June 10th, 2003

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European identity

I am interested in this article which appears to have been published in a weblog set up for just that purpose, by Juergen Habermas, on the construction of a European identity.

Habermas points out that European identity is problematic for two reasons. Firstly the extreme violence of historical competition between the European states, and secondly, because many of the 'best' characteristics of European culture have been disseminated so widely that they can no longer be characterised as uniquely European.

The temptation is to concentrate therefore on the features which European countries share in contrast to other 'Western' cultures, and in particular to the US due to its strong influence. I think that is what Habermas is doing in Collapse )

I personally have very mixed feelings about European Unity, and suspicion of many of the individuals and organisations involved. However as an advocate of secularism, and disliker of unfettered capitalism, I think it could be fruitful to emphasise the way in which we can ally ourselves to further these ends.
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verbiage

from vitamin Q

101 people's suggestions for 'my favourite word':

lugubrious / crepuscular / pickle / requiem / quagmire / anyway / flan / snooze / corduroy / heather / cookie / serene / monkey / tetchy / gnarly / plinth / imperial / frump / pilchard / diphthong / simulacrum / paradox / mollusc / ambivalence / aardvark / petard / scabies / doily / transmogrify / calamity / onomatopoeia / threnody / swank / elephant / mint / opsimath / sphincter / molybdenum / whelk / serendipity / giblet / rainbow / cerulean / malarkey / turquoise / loquacious / precarious / roadkill / juxtaposition / fuselage / lentil / bordello / smock / gargantuan / inamorata / rhubarb / lasso / purple / swizzlestick / zeitgeist / epitome / harmony / curmudgeonly / phlegm / jive / contrast / plectrum / segue / macabre / moth / vibe / synchronicity / plethora / loophole / acquiesce / catalyst / oxymoron / arcane / beeves / shampoo / delirium / assimilate / nibble / squiggle / reverie / prissy / mew / liaison / moist / syzygy / glimpse / sassy / melodic / ubiquitous / malarkey / cloaca / shenanigans / cognac / ointment / wench

I like 'aquifer' and 'watershed'.

'Palimpsest', that's a good one that's nothing to do with water.