You have to pay to be in this thing?

The EU sticks the UK with an unexpected bill for $2.7 billion due to GDP revisions.

Well, I suppose you would since bureaucrats and the office buildings that house them don't pay for themselves.
Britain's membership of the European Union has been threatened by an 'appalling' demand for an extra £1.7 billion for Brussels coffers, David Cameron warned today.

In a furious rant against 'technocrats and bureaucrats without a heart or a soul', the Prime Minister insisted he would not write a cheque for the deadline of December 1.

The European Commission issued the demand after using rules dating back to 1995 and finding Britain's economy has grown faster than expected, so must pay a greater share to Brussels. To add insult to injury, France will receive a £790 million rebate because its economy is struggling.

Mr Cameron admitted he only found out about the bill yesterday, 48 hours after Chancellor George Osborne, but made clear the European Commission is at fault, adding: 'It is an appalling way to behave.' [Henry the Fifth wept.]

Via Vox Popoli.

Why would any self-respecting country agree to a supra-national arrangement like this? (Question begging: there are self-respecting Western countries.) Isn't free trade and free movement within the zone something each country could administer itself? They could send their own representatives to sit in executive session once a year to iron out administrative details. You could have a tribunal of jurists already on the payroll from their own countries to sit on a European tribunal and decide cross-border disputes.

Of course, that would mean most of your time would be spent just schlepping away as a German, French or Italian bureaucrat or judge, and you'd take the train to Brussels each year to hash out the format of ID cards or decide if a particular sales tax is an effective tariff. In practical application, you'd end up deciding very little--this is a league of sovereigns after all. Start hammering on minutiae, and the sovereigns start telling you to pound sand. But doubtless the EU bureaucrats, sitting comfortably behind NATO defenses ultimately backed by US nuclear dominance, consider themselves on the lofty heights of the imperial plane. The post-WW2 generation that spawned these bureaucratic horrors were really awful people. Technocratic, conformist, fascist living fossils.

The EU will probably follow the same organizational arc as the NCAA, which has wisely agreed to let its Division I members do whatever the hell they want in exchange for not being drawn and quartered in courtrooms across the US. Germany will be the most important country in Europe, notwithstanding everybody's efforts to pretend otherwise.

The Episcopal Church is another example of an organization that's scaled for no good reason. The bishops could elect one of their colleagues to be "presiding" for a term and fly to his diocese once a year to eat a really good dinner and take photographs. That all changed in the 1970's, when the Episcopal Church decided to be respectable instead of orthodox.

There's a pretty clear pattern here. These meta-level organizations are for leftist control freaks who know if they can just hijack the upper tier they can impose top down rule. But why do we put up with it? A few people just shrugging their shoulders at the same time, and the whole edifice collapses.

New label: scale.