It is common to refer to disaster capitalists when considering #brexit however it seems to me that there are also #disasterbrexists
Disaster brexists like disaster capitalists realise that #brexit will be a disaster but rather seeking to avert it welcome it though the motive is not profit rather to destroy the status quo to remake society
Most of these are on the right. They long for an imaginary golden era of laissez faire but European Union membership stands in the way as rules are agreed with 27 generally social democratic governments
Disaster brexists t longed to leave the EU in order to be able to throw all manner of social employment and environmental legislation to the winds
The society disaster brexists of the right dream of is one where those possesed of wealth are unburdened of any responsibility to the society from which they derive their wealth
A society where the exploitative employer slum landlord and polluting industry are free to pursue their narrow self interest and throw the costs and consequences on the rest of society is the goal of the right wing disaster brexist
Recent news of a US trade deal envisions lower food safety standards NHS privatisation the abolition of employment rights minimal taxation of the wealthiest a program that leave or remain most British people don't want.
Aware that most people in Britain do not want such policies they desire a scenario where they can claim such severe policies are inevitable and necessary
Milton friedman one of the original neoliberals understood the utility of crisis in making that which would be unacceptable in normal times seem forced by harsh necessity
With the far left the disaster brexitism is different. They always has difficulty seeing any good in the status quo and often see anyone at odds with the western powers that be as automatically virtuous even when they are murderous dictators far worse than the powers that be
Witness George Galloway and Tony Benn saluting saddam hussein just before the Iraq War. I was opposed to the Iraq war to be sure but portraying a psychotic gangster as a hero is something else
The weakness of the far left in seeing no good in the status quo is that they never consider what the alternative to the status quo is and hence the utility of change
I sometimes wonder if leftwing demands for #brexit are in fact intended to reduce millions of currently prosperous people to penury so they have nowhere else to turn but Jeremy Corbyn
#lexits often site Greece as an example of the nasty capitalist eu yet none of them ask why the Greeks themselves have no desire to leave the EU
What disaster brexists and lexists have in common however is the desire to see the status quo smashed so they can realise their respective DisEUtopias be it General Pinochets chile or some as yet unrealised communist nirvana
However whilst there are leftwing disaster brexists the overwhelming majority are rightwingers and many are based at 22 Tufton Street London
Neither however offer the prospect of a better society since #disasterbrexists of right and left alike believe that when reality clashes with their visions it is the real world that is wrong
For me I hate these brextremists and lextremists because I passionately admire what the EU has achieved
The European project to my mind is something truly noble. It is the driven by the determination of decent people to learn from past mistakes and Bury old grudges it is the vision of those who refused to let an eye for an eye blind them all
I remember watching helmut kohl read the eulogy at francois mitterands funeral here were old enemies that saw the folly in hatred buried their differences and created a societies which whatever their flaws were better than anything that came before
It is surely a wonderful thing that old enemies are not just allies but friends
Whatever Europe's faults most of the societies that offer the best quality of life to their citizens are in Europe
The 20th century was full of ideological experiments like communism promising eutopia and delivering nightmares one of the few grand political projects that improved the lives of those subject to it is the European Union I will never accept #brexit
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