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Thread #166609 Message #4008072
Posted By: Steve Shaw
09-Sep-19 - 11:36 AM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit 'Take Back Control' D Cummings
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit 'Take Back Control' D Cummings
I don't see what it has to do with "like." It's a unfortunate aspect of this world that underdogs either stay underdogs or go under completely. Sadly, that usually means smaller or less wealthy or less developed nations, or all three of those. The EU is a relatively benign institution which operates mostly with a light touch, with occasional very unfortunate exceptions (before someone chucks Greece at me), but always insisting on the rule of law, on democratic government and on human rights. Smaller and weaker nations are assisted and bigger and stronger nations help. That has done a huge amount to preserve peace and stability. It suffers from the disease of gigantism, as do China, India, the US and as did the old Soviet Union. Institutions seem remote and are vulnerable to attacks from naysayers who claim incorrect and negative things, such as that the EU is undemocratic or is run by faceless bureaucrats. Those things are no more true of the EU than they are of any of those other giants and also of ruthless giant multinationals. You don't have to "like" the EU in order to acknowledge these things. Just two little words: nothing's perfect.