Failure of Leadership

Wednesday, April 5, AD 2017

Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.

Matthew 15:14

 

 

My favorite atheist internet commenter Pat Condell explains what caused Brexit and Trump:  the manifest incompetence of leadership throughout the West.  Political revolutions rarely occur because they are planned through conspiracies, but rather as a result of the blindingly obvious inability of the Old Regime to successfully grapple with the problems that confront it. The incompetence of the Old Regime shatters confidence in it, and allows new sources of leadership to come to the fore, sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad.  The news media in the West tend to be ardent defenders of the current Old Regime and therefore are missing the biggest story since the fall of European Communism in 1989, which, come to think of it, took most of the news media then by complete surprise, most members of the press assuming that the Communist states were a permanent feature and not a momentary blip of History.  That same May Fly view still remains at work in our time and helps explain why Brexit and the victory of Trump came as such shocking surprises to the people who dedicate themselves to knowing what is going on in their societies.  Blind guides indeed.

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  • The last time I consumed mainstream media was back in the early 80’s while in high school. Partly for that reason, I too saw the Soviet Union as a “permanent feature” and not the historical blip it turned out to be. A family friend who had escaped communist Yugoslavia told me that the Soviet Union was rotten to the core and would implode from within in our lifetime. I thought he was crazy. Well, he could see reality, something the mainstream media can’t or won’t.

  • I don’t bother wirh “the news” much, because I don’t know what is accurate and what is bunk. I figure most of what passes for “news” is bunk-including the tidbit about New Zealand’s postal workers delivering KFC. Awaiting verification from Don.

  • Pat Condell is perfectly correct. All most folks have to do is ask themselves how the American dream is working for them and answer becomes clear. There is no longer any correspondence between the idealism of the mainstream media and real life.

  • “The incompetence of the Old Regime shatters confidence in it, and allows new sources of leadership to come to the fore”
    It also explains the collapse of Labour in Scotland and also why 62% of Scots voted against Brexit, including a majority in every local authority area in the country.

  • Scottish insanity explains the second MPS, as they complain about London ruling them and want to throw off English shackles and embrace EU ones. As was said about South Carolina in 1861: Scotland is too small to be a nation and too large to be an insane asylum. However, I do hope they try.

  • As was said about South Carolina in 1861: Scotland is too small to be a nation and too large to be an insane asylum. However, I do hope they try.

    It’s not too small to be a country with a full panoply of sophisticated services available therein. It’s more populous than Norway or New Zealand and greater Glasgow is as large as Auckland and larger than Oslo. It’s trouble is that it’s political culture stinks. The Scottish nationalist who tells me that he and his are ‘tired of being ruled by southern English public schoolboys’ neglected to recall that the only person who fits that description to have led either the Labour or the Conservative Party at any time since 1965 is walking around with the name “David Cameron“.

  • I can see where we Americans get our strong sense of independence from, the British. I felt quite proud of my redcoat heritage!

  • About Scotland. The Scots do not want to be ruled by London? Then why did they vote in lockstep with London which was solidly in favor of Remain? London was cheerful passing on the dictates of Brussels. Well, I guess the SNP forgets the fifty years of poverty endured by Ireland after it broke away from the UK.

  • Well, I guess the SNP forgets the fifty years of poverty endured by Ireland after it broke away from the UK.

    Per Angus Maddison, per capita output in Ireland grew more slowly than it did in Britain during the period running from 1913 to 1946 and was stagnant during the war. It wasn’t a contextually poor country (perhaps 35% below west European means). During the period running from 1921 to 1970, there weren’t any periods of economic contraction longer than about two years.

  • God created Man with free will. It is part of our human nature. The Left, in rejecting God misunderstands human nature which to their great surprise reasserts itself when coercion becomes intolerable.

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Let the Kilted Socialists Go

Tuesday, March 14, AD 2017

 

 

The Scottish First Minister is calling for another vote on Independence, because Brexit.  Why it seems only three years ago, because it was, that the cause of Independence was rejected by the Scottish voters.  The Scots dodged a bullet that time.  This time I hope the English dodge a bullet, and the Scots march off playing Scotland the Brave.  As in 2014, here are my reasons for supporting Scottish independence:

Well, the Scottish independence referendum is up for a vote on September 18.  I suspect that if the referendum supports independence that such a move will be an economic disaster for Scotland, combined with a socialist government whose economic forecasts seem to owe just as much to Groucho, Harpo and Chico as they do Karl.  Having said that I am all in favor of Scottish independence.  Why?

Depriving Labour of 63 Scottish MPs would probably ensure Tory government in England for the foreseeable future and that would be good for the US both in foreign policy and trade.

Socialists are completely dominant in Scotland and probably will be until they have total power to cause the type of disasters that socialists routinely bring about when they govern unchecked.

Scotland has bred since World War II generations who believe that a socialist utopia can exist in Scotland if it were not for malevolent forces south of the border preventing the building of paradise.  They view Mel Gibson’s Braveheart flick as a documentary. Time to put this myth to a test.  Vote Yes for Scottish independence if you have the misfortune to currently reside in the land of some of my ancestors.

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  • Almost exactly the same reasoning supports the desire of California to secede, and, like the Scots, I hope they do it.

  • The Scottish National Party is better described as ‘Peronist’ rather than socialist. Scotland’s total population, output, and key city are of dimensions adequate to the formation of a fully sovereign nation-state. Separating from the UK would likely have some frictional costs. Economic trouble would derive from bad policy, not from separation per se.

    Particularist sentiment one can understand. The Scots Natoinalist variant bellyaches about Westminster but is avid about Brussels, so it has the property of being completely unserious. If my own exchanges with Scots Nationalists are representative of the breed, the whole mess is derived from a mixture of vanity and spite. The rest of the UK may at this juncture be pleased to be free of Scotland in order to substantially reduce the population of jerks in the kingdom.

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    “Depriving Labour of 63 Scottish MPs”

    The SNP managed that quite well on its own. After the 2015 general election, when the number of Scottish seats had been reduced to 59, the results, on the first past the post system were

    Conservative & Unionist 1
    Labour 1
    Liberal Democrats 1
    SNP 56

    At the 2016 elections for the Scottish Parliament, on a system of proportional representation, the results were

    Conservative & Unionist 31
    Labour 24
    Liberal Democrats 5
    Scottish Greens 6
    SNP 63

    making the Conservative & Unionist party the 2nd largest party at Holyrood.

  • I view Scottish Labour and the SNP as virtually indistinguishable except on the key issue of Scottish Independence. If SNP seats would make the difference after a general election I think they would form a coalition government with Labour. I make no prediction as to how stable or long lived such a coalition would prove.

  • Donald R McClarey wrote, “I view Scottish Labour and the SNP as virtually indistinguishable…”
    Oh! Please.
    The cloth cap and the working class
    As images are dated.
    Now that Labour’s gone avant-garde
    Is highly educated
    By tax adjustments, they have planned
    To institute the promised land.
    And just show that they’re still sincere,
    We sing the Red Flag once a year.
    Firm principles and policies
    Are open to objections,
    And a streamlined party image is
    The way to win elections.
    So raise the neat umbrellas high,
    The mobile phone and college tie.
    We stand united, raise a cheer
    And sing the Red Flag once a year.

  • Labour and SNP MPS seem to be in a competition to which can be more socialist than thou for the besotted Scottish electorate. To the extent that some of their party hacks do not believe the economic rubbish they preach, I applaud them for their sanity and condemn them for their mendacity.

  • We stand united, raise a cheer
    And sing the Red Flag once a year.

    The party membership stuck Jeremy Corbyn in the leadership chair. In more than 30 years in the House of Commons, no Labour Party leader has seen fit to entrust him with any responsibility at all. His occupation prior to entering politics was a slot on the staff of some trade union (which did not include anything challenging like handling member grievances). He’s also a slacker. Since 1935, British Labour leaders have generally not grown up in the wage-earner stratum (Neil Kinnock and James Callaghan the exceptions), but Corbyn is nearly unique for having an haut bourgeois upbrininging, a pair of brothers who are extensively educated, and no tertiary schooling himself (due to wretched examination results in late adolescence). He’s also an anti-semite of the contemporary sort. So, having unexpectedly lost an election, the Labour membership’s brilliant idea is to put their party under the direction of a red haze lunkhead who has never in his life had work with robust operational measures of competence.

3 Responses to Now Brexit Makes Perfect Sense

  • Love this. Just perfect. And this is exactly what our Presidential election is all about: dis-unification. Hopefully, the ultimate end result will be more power to the states and less for the Federal government.

  • Often before dinner I find my husband watching an episode of Yes, Minister or Yes, Prime Minister. Having served with exchange RN aviators and worked as a Senate committee staffer he gets the humour more than I. It’s said that Yes, Prime Minister was Baroness’ Thatcher’s favorite program. One of my husband’s favorites is the episode, The Bishop’s Gambit. He invited the local priest and friend over for dinner and a viewing. Since the Church of England is a state church the PM is involved in choosing a bishop.
    One wonders how influential the DNC is in the posting of our RC bishops and cardinals?

    Nigel Hawthorne is fairly well known to American audiences because of his film work. Being mostly a British TV star Paul Eddington is not as well known, although those of us of a certain age remember him on afternoon television as Will Scarlet in The Adventures of Robin Hood.

  • Communism never works. Brexit was about preserving national sovereignty and not being forced to fill the money pit communism makes.

Twit

Monday, June 27, AD 2016

 

 

Christopher Johnson at Midwest Conservative Journal brings us this sad Brexit tale:

 

Tom Whyman, a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Essex, explains the British departure from the European Union in The New York Times.  It was all those Neanderthals with whom he’s forced to live:

Alresford is my personal hell.

We are not used to thinking that a place like this — a pleasant town with a pretty center — might actually be hell. There is almost no poverty and only the occasional act of violence. There are good schools, a range of shops, a heritage railway. In fact, it’s somewhere that a lot of people, apparently, actively want to live: Houses in the center easily sell for upward of a million pounds. (What they will cost once the vote to leave the European Union makes the economy crater remains to be seen.)

But dig below the surface, and you will find the demons crawling. You can see them in the looks that residents give you when they pass; sneering snobs glaring down their noses with entitlement; small-minded townies, bullying you with eyes that you recognize from the primary school lunchroom; the old people, 80 and above, wearing blank stares. You can hear it in their bothered tutting at the bus stop (especially if they ever hear a visitor mispronouncing the name of the town), the shots that constantly ring out from across the countryside as they set about murdering as many of the local pheasants as they can.

Since my late teens, every effort I have ever exerted has been with the intention of escaping Alresford. And yet, I am an early-career academic and so I am forced to move back, every summer, to live with my parents because I cannot afford to pay rent elsewhere after my temporary teaching contract ends. Then, sometimes, I think: What if I’m actually secretly comfortable here? What if I have chosen the security of death in Alresford over the risks of life elsewhere? What if I am in fact fully in the clutches of Alresfordism?

Even if I’d managed to cast my vote, it would have been pointless. The Remain campaign didn’t just lose by my vote, we lost by more than a million. Britons wanted to make our world smaller. They wanted to make it more like Alresford. As far as I can tell, they are going to get exactly what they wanted.

All I can do is look out at the nature from the window of my room in Alresford. I’m from here, so I can’t be sure whether or not this is just another type of nihilism, but I think: Well, if all this nature is bigger than us, then I want it be get even bigger. I want it to become so big that it will consume all of our smallnesses, invalidate them, smother them out. Not just Alresford. I want a demented, throbbing, fecund nature to overrun this whole country, to overturn the wretched consequences of the laws that we have, in our stupidity, set for ourselves.

And there it is.  People who love their country, despite its faults and sins, and respect and revere its national traditions are xenophobic, exclusionary racists.

Or whatever the next invented leftist epithet turns out to be.

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  • A philosophy lecturer who believes shooting a pheasant is murder; yeah, living next to this idiot would be hell.

  • When visiting Mott North Dakota I succumbed to…yes, murdering a pheasant. Not one mind you..but a mass shooting. I wasn’t even using an assault weapon. I went mad with bloodlust.

    After eating the birds I wasn’t the bit remorseful.

    Yeah Ken…. living next to that guy would be hell. ?

  • *squirms uncomfortably* I can remember being that… oblivious.
    I think I was fourteen, I fear it lasted until at least sixteen, but….does this guy have zero idea that he should do some self-examination?
    He lectures on philosophy, for heaven’s sake– can’t he apply a little of it?

  • Uh. I teach. And I have never moved in with family for the summer. The fact that this guy lets his parents support him every summer & is content with that says all we need to know about his need to be coddled and provided for. Seems like he is the type of guy who is perfectly happy with someone else making decisions from him from afar. What self hatred he expresses. Maybe if he would take a 2nd job or a summer job, it would impower him to the point that he wouldn’t hate his own heritage nor himself quite so much.

  • “When visiting Mott North Dakota I succumbed to…yes, murdering a pheasant. Not one mind you..but a mass shooting. I wasn’t even using an assault weapon. I went mad with bloodlust.

    After eating the birds I wasn’t the bit remorseful.”

    ———————–

    BBBAAAHHHAAA

    Murdered pheasants make some of the most gloriously beautiful stuffed trophies I have ever seen in my life. Maybe we could send him a couple for his enjoyment–one for his home where he teaches & one for his summer “room” at his parents’ home. ???

  • “A philosophy lecturer who believes shooting a pheasant is murder; yeah, living next to this idiot would be hell.”

    Indoctrination by the animal rights extremists who truly believe that to kill a pig is to kill a human. If I walked around seeing humans eating “murdered” creatures everywhere, I might be as miserable as this guy is, too.

  • The comments on the article are truly entertaining. BBBAAAHHHAAA

  • It would be better if those guys, suffering from the comfort of unearned provision, could realize that they are Not Suffering, the comfort of their parents home and environs is Not Hell. Their liberal conscience makes them want to identify with the real suffering in the world, but they can’t think how to apply that angst and make it bring about solutions. So they carry on, pull up their socks and fret over the racism and stinginess of those who do provide.

  • Economically prosperous and virtually crime free, but the locals occasionally look at him funny?

    Yep, sounds like Hell-on-Earth to me: God forbid the rest of Britain or the rest of the world become like that.

    Leftists, I find, tend to consider subjective, shadowy problems like “I feel unfulfilled” or “I feel marginalized” as far outweighing objective, substantive advantages like “I don’t have to worry about being mugged coming home from work” or “I can afford a nice house and an expensive education for my ungrateful brat of a son.”

  • “What I did for my summer vacation”: Go teach at a village school (if there is one) in a central African country with those wide open nature spaces. Then come back to Alresford and write a comparison and contrast paper on Alresford and Little Bwogadoudou.
    I bet bangers and mash with even mushy peas beats out cows blood, grubs, and local cheese curdled with cow urine…..and the intestinal parasite you brought home with you is just a little souvenir of the good life below the Equator.

  • Yup. A collateral miracle here is that the mask is slipping …

  • If little Tom Wyman thought the looks his fellow villagers were giving him before
    were bad, just imagine what they’re like now.

    I just feel bad for the fool’s parents– they still have to live with all of the people
    their son so publicly insulted. All of the village now knows what a smug little
    twit they raised. How embarrassing.

  • I live in Brooklyn ( but NOT ultra-liberal Park Slope , Williamsburgh or Brooklyn Heights ) . With that effete self indulgent attitude we’d have him for lunch and spit out the pits. Big surprise, the ” compassionate” left hates the human race and wants us to be replaced with dumb animals that they can control .

  • Greg Gutfeld went on a Twitter rant about how the elites are reacting to the Brexit compared to the collapse of Venezuela. It’s very good. Maybe Tom Whyman could summer there? Find out whether hell really is other Britons?

  • the shots that constantly ring out from across the countryside as they set about murdering as many of the local pheasants as they can.

    Shooting pheasants is murder to him; shooting peasants is probably OK with him if they voted Brexit.

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  • The one thing I don’t like about Brexit is that certain nationalist groups want to expel the Poles living in England. Of course, then, the English wouldn’t have any plumbers left.

  • The movie treats it’s audience as if it respects their intelligence and prudence. It would be nice if American political advertising did the same.

Brexit the Movie

Saturday, June 25, AD 2016

 

A movie made by the now victorious Brexit proponents in Britain.  It is interesting how largely uniform the elite reaction around the world has been to Brexit:  dismayed disbelief that such a thing could have come to pass.  A transnational elite has been developing for the last fifty years that have little loyalty to their purported nations.  Their loyalty is to one another and to producing a world where people like them pull the strings and the rest of us dance to their tunes.  To say that such an arrangement is anti-democratic is to understate the case.  They envision a world where concepts like democracy and national sovereignty have no meaning.  Anything that advances their agenda of ever increasing centralization and control is good.  Thus the hysteria over global warming is good because it fosters transnational authorities and the removal of power from elected officials in nations to faceless international bureaucrats, subject to no laws except the edicts regulations they wish to impose.

The ever prescient CS Lewis saw this coming when he explained his vision of Hell:

“I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of “Admin.” The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid “dens of crime” that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern.”

As we approach July 4, I dedicate myself to fighting against this ominous trend in the world, that is antithetical to everything that the Founding Fathers stood for and fought for.  Brexit was a victory in a war that most of us did not realize was going on.  We do now.

 

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  • The ominous trend is not finished yet! … now we are getting a clearer picture of the battle though.

  • Lip service is paid to subsidiarity all the while power is being centralized —- in each of the 50 states, within the United States, and among the States of the world.
    On all levels- religious, economic, military, political – life seems to be one big fight for control. Who is to be in charge.

  • Very good I agree totally. For a very good analysis of Brexit check out William Briggs article: Here is an excerpt:

    “Here is the curious thing. Remain voters wanted to use Democracy to force Britain to be placed under the rule of the EU, a non-democratically elected body of rulers, regulators, and bureaucrats and an organization that could not be appealed (easily) to by ordinary democratic means. Essentially, then, Remains wanted to use majority rule to cause a usurpation of The People and install an complete authoritative government—its completeness perhaps one that eventuated not immediately but in the near future—a government that would bar The People from electing to escape their bonds.”

    http://wmbriggs.com/post/19164/#comment-157316

  • You want to see the very personification of what Maister C so eloquently describes…?

    From 02:20

  • The video whch Kennybhoy posted is telling. These eiltists do NOT want the people deciding anything that is substantive. What will they do if in the US the people vote into office Donald Trump instead of Hillary Clinton, a fixture of the establishment which they have created? I am am no Trump supporter, but frankly it would please me no end to hear these elitists howl with dispair. To hades with them. To hades with every single one of them.

  • ” Thus the hysteria over global warming is good because it fosters transnational authorities and the removal of power from elected officials in nations to faceless international bureaucrats, subject to no laws except the edicts regulations they wish to impose.”

    Indeed.
    And the language they use is Political Correctness – to pull the dissenters into line an shame those who disagree with them.
    But this has happened before – I see a remarkable equation to the American War of Independence, the collapse of the Soviet Union – perhaps others.

  • You are 100% correct in all of that. A wonderful piece. Including your mention of the elites’ strange passion for global warming; the only possible vehicle through which elites and their bureaucratic machine can transcend national lines and assert global control over everything. In the name of saving the planet and life itself, (of course).

    We are reverting back to a feudal system in which there are but two classes of people: peasants and lords. The peasants exist for two purposes. To feed the lords and make them stuff. And to exist ,outside the walls, as a first line of defense against possible invasion by the barbarians.

    Democracy, IMO, is dead. Ideological systems like socialism and communism are passé. What explains things best, I think, is a global, world-wide feudal state. And Brexit was an irritating reminder to the lords that the peasants exist, and might not be as happy as once thought.

  • Absolutely incredible! Astonishing really. One hour and eleven minutes and not a word, a mention of the immigration crisis? How can they talk about prosperity? About a great future? I was shocked! The first half I found very interesting and eye-opening about the level of control the EU maintains without elected officials or any input from the public really, except money! The concept of control, democracy, self-determination is great! I’m all aboard! I have to say also that just about everyone speaking, except for the Swiss guys, were real Brits. When I visited London for the first time about 10 yrs ago I was surprised and confused that I hardly met an indigenous Brit! Everyone was from somewhere else: Ireland, Poland Pakistan, India, Australia, Nigeria…The underground was run by brown skinned men- Pakis, Indians, Sri Lankans- I’m not sure but they were not native Brits. I thought the movie made a great argument for Brexit in terms of sovereignty, home rule, economy, trade, prosperity, democracy etc. But the omission of the Muslim specter in a country where the most popular boy’s name is Mohammed, a country that suffered the London bombings 7/7, had one of their soldiers beheaded on the street in London in broad daylight, another 82 yr old woman in her garden, and is now overrun, like the rest of EU, by ‘refugees’. This is the great problem in Europe, the EU, the UK and here in the US. This is the greatest threat we have ever faced. ‘Open borders’ was mentioned only once as a condition for a trade deal. Nothing more. They are in far more seriously trouble than I imagined. And not because they left the EU.

  • Gun-control? Global Warming? Political Correctness? Sexual Libertinism? (Think of Orwellian pleasure buttons to keep the masses content) It is all oriented towards global governance. Alan Keyes describes slavery as the “default condition of mankind”, and unless we start paying attention, that is where we are heading.

  • “The ever prescient CS Lewis…”

    Indeed. Reading C S Lewis’ observations on this and other issues is indicative of how far back, of how deep down the rot in our civilization is…

  • Kennyhboy video is very telling. Despite the experts and leaders getting just about everything wrong, the pro “leader” guy still thinks they should lead. Well, if your “leaders” are leading you to perdition, it is time to stop following. He seems to miss that point. The issue about the pound dropping is also somewhat telling – how, exactly does it affect the average Brit vs. the currency speculators? I don’t think the Remain folks really made enough of a connection there.

Brexit Wins!

Friday, June 24, AD 2016

 

‘We have our own dream and our own task. We are with Europe, but not of it. We are linked, but not comprised. We are interested and associated, but not absorbed.’

Winston Churchill, May 9, 1938

 

 

 

 

Well, this will send shock waves around the globe.  The voters of Great Britain have voted narrowly to leave the European Union:

 

Britain has voted to leave the European Union, with the Leave campaign securing around 51.8 per cent of the vote.

David Cameron, who will address the nation shortly, is now facing calls to resign as Prime Minister.

While England voted overwhelmingly for Brexit, Scotland and Northern Ireland backed Remain. Statements are expected to be made by Sinn Fein and the SNP later today calling for a breakaway from the Union. London backed Remain but the turnout was lower than expected because of bad weather.

The pound crashed to the lowest level since 1985 as sterling fell below $1.35. Complacency about a Brexit outcome will come clear this morning, as out of hours trading suggests that the FTSE 100 will drop by 8.8pc, or by some 560 points. The fall would be the third worst in history if stocks ended the day down as sharply.

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  • This is what I thought was desireable, and what I thought would happen. NZ has been in a fairly unique relationship with Britain right from it’s initial foundation as a colony of the Empire – governed from New South Wales in Australia up to the year 1900 – then as a staunch member of the Empire, and subsequently the British Commonwealth – much the same as Australia and Canada – even the Republican South Africa, and other such as India, Malaysia , Fiji and a number of other countries. We actually declared war on Germany in 1939 a couple of hours before Great Britain did, because of the international time differences.
    In 1972? when Britain joined the EEC, the economic union and trade block, which morphed into the political EU, this had serious economic implications for NZ, which relied totally on th UK as our principal exprt market, and reciprocally, all our imports that Britain made we gave preferential treatment = like a small tariff on UK cars – 30% I think – to a massive tarriff of – from memory 120% on American cars. Mind you, many people were prepared – those who could afford – to pay the extra for the American cars. 🙂
    This, in the lon term as good for NZ, because it forced us to go out immediately and seek new markets for our primary produce – still the backbone of our economy – and innovate to meed the requirements of our new markets. NZ was the first country in the world in about 1986 to eliminate ALL import tariffs, and now puts us at the cutting edge of market econonomies and innovation – which makes us now a major test market for many new products in the world.
    The UK will now get its shit together and do the same – they are , I think, the fifth largest economy in the world, and we will see the nation of traders and shop keepers come to the fore again.

  • AT any rate, what exactly a Brexit means will only be clear in the coming month, if not year or two, as Parliament actually goes about legislating and enforcing it.

    Will they be like Norway, or like Switzerland, or something in between their current status and Norway?

    We shall see whether this is for good or evil. Time will tell.

  • With a 56% remain vote in Northern Ireland (the only part of the UK with a land border with another EU country, Sinn Fein will obviously see this as a boost to their campaign for a united Ireland.

    Here in Scotland, the vote to remain was overwhelming at 62% Once again, we see what happens when one of the most enlightened countries in Europe – the country of David Hume, Thomas Reid and Adam Smith – remains shackled to the most backward.

  • “Here in Scotland, the vote to remain was overwhelming at 62% Once again, we see what happens when one of the most enlightened countries in Europe – the country of David Hume, Thomas Reid and Adam Smith – remains shackled to the most backward.”

    Scotland shares a border with France? Who knew?

    Don’t take it so hard MPS, if Scotland now wishes to split from the UK, I am sure that Brussels would gladly pick up the tab of Scotland’s socialist-utopia-using-other-peoples’-money. Sure.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/12200495/IFS-Scotland-to-get-billions-of-English-income-tax.html

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iusUq4-f5U

  • This is excellent news – one battle against globalism is won.

  • Ouch say we in the stock market….and that’s every 401 pension in America. Drubbing today. Big losses…hopefully fleeting. We should have bought tvix as a hedge. It does double the inverse of the vix volatility index and is slated to go up 43% at the open as the market itself seems to be going down 4%. Wisemen will be selling tvix at 9:31 AM. And we must do Friday penance today still to boot. And mow the lawn. And in my case, work on an oil painting half the day ….of crashing beach foam….one of the hardest items in painting to render exactly. But the sun is out and we have health…and a Saviour who suffered the worst crucifixion in history for us according to Aquinas due to His perfect sensitive nature and Divinity. Yes…multiply the pain of the good thief by about a million and you’re getting into the Christ pain.

  • ps….tvix…not the inverse of the vix…double the short term vix.

  • I predicted that the results would probably mirror the Scots independence referendum with about a 55-45% margin in favor of Remain. Right from the start of voting returns, however, Leave was showing much wider margins of victory than expected in key constituencies, while in those areas seen as Remain strongholds, the margin of victory was much less than anticipated. Some believe heavy rains in London kept voter turnout down there, thereby decreasing the Remain vote. On this side of the pond, watching the vote returns, reactions on Facebook and Twitter, and the resulting stock market turmoil made great practice for November 8 🙂

  • Elaine…whoa…great Nov.8 thought. Must read opinion from the volatility traders. One can, sans much risk, buy tvix on c. Nov.1 and sell on the 7th if polls have them very close at the time.

  • I personally now believe that Trump will perform significantly better in the final popular vote than he does in most or any pre-election polls. For example, if polls consistently show him behind by 5% or less, he will actually win the popular vote by 1-5%; if he polls 5-10% behind, he will either win by 1-2% or lose by the same margin; if Trump is down 10% or more in the polls, he will still lose the popular vote but by less than 5%.

    The caveat here, of course, is that the POTUS election is by electoral vote and not direct popular vote as was the Brexit referendum. It would be interesting to analyze (if anyone is enough of a political geek to take time to run the numbers) how the Brexit referendum would have turned out had the UK decided it on an electoral-vote style system in which each parlimentary constituency (roughly equivalent to a US Congressional district) got 1 vote for either Leave or Remain, based on the outcome of the popular vote in that constituency. Would the results have been the same?

  • “Scotland shares a border with France? Who knew?”

    Dammit Maister McC you beat me to the punch! 🙂

    Regarding France. Anti – EU sentiment over by is way more toxic than here in Britain. When the end comes over there they will riot.

    Leave ran a lackluster campaign in Scotland. Mere competence and significantly more enthusiasm would have earned them another five percentage points.

  • With all the elites talking gloom and doom for the UK now, one wonders how that nation existed for a thousand years without being helped by bureaucrats in Brussels?

  • Tom,

    As our host has previously observed, such is the result of generations of failure/refusal to properly teach history..

    I can’t readily find the exact quotes online but C S Lewis more than once observed that a people ignorant of history is like a military unit isolated and cut off from support. Fodder for defeat in detail…

  • I’m startled and very happy. 😀

  • Sorry for my ignorance- was that quote from Churchill part of wanting to stay out of the fight?

  • I just asked that because that 1938 was same year as Chamberlain which Churchill was against, but that quote sounded a bit isolationist I looked it up and found this which also seems to apply to today in some ways

    http://www.heritage.org/research/lecture/churchill-forging-an-alliance-for-freedom

  • Brexit and WWII are not comparable. Islam has invaded England. Sadly, many English are perturbed by the number of Poles living there, likely because the Poles are Catholic and attend Church in greater numbers than the English do. Having said that, good for England telling Brussels to shove off. Brussels was going after Ireland’s abortion ban, calling it a crime against women (or was it the UN, another entity that needs to go away).

  • “the elites talking gloom and doom for the UK now, one wonders how that nation existed for a thousand years without being helped by bureaucrats in Brussels?”

    Borrowing!! ?

  • “Having said that, good for England telling Brussels to shove off. Brussels was going after Ireland’s abortion ban, calling it a crime against women (or was it the UN, another entity that needs to go away).”

    Probably both Brussels & the UN!!

  • Bloody good show! New World Order takes a hit. Globalism must be controlled if we don’t want to die in the poor house or as martyrs to Islam.

  • I don’t know why you bother with Mark Shea. He’s a hissy-fit machine. Everything becomes histrionic and contentious in his mind. Can’t take that. I like my analysis cold, or at least slightly chilled.
    The nonsense about nationalism is a tune we will hear more about. It came out of post war Europe and silently seeped into the social fabric. We see now one of the unforeseen stops on that trajectory to globalism is this massive migration. No borders, no countries, no nations, no nationalism, no patriotism, no citizenship or multiple, no allegiance. It’s a multi-culti freeforall.
    Boris Johnson, Trump’s British cousin, may be the next PM.
    I saw an exhibit in the fall at the Vatican Museum on the Cd Kominek- The Founding Father of Europe. As I had never heard of him, but want to learn more about the fate of Poland during and after WWII, I went through the exhibit, full of artifacts, letters, posters, explanatory maps, some sculptures and other art works celebrating ‘reconciliation’ and forgiveness etc. One of the ideas that astounded me was that of transcending nationalism, as something to overcome. I found a quote from Cd Kominek in a note to Cd Wyszyński: calling for…’the organization of a federal solution for all peoples of Europe, including through a gradual abandonment of national sovereignty in matters of security, economy and foreign affairs.’ Unfortunately later on down the road when the EU made its constitution there was no mention of its Christian roots despite the repeated advisements from JPII. I don’t understand nationalism as a bad thing. I do understand the omission of Christian roots as a bad thing

  • Christine –
    several history buff friends (half of whom don’t even know eachother) describe the whole “blame nationalism” thing as the hangover from WWII.
    WWII was horrible, so they need something to blame– and “nationalism” got drawn. It couldn’t be dehumanizing “scientific” theory, it couldn’t be divorcing choices from those who are most intimately involved in them– it’s got to be “nationalism” and the solution is to be one HUGE group that’s run by “the right people.”

  • Let’s talk about Globalism as it was rejected in part by Brexit.

    My opinion: It is a combination of progressive politics combined with the economic clout of major corporations. It’s goal is to control the world thru a socialist structure governed by elites. Brexit was a rebellion against this idea. Large corporations now basically control the world to their benefit. They need globalism to insure increasing profitability via an ability to seek low cost labor, unlimited mechanization along with various schemes to avoid taxes. They manage to accomplish this via political contributions, employment of politicians and outright bribes ala’ Hillary.

    I think we should explore the long term impact of globalization, the methods it uses to succeed and the good as well as the harmful effects. My bottom line is that it needs to be controlled.

  • “Internationalism” seems to point to globalism without doing away with nations.
    Foxfire makes a good point about other factors besides nationalism that made nations in the search for security want to band together with other European nations – she mentions ‘dehumanizing “scientific” theory … divorcing choices from those who are most intimately involved in them…’
    Globalism, top down, is not the answer. Subsidiarity is more like it.
    Respect for the individual life, for the family, for the integrity/oneness of the community, local/regional control, These tThings can not just be cast aside.

  • “Nationalism” and “patriotism” are NOT the same thing, as C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton understood very well. Lewis has some good reflections on patriotism in “The Four Loves”. Patriotism, at its root, is simply an entirely natural love for the country one belongs to (whether by birth or by naturalization); its root word is “patria” or “fatherland” — in essence, an extension of one’s family. There is nothing wrong or unjust about loving one’s country and putting its welfare first any more than there is is loving one’s own immediate family and putting THEIR welfare first; it only becomes wrong when one uses that love to justify actual injustice, aggression, or hatred toward others outside the family or nation.

    Chesterton said that not wanting your country to be ruled by foreigners was like not wanting your home to be burned down or otherwise destroyed — your country and its culture are part of your “home” and your identity, and you don’t want to lose that against your will. To extend the family home analogy, it’s one thing to welcome temporary houseguests, or to permanently add new members to your family by marriage or adoption; it’s another thing to be forced to open your doors to burglars, to people who insist on rearranging everything to suit them, or worst of all, to people who may want to kill you. The Brexit voters, by and large, were those who had become concerned that the EU was essentially telling them “So what if these ‘guests” burn down your “house’?”

  • Anzlyne wrote, “”Internationalism” seems to point to globalism without doing away with nations.”

    Indeed. Here in Scotland, the Scottish National Party is a staunch supporter of the European Union, as are a number of nationalist movements across Europe, such as Basques and Catalans and would like to see a “Europe of the regions.”

    It is, perhaps, worth recalling that three of the main architects of the EU were from marginal German-speaking areas: West German Chancellor Adenauer (Rhineland), French Prime Minister Robert Schumann (born in Luxembourg of parents from Lorraine) and Italian Prime Minister Alcide De Gasperi (Trentino Alto Adige). De Gasperi actually sat in the Vienna parliament pre-1914.

  • Or Michael, loosely paraphrasing Pierre Manent, it is a project motivated by a “hatred of bodies” for post-political European nations looking to delegitimize and rid themselves of politics; while simultaneously constructing something to fill in the hole left by the Catholic Church. And if it were not the case, you’d not be promoting the SNP as anything but a frivolous party well aware that it cannot afford separation due to the instabilities associated with natural-resource dependency, but savvy enough to complain about Westminster and kvetch about Brussels in order to pay the bills. It agitates for a nationhood it does not want (and may very well despise,) without having a practical or discernible way to achieve it.