Brexit Highlights the Enduring Value of Federalism
Regardless of other economic, political and social implications of Britain's vote yesterday to depart the European Union, it highlights a value at the core of America's governmental system: federalism.
On this side of the Atlantic, decades of almost uninterrupted centralization of authority at the national level has necessarily come at the expense of more localized decisionmaking. Our own unfortunate experience has been an increasingly homogenized, sterilized, conformist, bureaucratic, technocratic, remote, suffocating, uniform, top-down, one-size-fits-all leviathan. Ironically, those on the political left who so often pretend to value "diversity" defend that erosion of federalism most enthusiastically. They expose themselves as intolerant of true diversity, freedom and independence…[more]
Fighting for social justice isn’t cheap. Turns out, the student demonstrations that disrupted college and university campuses last fall are having some baleful economic consequences — at least in Missouri. And that is a very good thing. The higher education bubble could use some deflating, and if the spectacle of campus unrest has parents and taxpayers rethinking the value of a four-year degree, at least as it’s currently constituted, so much the better.
Standard & Poor’s, the bond-rating company, announced on Monday that it had lowered the outlook of the four-campus…
"The Spanish Armada, Waterloo, the Battle of Britain and Brexit: Once again 'Little England' boldly defied a European tyranny. ... This was a triumph of democracy over bureaucracy, of the average citizen over a new aristocracy, of cherished identity over the left's dreams of a global meta-state. For now, economic hysteria reigns, irrational, vindictive and bewildered. But just as things never turn…[more]
—Ralph Peters, LTC, USA-Ret., Author, Columnist and Commentator
— Ralph Peters, LTC, USA-Ret., Author, Columnist and Commentator