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Amid Brexit Chaos, Britain's Political System Finally Implodes

Amid Brexit Chaos, Britain's Political System Finally Implodes

Nick Dearden

Theresa May surely by now symbolises the phrase "bad day at the office". On Wednesday night, having spent months negotiating the deal by which Britain will leave the European Union next March, May had a gruelling five-hour meeting with her cabinet. That evening, she told the nation that agreement had been reached, though with reservations.

Most excellent summary of the crisis caused by the neo-liberal global economy. Most of what you say applies exactly to the area where I live, namely Mid Western USA. There are hundreds and hundreds of small cities in the rust belt, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, that have been hollowed out by the global economy. No wonder Trump won in the Midwest. When Trump stood outside of a Carrier A/C plans in Indiana and opposed the company’s plan to move the plan to Mexico, he sent a very welcomed message to millions who had been hoping for 8 years to hear something like that from Obama, but alas he was too busy promoting another global trade deals, the TPP. I doubt we can rely on the Democratic Party to free itself from Wall Street, so I see no way forward.

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Unfortunately, the “radical transformation” which Nick Dearden correctly sees as necessary for the UK will not be carried out by the moribund Labour Party. No accident that Dearden never even mentions that supposed party of the working class.

In Britain, as in other parts of the world, real change incorporating the best economic alternatives for the masses, will require a complete ousting of these far right politicians whose only means of holding power is aided by the corrupt corporate controlling ideology which is the root of all that is destructive to Democracy.

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Nobody wants to play the game for simple survival. It has to be for profit or I guess they would rather not play in America.

Or I guess like PonyPony says. Same thing. I’ll give him a heart.

Back in the Thatcher era the coal-miners, and their union, insisted on job security, demanding that British use of coal be restricted to coal produced from their pits until every scrap of coal was scraped out of them.

A couple of objections are obvious. The Greens and environmentalists object to extracting any more coal. “Keep it in the ground!” Most everyone else would question why they should buy relatively expensive British coal when cheaper coal can be bought from somewhere else.
– As some politicians, most prominently Obama-esque Democrats, have said “Some jobs simply aren’t coming back.” Tough on Wales and the Midlands and the Midwest rust belts, but it won’t happen.

It makes an economic challenge for everyone, and Peak Oilers like James Kunstler might tell us to make the best of the coming impoverishment.

Out of so many unknowns, I would guess that people who blame [big] corporations for this are looking in the wrong place. (And blame, btw, provides no solutions, little direction, out of the problem.) And that while socialist ideas may inform, anyone looking at socialism run out of London or Washington is also looking in the wrong place. The solution has to arise from the people, perhaps in local social-freemarket actions, arising in our localities.

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There is the story of our friend from Venus that landed one day and offered a few goodies like energy and medicines, the kind of the thing Klaatu from “The day the earth stood still” offered us.The story goes that we turned him down either because we wanted to continue our profiteering or we just felt it wasn’t good for our economy. Well hear we sit broken hearted, came to shit but only farted.

Heard an excellent piece on “On Being” yesterday with precisely that theme: the constraint of corporate sponsorship.

http://www.civilconversationsproject.org/conversations/#/anand-giridharadas-when-the-market-is-our-only-language-nov2018/

Meanwhile, trump’s wife’s “luxury” products are manufactured overseas. Also, how many people from Wall St. did he bring onto his cabinet? Trump won’t free himself from Wall St either. Don’t trust trump either.