William Wildblood has a very good piece on the subject of Britain and the EU. Bruce Charlton has also posted his own thoughts about it, and about the Brexit issue and the upcoming elections. Both these pieces are worthwhile reads.
While I may have differing religious views than these two gentlemen, I agree with most of what they say about the UK-EU question, and Brexit.
I’ve also come to think that politics and voting are not the most important piece of this puzzle. Much of what has gone wrong, and is now becoming alarmingly worse, has happened on the cultural level, the social level. And of course many of the solutions, if not all, can really only be dealt with at the spiritual level. But as many people have lost, or deliberately jettisoned their religion (it’s old-fashioned; it’s obsolete, or we hear those who object to going back to the Faith of our fathers saying “we need to get a new religion; Christianity made us weak”) Christianity as our forefathers knew it is all but extinct. And what good would a new religion — or even an old religion do us if we see it only as a means to an end? If a faith is not heartfelt, and only an expediency does it have any value?
Somehow it seems that our folk have lost their confidence and have become passive and focused only on self and individual needs and wants. Of course this is not universally true, but true of a great many. We are fragmented as a people, and that problem is getting worse.
Voting, as things are now, cannot solve our problems — either here in the US or in the UK — or anywhere in the Western world. But that’s not to say that the answer is to wash our hands of the problem; just that our system is no longer responsive to the peoples of our countries. The plain evidence of that is in the drawn-out story of the ‘Brexit’ effort.
The ‘leaders’, those in politically high places, along with their lackeys in the lugenpresse, seem to have done everything possible to thwart the effort, hoping that the ‘leavers’ might fall prey to fatalism and resignation.
The system is not ‘democratic’ in the sense of placing any power in the hands of the citizenry. Voting appears to be futile, as it has not prevented the present situation. In a country like the U.S., our checks and balances, supposedly guaranteeing too much concentration of power in one or another of the branches of government, the system seems to have been made null and void by apparently seating many politically appointed judges and justices, who are serving some end other than ‘justice.’ The judicial system seems to freely override the President himself, as well as the elected representatives of the people. The legislative branch appears to have been hijacked too; our reprresentatives don’t represent ordinary citizens; they instead seem to be there to do the will of some special interests with an agenda counter to the expressed will of the people.
And democracy, with its misguided emphasis on ”equality”, an unrealizable goal, has not worked. Most of the classical philosophers considered democracy the least desirable form of government. It certainly looks that way. Both the UK with its professed democratic or ‘representative’ government appears not to have attained the stated goals, or to have preserved ”freedom” or ”liberty”, which is sad, considering that for hundreds of years Britain has been seen as standing for those principles; English liberty (as it once was) seems to exist only on paper — and we are in the same situation here.
Wiliam Wildblood says:
“The EU is a modern Tower of Babel, an attempt to build a utopia without reference to the transcendent, but if you try to build a single structure of that size from such disparate elements as countries with hundreds of years of their own traditions it will fragment because there is no inner connection to the centre. Everything must have a centre. What is the centre of the EU? There is none. People point to the ideal of a body that enables cooperation and prevents local wars but nobody loves the EU, however convenient they may find it, and in practice it is just a federal superstate run by a technocratic elite, a liberal organisation that seeks to impose liberal dogma and stifle real freedom in the name of an atheistic humanism which, by definition, is fundamentally nihilistic.”
I recommend reading the whole piece, as well as Bruce Charlton’s piece.