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The Visegrád Group of countries may be recalcitrant now but even they have to acknowledge that the EU helped to transform their living standards. I see their reactionary politics now in a way similar to Ireland's reactionary politics of the 1980's. They will get over it. Brexiteer hopes for a disintegration of the EU are misplaced or at least much exaggerated. They are about to experience just how hard the EU27 will try to stay united at the UK's expense.
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It's all about class, which is another way of saying it's all about inherited wealth and property, and the superiority, narcissism, and entitlement that go with them.
The US has the same problem. So does Russia, in its own way. China is about to start suffering from its own version. And of course the Saudis, and to a smaller extent Israel, are also examples.
The Left has been framing this the wrong way since Marx. It's not that he was wrong about capitalism, it's more that he didn't seem to appreciate the extent to which capitalism is just an industrial reinvention of plain old vanilla aristocracy.
Unless you take very active steps to dilute resource accumulation and political power across and within generations, a parasitic, self-destructive, and not particularly distinguished aristocracy is the inevitable outcome.
Conversely societies in which concentrations of wealth and power are tightly controlled are far more likely to be socially and economically creative.
What neither have quite processed is that the UK no longer has the military, economic or political wherewithal to be a major power on its own in the world, and that much of its current status and GDP depends on its close alliances with the EU and USA. Both the EU and USA are going to go their own way now casting the UK adrift, attempting, vainly, to be some kind of European Singapore.
Even the Singaporean model has its limitation in an increasingly protectionist world where you need to be part of the big 3 or 4 - USA, EU, China and India - and with Russia, Israel and Saudi Arabia currently punching above their weight, but at risk of over=playing their hands. It's going to get hot out there...
Index of Frank's Diaries
If you accept that all the other EU27 countries are also, at least to a large extent, class societies, then what makes the UK so different?
Insofar, I think the refugee crisis and the events of 2015 have been politically a catastrophe on the scale of 9/11. We all remember how meshugge the US became and still is. And now we're seeing how ugly we can be.
The governments can't let the xenophobia go - it's a major source of power and a surefire way to rile up the masses. Culturally, it's even more difficult to dislodge. I hope I'm wrong but I fear it's already split the EU too much.
Though not too much when it comes to handling the UK.
Titanic approaching the iceberg. Of course it's the iceberg's fault.
Schengen is toast!
Brits think immigration is good for the UK economy and culture. Astonishing turnaround in attitudes - for the better - over last five years. From the latest British Social Attitudes Survey. https://t.co/ZyB7m0qt3D pic.twitter.com/ZmClqSFwkt— Jonathan Portes (@jdportes) July 10, 2018
Brits think immigration is good for the UK economy and culture. Astonishing turnaround in attitudes - for the better - over last five years. From the latest British Social Attitudes Survey. https://t.co/ZyB7m0qt3D pic.twitter.com/ZmClqSFwkt
Anyway my comment wasn't really about Brexit.
Schengen is toast!
I don't know whether or not it can be seen as a hopeful sign for central Europe : quite likely, xenophobia lingers longer if you don't have many actual foreigners to measure it against. Just as fear and hatred of homosexuals works better while they stay in the closet.
It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue
- Queen Elizabeth II
If you attack a dog and starve it, it becomes anxious and vicious.
Voting populations are no different.
Using FEAR to equate the Saudi attack on the twin towers as sourced by all Muslims, especially the Palestinians in occupied territories of West Bank and Gaza. Misinformation and propaganda, plus the necessary funding by Israel or one of the many NGOs established to support populist right-wing parties fearing a "Clash of Civilizations".
Xenophobia and Islamophobia
This has been a main theme of my diaries during the past decade.
From my recent diary - EU Takes Measures to Protect Business with Iran.
Creation of chaos has been a tough lesson for Europe where Islamophobia and Xenophobia give rise to populist right-wing parties. These undermine the long-time status quo between conservatives, centrists and socialist oriented political parties.
Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
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