Foundations of Europe’s collective household
in The domestic, moral and political economies of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland
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The collective dream-house of United Europe is similarly a materialized constellation of gods and goods, peace and harmony amongst historical enemies governed by Reason and legitimated by democracy. Its 'dark side', its barbaric aspects, include democratic deficit, technocratic instrumental rationality and the uber-bureaucracy of the supra-state. All subsequent EU treaties and referenda are elaborations of the Treaty of Rome, clarifying and consolidating its constitutional and legal basis, streamlining and rationalizing its complex decision making and executive functions. In Rome: The Book of Foundations Serres uses the vast and rich diversity of archaeological, historical and mythological trackings and tracings of the origins of Rome to demonstrate an important point of epistemology. Throughout the years of the Celtic Tiger, Ireland, was one of the EU's non-committal provinces. 'The history of the modern state is the history of taxation, the bureaucracy of the treasury the true core of administration'.

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