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Brexit in context:
As soon as the focus returns to why the UK bailed in the first place the proper sympathy will shift from the poor Britons in a flimsy rowboat to Europeans still trapped on the Titanic. […] As Ross Douthat observed in Twitter: “the actual disaster isn’t the vote, it’s the eight years of policy that made it thinkable.” Brexit is not the disaster. The disaster is what they’re rowing from.
This (from the same Fernandez piece) also stands out:
Brexit, for all its drama, was merely a warning. The basic demand is for a moderation of the centralizing tendencies, unchecked immigration, runaway political correctness and metastatic government that have characterized the West in these last decades. That’s the bottom line.
Douthat’s follow up tweet was my favorite in the series.
10/ For eight yrs Europe's leaders have labored to transform manageable problems into potential nightmares. Now is a good time for turning.
— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) June 24, 2016