This is an attempt to argue everything was going just fine with the EU and then the British became deranged and decided to leave. Now let’s look at what really happened. The internationalist trading system ran off the rails in 2007 and plunged the world economy, including the EU, and particularly the UK, into the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Did you overlook the one smart move Britain made: not giving up its own currency. As one Euro crisis followed another, the Pound Sterling sailed along smoothly. There were problems in the UK of course, most related to the influx of immigrants let into the EU by Merkel and her friends. The other problems were caused by unfair trade rules coming out of the EU bureaucracy. Now here is the key point: if the average British voter is upset about immigration or trade deals, there was nothing they could do about it as part of the EU. The EU bureaucracy is an unelected ruling class whose leaders cannot be democratically voted out. If the EU rulers had done a better job, they would not have generated so much antagonism, not only in Britain, but all across Europe. Everywhere you see a revival of nationalism and a resurgent populism. You wrote a whole article on Brexit and failed to mention all the other “..exits" sweeping the continent. The mistake made by the UK was in putting leaders in charge who did not immediately move toward the hardest Brexit possible and negotiating good deals with the US, China, and British Commonwealth countries, instead of begging the EU to be nice. She said it, but did not act as if she meant it: Brexit means Brexit!