My dear friends,
The EU is not a benign entity. It is a political establishment founded by human beings, one with the potential to become the most powerful organisation in the world. Why was this political entity created? A clue might be to look at what the protagonists, those who have the most to benefit from this establishment, have ambitions of doing. From where I stand, it looks as if they want to increase the governmental reach and power of the central authorities. They want to increase the political integration of EU member states. They want monetary union and unified legislation. In short, they want power, and the security that such a situation yields. This direction has the stench of authoritarian totalitarianism.
Many often point to the great things that can be, or has been achieved via the EU. This I don’t doubt, but you have to ask yourself, what are the costs, and are there other methods of achieving these things? Do consider these facts… Every ‘great’ ruler of the past, those who conquered much, has also achieved a great many good things. Going as far back as the ancient Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, and Roman empires, all the great conquerors of the past achieved a great many amazing things for civilisation and for technology. But you cannot deny that these conquerors did this out of a desire for power, and hurt a great many people along the way. Therefore, in order to justify any of the benefits, you have to count the cost of pandering to the power-hungry, and weigh up whether these costs are worth it. We live in an unprecedented age of freedom and social mobility, let us not be so ready to abandon this responsibility so that somebody else can take the accountability off you. It is certainly easier to blame someone else when something goes wrong, but that is a sign of immaturity. It helps nobody, the least being yourself, to lay the responsibility and the blame on others.
Democracy necessarily entails personal responsibility. You cannot expect to be spoon-fed and provided for. This means supporting the establishment and protection of personal freedoms and civil liberties. It requires that you take the initiative to investigate what result political decisions and policies will give you, rather than simply accept conventional wisdom and ‘social truth’. If there’s something you don’t understand about the EU, don’t wait for someone to provide that information for you, look it up yourself.
Why do I do this?
If you read the introduction to my blog, you will see that I describe myself as caring for truth, justice, and solutions. I am not a politician, nor am I even a UK citizen. Thus as far as I can tell, I stand to gain nothing for myself by arguing for this cause. In fact, at the time of writing this article, my boss was a pro-EU Belgian, and he has even read this blog. So it could be argued that I am risking my personal relations with my superiors and possibly even my job for arguing against his position. I would personally follow his reasoning and respect his reasons for being pro-EU, but that doesn’t mean I will agree with him.
In another article, I attempted to list out the myths and fear-mongering of those who would have the UK stay in the EU. However, in addition to such defensive measures, it is also important to be able to present a positive case for Brexit, good reasons why the UK should leave the EU. I shall continue to lay out reasons why it is not good for just the UK, but good also for other countries, both inside and outside the EU, for the UK to give up its membership of the European Union.
Critique of the institution that is the European Union is severely understated. We are frequently sold the benefits or costs of the leaving/staying in the EU, but the question is almost never asked: what’s wrong with the EU? Most reasonable people would agree that there is nothing intrinsically wrong with independence, but is there anything intrinsically wrong with the EU? In this blog, I attempt to lay out some of the fundamental problems with the EU, the principles that defy principle ethics as well as practical outcomes.
Below, are a list of articles I have written specifically addressing the subject of the EU in the Brexit debate. This list of articles does not represent my analysis exhaustively, only what I have been able to spend time writing up. If you are genuinely interested in what drives a progressive pro-Europe immigrant to oppose the EU, please follow the links below to read the articles.
Articles in favour of leaving the EU:
- The positive case for Brexit 1: The EU’s democratic deficit
- The positive case for Brexit 2: a cost-benefit analysis of EU membership
- EU membership misconceptions
- How “Pooled Sovereignty” is an oxymoron
- Addressing counter-arguments against leaving the EU
- Immigration vs Border Control
- Dissecting David Cameron’s EU ‘deal’
- Anonymous letter from a British ex-pat living in the EU
- Exposing 13 lies a 2-minutes StrongerIN campaign video
- The sacrifice of social cohesion caused by the EU
- An open response to LSE’s Nicholas Barr
- Some detrimental effects of EU policies
Articles in favour of EU membership:
- Joining the Eurozone could be beneficial for Britain
- Regulatory passporting – the killer argument against Brexit
- The ethical argument for remaining in the EU