“The Lark Ascending”, Vaughan Williams, from the album “Vaughan Williams: The Symphonies and Other Orchestral Works”, Andrew Davis & BBC Symphony Orchestra, 2006
So, as usual, when I write something critical and judgemental I revisit and revise, with hindsight and a good coffee in hand, without removing the original post – the better to remind myself of the error of my ways.
25 years ago Benedict XVI (then Cardinal Ratzinger) wrote: “The idea of Europe has fallen into a strange twilight today…Boundaries appear once again in their immovable significance; the antithetical character of nationalism could become stronger than the European fellowship that has scarcely begun to grow. It must be demonstrated anew whether Europe is only an idea or a real power for reconciliation. (Europe – Hopes and Dangers, 1990)”
As I re-read my last BREXIT post and revisit the other blog posts which gave rise to mine, I hear myself playing exactly the same tune as those I criticize. I have to remind myself of the truth of “The recognition that most human decisions are not wrong but different.”
Looking at the same events and coming to different conclusions is as old as humanity and while is is reasonable to have different conclusions it is not reasonable to impute unknown and unimaginable motives and intent to the observed actions and reactions. It is that place where imputing starts that evil leaks in and poisons the well.
This is indeed not the end. We are not even close to the end. But just maybe we are seeing the first signs of the beginning of the end of just another chapter in this very long, and often sad, story.
David Warren makes an interesting reference to the “Secret Government” here. Maybe we are seeing just a first little wobble in the wheels of this here-to-fore unstoppable moral meat grinder called “modern western civilization”.
The media argument for reversing BREXIT appears to be that the unwashed masses outside of Greater London have shot themselves in the foot economically based on some racist, atavistic fears of immigrants and cultural globalization. Wouldn’t that be the same folks outside every modern conurbation the world over – that would be us, eh?
Yes, the politicians, minions, journalists, academics, lobbyists and yes, big businessmen continue pushing their control agenda no matter what the people think or do. Yes, all the institutions which existed a week ago still exist and function. The sky has not fallen, the world has not ended.
It comes as something of a surprise to some that people do actually think. We are not all the complete dunderheads that the Brights assume us to be. Muddled, perhaps. Unwashed, maybe. Controlled – in your dreams. That is perhaps why they fear us, this lack of control and predictability lends wings to their imaginings.
Soon, they say, the masses will all be crying for a second referendum in order to get back on the EU’s purported economic gravy train. Thus, spake the Financial Times’ numerous globalist scolds and natterers, professing that their depression about the BREXIT vote has already given way to a worldly vision of relief.
But wait! There may come a day when the common man does in fact exhibit such fickle perfidy as waffling, “But it is not this day!” This day, waffling and egregious misuse of statistics are still the domain of the “Official” sources and Brights. Remember, these are the same “Hockey Stick” researchers, academics, international financial apparatchiks, and economic pundits who have been unable to get it right since we invented moveable type.
We, the people, are not smart enough to misuse and abuse statistics in aid of our not so secret agenda. We just yell and shout and vote, and sometimes unpredictably because the observers are so accustomed to the yelling and shouting that they believe that is all there is.
Why is this so …
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI predicted the collapse of the European Union. Through his books, articles, and quite a few sermons, he delivered a general syllogism:
I. Any unity rooted in mere economic interest is a precarious one.
II. The EU is a fundamentally monetary union (without the roots required to sustain genuine human community).
III. The EU is precarious.
As the world reels and celebrates over the grand British departure from the European Union, a moment of reflection on this enduring warning seems in order. Many years, nay even many generations ago, when all published manuscripts were painstakingly hand copied, there was time to reflect and reconsider, sometimes for generations before one released one’s thoughts to the world. Now the inane babble of the last coffee break or provocation makes it into the electronic ether and even the world headlines in the next hour. Now everybody take a deep breath …
So, we observe that in a variety of imperfect but thoroughly human ways, BREXIT promotes liberty, community, democracy and the rule of law. In short, the good guys won in spite of the wailing and gnashing of teeth among the young bright progressives who write and read and watch the current crop of supercilious rags like the”The Economist“, “Foreign Affairs“, the BBC and the CBC.
Pick your choice of articles or programs, they are pretty much all of a kind, the pseudo-intellectual solipsism of the ivory tower elite of British Progressives and the talking sock puppets of the media. The Economist, never shy about blowing their own, is right up front about their opinion: “The Economist offers authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science, technology and the connections between them“. Gee, that just about covers everything. I guess we don’t need anything or anyone else, do we? I wonder when they will run out of KoolAide?
There are reasons why the “leading” economists have always been wrong in their predictions. One has only to read articles currently getting front page coverage in all the usual left lib media, for examples of their mindset. It makes little sense to look to the past, for the reasoning of “wrong” changes with the winds of fashion. It is a necessary corollary of solipsism that one is “out of touch” with reality on the ground, the reality that is required to enable avoidance of “magical thinking”.
They, the economists and financial experts, the politicians, are still always wrong, but wrong for different reasons than in the past (never make the same mistake twice?). Their methodology, however, is still the same old, same old, as the pandering agents of N.I.C.E. in the name of “for their own good” feed the crooked timber of mankind through the practically perfect whining blades of their progressive, academic, intellectual sawmills.
So please be informed, that “We the rubes, we the “little people”, the “short people”, here in fly over country are fed up and are not going to take it anymore”. In voting to flee the domineering EU superstate domiciled in Brussels, the British people fired a shot across the bows of the Brights.
The British Common Man saw right through and properly dismissed the financial and political establishment’s scary bedtime stories about the monsters and demons of economic costs. Would that our own people would see the light here in Albertastan… if only …
Again, from Benedict XVI, “… A union without genuine cultural unity, shared mission, and a rooted sense of value will not penetrate to the lowest levels of the community as a felt phenomenon of familial relation”. Both the arguments for and against the British exit — focused as they were on the relative economic benefits of remaining or leaving the European Union — showed that whoever won, Europe had already lost. A unity of self-interested nation-states is about as stable as a family of self-interested brothers and sisters. Without an ethical and spiritual unity, it is only a question of time before a person, a community, or a nation asks, “And what is this communion doing for me?” …(Reflections on Europe, 2001)
Average folks took on the commanding heights of politics, business, journalism and academia and triumphed.
Told to choose between economic bounty and self-governance, a majority of Britons chose the latter.
The rule of law will be respected—or at least not flagrantly flouted.
Those in charge always want more—more money to distribute, publicity to satisfy, rules to enforce and power to wield. For the first time in a long time, the Eurocrats lost.
Democracy triumphed over bureaucratic inertia demonstrating that other EU members can throw off the cloak of, if not tyranny, then an all consuming bureaucratic obsession.
The recognition that most human decisions are not wrong but different, and need not be uniform across a continent, especially one made up of such diverse peoples.
England, which pays most of the bills, (last count 40 billion per year in taxes to the EU) ignored political blackmail from Scotland, which threatened to hold another independence referendum. (OH Puleez! WaaHHH!)
The Brits ignored silly scaremongering about how Europe and, indeed, Western civilization, would be threatened if the UK left the EU.
Schadenfreude is a terrible thing, but almost all of us glory in the misfortune of at least some others. The recriminations among the Remain camp in Britain are terrible to behold.
Sometimes the advocate of a lost cause triumphs. Nigel Farage has been campaigning against the EU forever, it seems, and the British people ended up taking his advice.
A bracing reminder that people want to believe that their views matter, that what they do actually makes a difference and those claiming to represent them actually listen.
The pleasure of disrupting a choreographed ending amid much crying and gnashing of teeth, a kind of “Hunger Games” writ large.
Could Brexit turn out to be a mistake? Yes. Unfortunately, we live in an uncertain world with imperfect knowledge. As an (in)famous American once said “it’s what you don’t know you don’t know that bites you”, or something like that.
We can only guess at the future. Both the UK and EU must handle separation with maturity unusual for politicians, especially those in Brussels. Europeans should apply the important lessons learned in changing EU policy and operations.
Now and for the foreseeable future, the Brits must unilaterally follow an outward economic and political policy. None of these will be easy and much could go wrong. However, Britain has been capably governing itself for hundreds if not thousands of years. In that light, Brexit appears likely to promote the right people and ends.
At its best, Britain’s departure will revive the UK’s most basic principles of self-governance and spur EU members to rethink the “European Project’s” attempt to create a superstate by stealth. Those wouldn’t be bad results for a measure that was never supposed to have much chance of passing.
From David Warren’s blog:
The political and financial coroners do their forensics and dissections as we write. They pore over the demographics from the Brexit poll. They do acknowledge that their corpse has more than a couple of dimensions.
For instance: if you’re quite English you voted Out. (I Say! Stop sending them money! And get on with fixing our own problems – we have been doing this just fine for a thousand years)
If you’re a bit foreign, you voted In. (Just go home then, or make up your mind where you want to be, why don’t ye?)
If urban, In; (try to imagine a city without a wide rural countryside to keep it alive – a classical case of “Magical Thinking” by bright young things who really don’t even know what they don’t know. On the other hand, a countryside without a ready market for its produce might find itself irreparably impoverished. We exist in a web of interdependence, we need each other.)
If rural, Out. (Oh Yea, I heard on the telly that a small nuke just took out London, Oh well must be hard for those poor folks, sigh – well, gotta feed the cows, be back in an hour. But what if there is no telly …? No electricity? No internet? No highways and no railways …?)
If young, you voted In; (of course, if you are young, you want to be “in”. Being “out is the most terrifying state in the universe)
if old, you voted Out — (the more certainly the older you are).
Or if you’re Scottish you voted In, to stick it to the English.
Or if Protestant in Northern Ireland you voted Out, to stick it to the Catholics.
Or if Welsh, you had more resentments than anyone can count, and so couldn’t decide until voting day, when you voted Out to stick it to everyone.
Most of the older generations in Britain never wanted to be in the European Union in the first place. The British were dragged in by their politicians, because as we all know all politicians everywhere are fatally, attracted to anything big. For forty-three years they were compelled to stay, by the tremendous weight of “expert opinion.” Ah yes, the “experts”.
What the all knowing young (The “In” crowd) need now more than anything is a tremendous kick in the arse. What they need is the death of the tit and a good food shortage.
What they need is the obliteration of “social programs” and some real life and death crisis that is not scripted. Ha! BREXIT was really about regular folks voting everyone else off their island and a pox upon all foreign houses.
And if BREXIT can deliver all of that that, well and good. Does anyone actually believe that the “Illuminati” can carry this off? Anyone? Anyone? Can the “Knows Best” camp really achieve anything of lasting value while excluding the “Know Nothing” camp?
In a letter titled “Screwtape Proposes a Toast” published in “The Saturday Evening Post” in December 1959, C.S. Lewis writes:
” … We, in Hell, would welcome the disappearance of democracy in the strict sense of that word, the political arrangement so called. Like all forms of government, it often works to our advantage, but on the whole less often than other forms. And what we must realize is that “democracy” in the diabolical sense (I’m as good as you, Being Like Folks, Togetherness) is the fittest instrument we could possibly have for extirpating political democracies from the face of the earth. For “democracy” or the “democratic spirit” (diabolical sense) leads to a nation without great men, a nation mainly of subliterates, full of the cocksureness which flattery breeds on ignorance, and quick to snarl or whimper at the first sign of criticism. And that is what Hell wishes every democratic people to be. For when such a nation meets in conflict a nation where children have been made to work at school, where talent is placed in high posts, and where the ignorant mass are allowed no say at all in public affairs, only one result is possible. …”
True unity depends on common foundations of value, morality, mission, and creed. That is the real foundation of our culture and as it slowly disappears so does any semblance of unity, of “caring” for the “other”. The edifice which rests upon that foundation will not survive the destruction of the foundation.
Aragorn: Stand your ground, stand your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes, the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come, when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends, and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves, and shattered shields when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! For all that you hold dear, on this good earth, I bid you stand, men of the west!