Chloe Anagnos: Europe Wants to Keep Continent in the Technological Dark Ages

European governments – apparently completely OK with the idea of being run by a centralized bureaucracy – seem content with the idea of keeping the Continent in the dark ages. But as they continue to go after technology and foreign innovators with a series of stiff regulations and record fines, Europeans themselves seem oblivious of what is going on, as they, too, seem just as happy about the suffocating regulations.

Whether governments are going after scooters, targeting Google for selling advertising space, orlimiting consumers’ data access, it seems that not even Europeans’ eroding trust in government is enough to get them to rally against stifling innovation. Still, tech fights on.

With major tech companies struggling to adapt to existing regulations, some are pleading with European officials to slow down. However, European citizens aren’t sympathetic to American firms.

A report from Spain’s IE University indicates that the tech revolution that is transforming the whole world is contributing to the “growing sense of insecurity and uncertainty among” European citizens.

Despite the obvious benefits to the European economy, Europeans want their government to keep the changes from causing too much of a stir. But this approach to the issue is hurting the Continent. And while certain countries seem somewhat friendly to tech, the majority lag behind. Needless to say, the regulatory burden imposed by the EU makes it hard for individual states to break free.

The result of this mix of fear and centralized power is now evident, as European countries arelagging behind on producing their own technology and failing to compete with foreign companies. And as regulators further restrict innovators already in operation, one can only wonder how much more difficult it must be for entrepreneurs to enter the market.

Are citizens willing to see their economy shrink while the rest of the world mocks their lack of vision? Perhaps. But to what end?

Unless individual countries are able to develop their own approach to the technology issue, European countries will continue to suffer under the centralized bureaucracy of the European Union.

Decentralize or Die

The European Union insists that its existence helps to keep the Continent open to trade, open to immigrants, and free of oppression, all claims that do not live up to the hype as these reports of a stifling regulatory environment prove.

In order to help bring about real freedom, European citizens must face reality. Leaving the utopian idea of a centralized government behind is the only way to help these unique states with unique histories and cultural heritage better deal with their own problems.

Technology might be a hot-button issue to some European countries, but not all have the same approach to regulation — even if the majority of citizens appear to fear tech disruption. Centralization makes it more difficult for these separate states to figure out what is best locally, precisely because they end up swearing their loyalty to the centralized bureaucracy, not their own citizens.

In order to help fix the Continent’s problems, individual countries should strongly consider breaking up. Only then will they better gauge whether closing off the tech market is, indeed, what’s best for them. Unfortunately, with all the fear mongering coming from anti-Brexit forces, it’s still difficult to see European states finally revolting against the tyranny of a centralized rule.

Will this push to keep Europe in the technological dark ages finally change this sentiment?

Chloe Anagnos is AIER’s Publications Manager. She is a writer and digital marketer and has been an AIER contributor since 2017. Her work has been the subject of articles in FOX News, USA TodayCNN Money, and WIRED. She has been a writer, commentator, and panelist for media outlets around the country on subjects like political marketing, campaigning, and social media. Follow @ChloeAnagnosSign up here to be notified of new articles from Chloe Anagnos and AIER.

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13 Responses to Chloe Anagnos: Europe Wants to Keep Continent in the Technological Dark Ages

  1. stackja

    EU supposedly created to stop another European war. Now stifling progress. Brexit needed to be emulated?

  2. Macspee

    Over many years, China produced many inventions and innovations that eventually changed the world. It did so via the West that was fragmented and perpetually at war. China, alone and inward looking, stagnated for hundreds of years. Europe has turned inwards like the China of old and will begin to fall behind the rest of the world while other States progress and develop to benefit their citizens.
    Britain needs to join the world and escape the suffocating mire that is Europe today.

  3. Wow, that is a unique way of looking at the situation Macspee. Never thought of it that way; the only reason why the EU continues to have innovation is path dependency and the accumulation of physical and human capital in their universities.

    If they did not have research universities like they do now, you would question how long firms like BASF, Bayer and so on would continue to headquarter there.

    The Swiss and Russia might benefit in relative terms (but maybe not overall) from such an exodus, along with the UK.

  4. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Bugger a tech dark age, EU is glacially moving to a real Dark Age.

  5. Whenever I read about the ‘progress’ of Europe, all that comes to mind is Michael Moorcock’s ‘The Jewel in the Skull’ series. I know it was about a different premise, but still…

  6. RobK

    Some interesting thoughts. There certainly is variations in tech up take in EU and elsewhere. The pace of tech up take and adaptation is always an issue, but as the article points out, a big centralised block may prove to be too big to allow a more granular development. Not agile enough nor sensitive enough to let people feel a sense of self determination. They see the might of the State in unexpected aspects of their lives, yet are powerless to truely input to the change. Much of the tech is being used to monitor and frame peoples lives. Data mining, data storage, are just the tip of the iceburg. Interesting times.

  7. RobK

    I might add, even large global corporations may suffer from the inefficiencies of being overly bloated and relying on the protection of the various states to protect them from competition.

  8. Dr Fred Lenin

    It would be ironic if in the future Russia was held up to be the example of freedom ,progress and innovation , could happen , with the dead hand of the Eurocrats strangling progress .
    Watched Nigel Farage tear the Eurocrats a new one on you tube ,named all the failed politicians now employed as comissars ,a sheltered workshop for stuffed political failures
    Spoiling Brexit might turn round to biting them in the ass,if the UK has to send MEPs they will be mostly disruptive Brexiteers look forward to some revealing exposures of the corruption and socialist fascism ,they won’t like it up em .

  9. Petros

    China’s inventions were 2000 plus years ago, right?

  10. Herodotus

    It’s all those ancient buildings that keep the tourists coming. The place is one big theme park, Histoireland.
    If it was all modern stuff it’d lack that differentiation.
    The globalists are going to reinvent the aristocracy-serf setup too.

  11. Macspee

    Petros, not at all, far more recent than that, but not used ( some became toys or amusements) the competition between European states ( sovereigns) looking for advantage, picked up many, improved them and used them effectively. China, engaged in naval gazing saw nothing to gain – why bother when you are the centre of the universe and your basic ethic is in being a good servant to your master: doing your duty.

  12. Colonel Crispin Berka

    Europeans will get fish talking to bees before they get the political left wing to understand the political right wing.
    https://interestingengineering.com/bees-talk-to-fish-a-new-technology-enables-cross-species-communication

    So you see those clever euroboffins are way ahead of us on pointless achievements.

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