from Ron Paul’s Weekly ColumnBrexit Changes Everything?
The big news for the past several days has been the UK vote to leave the EU. We may have differing views on the virtues of staying with Brussels versus exiting the EU, but what does it mean for our main mission, the promotion of peace and prosperity? The answer is not entirely clear. The act of devolving power to ever more local entities generally brings more personal liberty and can allow the individual or small group of individuals more say in how they are governed.
Will a Brexit reduce the risk of a major European war, which is looming closer with each NATO exercise on Russia’s border? It is possible that a European Union without the UK actively involved will seek a way out of the foolish and counter-productive sanctions on Russia over its “aggression” in Ukraine. The UK under David Cameron has been a loyal partner to the most aggressive instincts in the Obama Administration and without British “resolve” the continent may look to ease tensions with its eastern neighbor. That would be good news for peace and good news for prosperity.
One thing we do know: when major events like the Brexit vote occur, people turn to the Ron Paul Institute and the Liberty Report for information and analysis. Over the last week the Liberty Report has had a significant uptick in viewers, beyond its steady pattern of growth. Our readers and viewers have expressed their appreciation for a perspective that is very different from the mainstream media spin. Likewise, our articles on the Institute website have been widely read and disseminated. Over the last week our work has been seen by nearly 600,000 readers on Facebook. That’s a lot of bang for very few bucks! It is very satisfying to see people not just see our articles and the episodes of our daily Liberty Report broadcast, but to actively debate, praise, critique, and recommend our work!
We cannot change the policies until we change the minds of the people.