British PM Theresa May has formally notified the EU that the UK is out and done.  Like everyone else on Earth, I don’t know what to expect for the future of the British people.  Just as we in America have done with electing a government outsider with no experience in civil or military service, they’re taking an enormous chance.

There is clearly a worldwide movement against Globalization and toward self-determination at work.  It’s just getting started too.  I am supportive of this movement, both at home and abroad, because I have long been of the opinion that people should have as much control over their own lives as much as possible.

You can’t separate Brexit from Trump’s election and similar independence movements elsewhere.  Yes, there is an anti-immigrant underbelly to it all.  I maintain that this is driven by a sense that excessive immigration mostly serves the interests of powerful global and corporate interests, not those of the localities that absorb the immigrants.  Even though many of us believe that immigration is a net positive for society, we are also leery about the wisdom of bringing in millions of people from the Third World who do not speak our own languages, don’t possess valuable job skills, and may not be willing to accommodate themselves to our culture or customs or laws.

It’s less about hatred of “the other” and more about people demanding that their own governments serve them, not outside interests that don’t seem to care about their own interests at all.

I suppose the question for this age is whether or not the global economy, with its inter-dependencies and massive migrations of people, is too complex for the people to determine and that they need skilled and knowledgeable (yet unaccountable) elites to make those decisions for them.  We can’t yet say, but we are definitely going to find out in the coming years.

It’s my opinion that this is all for the best.

 

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Fuck Angela Merkel.

Zurvan

It’s less about hatred of “the other” and more about people demanding that their own governments serve them, not outside interests that don’t seem to care about their own interests at all.

This. Well said.

For years the Brits (and everyone else in Europe) has had to deal with unelected commissioners passing politically correct policies that had little to deal with real life. Kudos to England; here’s hoping we have a new and stronger partnership with each other.

mashav

A couple of random thoughts: 1. The idea that EU laws are created by un-elected officials is kinda funny, given that the biggest Bexiteer, Nigel Farage, is literally, an Elected Member of the European Parliament and has been since 1999. 2. The demographics on this are much like the Trump election – old people voted for it, young people against it. The old fucking over the young, with long lasting consequences, fueled by racial and anti-immigrant sentiment. The same people who tanked the economy, ran up sky-high deficits are now looking for someone to blame it on. 3. Our governments… Read more »

Merkal , that East German commie, was on the verge of doing something that Hitler, Hindenburg, Stalin, Napoleon , Adolphus, and a few other could never do…. unite All of the European massesunder one flag of control…

For years the Brits (and everyone else in Europe) has had to deal with unelected commissioners passing politically correct policies that had little to deal with real life. 1. Unelected. Sounds awful – but doesn’t really tell the whole story. Yes the members of the European Commission are unelected – but they are appointed by the (elected) Government of each country. And are confirmed by the (elected) European Parliament. It’s sort of like the States complaining that Trumps cabinet is unelected. 2. Passing policies. Actually no, they aren’t able to pass any laws. It can only propose laws. And only… Read more »

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