When Britain first, at Heaven’s command
Arose from out the azure main;
This was the charter of the land,
And guardian angels sang this strain:
Rule, Britannia! Britannia rules the waves:
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.
The nations, not so blest as thee,
Must, in their turns, to tyrants fall;
While thou shalt flourish great and free,
The dread and envy of them all.
Rule, Britannia! Britannia rules the waves:
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.

In light of the fact that this used to be Great Britain’s unofficial national anthem, the recent successful Brexit vote, made possible by the older generation’s overwhelming Leave votes, starts to make sense.

A Pity

It’s a pity they couldn’t delay the vote a couple weeks. Then we could celebrate Independence Day together on either side of the pond!

On the Ground

A real live Briton comments on the outcome:

It seems that there is a reasonably strong majority vote for the UK Leave-ing the European Union – the size of is very significant in England (because Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to Remain).

The pattern is that the Establishment-dominated regions of England voted Remain; and everywhere else voted to Brexit.

Unsurprisingly, the situation seems to be that the majority of those with highest status, power, education and wealth (i.e. the Secular Left, Politically Correct Social Justice Warriors) want to remain in the EU – everybody else, not.

The referendum campaign in the mass media was overwhelmingly-dominated by Remain – but the effects of decades of corruption and self-destruction in this class was very evident – in that the Remain campaign held all the cards, but was ineffectual to the point of counter-productive in its tactics.

Remain had no honest and positive message because there exists no positive message for them to have – they merely offered ‘more of the same’, which is very obviously killing us.

(‘Very obviously’ to anyone with common sense – leaving the EU is a ‘no-brainer’, but among the Establishment it is lack of a functioning intelligence that disables them. They are self-bewildered, and delusional Clever Sillies; insane rather than dumb; evilly-motivated rather than incompetent.)

Instead Remain relied almost exclusively on inciting fear and hatred, but succeeded only in making clear that Remain was itself motivated by fear, hatred and destructive zeal – (truthfully) signalling that Remain regarded the voting majority as dumb, crazy or wicked and therefore deserving of cultural (and probably physical) annihilation.

But a vote entails merely marking a piece of paper – and of itself is no more significant than an opinion poll – and it has for a long time been known that most English people wanted to leave the EU. So this referendum may mean nothing. It may be a mere ‘blip’ in the down-trend.

One scenario is that pretty soon, the fickle, mass media-addicted majority will soon forget this vote, just like they have forgotten many other (should-have-been) highly significant events over the past decades. (The mass media, after all, are overwhelmingly in favour of Remain.)

Very clearly, the vote is evidence of a massive popular rejection of the Establishment leadership (as well as the EU, which is part of precisely the same nexus).

But a negative impulse is insignificant – in and of itself merely a venting of disgust.

What will happen now depends on whether the majority vote is evidence of a positive and strategic resolve towards a new future for England: this would have to be some kind of ‘spiritual’ movement, a new destiny for the nation; because that is the only kind of thing which motivates large populations over long periods of time.

I have said, many times, that net-positive change entails some kind of religious (and specifically Christian) revival – because I believe that ‘nationalism’ is a spent-force in the history of The West.

A Religious Revival is possible, but is it at all plausible?

Read the rest on his blog: Bruce Charlton’s Notions.

Bruce Charlton is an interesting person. A medical doctor, and scientific researcher, but also something of a philosopher in the broader sense. Although a huge fan of Tolkien, he seems to be something like a C.S. Lewis-type Christian from what I have read, although even that may be too narrow a label.

My Take on the Brexit

There is a tide in the affairs of men, as yet another Englishman said. It would appear that ours in the West is in the process of turning. Trump Republicans, Brexit-supporters, UKIP, Golden Dawn, Front National, and many other Western Nationalist groups, some more radical and less Christian-compatible than others, are on the rise and likely to assume power in the near future as the sheer stupidity of allowing large numbers of poorly educated, low IQ, Sharia-law-supporting Muslims to enter Western society breaks upon us (physically as well as mentally).

And I think, as a supporter of the principles of Subsidiarity, it is a good thing that the EU will likely be broken up. Because the larger any empire or confederation becomes, the less accountable its rulers become to those who are governed, and perhaps more importantly, the less empathy those rulers have with the plight of the unfortunate people among those they rule. Cultural barriers are real. Language barriers are real. If things had gone differently, and it was Britain upon whom the United States was contemplating dropping the Atomic Bomb in the Second World War instead of Japan, I suspect the outcome would have been different. Just a suspicion.

Men aren’t very good at showing mercy to those who aren’t in their immediate experience, and they become worse at it the less similar their neighbors are to them. Best to keep things as local as they can possibly be, if we keep this shortcoming in mind. Like water-tight compartments in a ship, breaking Europe into completely separate compartments will also help prevent the entire region from becoming overrun by Muslim migrants as well, as some of the Eastern EU member states like Hungary are already having problems holding back that tide.

Like Charlton, though, I cannot help but fear that we are not applying the needed treatment for our disease: mere band-aids like Nationalism are not going to cut it alone (although I suppose one could theoretically bleed out from a snake bite). The real wound, and the more serious problem, is of a different nature. We in the West are poisoned deep in our culture’s soul, poisoned by Relativism, escapism, the cult of Youth, the cult of Death, lack of Faith, Sex obsession, religious schism, lack of respect for our elders. Only religious repentance and Revival is a sufficient antidote. Will it happen, or will it take a real Dark Age to reteach the people of the West that Man does not live on bread alone? Let us pray and work for the former.

UPDATE: In the wake of Brexit, the EU is going for broke on political integration.

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