Waterloo Sunrise – Brexit and the popular revolt against elites

It’s not the economy, the price of gas, or war in the Middle East that has working- and middle-class people from Bangor, Maine to Bangor, Wales mad as hell. It’s immigration. They’re fed up being forced to accept unlimited numbers of migrants and refugees from cultures that in many cases don’t share Western democratic values. They’ve had it with the internationalist coalition of elite journalists, establishment politicians, and financial grandees telling them that if they oppose the principles of open borders and centralized decision-making, they are no better than white-sheet-wearing racists.

Whether in West Virginia or the West Midlands, people see and feel their culture changing, and see their leaders taking away their right to slow or blunt those changes. Brexit is one response. Donald Trump is another. It may be a backlash, it may be reactionary, but it’s a legitimate political expression of exhaustion, anger, and powerlessness.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Sadly, we will hope in vain for anything like this to happen in Canada.

    • Canada is a small pond.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      It’s going to happen, man.
      The east has been taking the west for granted for so long that they can’t even conceive of any of us leaving.

    • Trump has broken the forced silence.

      The November 2016 election is coming.

      Liberals are petrified.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    Not before a possible Western economic collapse occurs. People should have seen the markets. Seems very volatile and the Brexit will not be official for 2 years. Could get bad!

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    Except the EU is capitalist because it uses markets, bailouts, Ponzi schemes and it is a state which has corporations and businesses. Remember globalized capitalism is fascism. Which in essence means every Western democracy is fascistic because it is the combination of state meaning governments in bed with corporations. That is capitalism done on a global scale with free trade. Yes, capitalism is failing and people have to understand that 2008 with the bank bailouts worldwide and even Canada bailout out key industries was all a form of capitalism and it is called corporate capitalism. Capitalism fails every 6 to 8 years.

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      From 1945 to 1971 with the Bretton Woods agreement hardly any downturns occurred and the main reason why recessions occurred after 1971 was because of going off the Gold Standard. Do not forget that Canada got off the Bank of Canada for infrastructure projects was in 1974. Many fail to understand that the reason why the EU failed is because of siphoning money from the nation states and even Obama and Conservatives in Canada agreed that economic globalism has to continue and TPP and TTIP was necessary to write the trade agreements so that China does not. The EU is failing not because of immigration but because globalism is a very unstable system. I support nationalism and that would fix much of the problems.

      • Billy Bob Thornton

        And yes UKIP is a populist right wing party but unlike National Front, BNP and Front Nationale in France and Golden Dawn the UKIP party does not want protectionism. They are against the mixed economy, anti-war policies and they are against real immigration reform. BNP basically pushed UKIP to support their positions. UKIP based on their website want globalism meaning free trade and even on Wikipedia they do not claim to be anti-immigration but eurosceptic, right wing populist and economic liberalism. The other name for economic liberalism is neoliberalism the system we have had for recession upon recession whether it be 1984, 1987, 1992, 2000, 2008 and soon to be prior or just after the 2016 US election. The fact is they are status quo.

        To be against the elites you need to be anti-globalist and anti-globalization but for trade on value-based resources like Russia and China. They are state capitalist and they have near full employment.

    • Minicapt

      If you became ignorant, it would be a signal achievement.


  • Billy Bob Thornton

    You could argue that big government is every mainstream party because the debt goes up no matter what cuts because we have a fiat monetary system where money is based on the labour of future generations. They are also oligarchs in Canada and the US since they control our electoral system. That is why I call for the Bank of Canada used which the old Social Credit party asked for along with nationalizing banks and keeping capitalism. That is why I do not understand why people oppose such a move. It is nationalistic and very much a smart way to move past the IMF and World Bank controlled systems. It is a shame that people in the mainstream want to point at specific institutions like the EU and the UN but they never point at NATO, the IMF, Bilderberg, the World Bank and NORAD.

    • Billy please stop spamming the comments.

      • Clink9

        He does go on. Never tires of his own wisdom.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Rather like that Aussie chap who hangs about and spouts cultural claptrap.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Ah heh heh heh heh heh ehh!

      • Norman_In_New_York

        Spamming the comments is his shtick. It’s up to you to keep him in line.

  • xavier

    Billy Bob

    Europe isn’the capitalist at all it’s a burdensome over regulated crony capitalist entity. Going back to the gold standard is pure fantasy. What creates wealth are ideas and the freedom to do things without the government telling us what to do or guiding us like kids on a school trip to a museum

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Canada is a somewhat less “vibrant” version of Europe.

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      I believe in state capitalism not because of schools but since we have tried this Reaganism game for such a long time and we need to go back to a system like we had post-WW2. It built a strong middle class and people tended to do well.

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      And yes every party believes in a debt-based system. Do you really believe that Harper’s balanced budget amendment would have truly paid down the national debt? What pays down debt in a society is restructuring and doing what China is doing and buying gold and building the economy and managing it like the old empires of old which had massive treasuries and they got massively wealthy much like the British empire, the Roman empire, the Egyptian Kingdom and so on. Think about areas which bordered the Silk Road. People need their leaders to be competent.

      • xavier

        China?! I happen to live in the region and if China is such a model of financial property why have the kleptocrapts funneled close to a trillion dollars out of the country and getting their hand on foreign passports? Also go to Google maps and take a look at the ghost cities throughout China. Or the empty office space throughout the big cities like Shanghai.

        China is a model of how not to develop a country away from communism. The base is vapourware and the economy is clay. Nope contra Spangler (David Goldman) China’s in the troes of a hard landing regardless how much the massage the stats and foreign economists buy into the magical thinking so as not to panic their paymasters