There has been a great deal of speculation about the reasons for the British people voting to leave the European Union, mostly slanted to imply that those voting to leave didn’t really want to leave. But for anyone with even the remotest insight into the lives of ordinary people, not just in Britain, but across the Western world, the reason would be obvious. It is the start of a new political disposition in revolt against the feudalization of Britain.
Although this article addresses the feudalization of Britain, it is a plague that infects the West as a whole.
The economic cause of this new feudalization is that giant global corporations are running out of cheap labor in the Third World to sustain their profitability and the disproportionate remuneration packages for their executives.
At the same time, the dishonesty and incompetence of the Western financial industry plunged Western economies into the worst recession in a century, which left millions of unemployed and low-paid workers requiring government assistance in order to meet the basic necessities of life.
The West’s financial and corporate elite thus saw an opportunity. The unemployed in the West could be compelled to replace the loss of cheap Third World labor under threat of losing their government assistance. Governments called this scheme ‘austerity’.
A stark admission of this policy came from Britain’s Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, in an interview on Britain’s Channel 4 Dispatches program, ‘How the Rich get Richer’, presented by Fraser Nelson of the Spectator magazine (17 November, 2014).
When it was explained to Iain Duncan Smith that people working even 10 hours a day were unable to support themselves and their families, and were less well-off than they would be on welfare, Duncan Smith’s answer was that the Government’s welfare reforms would ensure that people would always be better off working than claiming benefits.
But since the Government does not propose to ensure that global corporations and financial institutions be compelled to pay a living wage, Duncan Smith clearly meant that the already inadequate welfare support will be cut to such a level that people will be forced to work under any conditions and for any wage under threat of sanction.
The unemployed are thus harvested as a cash crop under threat of starvation and homelessness.
And while the Government relentlessly presses ahead with its feudalization reforms, forcing many British people, the unemployed and workers alike, to resort to food banks to feed their children, and charity shops to clothe them, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer was pre-occupied with challenging an EU directive from Brussels to cap bankers’ bonuses.
Yet, bankers’ bonuses are only possible because the Government has pumped billions of pounds into the hands of the incompetent and corrupt financial institutions that brought about this economic catastrophe in the first place. Across the Western world the greatest welfare checks in history were written out to the greatest economic villains in history.
But to deflect criticism from the villains in the story, the Government, supported by a compliant media itself in the power of the new ‘economic royalists’, or beholden to the Government for its funds, set about demonizing the victims by portraying them as welfare ‘scroungers’ crippling the economy, and living off ‘hard-working’ taxpayers.
This demonization of the poor, the vulnerable, and the oppressed, has instilled in even otherwise decent people a sense of contempt which has conditioned them to accept that their fellow human beings ‘deserve’ to suffer indignity, abuse, and hardship at the hands of a morally ambiguous Government, and morally vacuous global corporations.
But this is not the first time in recent history that free people have faced the threat of the malevolent aspirations of economic tyrants. It is, however, the first time that they have faced them without a leader of vision up to the challenge.
The last time free people faced such a challenge, the American people at least had a leader ready and willing to confront the menace. He was Franklin D Roosevelt.
He faced down ‘the privileged princes of these new economic dynasties, thirsting for power.’
He condemned the ‘small group [that] had concentrated into their own hands an almost complete control over other people’s property, other people’s money, other people’s labor — other people’s lives.’
And he recognized that ‘against economic tyranny such as this, the American citizen could appeal only to the organized power of government.’
But today, the organized power of government is itself in the service of the ‘economic dynasties’. It is imposing on its own people an economic tyranny for the benefit of ‘the privileged princes’.
Government is rendering itself the enemy of the people. And when people are forced into serfdom, then they become free to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure their own survival, and regain their dignity and freedom.
Freedom is that one thing that ‘no man gives up but with life itself.’
So it is not surprising that when Duncan Smith was asked whether the government’s policies towards the poor and oppressed might lead to revolution, he was silent.
However, the fear of revolution may just explain the extensive and intrusive surveillance programs of Western governments. And it may also explain the multitude of ‘threats’ we are told we need to fear; some real, like Islamic terror, for which our own governments are largely responsible; others contrived, like the idea of an expansionist Russia intent on invading Europe.
As long as the people have enough to fear, then Government and the new economic royalty have less to fear – or so they had hoped.
Perhaps Brexit will give them pause for thought. And they would be well advised to use it, before it’s too late.
Joseph BH McMillan
This article is adapted from an article first published in 2014.
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