We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Sunday, June 26, 2016

This vote was about far more than immigration

Click here to access article by Alastair Stephens from CounterFire (Britain).

I don't pretend to have firm opinions about European political affairs, but it seems to me that this writer untangled some of the confusion about the attitudes of Britishers regarding the Brexit issue. In a nutshell voters were motivated by mainly two concerns 1) class politics combined with opposition to the anti-democratic European Union versus 2) what is essentially identity politics in relationship to the hordes of migrants swarming all over Europe to escape the trauma of living in the war zone of Syria and Iraq. 

Essays which saw the winning vote motivated by #1 are the following:
And #2:

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