I’ve been on vacation the last couple of weeks in wondrous, beautiful, unreal Switzerland,* so I’m taking the lazy blogger’s way out and linking to a couple of other bloggers with minimal comments of my own.
I haven’t followed the Brexit debate closely. I’m quite sure that I would have voted for Britain to stay in the EU. There are good reasons not to be thrilled with the EU, but the likely consequences of Britain’s leaving seem to me to weigh more heavily than the mostly psychological benefits of getting out. As Paul Krugman put it, the Brits were facing a choice between bad and worse. Josh Marshall, writing just before the vote, does a nice summary of the issue having reached the conclusion that a decision to Brexit would be crazy. Marshall thinks that Brexit is all about English nationalism. Even more emphatic is Kevin Drum, who reacted to the vote with a short and provocative if maybe somewhat overheated post. To Drum, the push for Brexit bears uncomfortable resemblances to the motivations driving the followers of Donald Trump and Marie LePen:
…[A]t its core, [Brexit is] the last stand of old people who have been frightened to death by cynical right-wing media empires and the demagogues who enable them—all of whom have based their appeals on racism as overt as anything we’ve seen in decades.
* As a self-consciously politically aware person, I feel a ittle funny if not actually guilty spending time in Switzerland while knowing practically nothing about its politics and, frankly, hardly caring. What can I say? Sometimes, you just need a break.