The Beauty of Brexit, or How British Voters Just Made the World a Better Place, by Brendan O’Neill. The pain and naked hypocrisy of the politically correct has been wondrous to behold:
[T]he brilliance of Brexit, the beauty of Brexit, can be measured in direct relation to how much pain and misery it has caused the political and media elites.
We’ve had politicians crying on TV over Brexit. There’s a British Labour politician called Keith Vaz, one of those pompous Labourites who oozes self-satisfaction from every pore, and he actually cried when the Brexit result was confirmed. Hilariously, he did this while accusing the public of voting emotionally rather than rationally. He said us silly voters didn’t understand the question and had behaved like overgrown children, and he said this through actual tears. The irony was beautiful. A nation laughed. …
The EU is at risk:
[T]he bureaucrats of Brussels … are freaking out that Brexit will ignite Euroscepitism across Europe. And they’re right to freak out. There are now Eurosceptic majorities in Spain, France and Greece, and large Eurosceptic minorities in Germany, Holland and Sweden. Brexit is another green light to these revolters, to these people who want to wriggle free of Brussels bureaucracy and its diktats. Us plucky Brits have inspired angry Germans and pissed-off Swedes — that’s what I call European unity. …
One EU supporter … says the EU should try to “severely diminish” Britain and “hurt the UK”, in order to “protect the EU from arsonists elsewhere”. This is how mad the EU and its cheerleaders have been driven by Brexit. This is how brilliant Brexit has been. This is the beauty of Brexit.
The politically correct can now longer pretend to themselves that they are the people.
And the left, small l-liberal set in Britain, which is very pro-EU, has lost the plot too. It has finally dawned on them just how out of touch they are with public sentiment…. Others openly describe the public as ignoramuses, brainwashed, lacking the basic moral and mental skills for political decision-making.
And then there was my favourite headline of the whole Brexit era, and possibly of all time: it was in the Guardian and it said: “Why elections are bad for democracy.” Yes, this is the state of debate we have reached, where writers are openly arguing that asking the people what they think is bad for democracy. You think to yourself: okay, you people have lost it.
For decades now, in various different ways, politics has become increasingly insulated from mass sentiment and public will. … [T]he EU embodied this process perhaps more than any other institution on Earth. It was the clearest manifestation of the removal of political discussion and decision-making from us, the masses, and its colonisation by them, the technocrats, the well-educated, the clever, who apparently understand better than us what needs to be done about climate change, how international affairs should be organised, what laws people should live by, what we should be allowed to say and what we shouldn’t be allowed to say, and so on. The EU is the pinnacle of the postwar move in the West towards a more insulated, distant, officious form of governance.
These days, everyone in the chattering classes and among the political elites claims to be on the side of the people, to want to help the people, to want to look after the people. They claim to empathise with us, worry about us, care about us. Rubbish. And if you didn’t know that was rubbish before Brexit, you certainly know it now. The clarity of Brexit has shown us what the elites truly think, and my God it is ugly.
I cannot remember a time in my life when there has been as much open contempt and bile for ordinary people as there was after Brexit. All the PC guff was pushed to one side, and we got to see the disgust of the elites for the public.
Experts versus the people:
The clash over expertise really showed what was at stake. We had ordinary people saying that they trusted their friends and their families, and themselves, more than the technocrats and the new educated elites. This was radical. …This is rare today, very rare.
I have felt deeply inspired by this. It brings to my mind the ideals of the Enlightenment itself. When Brexiteers reject the authority of the political class, academics, the media and religious figures, they channel the sentiment of the Enlightenment. One is reminded of the founding motto of the Royal Society, that institution of the scientific revolution: “On the word of no one.” That is, don’t rely on traditional forms of authority or keepers of “truth”: think for yourself. The British people, against the exhortations of politicians, the church, the banks, the military and academia, thought for themselves.
So what if Trump wins too? PC heads will explode everywhere.