A few libertarian thoughts on #Brexit
The world is on fire. The UK has voted to leave the EU, and naturally, that means the end of the world. For former Prime Minister David Cameron, it resulted in his resignation. He had been a strong advocate for remain, and cited his position as untenable in light of the results. As a politician, that's respectable. The PM of UK is a different office than the President of the United States. It operates as more of a leader of the represented populace than a worshiped king with executive orders.
Besides Cameron's exit, what will be the result of Brexit? For the most part, anyone who says what will happen is deluded by their own sense of self importance and virtue signaling. Here are four of the ways the Brexit, regardless of any other effects, is a great move for those who love freedom from the state.
1. Individual sovereignty
At the heart of libertarianism is individual sovereignty. This is exactly what Brexit has given the people of the UK. The EU imposes all sorts of edicts, rules, and laws that have no ability to be overruled by Parliment. By leaving the EU, the citizens of the UK excercised their ability to use the political strucutres and processes to gain control over thier lives. This is the central part of western democratic process. It is also a big win for both Remain and Leave, as it's been less than a century since opporessive collectivist ideas were forced on the citizens of European nations.
2. National identity and pluralism
Libertarians are different than anarchists in the sense that some semblance of the state is acceptable. The goal of the state is to foster pluralism. Individuals will never agree on every issue, but they must be allowed to disagree peacefully and not harm others for their disagreements. With Brexit, the UK is more able to effectively foster pluralism. This is essential to establishing a national identity, and far different from nationalism espoused by the alt-right and organizations like UKIP. This type of national identity focuses on shared value instead of individual excellence. It also fosters the goals of the EU: a harmonious Europe that's prosperous for everyone.
3. Collectivism is a failure
As I mentioned earlier, the world is ending. Brexit has opened the doors to all sorts of negotiations. Spain is already requesting to annex Gibraltar. This is fantastic proof that a collectivist, global government will invetibely fail. The diversity of people in the world is beautiful, and collectivism aims to end that distinction. Collectivism wraps itself in this idea that it brings people together. The caveat is that it brings them together under a set of assumptions and rules that do not apply equally to all. It incentivizes ostracizing the other by placing a strong emphasis on values determiend by the elite. It ends up being more discriminatory because it silences pluralism. How Brexit affects the rest of the EU, and by extension what may happen at the UN, will be the most intersting foreign policy development in the 21st century.
4. I'm an American.
I can say whatever I want about the situation, and it doesn't matter. That in itself is beautiful. Of course there will be ripple effects as this process continues. But as an American, my thoughts aren't ingrained with the same groupthink as UK millenials. They have grown up in a world that espouses the highest ideal of a unified Europe, no matter the economic costs to the smaller, poorer nations. As a result, they are Europeans first and from the UK second, with 75% of them voting to remain. I'm proud to say I am an American first, and our histroy informs me that being ruled from afar is a losing proposition.
It won't be clear the total impact until the UK actually leaves. I'm sure those who favor global governemnt and dictated order will continue to try bringing the UK under their wing again. Let's hope for the sake of individual sovreignty across Europe that they aren't successful.