Brexit Vote Gets to The Heart Of What It Means To Be British

These last weeks up to the June 23rd Brexit vote will be about instilling fear. Cameron’s threats to the elderly on pensions, and scaremongering from all sides, will trigger some reliable and often noble British character traits: to avoid controversy, to be risk averse, to suffer quietly.

America’s Founders wrote in the Declaration of Independence, “all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

Deep in its heart, I believe the old Britain I know wants to leave, but will be too wary to change. In many ways, there is a cultural war of attributes of the British psyche. The love of what is British, the Island mentality, versus the fear of risk and change. To take the risk to leave is to change ones identity, to stay is to lose one’s identity.

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