Yes, Steven Crowder is a bit of a blowhard, and he’s only funny to some…but here, he’s not wrong.
Queue the ominous music!
European Council President Donald Tusk, a man whose fortunes and power rest on the continued bumbling of the European Union, groused today that the exit of Great Britain would imperil not just the European experiment, but the very fabric of time and space! (Not really, but it’s that idiotic a statement.)
Why is it so dangerous? Because no one can foresee what the long-term consequences would be. As a historian I fear that Brexit could be the beginning of the destruction of not only the EU but also of western political civilization in its entirety.
Well, as a historian, I can firmly and safely say this is total bullshit. The only thing this would destroy are the careers of thousands of useless leeches like Tusk who get by ruining the economies of the entire continent, as interfering endlessly in the day-to-day lives of Europeans. (As well as destroying the fine automotive history of the region — looking at you EURO4 emissions standards!)
Everyone in the EU, but especially the Brits themselves, would lose out economically.
Nope. Britain is still one of the strongest financial centers in the world, has oil in abundance, and without the constant meddling of European would-be aristocrats, could use their resources to their benefit. The end of the EU as a political unit does not necessarily mean the end of the EU as an economic cooperative. Trade and border standards do not need to be dismantled (but the latter almost certainly will be due to the influx of Muslim refugees looking to bring the same murderous culture with them that they are fleeing.)
Britain would be just fine without the French agricultural protectionism, the German financial bullying, the siphoning of resources from the PIIGS, or the influx of refugees that found the Czechs much too uninviting.
You’d know this is you stopped listening to the mainstream and politicized ends f the media, and started looking at facts. (Raw facts and numbers are the enemy of established narratives…)
The various large media groups, politicians, terrorists, and reforms — all one of the same, in my opinion — would have you think the world is going to hell (literally, in the case of religious types and environmental doomsayers.) However, a quick shufty at what’s actually happening paints a different picture: world income averages are rising (hastening the death of the middle-class, both by people joining the ranks of the “wealthy” or failing to make that mark); deforestation and CO2 emissions have been falling and the population is headed for “peak people” as folks get wealthy and do what they do when they happens — stop having scads of kids in the hopes they will have some stability for their family; violence — even the state-sponsored kinds like war and policing — is seeing a steady drop around the world; technological developments like 3D printing and robotics are about to kick the bottom out of Big Pharma and Big Medicine, Big Industry.
If anything, these trends — created by capitalism and entrepreneurialism — have been exposing how utterly slow, useless, and destructive traditional forms of industry, bankng, and government is at, well, anything but fleecing their customers and constiuents. The corruption built into political systems exacerbates the weaknesses of Big Business that are exposued by the creation of new forms of currency like bitcoin, and cheap DIY technologies like 3D printing, self-publishing in the arts, and crowdsourcing.
The parasitic behavior of government has angered billions, world-wide, have led subversion of the system, as we’ve seen with the near-ubiquitous use of sousveillance and information access through the internet against corruption and state violence; or they’ve led to resentful retrenchment into traditional structures — religious fanaticism, calls for the statist action to “do something” on [name your issue], and a focus on finding the worst political candidates possible. (The Untied States is leading the way on shit politicians this year. USA! USA!) Those that can’t think outside of the traditional structures and ideologies are in for a very rough ride over the next few decades. As those people who cannot adapt tend to be older — and we have a massive surplus of aging Baby Boomers, worldwide — we can expect a lot of complaining and resistance to the systemic disruption these changes will bring from doomsayers who cannot come to grips with these changes.
Not for the reasons you think…
A third and final trait, one which, in my eyes, best describes socialists of all schools and shades, is a profound opposition to personal liberty and scorn for individual reason, a complete contempt for the individual. They unceasingly attempt to mutilate, to curtail, to obstruct personal freedom in any and all ways. They hold that the State must not only act as the director of society, but must further be master of each man, and not only master, but keeper and trainer. For fear of allowing him to err, the State must place itself forever by his side, above him, around him, better to guide him, to maintain him, in a word, to confine him. They call, in fact, for the forfeiture, to a greater or less degree, of human liberty, to the point where, were I to attempt to sum up what socialism is, I would say that it was simply a new system of serfdom.
Alexis de Tocqueville, Remarks to French Constituent Assembly, 1848
Cato Institute has an excellent paper on government debt here…
Historically, federal debt has spiked during wars, but lawmakers have always reduced the load when crises subsided. Recently, however, deficits have been chronic and official projections show a nonstop gusher of red ink in coming years. When measured as a percent of the economy, federal debt has never been as high during peacetime as it is today.
Uber! The bogeyman of the medallion holder.
Like every industry, if you get the hell out of peoples’ ways, they create new, better, and usually cheaper ways of doing things. those who already are in the market don’t like competition, and they’re not shy about locking you out of working to protect their positions.