One of the main people behind uber-left “news” outlet Vox.com is celebrating the 4th of July by saying he wishes the United States of America had never existed.
Dylan Matthews says Americans and the world would be better off if the revolution had never happened:
But I’m reasonably confident a world where the revolution never happened would be better than the one we live in now, for three main reasons: slavery would’ve been abolished earlier, American Indians would’ve faced rampant persecution but not the outright ethnic cleansing Andrew Jackson and other American leaders perpetrated, and America would have a parliamentary system of government that makes policymaking easier and lessens the risk of democratic collapse.
Matthews, who says he is traveling back to the Motherland for a UK visit this 4th, goes on to explain each point in detail.
On questions such as slavery and the treatment of the native population Matthews primarily compares American actions to those of Britain and Canada, saying both countries did a better job. Given the record of all three countries it is a tough call to make, a fact Matthews is open about, pointing to Canada’s own problems dealing with Indian bands.
The part of his essay most likely to annoy Americans on the 4th of July weekend though is is claim that monarchs, and the British system, are superior.
Matthews writes that if the revolution never happened, “we’d still likely be a monarchy, under the rule of Elizabeth II, and constitutional monarchy is the best system of government known to man.”
From there he goes on to wax poetic about the superiority of the Parliamentary system used in Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand because in his eyes, there is less gridlock and progressive legislation is easier to pass:
In the US, activists wanting to put a price on carbon emissions spent years trying to put together a coalition to make it happen, mobilizing sympathetic businesses and philanthropists and attempting to make bipartisan coalition — and they still failed to pass cap and trade, after millions of dollars and man hours. In the UK, the Conservative government decided it wanted a carbon tax. So there was a carbon tax. Just like that.
Matthews, perhaps not knowing how often ruling parties in places like Britain and Canada force their members to vote in lockstep, also claims the Parliamentary system is less likely to lead to dictatorship.
His views are not likely to win lots of fans, but then again, given the recent poll showing so many Americans willing to leave the country, maybe Matthews will find support – especially among millennials.