Friday, June 24, 2016

Britain votes to leave EU

In a surprise vote, voters in Britain have just approved a referendum to leave the European Union.

But many of those who campaigned to leave the EU did so for the wrong reasons, and the vote was also dampened by the assassination of Jo Cox. Nonetheless, the EU is largely a potpourri of undemocratic ideas - which unfairly favors corporations, regiments personal behavior, suppresses dissent, and shoves austerity down the public's throats. It seems the EU writes most member nations' laws these days - with minimal public input. Despite the EU"s lip service to democracy, the EU has tolerated right-wing dictatorships like that of Italy's Silvio Berlusconi.

Following the vote, stock markets worldwide plummeted - hurting nobody who isn't an investor.

Britain's vote should also blunt interest in dragging the United States into a North American Union modeled on the EU. At least President Obama is on record as opposing entry into a North American Union.