Check your global political commentary privileges, Americans.

Why do we seem, as a whole, so anti-Brexit, and more importantly, why are we so vocal about it? Americans hate it when other countries try to comment on our political and social issues. Why do we feel justified commenting on others? Also, how many people commenting on the situation have any actual experience living in the EU? If you don’t, why would you feel justified in commenting on what was appropriate for people who do?

I’d suggest reading this article for another perspective, but first consider these two simple analogies based on some of the examples in the article:

(1) What would your reaction be if, for example, the federal government started to dictate how your state should structure the state budget? For example, how would a typical Californian react if Congress effectively forced California to balance the budget by severely restricting spending? How would Texans feel if Congress effectively forced Texas to increase spending? (For the latter, one need look no further than the reaction to the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.)

(2) Imagine a scenario in which the US joined a similar supranational group that includes all of North America and South America. How would Americans feel if the Latin American countries and Canada teamed up to force Americans to implement socialist policies?

You’re probably tempted to imagine the scenarios in which the higher level government dictated policies you like, which is a pretty glaring sign of bias. Instead, you have to consider the scenario in which the higher level government dictates policies you don’t like. (Once you do that, maybe it’s time to consider the value of federalism.)

The reality is, as an American, you probably don’t have a very good view into British life and what it’s like to live in the EU. There are, undoubtedly, a lot of positives, while there are certainly a lot of negatives. But without knowing what it’s like to actually live in the EU, have some humility and stop trying to determine where the scales fall. You don’t like it when people do it to you, so why would you do it to others?

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