marți, 18 septembrie 2012

The European youth doesn’t need a nanny

I am supposed to answer within this competition a question regarding what the EU should do in order to further accommodate my needs as a young person. Well, the short version of my answer is: ‘Nothing!’

Not only that Eurocracy should do nothing at all any further, but it should also abolish some of its current regulations.

The EU bureaucracy is turning more and more in a totalitarian Orwellian nanny-state and laws that are being passed through the bureaucracy are rather presuming that the individual is mentally unfit to make decisions on his own and needs the nanny-state’s help.

How else should we call the bureaucracy that thinks youths are so incapable that they cannot read the label and would listen to music until they went deaf? The EU is actually trying to regulate how loud is ‘too loud’ through state enforced truths. Why should the EU have the power to tell me how loud should the music in my headphones be? And since when all the individuals are physiologically exactly the same so the same standards apply to all of them?

The youth know by themselves when they need loud music in their headphones and when they don’t – but despite this fact, the EU pushes laws to regulate the maximum allowed volume in MP3 players and similar devices[1].

But it’s not just that. The EU has elaborated detailed regulations for almost everything – including details from people’s private lives. How far are the Eurocrats going to go?

The EU now regulates in which proportions the parents should stay with their infant, how loud we are to listen to our favorite music on mobile devices or how I should illuminate my home [2]. They even got to the Internet cookies which in some countries threw most of the websites outside legality[3]. The EU regulations on food removed a lot of honest food producers from the Romanian market because they were not on the same level of what the Eurocrats imagined to be ‘good quality products’. As a result, more bad food is now on the market (but which complies with the aberrant standards of packaging).

There are countless legitimate businesses that were either shut down or generated millions of euros in losses as ‘collateral damage’ to the ever increasing absurd regulations of the EU.

But probably the most anti-youth piece of legislation that EU is trying to push is the minimum wage legislation[4] - since youths are the main demographic targeting for entry-level jobs, which tend to be the lowest paying jobs.

The problem with state enforced minimum wage is that it actually hurts workers[5]. It doesn’t hurt all workers – but it particularly hurts the less skilled workers, for which the policy was imposed in the first place.

If I own a business with 3 employees – X, Y and Z and X generates 10 euros income, Y generates 12 euros income and Z only 9 euros income – it is worth paying them 8 euro/hour wage. But when the State tells me I should pay my employees at least 9.50 euros/hour, then it is not worth anymore keeping Z hired as he would generate 50 cents/hour loss for my business whilst X an Y would still be profitable, though at a lower rate. In the end, with the decrease in profits, my business is highly less likely to grow, and Z has now zero euros/hour income since I had to fire him.

The regulations on people’s private lives (including youth’s) generate a lot of frustration and as a result, they cease to care about the EU. But when the youth will start realizing that the aberrant economic regulations are keeping them outside the labor market, then there should be no surprise when they start to actively reject the Eurocracy. But at that point it might be too late since individual freedom is not at all a respected value for the collectivist narrative of the European Commission lead by the former Communist, Jose Manuel Barosso who deemed as ‘inadmissible’ any discussion about the fact that the most powers within the Eurocracy are held by a Communist.[6]






[5] Does the minimum wage hurts workers? Learn Liberty project -


RO: Având în vedere că platforma Debate@Europe pică foarte des, unele dintre articole o să le postez și aici - însă în versiunea lor originală, în engleză - fără traducere.

EN: Considering the fact that the Debate@Europe platform fails to work all the time, I will alos post here some of the articles within the blogging competition in their original versio - in the English language - without translating them into Romanian.

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