Here’s a nuanced and deep analysis on Brexit and extrapolations for a wider phenomenon.
Those who truly want to understand what is happening should carefully consider the complex interplay of globalization, immigration, and changing values.
Since many academics are in the business of activism masquerading as inquiry, I wouldn’t hold my breath. I’d urge the more intellectually honest to read Jonathan Haidt’s book The Righteous Mind. Haidt’s moral psychology is a vindication of E. O. Wilson’s “sociobiology” (people forget that this was a dirty “discredited” term in the ’80s) which in turn is a vindication of Hume’s naturalism (speculative anthropology).
P.S. Pierre Manent on the EU.
While elite opinion in Europe tends to consider Europe as a “nothing,” a space empty of anything common, or at most as a “culture” that is neither religious nor national in character, far from all Europeans agree. After all, despite the efforts of an almost unanimous ruling class over more than half a century, Europeans still live mainly in their old nations, and the prospect of a leap into a post-national Europe, whatever meaning one attaches to that expression, has lost almost all plausibility.