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It’s always instructive to read how the rest of the world interprets political events in one country – because, inevitably, they get things wrong. That has never been more true than in American news coverage of the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the EU last week. Sometimes it comes from an over-reliance on particular shallow […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Immigration, Migration, and National Pride

 
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We’re told that one thing Brexit and the current political climate in the United States have in common is the issue of the free movement of people across international borders: after all, the EU has codified it and the Obama Administration has proclaimed it by fiat. It can be a difficult situation in the best of times, but in a period of economic upheaval, it can be an even more precarious situation.

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It hasn’t rained where I live since Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union but since then my copy of the New York Times has been arriving absolutely drenched. Judging from its breathless, one-sided coverage of this historic development event I can only assume that it’s been wetting itself: After ‘Brexit,’ A Splitting Hangover for […]

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I am always trying to imagine how things will look in hindsight. One of the joys of history is that everything in the rearview mirror end up coming out like a unfolding story, with one thing leading to another. Every correlation looks an awful lot like causality. This is not hard to do, especially when […]

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Some of us thought the media’s apocalyptic coverage of the BREXIT vote was a mite overblown. BREXIT Votes signals “the end of Western political civilization.” BREXIT Vote Leaves Scientists Terrified. BREXIT Vote “going back into the Dark Ages”  BREXIT Vote Horrifies Arts & Letters Community. Could BREXIT be a sign of the End Times? BREXIT to result in […]

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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 […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Magna Carta 2.0: Good for Freedom, Good for Growth

 

PoundThe original Magna Carta was a charter agreed to by King John of England in 1215. It just celebrated its 801st anniversary. So no, I wasn’t there. But that charter has become part of an important, iconic, political myth that the deal between an unpopular king and rebellious barons marked the beginning of individual English freedoms, personal liberties, and due-process protection of individuals under the law. Magna Carta has also been cited as providing the essential foundation for the contemporary powers of Parliament and legal principles such as habeas corpus.

That’s the mythology, and it’s an important one.

So while I understand that describing the Brexit victory as Magna Carta 2.0 is inexact, I think it makes a key point: Britain will regain its political freedom, its autonomous self-government, and its independence from an EU that is spinning out of control under the power of establishment elites, unelected and unaccountable socialist bureaucrats, and a judicial court that is increasingly making legal decisions that replace Britain’s powerful common law.

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Why do texts, some hundreds, even thousands of years old, still speak to us? Why is the Torah, the Bible, Magna Carta and the revered parchments of our own Republic, the Declaration and the Constitution still as relevant as ever? Because simply put, no matter what the activists and political elites would have you believe, […]

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Wow, that was a late night. If popcorn was available, it would’ve been passed. Of course, those in the free market, anti-elitist central gov’t, liberty minded crowd are whooping it up, as we should. Will there be reverberations? Yes. For starters, the British Isles may see another push for Scottish Independence. In fact, several other EU countries […]

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I have long maintained that the greatest conservative propaganda ever made was created — ironically enough — by the BBC in the form of Yes Minister and its sequel series, Yes Prime Minister. TVTropes used to describe it as “three men in a room talking politics and the funniest show ever.” Those three men are James Hacker, the titular minister/prime minister trying to impose his policies; Sir Humphrey Appleby, the cynical senior Civil Service agent working to ensure that the Civil Service’s wishes are policy; and Bernard Woolley, the naïf Civil Service agent torn among the two and his own ideas of what democracy requires of him.

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Britain has voted for independence from Eurotopia. I am stunned, I really thought there was no way the ruling class would allow BREXIT to win. Now, will the bankers and political class really allow Britain to leave? We will wait and see. Also, is this a harbinger of things to come, not just in Europe, but […]

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2d7c08db-9d87-43ce-921f-513acca86f7e-2060x1236Global financial panic, Sterling collapsing, and Scotland — possibly Northern Ireland, too — apt to break away. Quite a day’s work.

A striking aspect of the results is the extent to which the vote represents a victory of the old over the young. “Young voters wanted Brexit the least,” as the Mirror put it, “and will have to live with it the longest.”

The final YouGov poll before the referendum showed 72% of 18 to 24-year-olds backed a Remain vote – with just 19% backing Brexit.

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I have recently taken to calling PM David Cameron soon-to-be former PM Cameron. I am in the unfortunate position of not having done this enough to acquire a fame. He has resigned today, just now, effective immediately–that is, in October. We can now all call him soon-to-be former PM. I commend to you my lines […]

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The analysts of the Brexit vote have noted that the areas of Great Britain that voted for it most strongly had poor economies, and that concerns about immigration were also a major factor. Given the anemic American economic recovery under Obama, and the concerns many have that large cohorts of immigrants may include terrorists, I […]

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BrexitWith all the results in, it appears that voters in the UK have chosen Brexit. “Leave” defeated “Remain,” 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent, a lead that held most of the night. ITV, Sky, and BBC have officially declared victory for the sovereignty movement.

Scotland and Northern Ireland were the strongest regions for remaining in the European Union, while England and Wales had the lion’s share of Euroskeptics.

You can see the vote count and read late-breaking news via The Telegraph.

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I exchanged emails with some developers in the U.K., young programmers today. They are apprehensive about the prospect of leaving the EU and planned to vote after work. I didn’t press them for specifics, but my take is that they will vote Remain. I’ve heard of banks, funds, and traders that were going to pay […]

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