Brexit Signals the End of the Neocon’s “End of History”

Brexit Signals the End of the Neocon’s “End of History”, by Vladimir Golstein.

The world history knows plenty of rulers who wanted to conquer and united the world: Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Rome, Catholic Church, Napoleon, British Empire, World Communism. Yet, their efforts always come to naught. Like a coil of a spring, the conquered rebel and try to re-assert their will, precisely because the conquerors, despite their rhetoric of peace and prosperity imposed their will upon others; their visions of harmony came at the at the price of violence and exploitation.

Empire building is so often illegitimate, because it rides roughshod over the governed populations — who do not consent. The EU was no different in this regard.

It is easy to recognize the attempts to accomplish a similar task in the efforts of the American Empire. “The exceptional nation” and “world-pre-eminent power” has been rather explicit about its desire to end history and impose its enlightened and beneficial rule all over the world. This process began in earnest with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of Cold War. Similar to Marxists, the end of history was announced. The truth, in the form of liberal democracy and laissez faire capitalism was formulated, and the world was made to confirm to that truth. Anyone resisting was bombed, as the examples of Yugoslavia and various Middle Eastern countries revealed.

Well, it is clear, that Francis Fukuyama triumphant pronouncement was a bit premature, to say the least. … The Brexit … announced the renewal of history loud and clear. The message was delivered from within. Not from the backward barbarians trying to resist the enlightened and beneficial rule, but from very heart of the new empire. This time, it is the populace of the empire that have resisted, and decided that the imposition of the will of some faceless bureaucrats in Brussels serving the interests of Washington and its misguided rulers was too getting too heavy and burdensome.

British citizens recognized that, which was long clear to the conquered barbarians. They saw that despite the rhetoric, the empire does not really serve them, that it serves the notorious 1% instead.

There is a dark underside to globalism and our new elite:

This emergence of the global elite spreading its rule from Washington to Brussels is the most significant phenomenon of the recent history. What the common people, that is, the people without any hope of entering the ranks of the elite, found disturbing is in your face merging of the traditional competitors and rivals…. But what nobody really wants to see, is the dreaded merging of all these rivals into one scary elite, united by their greed, by their contempt of common man, and by their calculators that tells them how to maximize the prophet and squeeze the workers, natural, resources, or countries, in the most efficient and ruthless way.

Trump and Clinton: Censoring the Unpalatable

Trump and Clinton: Censoring the Unpalatable. John Pilger (very PC).

A virulent if familiar censorship is about to descend on the US election campaign. As the cartoon brute, Donald Trump, seems almost certain to win the Republican Party’s nomination, Hillary Clinton is being ordained both as the “women’s candidate” and the champion of American liberalism in its heroic struggle with the Evil One.

This is drivel, of course; Hillary Clinton leaves a trail of blood and suffering around the world and a clear record of exploitation and greed in her own country. To say so, however, is becoming intolerable in the land of free speech.

The 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama should have alerted even the most dewy-eyed. Obama based his “hope” campaign almost entirely on the fact of an African-American aspiring to lead the land of slavery. He was also “antiwar”.

Obama was never antiwar. … Even at the end of his blood-spattered presidency, with his signature drones spreading infinitely more terror and death around the world than that ignited by jihadists in Paris and Brussels, Obama is fawned on as “cool” (the Guardian).

Pilger complains that he was censored by Truthout.com, the liberal American website for criticizing Clinton (the irony!).

The “editorial committee” clearly wanted me to water down my argument that Clinton represented a proven extreme danger to the world. …

At the root of this episode is an enduring unsayable. This is the need, the compulsion, of many liberals in the United States to embrace a leader from within a system that is demonstrably imperial and violent. Like Obama’s “hope”, Clinton’s gender is no more than a suitable facade. …

“It’s a nice and convenient myth that liberals are the peacemakers and conservatives the warmongers,” wrote the British historian Hywel Williams in 2001, “but the imperialism of the liberal way may be more dangerous because of its open ended nature – its conviction that it represents a superior form of life [while denying its] self righteous fanaticism.”

Nigel Farage EPIC EU Exit Speech In European Parliament

Nigel Farage EPIC EU Exit Speech In European Parliament

Isn’t it funny? When I came here 17 years ago and I said that I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain to leave the European Union, you all laughed at me – well, I have to say, you’re not laughing now, are you? The reason you’re so upset, you’re so angry, has been perfectly clear, from all the angry exchanges this morning. …

You are in denial… But the biggest problem you’ve got, and the main reason the UK voted the way it did is you have by stealth, by deception, without ever telling the truth to the British or the rest of the peoples of Europe. You have imposed upon them a political union. …

We want or country back. We want our fishing waters back. We want our borders back. We want to be an independent self-governing, normal nation…

I know that virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives, or worked in business, or worked in trade, or indeed ever created a job, but listen… [general outrage, speaker has to calm the MEPs down] to some simple pragmatic economics … that trade is mutually beneficial … if you were to cut off your noses to spite your faces … the consequences would be far worse for you than for us.

Recognize that the UK will be your friend … but allow us to pursue our global ambitions [boos and clapping].

UPDATE: Nigel Farage jeered and booed as he tells MEPs they are ‘in denial’ over Brexit, by Michael Wilkinson.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage was jeered by the European Parliament after he told MEPs that they were “in denial” about Brexit and that they had “never had a proper job before”.

His astonishing speech at a special meeting of the European Parliament today ended with boos echoing through the Brussels chamber.

Mr Farage used his speech to declare that Brexit was “a beacon of hope” to other member states but he also infuriated MEPs when he said: “Now, I know that virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives or worked in business or worked in trade or indeed ever created a job. But listen, just listen.”

When MEPs turned their backs to him and Martin Schulz, the president of the parliament, intervened, Mr Farage responded: “You’re quite right, Mr Schulz. Ukip used to protest against the establishment. Now the establishment protests against Ukip. So something has happened here.”

It’s every politician’s dream to make a speech like that! Especially after 17 years.

hat-tip Matthew

After Brexit, Nationalism and Trump Rising

After Brexit, Nationalism and Trump Rising, by Patrick Buchanan.

Ethnonationalism seems everywhere ascendant. Yet, looking back in history, is this not the way the world has been going for some centuries now?

The disintegration of the EU into its component nations would follow, as Vladimir Putin helpfully points out, the dissolution of the USSR into 15 nations, and the breakup of Yugoslavia into seven.

Czechoslovakia lately split in two. The Donbass seeks to secede from Ukraine. Is that so different from Transnistria splitting off from Romania, Abkhazia and South Ossetia seceding from Georgia, and Chechnya seeking separation from Russia?

After World War II came the disintegration of the French and British empires and birth of dozens of new nations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. America returned the Philippine islands to their people.

The previous century saw the collapse of the Spanish Empire and birth of a score of new nations in our own hemisphere.

In Xi Jinping’s China and Putin’s Russia, nationalism is rising, even as China seeks to repress Uighur and Tibetan separatists.

People want to rule themselves, and be themselves, separate from all others. Palestinians want their own nation. Israelis want “a Jewish state.”

On Cyprus, Turks and Greeks seem happier apart.

Kurds are fighting to secede from Turkey and Iraq, and perhaps soon from Syria and Iran. Afghanistan appears to be splintering into regions dominated by Pashtuns, Hazaras, Uzbeks, and Tajiks.

The one-world government, politically correct progressives  would appear to be on the wrong side of history.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Brexit = Death of the Technocrats

Brexit = Death of the Technocrats, by Michael Krieger.

If you want to go around calling yourself an expert and demanding that your views be implemented across a given civilization, you had better do a good job. If you do a poor job, you should be immediately replaced with someone who has a different perspective. After all, there are plenty of experts out there to choose from.

Unfortunately, our societies tend to get stuck with egomaniacal, incompetent, but politically savvy experts who never go away. …

The Brexit vote in itself proves the point. Sure, David Cameron has announced his intention to resign, but where are the the resignations of EU technocrats? If anyone was discredited by this vote it’s the leadership of the EU, but they aren’t going anywhere.

Why? Because they’re experts, and experts stay around forever. Like Larry Summers, bank executives and neocon war mongers, these people never suffer the consequences of their actions and thus remain free to run around endlessly destroying the world from their unassailable perches of power.

Befuddled post-Brexit Whiner

I do hope you all have better luck voting this Saturday than this poor 27 year old man-child who couldn’t manage to fight his way out of his home town to cast his vote, yet still feels the need to complain about the result. I would have thought it was pointed satire except it appeared in the New York Times.

Brexit: what happens next? Another big choice on Europe, with Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage on opposite sides

Brexit: what happens next? Another big choice on Europe, with Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage on opposite sides, by James Kirkup.

The future of British politics is a choice, made either at an early election or, less likely, another referendum, between emulating Norway (which pays to get most of the single market and accepts a liberal immigration regime) or Canada (which has a limited bespoke EU trade deal and its own immigration rules). …

If our options for Brexit boil down to Norway and Canada, I’d take Norway every time: it would make us richer, and might just halt the latest drive for Scottish independence. But it’s not me that has to be persuaded. It’s the rest of the electorate, especially the 17.4 million who voted Leave. The battle to convince Leavers it’s in Britain’s best interests to keep some bankers and some immigrants will divide and define our politics.

Nigel Farage will be against, insisting that nothing less than an end to free movement will do. That could well see Ukip finally make its real electoral breakthrough, winning scores of seats in the Commons. Mr Farage may hope to peel off some Tory Leavers, but Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Dan Hannan and even Nadine Dorries are all signalling that they want Norway, not Canada.

If – and this seems entirely plausible – Ukip does grow into a real national force on an “out means out” ticket, it will be at the expense of Labour in what used to be its northern heartlands. Labour itself would survive only in London and a few university towns, fighting for scraps with the last Lib Dems.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Britain’s exit from European Union flags big changes across the globe

Britain’s exit from European Union flags big changes across the globe, by Rita Panahi.

WATCHING the unhinged and unrestrained hysteria of the Left has been a delightful side benefit of the Brexit poll.

While the conservatives who campaigned for Great Britain to remain in the European Union have largely accepted the result with a measure of grace, elements of the Left have reacted with a level of hyperbole that is remarkable even by their shrill standards.

There are even demands for a new poll from the Brexit losers who seem to think democracy is only a valid exercise if their side wins. But a referendum is not a game of rock, paper, scissors that can be extended to a best of three if you don’t like the result.

The EU referendum showed that voters won’t be swayed by slurs, sneers and scaremongering. The tactic of characterising Leave voters as a pack of unthinking xenophobes backfired spectacularly.

Voters could smell the desperation and dishonesty of the Remainers. Indeed, the result showed that the shameful strategy of vilifying the majority of Brits who voted to leave the irreparably broken EU drove many undecided voters into the Leave camp, which was trailing by 20 points at the start of the campaign. …

“The message was always the same: ‘Little people! We’re terribly important, and we’re ordering you to vote Remain!’ It wasn’t Project Fear so much as Project Sneer.

Australian elitists are subservient and hypocritical:

Locally, the reaction has been just as demented, as members of the media led by overpaid and under-worked ABC troglodytes prophesy global doom and calamity and condemn Brits as ignorant racists.

It’s quite extraordinary that the same people who are desperate for Australia to break away from Britain to become a republic are aghast that Brits want to break away from Belgium and reaffirm their sovereignty. …

The rejection of the condescending ruling class is an international phenomenon, and Australia is not immune. …

Meanwhile we have the astonishing situation of the Regressive Left, both here and overseas, railing against a new enemy: democracy.

Greenspan Warns A Crisis Is Imminent, Urges A Return To The Gold Standard

Greenspan Warns A Crisis Is Imminent, Urges A Return To The Gold Standard, by Tyler Durden. From an interview with Bloomberg, June 27. Alan Greenspan warned that fundamentally it is not so much an issue of immigration, or even economics, but unsustainable welfare spending, or as Greenspan puts it, “entitlements.”

The issue is essentially that entitlements are legal issues. They have nothing to do with economics. You reach a certain age or you are ill or something of that nature and you are entitled to certain expenditures out of the budget without any reference to how it’s going to be funded. Where the productivity levels are now, we are lucky to get something even close to two percent annual growth rate. That annual growth rate of two percent is not adequate to finance the existing needs.

I don’t know how it’s going to resolve, but there’s going to be a crisis.

This is one of the great problems of democracy.  It goes back to the founding fathers.  How do you handle a situation like this?

When asked if “we need an accident of history” to address this, Greenspan replied “Probably. In the United States, social benefits, which is the more generic term, or entitlements, are considered the third rail of American politics. You touch them and you lose. Now, that is a general view. Republicans don’t want to touch it.  Democrats don’t want to touch it. They don’t even want to talk about. This is what the election should be all about in the United States. You will never hear one word from either side. “

See here:

US debt to GDP, with welfare, by David Evans

Greenspan went on to say the economy is stagnant, stuck, unable to return to growth. Then, in not so many words, Greenspan effectively says that hyperinflation is coming:

I know if you look at human history, there are times and times again where we thought that there was no inflation and everything was just going fine. …  It’s not about to emerge quickly, but I would not be surprised to see the next unexpected move to be on the inflation side. You don’t have inflation now.  And you don’t have it until it happens.

The solution?

If we went back on the gold standard and we adhered to the actual structure of the gold standard as it exited prior to 1913, we’d be fine.  Remember that the period 1870 to 1913 was one of the most aggressive periods economically that we’ve had in the United States, and that was a golden period of the gold standard.  I’m known as a gold bug and everyone laughs at me, but why do central banks own gold now?

All the money in the western world (literally) totals about US$ 220 trillion. The value of all the mined gold throughout history, which is nearly all available for sale, is about US$ 7 trillion. If gold is to resume any meaningful role in the money system it has to be worth at least 20% and more like 40% of the total money — so the value of gold would have to rise. Most Australian gold producers are doing well in the last six months (graph courtesy of GoldNerds):

Australian gold stocks price rise last 6 months

Artificial Intelligence beats human expert in air combat simulator which foreshadows Skynet and drones beating human pilots

Artificial Intelligence beats human expert in air combat simulator which foreshadows Skynet and drones beating human pilots, by NextBigFuture.

Artificial intelligence (AI) developed by a University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate was recently assessed by subject-matter expert and retired United States Air Force Colonel Gene Lee – who holds extensive aerial combat experience as an instructor and Air Battle Manager with considerable fighter aircraft expertise – in a high-fidelity air combat simulator.

The artificial intelligence, dubbed ALPHA, was the victor in that simulated scenario, and according to Lee, is “the most aggressive, responsive, dynamic and credible AI I’ve seen to date.” …

Lee, who has been flying in simulators against AI opponents since the early 1980s, said of that first encounter against ALPHA, “I was surprised at how aware and reactive it was. It seemed to be aware of my intentions and reacting instantly to my changes in flight and my missile deployment. It knew how to defeat the shot I was taking. It moved instantly between defensive and offensive actions as needed.”

hat-tip Matthew

Britain’s leaving is a big deal for the European Union, but not for Britain’s security—or America’s

Britain’s leaving is a big deal for the European Union, but not for Britain’s security—or America’s, by John Schindler.

The reality is that Britain’s close ties with foreign security services will be unaffected by Brexit in any serious or long-term way. In intelligence terms, the EU hardly matters at all. It has lots of liaison jobs, no end of meetings on intelligence sharing, plus endless retreats for spy agency higher-ups—but the hard work, day in and day out, of intelligence cooperation is still largely a bilateral matter. No matter what happens with Brexit, London’s secret ties with key partners in Paris, Berlin and beyond will continue, no matter what pundits and politicos say.

Above all the Special Relationship in intelligence among Britain, America and our Anglosphere partners will go forward, as it has for more than three-quarters of a century. …

Field Marshal Lord Guthrie, the former head of Britain’s military, [came] out strongly for Leave. Initially a Remain backer, he changed his mind, terming a European Army “an expensive distraction,” adding that, militarily speaking, “a lot of the Europeans—though not the French—are hopeless. These low standards would make great demands on us.”

Here is an interesting analogy, suggesting a certain national characteristic:

For all the responsibility of Britain’s political class for this disaster, ultimate blame must fall on Germany, whose roughshod de facto rule over the EU has caused hard feelings in most member states. …

Her choice to open Europe’s doors to migrants looks a lot like Hitler’s decision to invade the Soviet Union in 1941. Operation Barbarossa, whose 75th anniversary we just passed, was optimistically launched by Berlin with ideological fervor, yet without serious planning, without taking account of basic politico-economic realities, and without thinking about the many things that could go wrong. And subsequently did.

How Brexit shattered progressives’ dearest illusions

How Brexit shattered progressives’ dearest illusions, by Damon Linker.

But what we’ve seen from a wide range of writers and analysts in the days since the Brexit vote is not necessarily worry. It is shock. Fury. Disgust. Despair. A faith has been shaken, illusions shattered, pieties punctured. This is what happens when a life-orienting system of belief gets smashed on the rocks of history.

The name of that shattered system of belief? Progressivism. …

[Progressives] believe not only that their views deserve to prevail in the fullness of time, but also that they are bound to prevail.

Nuh. Political correctness, the main propaganda tool of the progressives, has taken a major blow.

It is this faith in the inevitability of progressive triumph that has led so many commentators to respond so intensely to the rise of Donald Trump. …  mean reactions that take the form of moral indignation and outrage — as if the very fact that millions of voters have cast ballots for a candidate who strongly opposes immigration and free trade is some kind of moral and theological betrayal, or an offense against capital-H History itself.

The progressive response to the outcome of the Brexit vote is remarkably similar.

They will double down, rather than retreat and acknowledge reality:

If history is moving inexorably toward humanitarian universalism, then giving it a sharp shove forward every now and then might be necessary and even admirable. And it certainly won’t meet any significant resistance. It will merely hasten the inevitable.

But what if progressivism isn’t inevitable at all? What if people will always be inclined by nature to love their own — themselves, their families, their neighbors, members of their churches, their fellow citizens, their country — more than they love the placeless abstraction of “humanity”? In that case, the act of ignoring or even denigrating this love will have the effect of provoking its defensive wrath and ultimately making it stronger.

It’s hard-wired; it evolved for good reason. But the facts of life are lost on the PC.

It makes perfect sense to be surprised, saddened, and concerned by the outcome of the Brexit vote. But shock? Fury? Disgust? Despair? That’s what a person feels when he discovers that his most dearly held fundamental beliefs have led him astray. Wake up, progressives! You have nothing to lose but your illusions.