Brexit – Time to Go

In hours, the UK will hold a binding national referendum on leaving the European Union. At this writing, the polls are too close to call.


Is an antidote to empire called Brexit?

If you listen to the mainstream media the voices are nearly united in favor of leaving the EU intact. You will hear endless commentary on how leaving the EU will be bad for the UK’s economy. You will hear that the move represents xenophobia at its worst, how far right sentiments are driving the referendum’s popularity, and how UK ex-pats will suffer. Even the progressive and thoughtful UK newspaper the Guardian says the UK cannot take on issues like Globalization and Climate Disruption from outside the EU.

I want the UK to leave.


Many of the arguments for remaining in the Union that are being advanced are likely valid. Economically, Brexit will induce uncertainty and both currencies and markets will drop.  A separate UK will likely do less for immigrants than it would inside the Union. Ex-patriots may have a tougher time and cross-border traffic will be harder.

But even though the tendencies of the European Union are towards tolerance and inclusion, what the big government has really done at the European level is made the continent safe for multinational corporations to do their most foul work.

The EU “provides the most hospitable ecosystem in the developed world for rentier monopoly corporations, tax-dodging elites and organized crime,” writes British journalist Paul Mason.


What I really want is for a host of these independence-seeking regions to break free from their larger political entities. Alaska and Texas out of the US. Quebec from Canada.  Basques from Spain. Tibet from China. Palestine from Israel. Kurdistan from Iraq. Oh and Northern Ireland from the UK.

I spent a summer some years back fighting reactors in Slovenia, a tiny country that is part of former Yugoslavia. We saw the president mowing his own lawn. We saw a high standard of living and low crime. The national population is 2 million and functioned fine without a standing army. Not every region will find the advantages Slovenia was able to capture when it broke from Yugoslavia. But the worst offenses of the current times are at the hands of the giant players who love big government, big business, big institutions. These corporations and politicians love it because typically it gives them more power, often with less oversight.

We have tried big, it did not work so well. Perhaps Brexit will lead us to more small.

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About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

4 responses to “Brexit – Time to Go”

  1. flamingjulie says :

    If you listen to the mainstream media you’ll find they’re backing leave –
    But it’s complicated – the media, including the ‘progressive and thoughtful’ Guardian are anti-Corbyn – our Bernie, leaving the way clear for Cameron to be seen leading the Remain camp. Murdoch has been relentlessly anti EU – it provides us with anti monopoly legislation. So we have a protest vote against the current government’s austerity going for Leave.
    Btw – The Guardian has never been forgiven on the left for backing a coalition govt in 2010 which delivered the worst dismantling of public services ever and punishment of the poor.
    A bit disingenuous to not mention Paul Mason actually supports Remain? For the very reasons most of the left do – that whatever the faults of the EU – we are far better off IN – working together, than to give a big welcome to the far right.
    You also didn’t mention Jo Cox – an MP killed in the street by ‘death to traitors, freedom to Britain’ as he called himself in court recently. Right wing press tried to label him a lone wolf with mental health problems until the photos of him posing with Britain First banners appeared. 1.3million has been raised in her name in a week (For Hope not Hate among others).
    Most ardent Brexiters are boiling mad – they’ve taken the bait – 1930’s Germany has been used as an analogy frequently – UKIP anti immigrant posters echo Nazi propoganda, so they feel they are being attacked now – this minute, and so any behaviour is excusable.

    The big/little anaolgy is tempting isn’t it? The EU to most brits is a mystery, the funding streams to research and regeneration not well known – hence UKIP keep holding their rallies in venues funded by the EU – here they are at the Sage Gateshead being serenaded by the North East Socialist Singers
    But is seems to be the other way around here – we won’t be on our own, we will be more dependent than ever on the US – more likely to back Trident – more likely to lose universal healthcare (which all the main players in Leave back).
    The alliances we have made across the EU have saved us from the worst of the right and there lies hope.

  2. David de Ugarte says :

    Paxus, there is other read to the Brexit. «Remain» campaign focused explaining the rents, priviledges and adventadges for «the City» and the big corp, and the stayed million times that what they have to offer to the young people were more rents: the advantadges of English as «false lingua franca» providing managing positions to British all over Europe and the promise to the unskilled workers of new priviledges «controlling inmigration» and denaying equality of rights thanks to the Cameron-Tusk agreement.

    So, the real good thing on EU -liberty of movements, equal social rights, European citizenship- will be in crisis if Britain remains and the Cameron-Tusk agreement becomes legal exceptions for Britain, feeding Le Pen’s National Front, Austrian far right and other antiEuropean groups all around the continent.

    On the other hand, Brexit could men if not an end, a releive in cultural anglocentrism and imperialism inside Europe and the first real posibility since the 70s towars real federalism and democratic control of European institutions.

  3. Lyudmila Tranchner says :

    I think you called this one wrongly. We must find ways to work together, find our common ground. Together we can pool resources and help refugees and reduce human-driven climate change. When we think only of our own personal immediate needs we begin to fail.

    …..but maye you are just trolling for reaction? Usually you appear more keen to work with others than observe self-interest.


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