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Reader’s comment: Bad things can happen here


In response to Michael St George: This has just got a lot bigger than Brexit, DespiteBrexit wrote:

‘Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable’ – JFK, I believe. This is getting very dangerous. There are two vital safety valves on internal society tensions – free speech and democracy (or some other mechanism by which the common man feels he has some kind of political stake and say in things). The state has been welding the first of these shut for some time, and Brexit is confirming long-standing suspicions about the real nature of the second.

The state has two choices now, with no middle ground between them. Either it can deign to give us oiks some say. Or, using as an excuse any violent reaction or (alleged) threat of violence, it can go for full-throttle repression. The latter always contains the seeds of its own downfall, but nonetheless can be maintained for a long time – certainly long enough for those at the top to feel it will never affect them personally.

On the other hand, on the continent we are seeing that the EU’s arrogance is providing fertile soil for nasty strains of proto-fascism. Do not imagine they could not emerge here.

Bad things happen to countries. Bad things happen to ordinary people in countries because of the wicked, powerful sociopaths running those countries or vying to run them. There is no a priori reason for the UK to be an exception.

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