Sunday, December 4, 2016
Freedom makes progress in Europe
So, it looks as if the right-wing (i.e. anti-European Union) candidate in the Austrian presidential elections lost (narrowly), but Italian voters have rejected an attempt to align that country more closely with EU-preferred political structures. This may lead to economic crisis, and even Italy's withdrawal from the euro.
I can't say I'm too worried at the prospect. Most of those forecasting doom and gloom if more conservative, anti-globalist, pro-nationalist candidates win more elections in more countries, are coming from a world view that regards increasing unity - leading to a 'one world' government - as desirable. I'm on the other side of the fence. I believe that individual rights, freedoms and liberties are antithetic to collectivism. I'm all in favor of political movements that see the individual as more important than the state; who value and encourage and support entrepreneurism and individual effort, rather than socialism and group-think.
Austria didn't quite get there today, but the country came a lot closer than it ever has before. I suspect, if that opinion change continues, it won't be long before its government changes hands. Italy is now set fair for a regime change, since Prime Minister Renzi has promised to resign if he loses the referendum. What will replace him is unclear . . . but I doubt very much whether it will be any worse.
Now we look to the ongoing saga of Brexit, where globalists and collectivists are doing everything they can to sabotage the will of the British people, as expressed in a referendum to withdraw from the EU. France is likely to see a significant swing to more conservative, right-wing, nationalist candidates in the coming year. As for Germany . . . collectivist Merkel has allowed over a million so-called 'refugees' to invade her country. The consequences for Germans have been almost uniformly unpleasant - some of them have been horrific. Will the German electorate punish her and her party? That remains to be seen . . . but one may hope.
President Trump may soon have more like-minded leaders in Europe to work with than he'd expected.