In its grand design, Europe has decided to renounce power. That choice stems from universalist or globalist political concepts that go so far as to question the State itself. So it is worth taking a look at two major political options that underlie these trends of thought: first, the dream of a universal democracy, and, second, distrust of unregulated human activity since it tends towards power. These two political options appear nevertheless to be ill-suited to the nature of Man, and political regimes founded on them head for failure. There is good reason to think that European Man and his City are no exception to the rule.