I normally don’t really get into what is going on across the pond known as the North Atlantic but these days you can help but notice thanks to the literal dirge coming from the news media even in the United States about how sad it is that Great Britain would leave the European Union. I am going to say for the record that if I was English, I would have voted to leave as well. Let’s be honest here, alliances and treaties benefit the weaker nations and the stronger nations end up footing the bill. The English have really not benefited from being in the EU and the EU has become purposeless bureaucracy that doesn’t seem to do anything useful.
For Americans it shows once again the peril of becoming involved in entangled alliances. Our founders warned of this right out the gate because there are far more downsides to alliances than upsides.
- If you are in an alliance and some one in your alliance starts a war because they are a prick, then you are suddenly involved defending a prick. I fear NATO might get this way with some of the nations involved.
- Larger and Richer nations in an alliance always end up footing the bill for everyone else. The EU demonstrated this when some of its economically weaker nations had to be bailed out by the others. There is no way the richer nations will ever be compensated for it later.
- The Military Strong Nations end up covering the ass of those that are militarily weak. I wonder what kind of military each of the European nations would have if the USA was not part of NATO? Why do we have to be the largest military in the world? Because we have to make up for the shortfall of all their armies to protect themselves. In my mind this is why European socialism ‘works’ – they don’t have to pay for the real expense of covering their butts — we do. If they had to really spend the money they truly need to defend themselves the system would be imploding far quicker than it is now.
So, what brings peace is the obvious question because my answer is money. Free trade brings inter-dependency and then it becomes far more profitable to keep peaceful relationships than to fight one another. Maybe more dollars freely traded would do more for world peace than dropping bombs? Just saying.
Brexit for me is the obvious conclusion from an alliance that has become entangling and sooner or later some enterprising souls will realize there is more economic opportunity in England being a sovereign nation working out peaceful trade agreements on its own than following the dictates of the EU which has become more and more demanding of them with nothing traded back in return. Sorry, I don’t think this is the last exit from the EU. I think England is just the first domino to fall and for good reason. No one likes acting against their best interest for very long.