The magical thinking of America's pro-Brexit conservatives

Economicus growthus leviosa!

Poof!
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Britons who voted to leave the European Union did so for all sorts of reasons: immigration fears, English nationalism, economic and cultural nostalgia, post-recession funk, and so on. But many "Leave" voters are people who think life in Britain is getting worse year after year. They are highly skeptical of modern global capitalism with its disruption, dislocation, and "creative destruction."

But did they actually end up voting for lots more of the very globalized capitalism they seem to loathe?

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