Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Intolerance: Coming to Britain

It's been about a week since the historic #Brexit vote, when British voters decided (by a small margin) to pull out of the European Union, thereby unsettling a lot of political calculus. It was a momentous decision, something that nobody was expecting (including pollsters who sounded mighty confident of 'Remain'). Perhaps the biggest victim of all was Prime Minister David Cameron, who used to be a fierce critic of the EU, making fun of it at every forum, and using the promise of a referendum to win a second term. And when the time came, he changed track, going as far as campaigning with London's Labor Mayor Sadiq Khan for 'Remain,' and now having no choice but to resign. That's right - he had no choice. BoJo might show outward loyalty to him, but it was just adding insult to injury. Cameron has smashed his own career.

But for the people of Britain who dared defy the liberal mafia, the torrent of intolerance is going to him them in full force. The shaming has already begun: newspapers are awash in reports of racist attacks, without any understanding of whether they're really related to Brexit, or even out of the ordinary for that matter. So-called experts who have never in their lives been held accountable for what they say, are demanding that the Brexit leaders immediately be held to account not just for what they said, but for how it was interpreted by the elite too. The financial market is once again being mistaken for the real economy, and inevitable economic changes that affect a small group of people are being described as an economic apocalypse that will consume all. British history before the EU is being re-written to better approximate the Dark Ages. People who are deeply concerned about their jobs are now racists, xenophobes, selfish pensioners who need to be stripped of their power to vote. And of course, Google trends about the EU are being used to caricature Brexit voters as ignorant fools who didn't realize what they were doing, even hoping to reverse the outcome.

But why is this a surprise? For those in India that supported Prime Minister Modi and his party in 2014, all this is extremely familiar. If ever there was evidence that the Global Left is real, the 21st century incarnation of the Communist International, it is this. And like its 20th century version it is led by a small elite whose actions deeply affect the masses and yet don't affect the elite themselves at all. When Michael Gove said that the British people were tired of experts (and was lampooned for it), he actually meant to say 'self-declared experts,' people who claim to know what's best for everyone, whose prescriptions have proven disastrous for people at large, and yet who are able to churn out more prescriptions with a holier than thou air. It is these experts that not just he British, but the entire world, are tired of.

Make no mistake: for daring to challenge the 21st Century Comintern, there is going to be hell to pay. Ordinary folk who are worried about their future will be shamed like never before, economics will be turned upside down to suit an agenda, there will be threats, there will be force. The elite that has taken over individual freedom, who think that a small group in Brussels is not just qualified to decide things for everyone, but is actually entitled to doing it, will use every trick in the book to take over what they have just lost. Brexit was a victory certainly, and Britain is now a beacon for Europe and freedom, but the battle has just begun. Best BoJo be on his guard. 


JuStSoMeOnE said...

I understand and agree with your argument about the media rushing to judgement about the impact of the Brexit and criticism from experts, but what do you think about the act itself, i.e. whether exiting EU was a good decision for the British from an economic persepective, either in terms of GDP growth (which is what I guess most people in london and all care for) or in terms of Job growth (which is what I guess most of the working class cares for).

Sushobhan Sen said...

From an economic perspective, I see it as an opportunity. It can prove to be extremely good if used well, but a disaster otherwise. Being in the EU was already hurting a lot of people, so getting out is an opportunity to change things. Brexit, on its own, would have some short-term effects (probably all negative), but in the long-term can prove to be a good thing. On it's own, it is neither good nor bad, economically.
More importantly, I see Brexit as a political decision, and politics is not always about economics. Countries did not become independent merely for a higher GDP, freedom to make your own rules has a charm of its own. The EU was a bungling mass, neither a political union nor a purely economic union, but something in between that was just creeping further and further without anyone being able to control it. It cannot go on, and I agree with Nigel Farage that the UK will not be the last country to leave, unless the EU changes its ways.