[Marxism] Brexit and imperial privilege

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Mon Jun 27 00:16:58 MDT 2016


In terms of London and racism, London voted to remain. Britain in or out of
the EU may be irrelevant *in abstract* to how racist a country it is, but
this campaign was run ion a racist, anti-immigrant and especially
anti-refugee basis and has given real momentum to the racists. there is
already reports of far right demonstrations calling for all immigrants to
be repatriated, [plus the long list of racist incidents
http://www.huffingtonpost.co
.uk/entry/eu-referendum-racism_uk_576fe161e4b08d2c5639607.

It seems clear the racist movement *is* making gains. the idea it has no
ruling class backing is odd. It is backed by key sectors of the corporate
media and ruling class politicians.

that does NOT mean everyone who votes to leave is a racist or did so on a
racist basis, just that that was the main dynamic of that campaign. No
doubt people want to give Cameron and the establishment a kick and see the
EU as undemocratic and unaccountable body -- which it is, although the
British state is hardly more democratic and the British state is waging
class war, not at behest of the EU, but at behest of the British ruling
class. I don't think there was any progressive content to either mains
sectors of the debate (the laudable efforts of Another Europe is Possible
notwithstanding), but the leave vote was lead by a dangerous reactionary
campaign that has gathered momentum.

On 27 June 2016 at 15:51, Philip Ferguson via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> On Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 5:45 PM, MM <marxmail00 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> > On Jun 27, 2016, at 1:36 AM, Philip Ferguson <philipferguson8 at gmail.com>
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> > There is an attempt by the liberal-left to portray the Brexit vote as a
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