The BBC explains why it thinks BREXIT won. Let me save you the trouble: Remain ran an ineffective campaign and too many old farts voted out of nostalgia. And that’s actually a step up (or perhaps a refined version) of the “racism and xenophobia” excuse most of the left has embraced as the reason. And a very few sources have noted that British taxpayers have been paying £13 billion a year for the privilege of belonging to the EU and thinking maybe that money could be better spent to shore up their decrepit system of bureaucratized health care. The one thing that is almost never discussed is how undemocratic and dysfunctional the European Union actually is.
- It is axiomatic that the EU is structured in an undemocratic way. While in theory, voters elect representatives to the European Parliament, in fact the governing organs of the EU are not transparent and have little in the way of checks and balances. Even defenders of the EU concede that it is in serious need of reform and that its Eurocrats are extremely resistant to reform. In 2001, the European Court of Justice even made it illegal to criticize the European Union, its politicians and bureaucrats, and its policies.
- Hand in hand with that lack of transparency is endemic corruption, waste, and fraud by Eurocrats.
- The unelected EU bureaucracy in Brussels micromanages everything, and has regulated, banned, or tried to ban curved bananas, olive oil served from glass bottles in restaurants, and declared as a matter of science that it was illegal to claim that drinking water prevents dehydration.
And even if the EU were a transparent and well-functioning democratic institution, there would be occasions (probably a lot of them) when the EU… through a transparent democratic process… would simply enact policies that favored the interests of Portuguese or Romanians over Britons. Germans were unhappy to be taxed to bail Greece, and even less happy to accept hundreds of thousands of “refugees,” but the EU demanded it as the cost of unity.
The media are acting as if the British have gone nutzoid and embraced BREXIT because they hate those stinky brown foreign people so much that they will sabotage their own economy just to send a message. The flaws of the EU are never discussed because the EU is pretty much the model for Progressive Transnational Government.
The ultimate goal of the Progressive Left is a borderless world where national identities have been brushed aside. They envision something like a Global version of the EU as the Government of this one-world utopia. There is little difference between an American socialist like Bernie Sanders and a Swedish socialist, a Chinese socialist, a Latin American socialist, a British Labourite, a French socialist… so it’s very easy when these types get together to imagine a borderless world governed by they themselves. And they also don’t see why anyone would ever disagree with their policies because they are so self-evidently right. But as BREXIT showed when the people they want to rule over are actually allowed to vote, they don’t want it.