Although corrupt politicians and media worked extra hard to promote xenophobia and racism as the context through which to view the exit of Britain from the EU, the valid reasons for having exited will gradually emerge and will come as an awakening to reality by the Brits and the world.
Far from the repetitive diatribe leading the unthinking to see foreigners and migration of labour as causative of the ills workers face, and have been facing for decades, the sadly overlooked reality is far more daunting. The bankers and global elites have been aware of this issue for generations and have firmly detached themselves from any human concern essential to assisting workers and the economies of states in comprehending and working with a rapidly emerging reality… a reality in which, as the elite and bankers well know, the once needed and relied upon swarms of manufacturing labour are no longer needed.
As technologies advanced over the past 75 years, manufacturers realized increased productivity using fewer and fewer workers, diminished wage value, fewer hours and decreased benefits. Today, machines handle the larger share of production with labour providing minimal staff in programming, servicing of equipment and material handling. Even material handling is increasingly achieved mechanically.
Since the mid 1970’s, job loss resulted in some retraining of workforce to serve the modernizing manufacturer. However, numerous corporations, rather than outlay capital to retool facilities for modern manufacturing techniques, decided it would be initially more cost effective to ship entire facilities to 3rd world countries and exploit not only very cheap labour but bask in the absence of humane and ecological standards existing in the once home nation. In comparison to loss, retraining was marginal and seldom afforded comparable wages. Inter-state migrations of labour occurred but soon the chase for same or similar work dissipated and service economies emerged. At the same time, factory stores.. those places where low wage workers could barely afford purchases to maintain some level of subsistence (a modern take on the once notorious “Company Store” where workers had no choice to go to purchase minimal provisions as their factory chits were only spendable within them), and employees increasingly in need of greater government aid due to pitifully low wages and short hours disallowing common benefits such as health care (in the US), sick days, leave, vacations, etc., emerged and created another conundrum… the forced denouement of the once abundant mom & pop businesses.
From this, emerged the great Ponzi economy that became so prominent and appearing prosperous. Kids were exiting colleges and heading straight to the financial arenas where they could con and otherwise scam whomever was ripe and willing. Politicians, such as Bill Clinton, were prominent architects of the Great Lie. These con artists promoted and passed into law some of the worst deregulation measures imaginable and gave free reign to the money lenders and very high stakes gamblers who perfected usury to such an extent they could make investors and borrowers feel that they were being done a grand service by allowing the manipulators to fleece them of percentages every few years. The Great Lie was the sense of security that could come from investing in things which did not actually exist. Mike Milken and Bernie Madoff are two prominent names in this era of con-artistry. Junk Bonds, non-existent investments existing on the ‘take from Peter to payout to Paul” were their fortes. Too, the investment reality of the cyclical culling of tribute to the money lenders came in shorter cycles as the vaporous wealth grew at ever increasing degrees (corrections, recessions, market down-turns…)
Community colleges began tooling up the suckers with courses on how to buy and sell commodities, stocks, bonds and other “products” seen as the gold rush of the times. Risk taking was everywhere and students soon became investors and many soon became bankrupt has-beens as the teachers fleeced them a second and even a third time. The 1st time being the courses they taught and from there it was feed the suckers enough to give them a real investment bankroll, feed them an inside tip or two and then drive them to the front steps of the poor house.
Now, some of these hucksters worked small time with rube investors wanting to become players. Others, however, were deeply entrenched banksters with an eye on corporation buyouts and hostile takeovers where assets were sold for scrap and workers handed pink-slips. Still others realized they could scam other banks, cities and on to global market investments… and they did… bankrupting entire economies while buying more jets, boats, islands, high-rises etc for themselves… and, of course, greasing the wheels of all the useful tools in government who helped them along the way. Some were so bold as to even run for high office while others opted for appointments to the agencies of regulation that could internally be raped.
I’ve yet to mention the EU so now might be a good time. Part of a post war gambit to create a secure market in the emerging global economy, international con-artists proposed the European Union. The 1st steps in creating this “union” were the exercises of fear mongering along the lines of imagined external threats from Russia, China and anyone else who could easily be exploited as an existential enemy. Post war indebtedness of states to the banks who financed the “great wars”. The aim, stated as a common desire to make wars future impossible, was a great sales pitch that required both indebtedness and fear to herd the states into acceptance of what was, in reality, a route for successful control of the European economy and peoples where Fascism had previously failed and the others, such as the Ottomans, had failed before them. The idea to form a United States of Europe was destined to fail from the start and treaty after treaty could not adequately respond to the various needs of each state and region. The only glue that continued to bind these distinctly different states (nations) was debt… as the debt became ever more centralized in the hands of secret banking cartels who, it would emerge, designed even more secret “commissions” to create the rules, regulations and laws governing the “union”.
The opening of borders was not, in reality, a means to offer greater employment opportunity (loudly promoted even to this defining moment in the history of the EU). Recall that these banksters and industrialists had long foreseen the inevitable end of usefulness for the majority of the working class. The true purpose was homogenization and eventual de-culturization of the masses into an amorphous blob of drones beholden to the corporate nation, “EU”. In time, the hope was that their allegiance would shift from their homelands to the new land called the “EU”. This, it was thought (most incorrectly) would end centuries of nominal enclaves of ethnic and religious nationalism. Further homogenization, it is believed, would come from the massive redistribution of refugees exiting the Middle East and African war zones.
Far from putting an end to wars, the EU marched in support of more wars… just not within its own borders. The capturing of Middle Eastern/African nations.. or investment in the wars that would insure this… wars committed by the US and pseudo-EU member, UK, along with Middle East terrorist nations such as Israel and KSA… were desirable for economic expansion necessary to continue financing the schemes of the EU con-artists. And, importantly, war would provide jobs, as such, for thousands of otherwise useless drones (one problem with this is that some of these drones would join the “wrong” armies [by the EU perspective] and would, in some instances, return to the EU to enact punishment against it.
Hucksters come to the EU in droves as the income from wars grows. The market con-men begin selling junk.. and loads of it… to nations within the EU. Instability occurs and debt grows. Interest becomes impossible to cover and so phony structures set up, ostensibly, to alleviate this issue step in and offer even more irrational loans adding further debt and more interest. Austerity .. or the destruction of all socialist benefits to the masses… are required to end before these further debilitating loans can be applied. Planned destruction of national economies begins as a route to creation of the total EU economy controlled by a select few un-elected tyrants of industry and finance. Calls begin for a European Monetary Fund or Federal Treasury. Proof enough.
It is, then, a fact that right wing parties promoted the exit from EU through their political lenses fraught with racism and xenophobia. Those negative qualities did not, however, emanate from thin air. There has always been racism and xenophobia among the ignorant and selfish and their numbers historically rise and fall. It is a failure of educators to counter inherited and promoted negatives with clear explanations, truthful explanations, of reality and a despicable tool of politicians to promote and exploit this very undesirable inheritance. It is also a fact that such expressions have so very little to do with the realities of the EU and its exploitation of European nations for the benefit of the banksters and corporatists, who, by the way, have become so lofty in their sense of self that it is now beneath them to contribute a fair share towards their own creation. They exist, now, only to take.
Rather than take an honest appraisal of the imminent failure of the EU, the stakeholders and puppet media expectedly embark upon the blame game, pointing to the racists and xenophobes (who they were instrumental in arousing) and to Russia’s Putin, who had virtually nothing to do with either the corruption or failure of the EU. It just sells the news to go this direction as opposed to helping the masses understand important realities.
While many voted to exit based upon media fed false perceptions artfully crafted by corrupt politicians, so did many vote to remain based upon equally false perceptions. The unfortunate outcome from this is that, while the right decision may have come from errant perception, getting through the consequences will be nigh impossible if some truth does not make its way to the surface and the UK fails to respond with feasible and prudent care for itself and its people.
One of the first steps should be a bold national decision to collect due taxes from corporations and elitists. There is enough out there to significantly help move the nation forward. An unencumbered national basic income and living wage should be established with all other social services factored in the amount of such income. Once accomplished, job sharing becomes a very real safeguard for the future and a healthy step toward alleviating false theft of jobs perceptions. Making a very real commitment toward ending the reliance on war economy also needs to happen. as does putting end to the allowing of financial hucksters to continue falsifying economies.
A very real outcome of such an effort is the setting of example for the rest of the EU which will, inevitably, collapse in the very near future.