First of all, I don’t think the Brexit referendum or the election of Trump represent an overwhelming for or against certain principles. In both cases, they won by very slim percentages of 1–2 percent, which doesn’t represent anything.
In Theresa May’s case, it is very understandable why her supporters are trying to spin this into a victory against the principle of “freedom of movement” and “nationalism”. This is just a post ipso facto move to show that she has an overwhelming “mandate”, when in fact she doesn’t.
In fact, what it represents is a move to sell off state power and state assets to her Tory supporters, since there is very little left to sell off, and that is the only way she has left to show her gratitude to her bankers.
In the case of President Trump, he is a populist in mouth and tweets only, but he only represents moneyed interests, mainly his own. His moves against climate change and US national parks, and his son-in-law’s involvement now in selling US EB-5 visas to wealthy Chinese Reporters were forced out of the room during the Kushner family’s presentation to wealthy Chinese investors is effectively a fire sale on US assets to wealthy people from all over the world, since there is not much attractive about the US anymore.
- What is the meaning of freedom to you?
- What would a society in which the right to freedom of speech were made absolute and extended into every sphere of society be like?
- Les Britanniques ont-ils une garantie de liberté d'expression telle que la Constitution le prévoit pour les États-Unis?
- Pourquoi les occidentaux croient-ils que la liberté ne mène qu'à quelque chose de positif?
- What do I say to my friend who opposes gay rights in the name of religious freedom?
What is really important about both elections is that both Brexit and Trump supporters have discovered how easy it is to use big data to manipulate democratic election results by targeting the 1–2 percent who are straddling the fence. To get a better understanding, you may want to read this article: https://www.theguardian.com/tech…