Nothing horrifies the New Class of bureaucrats, intellectuals, politicians, and activists than an aroused public dedicated to defeating their plans. The Irish vote against the Lisbon Treaty, which would create a stronger, consolidated government for the continent, shocked Europe’s political elite, who are pushing for Ireland’s government to stage a revote, or simply override the voters. The latest argument being made is that approving Lisbon would empower Europe to confront Russia on security issues. It’s a silly claim, since the Treaty will deliver neither policy unanimity, an effective military, nor popular support, all of which are necessary for a genuine European nation state. I offer this argument and more in Taki’s magazine today.