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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fed up with corrupt elites

The Brexit vote, I believe, is largely a revolt against corrupt elites. To the average working person it's become apparent that the system concentrates wealth at the top. While England appeared to be doing well by economic indicators, the middle class people have been taking it on the chin. Their good jobs are gone.

Of course, that feeling is not just limited to Britain. The popularity of both Trump and even a previously unknown figure like Bernie Sanders is their willingness to attack the status quo. Hillery has the full backing of the establishment and is just barely hanging on.

There's a lot of hope that change will improve the lot of the common people. Unfortunately, recent history proves otherwise.

Anyone remember the Arab Spring? People rising up against their corrupt rulers? Wasn't that long ago. So how has that turned out? Egypt is once again run by a dictatorship. Libya is split into factions fighting each other. Syria is in a grinding civil war. Only Morocco has any sort of stability right now.

How about Afghanistan and Iraq? The places where the US has spent so much treasure and blood. In Afghanistan the Taliban are gaining ground again, mostly due to the corruption in Kabul. Why did so many Iraqi soldiers abandon their posts in the face of the ISIS threat? They did not want to die for an unpopular government in Baghdad. They didn't think their leaders were worth fighting for.

We are in a very dangerous time. The people upset with the elites are strong enough to sometimes overthrow them, but not strong enough to replace them. Political deadlock. Sounds a bit like the US Congress. At least here in the US we are still mostly fighting out battles at the ballot box. While it hasn't been any more successful than armed rebellion, it's a lot less bloody.

Some may object to me comparing the elites in Western Democracies to the elites in dictatorships. I think it's only a matter of degree. Those elites have more in common with each other than they do with the people they rule.

Where will it all end?

Will the elites get their act together and realize their connection with the rest of humanity and work to make our governing systems more fair and just? If they don't they have a fair a chance of hanging from lampposts so there's some incentive there.

Maybe the little people will get strong enough to rule without becoming corrupt elites themselves. I've only vague ideas how that would even work, but I'd like to think it can happen.

If it doesn't we get things like ISIS -a group that replaces corruption with horror.

I am curious to see how the British react when they discover that just because they voted to leave the EU doesn't mean the elites will allow their lives to get better.

Interesting times.



  1. I suspect that this is only part of the Brexit picture. There seems to be a strong xenophobic edge to the whole shambles too. Unfortunately, this mirrors the wider polarisation, tribalism and outright racism occurring world wide in recent times.
    Interesting times, indeed.

    1. Some of the racism is getting down right ugly. Everyone gets painted with the same brush.

  2. It's becoming a farce. The politicians were unprepared for what vote they got. They had no plan at all on what to do next. I think they still have got no plans. The prime minister has resigned, he is bailing out basically. He did not want to leave and have no stomach for being in charge of the debacle. So the conservatives now are fighting among each other to elect the next leader. I think the next prime minister will be holding a poisoned chalice. The opposition, what they call the shadow cabinet have pretty much all designed because they do not want Jeremy Corbyn as leader. He is refusing to budge because he was elected by a huge majority by the public. Don't talk to me about Nigel Va or ukip. Any cells in Guantanamo for him? It is an unholy mess. I think the British have "cut their nose off to spite their face" over Europe and many, many of the leavers have now realised the consequences.

    1. Joel, in the UK, feeling despondant about the whole thing!

    2. The cat is out of the bag now. You can't unscramble an omelet.

      I'm not too happy with my voting choices here in the US. (Okay, I'm pretty depressed about they.)

  3. I've heard it said that those who enter Congress with the best of intentions soon succumb to the "elite" shenanigans because there's no other way to get anything done.
    Sure wish Ted Cruz were still being considered. Just too far right for some folks. Let's see how far left we have to go in this election ...

    1. The only way to get your bills considered is to play ball with the establishment. It's a mess and I'm not sure how to fix it.

    2. A good example of how NOT to do it: the French revolution in 1789. What replaced the monarchy was far worse. And i am sure there are other examples

    3. A good example of how NOT to do it: the French revolution in 1789. What replaced the monarchy was far worse. And i am sure there are other examples

  4. I hear that polls in France now indicate that a good majority of the people there want out as well. Interesting times.

    I tend to agree with your analysis. And to have the same questions you do. Seems like falling in the river. You can't control where you go so you might as well enjoy the ride.

  5. Evil will win until the Lord comes back.