Britain, Europe, and the World

In the course of a century there are just a few events that change the direction of history.  The early 20th century witnessed the First World War and the creation of the League of Nations. The mid-20th saw the second war and the United Nations.  The late-20th saw the end of the Cold War, and the beginning of this century saw the events of 9/11 as the symbol of global terrorism.

Through all of this period, the nation-state has been the major agent of international politics and law.  To this day, it remains the constituent agent of the international institutions that purport to maintain peace, promote development, strengthen human rights, and respect the rule of law.  These form a coherent whole in the movement towards a global community.

But in the mid-20th century, another development began that had less profile yet equal influence on political behaviour – regionalism.  The birth and growth of regionalism, especially in Europe and Africa, has filled what was otherwise a missing piece of the mosaic of modern politics linking nationalism to globalism.

Globalism differs from globalisation – the weaving together of the political structures around the world, compared with the interaction between economic entities with global reach.  It is the playing out of these two forces, one largely positive, the other largely negative, that characterises our time.

The decision by a simple majority of British voters to leave the European Union is a product of this dynamic, and it will be an agent of its future direction.  The motivation to leave is driven by the negatives – financial instability, widening inequality and migration convulsions.

The leave campaign has turned its back on the positives – the historical rationale of a regional institution that binds the warring European tribes together.  In voting to withdraw, the UK has performed an about-turn, setting its face towards the past.  It is already beginning to realise this; as a result, its national politics are in disarray, and it is almost certainly about to experience a period of indecision and stasis, if not paralysis.

The British withdrawal may come to redefine the nature of modern life, not just in Europe but potentially around the world.  If Scotland sets its sights on remaining within the EU, it may well secede from the UK.  Scotland’s decision will demonstrate that the level of jurisdiction a people choose for themselves is becoming less rigid and more appropriate to their circumstances.

The EU has, understandably, indicated that it cannot negotiate with Scotland on the basis of its current sub-national status; it can only negotiate with the UK. This ups the ante for a second referendum.

But the fate of Scotland and the UK and the EU are of a different order, in a different league; different because they are such an integral part of the common regional experiment.  Whatever happens to these three proud political entities will, to a potentially huge extent, determine what happens elsewhere.

There are some 200 nation-states, and some 10,000 national communities.  How we govern ourselves in the 21st century, the age of the global commons, will be influenced to a large extent, by what Edinburgh, and London, and Belfast, and Brussels, decide over the next twelve months.

5 Comments Posted

  1. Going local, back to village culture. Away from the big European money-go-round.

    Green-values in action is decentralised reconstruction. Like UBI tied to support for “Task Force Green”, at the village level. Eg. The Ubuntu Party is progressing to a future without money, using this “green-village model”.

    Note how monocultural the whole European Project actually is. Surviving indigenous groups like the Celts in Ireland/Scotland or Basque in Spain, these are rare, and culturally subservient to Christian/Semitic centric Europe. The Euorpean model doesn’t fit Green Charter. Greens have higher value for indigenous rights and respect the human connection with nature and even tribal intuition. European Union may have acheived their goal of peace within the privileged lands, but the boarders are awash with refugees.

    The European Unit is politically out-of-control. Britain and Germany are jumping ship at the financial level, with closer ties to Chinese currency. Italy are reaching-out to Russian, by-passing the fallen laws of the European Union. UK solders are throwing their war-medals on the streets, in disgust at the Middle Eastern blood-bath.

    Current milk and commodity prices actually allow for de-urbanisation. With permaculture and local economies becoming competitive, yes even economically. Our beliefs in the basics of “reduce, reuse and recycle” can eventually make the money systems obsolete.

    Sorry to disagree with Kennendy, but this Globalism thinking sounds much like the illusion of Communist/Socialist thinking, all financed by the same banking community in the economic growth trap. Economic development is the answer, and the development needs to focus on our rural communities. We’re luck to have the Maori and Polynesian communities, there ancestors will guide us back home. Our Asian communities are also value in this time of transition, with their eastern philosophy capable of seeing beyond the dated perspective of European materialism.

    Brits, Kiwis and all global citizens, together in sustainable transition, at the local level.

  2. I think what goes wrong is a situation of accumulation of economic resources in good times that hinders the next generation providing for itself, and no mechanisms to reshare the land etc. Even the Old Testament Bible recognises this. This is created by diversion of attention to the modern toys, at present funded by climate change, and a lack of focus on the basics. I don’t believe globalism aids this redistribution, but the down to earth learning of the ecological basics that is unique to each area. Thats where our local food and shelter is. Humans have evolved far more time in village communities than in urban sites so may require evolutionary adaption to succeed. The anions we all need for immune and conscious awareness come from clean oceans and trees. Thus we had the Dark Ages in Europe when forests disappeared, and as these populations spread out with the aid of fuels the global resource has been impacted. Any answer that denies this need for anions from vegetative process will end in breakdown and destruction. That is why urban answers such as intensification need far better planning than our present models, but the populations are already in those out of balance places. Plant trees and keep the water clean.

  3. Visions of the Scots on there own currency sounds okay.

    And ok, these three musketeers gunning for NWO is concerning.

    But Eurovision in the Ukraine, that would be a catastrophic disaster.

  4. Thanks to Kennedy for raising the issue and sharing his perspective.

    He’s right to highlight the importance globalism/regionalism aspect. Slightly different to the European media cartel, who are playing this out as a race and immigration issue, but that’s how “democracy” is done.

    London seems to have seen the light. Clearly the EU is unsustainable, and will continue to slip against the raise of the Eastern financial system. The Brits are safer as a first mover, pivoting to the East. NZ’s Govt made this step long ago, unfortunately via an open market sell out. But London is blessed with historical privilege, and the Brits are sure to form a more stable deal. Clearly Scotland and Ireland are safer with the UK, together under a British pound. Ireland is a tax-haven economy, and set to sink with Southern Europe, if they aren’t bold enough to work better with their Celtic brothers in Scotland, and Wales, and yes even England. There is a unstable divide between the economies of the north and south, so a European split is just a matter of time. Countries like Poland can jump with ease. Even the mainstream media are saying that the banks can no-longer be bailed out. If they stop printing cash from thin air, then the EU will go down as another chapter in our Google written history books.

    The European Council is a house of shame, and the UK are better without it. Such large regional bodies are easily corrupted and obviously the EU is run by the business-round-table, certainly not democratic. Hand picked committees are feeding Europe fear via laws based on lethal bureaucracy. The banks write their own laws, and the uncomfortable influence from the NATO weapons industry is not insignificant. Rome orbiting gangsters are pulling strings in a fashion that’s no better than the dark-forces of the Dick bin Cheney terror-era. Their dream of a macro-Govt via the UN, sounds as wholesome as micro-chips under the skin. The UN Zionists have already over-thrown the Pentagon in 2015. Is London ready to make a stand against the gangsters of Washington and Rome? Is there truth to the rumor that a second UN has already been setup in Kazakhstan? If London are willing to work progressively with the decentralised power-base of the BRICS, then perhaps the Union Jack is worth keeping on our NZ flag, till the dust of reconstruction has settled.

  5. “How we govern ourselves in the … age of the global commons” you ask. I think part of the point of the Brexit decision was the rejection of the global commons that does not exist because the commons was commodified by right leaning governments and seized for private profit by the rich and powerful. Hence we no longer govern ourselves. But that does not stop so many in the middle classes who want a piece of that neoliberal action and hence they ignorantly support the system, not understanding that the elite will let them have only a small part of the goal and then only if they prove themselves to be deserving of it. Selfishness is the scourge of our time, developed to a fine degree within the neoliberal economics system of the past 30 – 40 years. For as long as humans hold the reins of ego loosely, so will our society race along, head fast in to a darkness.

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