Two Cheers for Britain’s Healthy Rebellion

The U.K. is leaving the European Union. Just as criminals eventually turn on each other, welfare states eventually turn on each other, as well.

“The dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom,” said Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party. “Let June 23 go down in our history as our independence day!”

Supporters of the “leave” side painted the vote as a referendum on the nation’s sovereignty, which they say has been ceded to unelected EU bureaucrats based in Brussels.

“It’s a vindication of 1,000 years of British democracy,” commuter Jonathan Campbell James declared at the train station in Richmond, southwest London. “From Magna Carta all the way through to now we’ve had a slow evolution of democracy, and this vote has vindicated the maturity and depth of the democracy in our country.”

Donald Trump, in Scotland to visit to one of his golf courses, said Britons “took back their country. It’s a great thing.” He likened the vote to the U.S. sentiment that has propelled him to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, saying people in the United States and the United Kingdom are angry about similar things including unfettered immigration and trade policies that he claims cost domestic jobs.

“The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples,” Trump said. “They have declared their independence from the European Union, and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy.”

It would be a great thing — if Great Britain left the E.U. in order to establish a free market economy, phase out their massive and dysfunctional welfare state and replace it with a politics and ethics of individualism.

If Britain had a Margaret Thatcher to lead it away from the E.U. and towards economic freedom, it would be one thing. If their government works to privatize socialized medicine, reduce taxes to a minimum, and focus on building a strong defense to guard and retaliate against Islamic terrorism, the greatest threat in the world today, then it would be a cause for uninhibited celebration.

Nationalism for its own sake means nothing if the nation does not make itself healthy. There’s little reason to think Britain will move towards a healthy, independent state; not if it clings to its policies of wealth redistribution and market manipulation, which will be just as unhealthy on the local level as on the global level.

The European Union is a massive, dysfunctional and unjust welfare state. The nation members with relatively more economic freedom (like Great Britain and Germany), and consequently more economic strength, carry the burden for the nations with less economic freedom, greater debt and dependence on the part of citizens (like Greece). Sooner or later something had to burst. And when the E.U. escalated the practice of politically correct, indiscriminate admission of Muslims into their countries, regardless of the possible threats to national security, it understandably pushed Britain over the edge.

It’s a healthy rebellion; but it’s not a revolution. A revolution would require movement towards capitalism and free markets. Until or unless Great Britain makes this move, it won’t matter much — in the end — whether it remains in the E.U. collective of collectivist-socialist states, or not.

America has a similar problem. Its dysfunctional welfare state and politically correct policies at the national level, particularly with respect to immigration and defense, can only sustain themselves for so long before something bursts.

Two cheers for Great Britain’s rebellion. Three cheers for the yet-to-be-seen revolution for individualism and free markets yet to emerge in Britain or America. The only way to truly “take back control” is for a nation to reestablish the right of an individual’s sovereignty over his or her life. This was the spirit and content of the original American revolution; and it’s the revolution all nations, including America, desperately needs today.

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