Brexit has won. A joyous occasion for fans of decentralization.
Now what? Markets are certainly in turmoil – the Pound is falling historically; gold is rising; equity markets everywhere are falling; volatility is all the rage.
But this will all pass…perhaps until the next vote. The Dutch are already pushing; so are the French. More will come.
As an aside, take it further: not every county and city in Britain voted to leave. Why not let each locality decide if it chooses to stay or go? After this, why not each household? Why not?
And why stop at the EU? There are many in Europe concerned about supporting NATO’s antagonism toward Russia; equally as many who wish to see sanctions against Russia lifted.
Trump – win or lose – offers a statement. So do those in so-called right-wing movements throughout Europe – better and more honestly described as national movements.
Sooner or later force fails; sooner or later, economic law takes hold and demands obedience; sooner or later, people say enough is enough; sooner or later people choose to serve no more.
Will it be peaceful? Not likely. Very powerful people have much invested in centralizing the world – one world government, a disaster for individual freedom. Many in power will work to ensure the dire consequences predicted if Brexit were to pass bear some fruit.
After Us the Flood
These words were (supposedly) spoken during the reign of Louis XV. Fifteen years after his death…the guillotine claimed many bloody prizes.
There will be a flood: the movement toward decentralization will gain further traction, thanks to today’s historic event. There will be a flood of a different sort: forces supportive of centralization will ensure that negative consequences of this citizen uprising are felt.
As the people are more and more seeing through the manipulation under which they have been held, it is likely that they will also see that these consequences are nothing but cynical moves by their would-be oppressors.
And hopefully things pass in relative peace – more Gorbachev, less Bastille Day.