Brexit Vote May Offer Clues to U.S. Election Outcome – Washington Wire – WSJ

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an insightful WSJ blog written by Gerald F. Seib.. It reports that there are four significant similarities between the U.S. presidential debate and the debate over whether Britain should exit the EU,

Source: Brexit Vote May Offer Clues to U.S. Election Outcome – Washington Wire – WSJ

Here’s a summary of the four points:

  1. The power of the political establishment and its arguments are waning
  2. Anti-immigration sentiment is a powerful force
  3. The arguments in favor of trade are fading in impact
  4. Going back in time is an attractive idea

Of course, these four mega factors are relevant to other elections to, most notably the general elections in France and Germany next year.


5 responses

  1. Gerald F Seib, writing in the Wall Street Journal, is right about the 4 purported political trends that Dr Alf has listed but he draws the wrong conclusion.

    Prime Ministers in the UK are appointed with the nod of Bilderbergers and are Bilderbergers themselves as are Chancellors of the Exchequer and mainstream Opposition Leaders. The illusion of electoral choice is created by having other candidates but the press and media get behind the chosen candidate, manipulate the news agenda and people until the desired result is produced.

    • John, with respect again I disagree with your argument. And again, I refer to the Economist’s reference to post truth politics. Let’s hope that the liberal order will rise again. To be clear, post-truth politics is the domain of both the far-right and the far-left.

      • Alf ,
        I suspect that either Remain will win or that it will be so close that a second Referendum will need to be held.
        Even if Brexit wins nothing will change during the 2 year notice period. We will then see which set of circumstances actually prevails and the nature of the truth the Economist writes about.

      • John,

        I respectfully disagree. The two years to postulate arguments is unreal – fear will prevail.

        Financial markets are pricing in extreme volatility with the risk of a Brexit win. Fear will lead to crisis and governments will be forced to intervene, possibly like 2008.

        For me, the Economist is right to come out strongly in favor of Remain – it’s a liberal, free-market newspaper. I personally respect and endorse the Economist’s viewpoint.

        I am deeply saddened that many British newspapers, like the Telegraph, are no longer reporting the facts, just biased editorially enhanced stories to satisfy newspaper owners political agendas. The UK media has been tarnished in my view.

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