For those who think that communism, or any other sort of collectivism is a Good Thing, this is a good place to start your re-education.
Those with a bit of power or authority start exercising that because they know better than you, then that bit sort of gets bigger and bigger.
It can be seen here in a small way every day on my drive home.
I drive on the Eastlink, a toll road that is between 3 and 4 lanes across, and is beautiful to drive on.
The speed limit is 100, but a few too many years of draconian speeding laws and fines have left the driving public often a bit too timid to actually reach that level, and most days I am lucky if I get to 95.
I'll stop now, as that rant is for another day, and I leave you with the 1812 Overture.
I grew up exposed to a broad range of music, including both country and western, and this was an especial favourite.
I did find the complete video on what looks to be the Russian version of youtube, but I don't read Russian and couldn't find any way to embed this.
Over here in Oz, we don't pay a whole lot of attention to the ongoing machinations of the EU. There's enough happening here and in the Middle East without adding Europe to the mix.
That is, of course, a generalisation, but one that might need addressing.
I regularly read His Grace, the (formerly corporeal) Archbishop Cranmer. While I'm not anglican, Church of England or anything recognisable as a christian denomination (sort of lapsed catholic/baptist/becoming evangelical mongrel), he is an excellent source of news in Britain.
He noted on Dec 1, 2009 how the Lisbon Treaty came into effect, and one of its effects is to subjugate British Law to European Law.
What does that do for the Commonwealth? I've always been more than happy to be a part of our constitutional monarchy. With the Queen as our head of state allowing us a free rein in general, rubber-stamping even the most idiotic decisions by the parliament of the day, we still manage to keep a few checks and balances in there.