Saturday, June 25, 2016
My Brexit Rant
I got into a little Facebook back and forth yesterday and I realized that I am not in step with even the people who I thought were living in the same bubble that I've been inhabiting for years. Of course, it was about Brexit.
The "coming of the apocalypse" coverage that we are getting from all of the news channels also woke me up. Why is it that immigrants are losing their lives while fleeing for their lives; people are being massacred in one place or another; shootings and killings are occurring every day a few miles from me; to say nothing of climate change and all of the misery I haven't mentioned; and the only thing that warrants the "apocalypse" title is when the stock market falls and falls?
The rap is that Brexit is about keeping out "the other." It's about toxic nationalism. I think some very sinister types have realized they can seize the moment of unsustainable inequality and are jumping in front of a parade that was already marching.
The rap is that uneducated people voted for Brexit. We want to be in with the smart people. If the purpose of an education is to give you a leg up in a winner take all world, what's so smart about that?