With a rising Jeremy Corbyn and a declining Angela Merkel, Brexit has been upgraded to play a much more critical role
Brexit could play a much more critical role in the future course of Europe, apart from being treated just as a result of national pride - wounded Britons alarmed by the sirens of patriotism.
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During WWII, UK and Germany were destined to fight each other in a cruel, bloody battlefield. The end of the war found the European nations to struggle to recover and secure conditions that would lead towards the unification of Europe. While behind this highly optimistic project were lying (as always) the forces of the big capital, the unimaginable cruelty of WWII was used to secure the consent of the European societies. Unification, or even federalization of Europe was presented as the solution that would save the European nations from the danger of another big war in the future.
During the post-WWII era and until the early 70s, national economies were heavily regulated by the state. The European social state was an example for many other countries around the globe. With the rise of neoliberalism, a wave of deregulations in various fields took place. Labour market was going to be deregulated and financial market too. Ronald Reagan in the US and Margaret Thatcher in UK became the pioneers of the implementation of neoliberal doctrine. We can easily say that the Anglo-American axis became the motherland of neoliberalism.
Thatcher exhibited an unprecedented zeal to eliminate the social state, crush trade unions, privatize every single stone inside the UK territory. The plague of neoliberalism affected heavily the British society before spreading to the rest of Europe. For four decades, the neoliberal regime has taken over governments, institutions, minds.
The German big capital became hungry seeing the elites benefiting in the US and UK by the neoliberal domination. With the fall of Berlin Wall and the collapse of Soviet Union, every last barrier was removed. The oligarchs of West Germany fell like hungry hyenas to grab whatever they could, almost free, from the state-owned enterprises of East Germany. As a result, 2.5 million employees lost their jobs and Treuhand operation left 260 to 270 billion DM in debt behind. A similar operation is now in process against debt-enslaved Greece. The neoliberal globalists in Europe did whatever they could to maintain power from the early 90s and after.
The German governments used some advantages (e.g. exports power) to maintain a level of prosperity for the working class. On the other hand, the UK citizens, especially after the global meltdown of 2007-08 have seen the serious consequences of the bubble economy in their lives. In addition, the Thatcherian, ugly experience of the past, contributed on what appears to be an epic turn of the British society. According to a recent report, UK voters now favour socialism over capitalism.
There is no doubt that Brexit prevailed mainly due to the fear that Germany will dominate completely in Europe through an economic superiority. Besides, the rise of nationalism is not only a British characteristic in our days. Yet, the report above is one of many signs that the British society is changing ideological direction quite fast. And this means that Brexit could play a much more critical role in the future course of Europe, apart from being treated just as a result of national pride - wounded Britons alarmed by the sirens of patriotism.
Currently, the German capital is pressing its political puppets to accelerate actions towards the desirable conditions for the coming neo-Feudalism. Angela Merkel is now the main carrier of this mission in Europe. Although she lost significant power in the latest elections, she has the opportunity to build the necessary coalitions in order to finish the job in her last term in power.
Yet, Jeremy Corbyn could seize the opportunity of Brexit to drive the UK to the opposite direction. While the Brussels-Berlin axis will seek to implement all the conditions of the Greek experiment inside the EU, the Labour party under Corbyn could become an example against this dark future. While the Greek PM, Alexis Tsipras, suffered a heavy defeat as went unprepared in the battle with the ruthless neoliberal priesthood, Corbyn should go to the battle with the neoliberal regime after a good preparation and a well-constructed plan.
This means that the Labour Party should build strong alliances inside the UK, especially with workers' unions and small-medium businesses. The Party should start a well-organized campaign across the country to make all the workers unite against the neoliberal agenda of the Tories. Corbyn should speak to the small-medium business owners to make them realize that the neoliberal model is their enemy as it only benefits the big multinational monsters against the small-medium sector.
However, one of the first and most important moves that Corbyn should do after his election is to nationalize central bank. The global financial mafia inside and outside the UK will find very difficult to fight any government that fully controls the central bank, and therefore, the money supply and circulation. A public investment bank that would lead public investments, as Corbyn mentioned, is very important, but not enough.
Moreover, in today's complex, multipolar world, the UK is far from possessing the adequate specific weight to confront the ruthless forces of neoliberalism alone. Corbyn should build strong alliances outside the UK too, wherever he can. In any case, if the neoliberal regime lose one of its motherlands, the countdown for its final demolition will definitely begin.