Brexit (British Exit from European Union)

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Amazing Brexit: Identity and Class Politics
Bohne, Luciana
Article
2016
This shell of a once fighting left embraces the culture of identity but excludes the entity of class. As a result poverty has become the P-word, and the poor the pariahs of neoliberal dystopic utopia....
Ancillary Lessons from Brexit
Jones, Evan
Article
2016
Apart from the substantive issues for the European elites of the Brexit referendum victory, two ancillary lessons have been thrust upon us, if we were not already wise to them. One, the contemptible c...
Beyond the brexit debate
Malik, Kenan
Article
2016
Whatever the result of the Brexit referendum, of one thing we can be sure: Britain will neither be invaded by marauding Turks, as anti-EU campaigners suggest might happen if the country votes 'Yes', n...
A Blow for Peace and Democracy: Why the British Said No to Europe
Pilger, John
Article
2016
The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed ...
Brexit and the Diseased Liberal Mind
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2016
The enraged liberal reaction to the Brexit vote is in full flood. The anger is pathological -- and helps to shed light on why a majority of Britons voted for leaving the European Union, just as earlie...
Brexit: the English and Welsh Enlightenment
O'Brien, Aidan
Article
2016
By voting for Brexit the English and Welsh have switched on the light. And, as usual, when the light suddenly conquers the dark the cracks become obvious and the cockroaches scatter. It’s a beautiful ...
Brexit: Establishment Freak Out
Hahnel, Robin
Article
2016
The "masters of the universe" are shocked and displeased. Increasing numbers of voters are registering their anger, most recently by voting for Brexit in Great Britain. But many who voted for Bernie S...
Brexit and the EU implosion
Amin, Samir
Article
2016
The article looks into the construction of the European Union, Britaint's Brexit choice and Germany's hegemony, particularly in the euro zone.The author talks about a range of ways that financialised ...
Brexit Is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment Institutions
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2016
The decision by U.K. voters to leave the EU is such a glaring repudiation of the wisdom and relevance of elite political and media institutions that -- for once- their failures have become a prominent...
Brexit: It's Not About the EU, It's About the EZ
Hungerford, David
Article
2016
"Politics is the concentrated essence of economic forces in motion." Forget the politics of the June 23 Brexit referendum for a minute. Let's take a look at the money.
Brexit and the new hostility to participatory democracy
Sparrow, Jeff
Article
2016
The reaction to Brexit illustrates the desperate need for the Left to return to first principles. For, as the result broke on social media, a remarkable number of progressives directed their anger not...
Brexit: the British Working Class has Just Yawned Awake
Gaunt, Johnny
Article
2016
The referendum has engaged all kinds of people who were politically indifferent 6 months ago.
Britain, Europe and the Real Crisis
Malik, Kenan
Article
2016
The decision by British voters last week to leave the European Union has brutally exposed two features of contemporary British politics. The first is the depth of popular disaffection with mainstream ...
Building a progressive majority: Left strategy after the Brexit vote
Todd, Joseph
Article
2016
After the EU referendum we are seeing both horror at anti-migrant sentiment and pandering to it -- but only a radical economic offer can carve a way through.
Democracy and Popular Sovereignty instead of Neoliberal Integration and a failed Euro-System
Lexit Network
Article
2016
This document was commonly developed by people from the Lexit Network. It was written and agreed before the Brexit referendum and was not intended to influence the popular vote one way or another. Wit...
Democracy was never intended for degenerates
Malik, Kenan
Article
2016
This is not a left vs right debate -- today, as a century ago, the anti-democratic impulse comes from both left and right, from both reactionaries and self-defined progressives.
European Unification Divides Europeans: How Forcing People Together Tears Them Apart
Johnstone, Diana
Article
2016
Unification of Europe has brought about radical new divisions within Europe. The most significant split is between the people and their political leaders.
How the left should deal with the referendum results
German, Lindsey
Article
2016
With many of the old political certainties breaking up, the left have to rise to the challenge.
How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote
Wilpert, Gregory; Hudson, Michael
Article
2016
Michael Hudson argues that military interventions in the Middle East created refugee streams to Europe that were in turn used by the anti-immigrant right to stir up xenophobia.
In or out of the European Union? A tale of two referenda
Burgin, Andrew
Article
2016
Andrew Burgin argues for a 'Remain' vote in the Brexit referendum.
The internationalist case against the European Union
Callinicos, Alex
Article
2015
For the first time in a generation Britain will vote on its membership of the European Union. How to vote in that referendum is a difficult choice for anyone on the left. Since the 1990s the anti-EU c...
The Left and the EU: Why Cling to This Reactionary Institution?
Richardson, Joseph
Article
2016
Why is it that many people who consider themselves left-wing have such difficulty grasping that the EU is a deeply reactionary institution? The mere fact that those running the EU present it as an int...
On Brexit, Borders, Being Offensive (But not being in a Hollywood movie)
Malik, Kenan
Article
2016
Kenan Malik recently gave a long interview to Dutch journalist Marco Visscher about Brexit, migration, democracy, politics, being offensive, growing up in racist Britian, and not being in a Hollywood ...
An Open Letter to the British Left
Kouvelakis, Stathis
Article
2016
Dear friends and comrades, To a foreigner who has been living and working in the United Kingdom for the last sixteen years, the immediate post-referendum situation appears highly paradoxical. It seems...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 2, 2016: Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, and Contempt for Democracy
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Article
2016
Brexit, the British vote to leave the European Union, has thrown the political elites into turmoil and confusion. The referendum was supposed to be a safe political manoeuvre, a way to produce an appe...
The Revolt of the Fragments
Malik, Kenan
Article
2016
It was, without question, a bloody nose for the political establishment, the biggest it has received for decades. And many have read the unexpected success of the Leave camp in the British EU referend...
The Silence of the Left: Brexit, Euro-Austerity and the T-TIP
Hudson, Michael
Article
2016
The media in the United States have treated the British vote against remaining in the European Union (EU) as if it is populist “Trumpism,” an inarticulate right-wing vote out of ignorance at being lef...
"Small really is beautiful", claims new report on England's farming
Hindess, Kathryn
Article
2016
A report on the benefits of small-scale farming practices in England, arguing that land size should not be used to exclude farms from receiving subsidies.
Some Pundits Think the Solution to Right-Wing Populism Is Less Democracy
Johnson, Adam
Article
2016
The core orthodoxies of neoliberalism are under attack by populist forces, and commentators are scrambling for a response. Some are suggesting more left-wing red meat. Others, a moment of self-reflect...
Sound & Fury : Just What Does Brexit Signify?
Bacevich, Andrew J.
Article
2016
Not since Y2K thretened to plunge the planet into chaos has a story provoked overwrought handwringing comparable to that triggered by Britons voting to withdraw from the European Union. By common asse...
This vote was about far more than immigration
Stephens, Alastair
Article
2016
The vote to leave the EU was fuelled by class divisions, argues Alastair Stephens.
UK after the rain
Lakha, Shabbir
Article
2016
Shabbir Lakha looks beyond the media blizzard surrounding last week's referendum result and identifies anti-racist work as a campaigning imperative.
Was Brexit a Working-Class Revolt?
Moody, Kim
Article
2016
The malevelant genius of the Leave campaign was that it managed to go one step further and direct the anger of many previous working-class targets of derision at the even more vulnerable immigrants.
Why They Left: Brexit was'’t the first time Europeans rejected the EU, and it won't be the last. Here's what the Left should do.
Lapavitsas, Costas
Article
2016
The Leave victory in the British referendum represents a moment of political confusion -- a hiatus in the opposition between social classes. No class appears capable of directing events. The ruling cl...
Why we voted leave: voices from northern England - documentary
Sumaria, Sheena
Film/Video
2016
A short look at why those in the north of England mainly voted to leave the EU - from Guerrera Films.
Your EU vote is crucial because it won't count
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2016
Here is a prediction about the outcome of today’s UK referendum on leaving the European Union. Even in the unlikely event that the remain camp loses, the UK will still not Brexit. Europe's neoliberal ...

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The Reaction to Brexit Is the Reason Brexit Happened
If you believe there's such a thing as "too much democracy," you probably don't believe in democracy at all
Taibbi, Matt
2016
"This isn't democracy; it is Russian roulette for republics," Kenneth Rogoff recently wrote in the 'Boston Globe,' of last week's Brexit vote.