How do you know when a planeload of Remoaners have landed at Brussels Airport? Because when the engines stop, the whining continues.
Yes, it’s an old one, but apt: elite Remainers have become nothing less than a freak show, modern Cassandras no longer listened to for their arguments but objects of morbid fascination in themselves. Unlike the tragic Trojan princess, however, they are worried not about imminent national doom, but that Brexit will prove a success.
Swamped as we now are in the minutiae of trade deals and negotiations, we have temporarily lost sight of the bigger picture: what has been attempted over the last few years by the elites is truly spectacular in its vision, and nothing less than a reversion to a pre-modern society, perhaps in some ways rather like the Medieval period. Today, as then, an oligarchical cabal played international power politics, swapping or fighting over territories and fiefdoms, forming dynasties through power-marriages, while lording it over a vast unter class that they held nothing in common with and viewed with utter contempt. Even modern-day corporatism finds an echo in the Medieval Guild system, which enforced monopolies and common standards of regulation while lobbying for its interests in the corridors of power. Now, as then, economic growth may be sluggish and the nation state weak, but why would the Remainer superclass care about such matters? Based in London, capital of international finance and a bridge between Washington and Brussels, they stand at the very top of the global pinnacle.
Moreover, the modern hegemonic corporatist system has given them not only economic but cultural control over the masses: the fusing of big business, big politics and international charities has created the mono-cultural orthodoxy of political correctness, expressed through the aggressive promotion of identity-based politics. It is essentially the political expression of age-old corporate market segmentation techniques used as a classic divide-and-conquer strategy.
Brexit threatens all that. What terrifies Remainers is that a successful Brexit will cause a domino effect: a free-trading, free-market Britain could prove fatal to the EU and with it the global corporatist system that guarantees their untrammelled power. Handled properly, Brexit would not only allow for economic competition but – far more lethally – competition in ideas.
If it is handled properly, of course, and a very big if that is. Nonetheless, what elite Remainers see before them is the death of a brilliant dream, and what the rest of us hear in their banshee wailing is really a ‘rage, rage against the dying of the light’.