The pith helmets may have long gone, but the blood has never dried. A nineteenth century contempt for countries and peoples, depending on their degree of colonial usefulness, remains a centrepiece of modern “globalisation”, with its perverse socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor: its freedom for capital and denial of freedom to labour; its perfidious politicians and politicised civil servants.
Bill Maher had, as his guest panel member, a Conservative Leaver from Britain. Her position on the Brexit vote was similar to those of the above quote. From her position, she viewed the vote to leave the EU as a vote for Globalization, i.e. anti colonialism. But I have to wonder does she, and those of the above quote, really know what they are talking about?
The EU’s position in the world is that of a Center of Mass (CM), of Globalization. Similarly, the USA (and soon China) is in a position representing the Center of Gravity (CG), of Globalization. We all know, or at least to the Leavers in Britain, that Brexit changes the position of Britain in the world. What about the EU’s position and will it change?
Without getting into what the position of CG or CM means, other than each position represents some type of an advantage in the world’s Globalization, Britain’s leaving one position doesn’t mean the position of the EU changes, unless the EU is broken up into so many parts and its mass disappears into so many separate parts as to make itself irrelevant in the global economy.
If this happens (all the parts of the EU becomes weaker than the whole) then there is a chance that China will become, not only in time the CG (the most powerful economy), the center of mass (the largest economy) of Globalization. Of course others; such as a brotherhood or coalition of Muslim, Arab, BRAC, American, or African nations; could gather enough mass to hold that position, but I am betting on China, because of the way the Chinese overseas have massed.
I am not sure having China in both positions will do anything to expand Democracy. While China, in its process of building its economy doesn’t interfere with how each country it deals with globally governs its people, China does inject its mass into global countries, in the form of Oversea Chinese. Which means China does exert power politically, with each country it deals with in the global market. Take Pakistan as an example and how Pakistan dealt with its people when the oversea Chinese were attacked in Pakistan (see Red Mosque Massacre).
While China does have its own brand of Capitalism that seemingly is successful, it doesn’t seem to have a brand of Democracy that works. So maybe Britain’s leaving the EU isn’t striking a blow for Globalization as Bill Maher’s guest suggested, if the Center of Mass changes away from where it is today and that center is less democratic.
I would also like to understand what mechanism for Globalization is in place in Britain that would help the free world, by maintaining a force for democratic ideals and to maintain democracy’s place as the globalization Center of Mass.
Does Brexit mean the UK is going all out in building up its military? Nothing I have read about the Leavers suggest this, so how?
Pith helmets anyone?