Richard Ebeling emails:
I participated in a "Libertarian Angle,” webinar sponsored by the Future of Freedom Foundation, with the Foundation’s president, Jacob G. Hornberger, on the topic: “The Brexit Vote.”
This week’s discussion centered on the recent vote taken by the citizens of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. The central issue of many voting to leave the EU was the desire to take back democratic self-determination from a bloated, powerful and intrusive European commission and bureaucracy manned by tens of thousands of social engineers, micro-managing regulators, and “politically correct” interventionists.
From a stated ideal of benign free trade among European countries in the 1950s, by the 1990s and into the twenty-first century, the European Union has grown into an over-arching interventionist-welfare statist system increasingly bending the will of 500 million EU member citizens to it will, with little accountability to those being controlled.
The voters of the United Kingdom – especially those in England – have voted to regain more direct democratic self-rule away from the EU bureaucracies in Brussels. But whether this leads to more freedom and prosperity for the people of Great Britain will be determined by whether they use their regained self-rule to follow a path of personal and economic liberty with less government intervention and redistribution, or choose to merely follow under more fully domestic political power the same types of regulatory and welfare statist policies that many have complained about when coming from the EU.
The webinar runs for 30 minutes.