Politics, as they say, is the art of the possible. “Brexit” fills me with hope to the extent that now more things are possible politically, in the UK and beyond. This is also what fills me with hope about the Trump movement.
That said, Britons did not solve their fundamental problem on Thursday, which is racial displacement, and not the arcane economic regulations issued from Brussels.
Internal immigration within the European Union (the “Polish Plumber”) is, arguably, a real instance of cultural enrichment. On the other hand, the immigration from Britain’s former colonies, which Britain has been allowing for decades—and which is completely unrelated to the EU—remains an existential threat and self-inflicted wound.
My hope is that after Brexit, as more things are possible politically, Britain faces it true cultural, political, and racial dilemma.
Of late, I’ve taken the unpopular position (at least on the Alt Right) that Euro-skepticism and EU-bashing have their limits, and that we should be open to the possibilities of Europeanism.
After last night—which, no doubt, launched similar referenda in other countries—I question whether the EU has a future at all.
The refugee crisis—which peaked last summer, but is ongoing—was a tremendous opportunity for the EU. It could have become Fortress Europa. Brussels could have defined what Europe really is—defined Us and Them—and gained a great deal of popular legitimacy in the process. In other words, Brussels could have followed the lead of Viktor Orban, as opposed to going along with the altruistically insane Angela Merkel.
Last summer could have been the EU’s moment. Instead, it might go down as the beginning of its end.