God Save the Bureaucrats?
Monday, June 20, 2016
I watched with this fascination as those campaigning for Brexit narrate their case in "Brexit the Movie." The first part is especially familiar to a student of American history, as it enumerates all of the outrages to Britain's self-determination. We called these outrages "Intolerable Acts" in the days that led up to the American Declaration of Independence.
Only now, for the British, the Intolerable Acts are not the acts of a king, but of a bureaucracy beholden to a banking cartel. It is important to note, however, that in the context of both British and American history, there is no substantial difference. Whether the absolute power of a monarch be executed by the Crown or by an opaque bureaucracy, we are faced with a Hobbesian Leviathan which is the antithesis of both the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence.
It was said by Richard fitz Nigel (who died in 1198): "It is not for the king’s subjects to question or condemn his actions." This expresses the widely held (in that time) belief in the "Divine Right of Kings" that viewed the authority to govern as flowing from God to the Pope to the Monarch. But the reign of King John (1199–1216) delivered an impunity which could not possibly be associated with any 'divine' right.
And so the Magna Carta, which every American child is taught lies at the heart of the American idea of our constitutional liberties - was born as a check against the impunity that is inescapable when no means is available for a people to judge its sovereign.
The question that lies at the heart of this debate, then (at least from how it would appear from across the pond) really runs to the heart of how a free people identify themselves. It was largely because of the impunity of the Crown confiscating the gold of the English merchants in order to fight their latest religious war that our Founding Fathers eschewed monarchy entirely and forbade a state established church. Without the monarch as the unifying symbol, we invested that same meaning in our flag. Thus our national anthem became "The Star Spangled Banner."
So as you my British neighbors go to the polls on Thursday, it would seem the very significance of the Magna Carta itself is at stake. Only now you find yourself subject to the impunity of an opaque bureaucracy in Brussels. If the British are going to suffer the impunity of a monarch, it should at least be a British monarch! If you allow the banking fraud that is the EU and the shackles that is its money to enslave you with others' debts, the Magna Carta itself has become a dead letter.
The doomsayers are those who have never produced a single thing in the British economy. They have certainly talked and written a lot about it, but again, they have produced nothing. They live in the bubble of financialisation where they mistake money for wealth. And since they have never created a pence of wealth themselves, they are left merely to preserve their own ability to aggregate to themselves the wealth of their subjects. With impunity.
Let the bureaucrats and their bankers rot for their impunity. God Save the Queen! Vote Brexit.