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Response to DetlefK (Reply #23)

Mon Jun 27, 2016, 11:06 AM

28. I didn't say

that I agreed with Brexit as a response. Your first sentence: Britons are pissed at those (h)igh on top, making the rules. indicates that you understand that it's not about bigotry and xenophobia, but about something larger, that affects a broad spectrum of people that don't always get along.

That something larger is, at its core, neoliberalism.

Neoliberalism is not MY political doctrine.

It is a doctrine that has oppressed millions across the globe, and we have seen responses to that oppression across the globe.

Not all of those responses have been effective. There are a lot of ways to respond to a problem, and not all of those ways are smart, not all of those ways help, and even those that help move the issue forward toward eventual resolution aren't always successful in the moment. That doesn't erase the fact that the response to neoliberalism has been growing, that it is far-reaching, and that Brexit is one part of the whole.

What IS evident is this: the push against neoliberalism has grown to the point that it's not underground any more, and that leaves the neoliberals in power with an immediate need to respond. One of the responses is to offer themselves up as protection, as has been pointed out elsewhere in this forum. This is especially important in the U.S. at this time, since the Democratic Party is in the midst of a battle for party identity and power between establishment neoliberals and the forces pushing for change. I expect to see ubiquitous rationalization as that battle goes forward.

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