#Brexit not victory for anyone.
The shroud of the growing dark side of latent racism has fallen.
Don’t gloat: http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/british-lose-right-to-claim-that-americans-are-dumber
Both recently deliberately stoked fears across US/Europe^1, and the aging^2 (but more likely to vote^3) less educated^4 sadly self-defeating^5 are not to be underestimated — even financial markets^6 and prediction markets were mistaken about Brexit outcome. Nevermind the polls.^7
We (in the US) must not underestimate these forces, or else we may suffer an even worse fate. The Republican Party already has (barring an improbable insurrection at their party convention next month).
Think like a time-traveler.
You wake up 2016-11-09 and Trump has won the presidency due to unexpectedly high turnout among the aging less educated, predominantly white, isolated/isolationist.
Did you do everything in your power to prevent that outcome, or better, to promote an alternative outcome (Hillary being elected)?
If not, what would you go back in time to change?
You can travel back to 2016-06-25 to change what you did.
How would you refocus your time and effort between then and now?
These are the questions that Brexit has me asking myself.
These are the questions I think we need to all ask ourselves.
“I get things are bad. But what are we doing to fix it?” — Casey Newton, Tomorrowland (https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Tomorrowland_%28film%29#Casey_Newton)
^1 Fears: http://www.npr.org/2016/06/25/483400958/from-brexit-to-trump-nationalist-movements-gain-momentum-around-world
^2 Old vs Young: http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2016/06/24/the_brexit_reveals_why_the_old_and_young_have_different_attitudes_about.html
This itself may be a big enough divide to dig into further (no pun intended).
^3 Turnout increased with age
^4 Less vs more educated
^6 Market prediction failure:
^7 Polls failure: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/25/world/europe/brexit-polls-britain-european-union.html
And just because I didn't know where else to put this, featured image from: https://twitter.com/rmayemsinger/status/746417220465483777
“You MANIACS!” — @rmayemsinger