Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Brexit will change souls


As Margaret Thatcher said - one of the few things she said that I liked - economics is only the method. The object is to change the soul. 

Clearly, Brexit is primarily about independence, national self respect and democracy but it will also change souls.

Eliot Cohen, an American journalist put it well.
The London of today was sliding into becoming a bigger, brighter, and more lively Brussels—so international that it had no discernible identity; so cosmopolitan in its self-understanding that it had no pride in its own history and unique character; so unwilling to accept the burdens of self-government that it preferred the administration of well-meaning but unaccountable bureaucrats to the crash and bang of democracy in action. The poison of Brussels-style Euro-politics had clearly infected those Londoners whose first impulse was to do what European politicians have done for decades: compel the lower classes who have voted the wrong way to vote again until they do the thing their betters thought they ought to have done in the first place.
Nietzsche said that all philosophy is disguised psychology. Remainers' arguments about why leaving the EU will be a disaster or why the popular will should be disregarded, for the sake of cheap roaming charges, are not to be taken very seriously. They are a sort of therapy, a way of dealing with their grief. We must be sympathetic. 

In fact the European project, so called, is very much about dealing with the neuroses of France and Germany.

It feeds into the zeitgeist which sees Western history as oppressive. It's an attempt to escape from history into a non historical non ethnic space, like the place beyond the stars where Lucretius's gods dwelt impervious to our hopes and pain.

However much people may deplore Brexit they should be glad, if they are democrats, that the people had the chance to decide. But they are not - so-called Liberal Democrats least of all. They are in favour of ignoring the referendum result. So is Owen Smith who is standing for the leadership of the Labour Party.

The reasonable people in England realise they must make Brexit work, which they will. Labour's grave problem is that no frontbencher and few backbenchers campaigned for Leave, which 37% of their supporters voted for.

1 comment:

  1. LordBelchFarthing25 August 2016 at 23:00

    Did you like the sight of Nigel Farage jetting off to the US to lick the Donald's distended Trump? I bet the amount of manly backslapping and fake chortling upon their first meeting was a wondrous thing to behold.