In the few days following the Brexit vote, the most common word used in newspapers around the world was "might". Or was it "maybe"? I didn't count but they're neck and neck. It's clear that no one knows what the hell is going to happen. If any of the pundits were to use their historical memory just once, they'd be inclined to tone down their assault on their alarmist projections on the future.
In the past 20 years, the world has endured numerous "no going back's" that at first, seemed to threaten our very existence. Who can forget 9/11? The fear of Armageddon that dominated the news shortly after that event barely lasted a few days. The economy continued to prosper quite nicely.
We must not forget the financial meltdown of 2008. Given the magnitude of this disaster, this should have ended the prosperity that the elites of the world have been enjoying. Last time I looked, life has continued pretty much as before and the west is much better off than they were then.
There are two mouth pieces who have a large platform to spew their drivel on a day to day basis. I'm referring to Rex Murphy and Conrad Black of the National Post. Years ago, I stopped reading this newspaper. I gave up looking for some redeeming thoughts in their columns. As it turns out, the day after the vote, I found a National Post in the garbage at my local coffee shop and was overwhelmed with the temptation to learn what this rag had to say about Brexit. I confess here in this blog that the Murphy/Black comments appeared to be fairly sensible, particularly in comparison to the extremists who have been dominating the media airwaves these past few days. In fact, I think they're absolutely right about what happened.
Rex Murphy: "The EU vote is the most dramatic illustration to date of how the “guiding elites” of many Western countries have lost the fealty and trust of their populations."
Here's the long winded Conrad Black's take on this vote: "The absurdly exaggerated reaction to the British vote to leave the European Union demonstrates the complacency and incompetence of the governing elites in Britain and Western Europe, and how those attitudes rippled out, unchallenged, in the international media and financial markets."
I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in confessing that I know nothing about these things. Some will be benefit from this outcome, some will suffer terribly. That was going to be the result regardless of the vote results. However, being the political animal that I am, I often have a purely emotional reaction to these things. In this case, I feel giddy with delight. The majority have let the elites know in no uncertain terms that they don't like how they're running things. In a democracy, this is good news indeed.