compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
The probably greatest political misconception of our time is that the
public is insurmountably divided over Brexit. How is this a misconception
when the two sides are constantly at each other’s throats? Because when
surrounded by negotiation and campaign dust [IT] IS EASY to forget that
both sides are fighting for the same things: international trade, political
moderation and an intact democracy.
Meaning that what really differs is our perceptions about which side is best
at delivering what everyone wants. The EU side is bound to eventually lose
this perception battle because all political Megaprojects – the EU included –
rely more on mythological promises than on substance. In the end realities
on the ground will decide how voters see things. However, due to the
massive establishment powers of interpretation, myths can be sustained
for quite some time. What we are experiencing now is a transition period
marked by – as such periods always are – myth busting. This is when the
establishment movers and shakers cling to power by telling voters that
disaster will follow if abandoning the old power structure.
Which is precisely how right-wingers, during the 1920s, managed to
obstruct left-wingers from gaining real influence even after the democratic
breakthrough. With roles reversed the 1970s turned into another decade
when an establishment used scaremongering to impede excess backtracking.
When the establishment finally had to yield powers it benefitted, on both
occasions, just about everyone.
Yet again there should be little doubt that excess backtracking - a real Brexit
will in a big way benefit not only most establishment challengers (Leavers)
but also most establishment apologists (Remainers). Meaning that the best
way to speed up the healing and reunification process is to focus attention
on challenging the establishment (EU) superiority myths.
Seven such myths are arguably particularly deadly. How so? Because all of them are so seductive that they in a big way help to sustain the highly polarising EU edifice.
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