British courage, EU elitism and failed mass migration policies. The United Kingdom has an opportunity for reinvention, says award-winning trend-watcher and Carl Goes Amsterdam interviewee, Adjiedj Bakas.
I love and admire Britain. Always have, always will. When in 1939 every stakeholder in Europe was willing to strike a deal with the Nazis, the British refused, therefore saving Europe from fascism. Yet this was at a high price: after 1945, the British Empire was gone soon enough.
A daring people, not willing to bow to something they despise for economic reasons. The same happened again with the Brexit-referendum. Saying ‘no’ to the ever expanding EU takes courage. If referendums were held in all other EU-member states, the result would be the same everywhere.
The EU is not loved by the people of Europe.
EU elites and political awareness through social media
The satraps in Brussels have dug a ravine in the past 20 years between the elites and the peoples of Europe. The Brezinski doctrine says that internet and social media in the past 20 years created a global political awareness of the masses . Mr Brezinski, the former national security advisor of US-president Carter, came up with this doctrine in the 1970s. He predicted that elites would have two options (since they can’t kill the masses anymore, as they did in the old days during uprisings).
Option one is to censor and later kill social media and then kill democracy.
Option two is to listen to the dissented people, change course, and adapt and compromise, meanwhile closing the gap between elites and people.
Obviously, the EU is currently choosing option one. Britain went for option two with Brexit.
Courageous. And expensive. Yet admirable.
Many options for European collaboration post EU referendum
What is going to happen now?
First: the EU does not consist of one treaty that covers all. Beside the EU-treaty, we have many more. One of them is the European Economic Area (EEA); the other one is the European Free Trade Association.
Non-EU-members such as Norway and Switzerland are part of them. The UK can be as well. These treaties assure that economic collaboration can go on; nothing much will change. Yes, the stock exchange and the Pound Sterling are not doing too well these days, but that has happened before.
The government, Bank of England and other stakeholders should keep calm, make coherent plans and should not bow to all hysteria on the web. Some examples:
- Millennials complaining that old people robbed their future, yet most millennials did not even bother to vote. He who does not vote has nothing to say about the outcome.
- Another hoax: Three million Brits had signed a petition to hold another referendum. Well, this was an international petition and most of the people who signed it lived elsewhere; definitely not in the UK.
Brexit: banks, reformation of the City and the ‘real’ economy
Yes, the stocks of the banks are down. But maybe we should rethink the importance of banks in today’s economy. Are they relevant, and is it worth saving banks? We did it in 2008. Did it help society and the economy? I’m afraid not.
Andy Haldane, chief economist of the BoE, says that the crisis of 2008 caused so much damage that our kids and grandchildren will still pay for it. Did the banks do everything they could in the past eight years to compensate the damage of their behaviour? Not really. Should we save them again, now that the Blockchain technology is on the rise, killing the business models of most banks anyway within a couple of years?
Maybe this is the time to drastically reform the City.
As a citizen of the Netherlands, the country that invented the stock exchange, I can tell you: stocks bounce back, they always do. And the real economy is not influenced by what happens at the stock exchange.
The UK can, like Switzerland and Norway, attract a lot of companies who don’t like the EU-regulations. It can deal and wheel with the whole world, including with former colonies. It can use this shock to reinvent Britain TM.
The British are not racist
Don’t accept the framing that the British are a bigoted, racist people. As a black man, frequently visiting the UK, I can say it out loud: you are not racist.
I can understand that more English than Scottish people voted for Brexit: there are more immigrants in England than in Scotland. I saw whole streets and areas in England where nobody speaks English anymore, and I understand that the native population does not like this.
Yet the EU keeps on pursuing mass migration. It may be time to admit that mass migration is too disruptive. And that it’s OK that the UK frees itself from Angela Merkel’s disastrous mass migration policies. Immigrants with the right talents and attitudes, with a culture that blends in fine, always will be welcome. Yet the immigrants who ruined it for others fed British criticism of mass migration.
All in all: don’t panic, meditate, take a deep breath, and march forward courageously.
Words by Adjiedj Bakas: futurist, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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