The fundamental political conflict in the UK today is, as it has been for centuries, individualism versus collectivism. To what extent does the individual’s life belong to themself or to the group, community, society, state or in this context to the EU?
Whenever I hear brexiters such as Jacob Rees Mogg, Nigel Farage, Michael Gove and Iain Duncan Smith I’m reminded of their common ideology; the power of the self over that of the state.
I believe that many of the problems faced by the world today such as war, famine and environmental degradation have been and will continue to be caused by the power of the self.
The good of the self is rarely the good of the whole.
The referendum will be like any UK election – a question of left versus right – the selfish beliefs and needs of the individual set to compete with the collective beliefs and needs of the wider community.
The EU was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. The first steps were to foster economic cooperation: the idea being that countries who trade with one another become economically interdependent and so more likely to avoid conflict.
The EU is far from perfect, but life in a selfish UK can never be independent of the Continent and the World that it is ultimately connected to and dependent upon.
Decisions made by Europe will not necessarily be in the best interests of an independent UK, but collective decisions made by the UK together with its fellow members will ultimately be in the best interests of Europe as a whole.
With respect to the individual interests of those opposite, I believe that the interests of humanity are best served through the continued membership of the EU.