I initially looked at Brexit with glee. Anything that makes leftists cry is always a good thing. But this glee was always tempered with suspicion–so voting is now an honest thing and isn’t manipulated? So even though Brexit appeared to be legit, you can understand my skepticism. A friend of mine pointed out John Milbank’s twitter account. That surprised me since Milbank has historically been reticent about blogs and social media.
After reflecting on some of Milbank posts, other thoughts on Brexit solidified. So, here goes a list:
- No one is seriously saying the world should go back to post-Napoleonic nationalism and nation-states, so calm down.
- Even if we wanted to, it is simply not possible given global capital and technology. Dugin has a point here (Eurasian Mission).
- Ironically, people fear Dugin but he has the most level-headed approach to globalism.
- Milbank is correct that both alternatives represent neo-liberal capitalism–and both are fraught with problems (problems, I think, cannot be fixed)
- Milbank (more on this below) thinks that the EU is a Christian institution interested in preserving the fragments of Christian civilization. The romanticism in Milbank has always been very attractive, but could he be more mistaken?
Now for some of Milbank’s other comments:
Christians are duty bound for theological and historical reasons to support the ever closer union of Europe (which does not imply a superstate) and to deny the value of absolute sovereignty or the lone nation-state.
Sez who? Unless you are thinking of the Eastern Roman Emperor I am not sure what kind of argument you can make?
Towards a Better EU?
Maybe not in the future, since NATO is making sure that future can’t exist. But I think a lot of the reasons behind Milbank’s reasons are quite sound and worth considering. In the future, after modern Atlanticism is in dust and ashes, a real European Union is worth considering around Dugin’s lines.
- With the collapse of the USSR, the pole of Atlanticism shifted further to the West (America) leaving Britain adrift between the US and Europe.
- Disentangle Europe from NATO. There is no reason the Balts must die for false promises.
- Go back to the distinction between a Common Market (good) and Single Market (bad). This was a good idea based on the best of European subsidiarity.
- Rethink the open labor laws. Flooding a market with cheap labor benefits CEOs, never the common man.
- Whenever the EU remained antagonistic to Atlanticism (like in the Iraqi war), it did well.
- Dugin’s final point is the heart of the matter: the same globalist forces that created it are dissolving it.
So, if that’s true, there is little cause for Brexiteers to rejoice. And Milbank is right on that point: isolated nation-states cannot resist globalist economic networks. Only superpowers united around polar zones can do so.