Rule, Britannia!

“Rule, Britannia!” hasn’t been relevant for a century, since Jutland in 1916.  With sheer willpower, and clever leveraging of U.S. assets, by 1940 Winston Churchill could only evoke the first four lines of a stanza from James Thomson’s stirring and endearing patriotic anthem: Thee haughty tyrants ne'er shall tame: All their attempts to bend thee down, Will but arouse thy generous flame; But work their woe, and thy renown.’ Britain’s vote Thursday to exit the EU is a hopeful reprise of Thomson’s chorus. Rule, Britannia! rule the waves: Britons never will be slaves. Presumably freed via an orderly decoupling from Brussels’s electronic bracelets, “Leavers” assert that Britain should now set its own trade regimen, immigration rules, and economic and environmental regulatory schemes; return to unmolested British jurisprudence; and void communitarian taxes. In 1940 Churchill’s speech was...(Read Full Post)

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