Outside the Hall of Mirrors

Outside the Hall of Mirrors

…Those Britons who are insisting that the majority doesn’t matter, and their country must stay in the EU no matter what the voters think, have clearly not thought through the implications of last Thursday’s election. Party loyalties have become very fluid just now, and the same 52% of British voters that passed the Brexit referendum could quite readily, with equal disdain for the tender sensibilities of the privileged minority, put a UKIP majority into the House of Commons and send Nigel Farage straight to 10 Downing Stree. If the British establishment succeeds in convincing the working classes and the poor that voting for UKIP is the only way they can make their voices heard, that’s what will happen. It’s a very unwise move, after all, to antagonize people who have nothing to lose.

Meanwhile, a very similar revolt is under way in the United States, with Donald Trump as the beneficiary. As I noted in an earlier post here, Trump’s meteoric rise from long-shot fringe candidate to Republican nominee was fueled entirely by his willingness to put himself in opposition to the consensus of the affluent described earlier. Where all the acceptable candidates were on board with the neoliberal economics and neoconservative politics of the last thirty years—lavish handouts for the rich, punitive austerity for the poor, malign neglect of our infrastructure at home and a monomaniacal pursuit of military confrontation overseas—he broke with that, and the more stridently the pundits and politicians denounced him, the more states he won and the faster his poll numbers rose….

Ma mõtlesin seda lugedes enda peale. Mina valiksin Le Pen’i, Farage’i, (EKRE-t ma olen valinud), Trumpi jne, et eemaldada võimult praegune establishment. Ma ei ütle, et kõik nende poliitilised ideed mulle väga palju meeldiksid, kuigi mitmed Trumpi poliitilised ideed mulle meeldivad. Brexiti järelkaja UK meedias on näidanud Bremain poolt minu jaoks eriti ebameeldivalt. Võib olla on selles lihtsalt süüdi ka meedia, sest kõiki “jääjaid” ma sugugi demoniseerida ei taha.

About Kristjan

Defitsiidi terrorismi vastase pataljoni eriüksuslane (finantsignorantsuse vastu võitlemise osakond). Treening: MMT, postkeinsism, Tartu Ülikool Majandusteadus
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