The European Union is another great bolshevist plan for prosperity that has turned out as expected.
Hint. SOCIALISM AND CENTRALIZED GOVERNMENTS WRECK ECONOMIES AND RUIN NATIONS. ANYTIME A MAN OFFERS YOU A FREE LUNCH, PUT YOUR HAND OVER YOUR WALLET AND SQUEEZE. He's going to try to rip you off.
It is quite cheering to see how naturally prosperity flows to Western people when they are simply left alone. So much prosperity, in fact, that it inevitably gives rise to a class of theatrical buffoons who tell you they have worked out a far superior organizational scheme than simple human freedom. The worth of this system is always demonstrated by the fact it has to then be forced onto unwilling people using force.
When this class of people (God forbid) sail over a cliff in a schoolbus and plunge into the sea, you will notice in the brief period it takes for them to be replaced that everything seems to get a whole lot better rapidly in their absence. This is because there is no superior organizational scheme to human freedom. That won't stop every generation from producing a new cabal of wretched conmen who claim to have a magic snake oil that will replace liberty. Where liberty is replaced, life sucks. Sometimes it takes a while for it all to fall apart. If you're in the middle of it somewhere and you're not very bright, you likely think it is working. A wise man knows that it is never working. It is simply winding down to it's natural conclusion which is often rivers of blood and babies, the other white meat.
Freedom without a homogeneous culture becomes a form of anarchy. Liberty under a framework of principles the individual can live by produces a society that is as close to a utopia as the crooked timber of mankind is ever likely to get.