Sunday, February 24, 2019

Outstanding opportunities outweigh obedientiary overburdening III...

Brexit: 33 days to go [countdown].

The case, as per several weeks ago and despite a plethora of annoying complicated votes, is still "an object lesson in elite betrayal": "Leaving without a deal to trade under WTO rules is a real possibility because of both the fast approaching leave date and the inability of the House of Commons to come up with any plan which can command a majority. Moreover, significant numbers of leave MPs have embraced the idea as being the best route out of the EU for of the UK." [England calling]

I also agree entirely with Emily Barley (Chairman of Conservatives for Liberty and writing on Brexit Central this weekend)
"It’s time for those of us who campaigned and voted to leave the EU to speak up, loud and clear, for the kind of future we want for our country. Not just on trade, borders and immigration, but in terms of the great British traditions we ought to restore. When the UK finally exits the EU, we should renew our commitment to civil liberties."
De Legibus et Consuetudinibus Angliae
Partly on the same theme: 'Escaping Illiberal Values', [LINK] "It’s no secret the EU views concepts such as decentralization with disapproval. For 'progressive' institutions like the EU, classical liberal concepts of limited government and smaller political units checking bigger units are toxic roadblocks that keep it from realizing its universalist vision. The British Isles, on the other hand, have historically been the cradle for classically liberal practices such as federalism, free speech, and property rights." (Jose NiƱo, published on the Mises Wire, Mises Institute)

This was one of my main reasons for voting Leave too: not just the trade opportunities or freedom/regaining sovereignty etc., but to escape the clutches of the quagmire pull of what Napoleon believed his greatest achievement ("My real glory is not the forty battles I won, for Waterloo's defeat will destroy the memory of as many victories... What nothing will destroy, what will live forever, is my Civil Code."

There are some similarities between English Common Law and the Napoleonic Code but many differences; you can see the logic in the original idea to codify rules and 'equalise' the Law but 'mission creep' should have been foreseen and with today's politicians such complete control can only lead to one outcome: sort of a bastardised cross between another Reich and another Soviet Union, and/or the one they say they've been trying to avoid for decades: war. 

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