Richard Ebeling emails:
I have a new article on the news and commentary website, “EpicTimes,” on “British Say ‘No’ to EU Power and Plunder.”
The hysteria and panic that immediately followed the results of the Brexit referendum that saw a small majority of the United Kingdom vote for a withdrawal from the European Union, reflected the shock of those who see no future for Europe other than through an increasingly centralized political authority controlling and regulating virtually every aspect of social, economic, and cultural life of more than 500 million people.
The lead argument of the proponents of the UK leaving the EU was for the country to take back its own democratic self-determination. A vast bureaucracy in Brussels, the headquarters of the EU, seemingly unaccountable to anyone – certainly not the people over whom they have interventionist authority – have been increasingly micro-managing more of the lives of those living in the 28 nation-states comprising the membership of the European Union.
Many have demanded taking back decision-making over their own lives. And the UK vote on leaving the European Union is the most significant and dramatic symbol of this.
But this vote is just the beginning, not the end for the people of the United Kingdom. Whether this claim to managing their own affairs leads to success or failure depends on the political-economic policy paths that are now followed within the UK.
Shall it be merely the reclaiming of a greater political power to manipulate the interventionist-welfare state for the benefit of crony capitalist special interest groups and collectivist ideological dreams within the UK? Or will it be a turn toward more personal freedom, economic liberty, and narrower government presence in everyday life? That is, a turn toward a future more in line with a classical liberal, free market vision of a self-governing society.
History waits to see which road is followed in a post-EU United Kingdom.