De Gaulle tells you about Brexit

From Michael Barone at Townhall

Each nationalism is different, drawing on countries’ histories, traditions, mores. In vetoing Britain’s application to the Common Market in 1963, Charles de Gaulle (who had lived in England and spoke English) said that Britain had “in all her doings very marked and very original habits and traditions.” England with its common law allowed what was not regulated; Continental Europe with its Napoleonic Code allowed nothing until it was regulated. They always were a bad fit.

Nationalism sits ill with transnational elites confident that the “arc of history,” as Barack Obama says, bends toward greater submergence of national identities to international control: Centralizing power in the hands of well-educated liberal-minded experts is the wave of the future.

But this is a 20th-century, and increasingly obsolete, view. In the industrial age, with its massive factories and masses of workers, centralization seemed inevitable and beneficial. In the information age, when your small phone contains more information than a Carnegie library and performs more functions than a Cold War UNIVAC, centralization blocks creative innovation and adaptive flexibility.More.

Reality check: Die, Euromonster, die. If Britain had wanted to be run by Germany, she would have surrendered in both World Wars, instead of defeating Germany.

Oh wait, that’s too deep for a Eurocrat.

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