, our weekly X-Space, with Nik Stankovic talking about Western propaganda against China, you can listen back to it by clicking below. Many thanks to Jeremy Nell and Peter Lavelle for co-hosting !

Listen to The Forum here



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