First up, the important news… Looks like I got it spot on.
Last Friday I predicted that England would lose in the Euros and exit the Union.
England unbelievably lost to Iceland this morning 2-1.
Now to the trivial but interesting…
I had a little drink when England left the EU – that doesn’t make me a racist.
Intellectuals and do-gooders, you’re all being taken for a ride.
There’s been a few bull-sh!t stories doing the rounds since Britain voted to leave the EU. There have been all sorts of morons paraded about who had no idea what they were voting on. There were some deliberately misleading stats that seemed to show that pro-Leave voters were racist, tree-haters.
And then there was a supposed spike in Google searches for “What is the EU?” after the vote. (Turns out that “spike” was only 1,000 searches.)
And so it all feeds into a narrative. Leave voters are naïve, racist morons, who had no idea on what they were voting on, and have done themselves a massive disservice.
(See Reginald. That’s why ordinary people shouldn’t be allowed to vote.)
And why didn’t more people see it coming? When the banks, the politicians and the major press all line up on an issue, I start to get worried.
Evil is most effective when it keeps itself bland. And right now, in England and around the world, we’re being blinded to the bland by the sensational.
The story that’s running like it’s got legs of steel springs is about a ‘Leave’ vote being driven by a racist and xenophobic fear of dirty brown people. That’s what everyone who voted “leave” is secretly worried about, whether they admit it or not.
And there’s lot of evidence for this. There’s a reactionary politician blatantly whistling to racist elements. There’s a handful of skin-heads making trouble. A progressive MP is murdered.
How did England get so racist?
Now, I’m not saying that this isn’t happening. I’m not saying that there aren’t people voting Leave solely because they don’t like the way brown people smell. Sure they exist.
But to say that this sentiment explains the entire Leave vote is a bit ridiculous.
But this is the story that sells.
Why? Because it has become a badge of intellectual pedigree and cultural evolution to be anti-racist.
And I get that. For a long time, people were judged for what they looked like and where they came from. And I mean a long time – like the full length of human history.
But we’re past that now. These days, it’s not ok to judge a book by a cover. And that’s a good thing. It’s an excellent thing.
But the trouble starts when it is used to express your identity. It’s a way to express how sophisticated and advanced you are.
“My ring-tone is Nepali tribal music, I wear vegan sneakers, and I’m anti-racist.”
When it starts serving this function it becomes energised. Once it’s energised, it’s fodder for newspaper headlines and click-bait media.
Imagine two headlines:
“Britons anxious about distribution of global trade benefits.”
“Britons say, ‘F@#k Off! We’re full.’”
The second one speaks to your identity as a sophisticated anti-racist. You can be outraged. You can share it on your facebook wall. You can use it to shore up your identity as an evolved, anti-racist human.
Regardless of whether that’s what’s going on or not.
And are you going to check? Are you going to see if that is actually what the issue is? No, of course not. All the papers are saying it so it must be true. The politicians and the banks are saying it. Besides, there’s all this social media street cred on offer.
So the story goes round and round, until pretty much no one doubts that it is “fact”.
But what is the truth then? What is the bland and boring truth that we’ve been (deliberately?) blinded too?
Well, I’m not sure I have the answer, but maybe Trump does.
(Wait, wait! Hear me out.)
One of the things that you keep hearing is that this is the Trumpinisation of Europe. The same forces that are taking Trump to the White House helped the Leave vote get up.
And what are those forces?
“Hate, Jon. Hating towel-heads and brown people and people who don’t eat Trump Steaks, Jon. That’s what Trump’s about. Geez, Jon, don’t you read the papers?”
Is it? Or is this just the sensational story playing out again?
What’s the one theme that comes up again and again, in every speech Trump makes?
It’s not race.
It’s not terrorism.
Every speech Trump makes he talks about how American has been sold out by its leaders. How America has made bad deals. How the trade arrangements are no good for the American people.
Most people think Trump rallies are 2 hours of dreaming about the good old days of white-supremacy and practicing goose-stepping.
But consistently, a good part of his speech is given to trade. Why? Because that’s what his base cares about.
Workers at the bottom of the skills ladder were told that globalisation would be good for them. They’d leave the factory floor and become graphic designers and computer programmers.
But it didn’t happen. The factories closed and America moved on. If you didn’t have the skills or beard to be a hipster game-designer, tough-titties. America had no sympathy for you.
And if you complained about globalisation, you were labelled a xenophobe and a racist.
Are we connecting the dots?
Let me spell it out. Big money has used progressive and sensitive people to shame poor people over their reservations to blindly put their head in the jaws of the global economy.
Frankly, it’s disgusting. I’d want to ‘leave’ that kind of relationship too.
Progressives and intellectuals, you’re being taken for a ride. “Race” is a side-show. The real story is who walks away with the money.
Why don’t we talk about that.
Where’s the money to be made in these times?
The big manipulative banks are predicting recession in England, what do you think?