[Marxism] Fwd: Brexit was fueled by irrational xenophobia, not real economic grievances - Vox

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Jun 30 12:10:46 MDT 2016

That’s not the only reason to believe Brexit was about xenophobia.

Torsten Bell, director of the UK economic think tank Resolution 
Foundation, set out to test the hypothesis that "areas hardest hit by 
the financial crisis, or those where migration is said to have held down 
wages, voted heavily to leave."

In other words, he tested the exact argument the pro-Leave camp is 
making: that people who voted to leave made a rational decision based on 
the real economic effects they’ve suffered from the rise in immigration. 
If that were the case, you’d expect places that have gotten poorer in 
the past decade (when mass migration took off) would have been the 
places that voted most heavily to leave the EU.

But that’s not what Bell found. In fact, he found no correlation at all 
between areas where wages have fallen since 2002 and the share of votes 
for Leave in the referendum


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