A few days ago I was wondering whether Theresa May was not in fact going to invoke Article 50, and new regulations coming into effect tomorrow would preclude the possibility Britain (or any other member state) ever leaving the EU.
But it seems she has in fact invoked it. And we are now in a new situation. It is as if the ship Britannia, after being moored in the port of Le Havre for some 40 years, has raised anchor and set sail. But will she ever get out of the port? And if she does, might she not be wrecked on one of the innumerable rocks that line the coast of Brittany? A perilous journey has begun.
And right now, the omens are not looking very good. The whole world seems to be rapidly becoming a darker and more dangerous place. Britannia has raised anchor just as the sky is darkening, and the wind rising.
And while it looked like she might have a friend and ally in America in the form of Donald Trump, it’s beginning to look as if his new administration is being almost completely paralysed by the opponents of the new regime, who include not only all the Democrats but also quite a few Republicans, as well as a good few people inside various government agencies, including the intelligence agencies. And they all seem bent on preventing Trump from doing anything at all. All sorts of outrageous things are being said about him. Yesterday I read:
Liberal propagandist Michael Moore said Monday afternoon on Twitter that President Donald Trump will cause the “extinction of human life on earth.”
CHOMSKY: TRUMP MAY STAGE FALSE-FLAG TERRORIST ATTACK TO ‘RALLY SUPPORT’
Usually, after US Presidential elections, everything settles down, and the new administration gets on with whatever it was elected to do. Not this time, it seems. Listening to some of the Democrats, you’d think they’d just elected a new Hitler. In fact, that is exactly what some of them are saying.
I’m beginning to wonder if it’s not just Trump that is being paralysed by opposition, but that the USA is paralysed. What happens if there’s some new crisis somewhere in the world, and Trump proposes some course of action, and the Dems and half the RINOs in Congress automatically nix it? The USA will fail to act. Or fail to act decisively.
And such a circumstance of US political paralysis offers a window of opportunity for smaller players on the world scene. While the cat’s away, the mice will play. I now expect all sorts of mice to pop out of the woodwork.
A similar paralysis doesn’t seem to have afflicted Britain after the Brexit vote. Theresa May isn’t being compared to Hitler. There seems to have been a general assent that the vote went the way it did, and now we all have to get on with the job of Brexiting. But with the Trump administration paralysed, Theresa May’s job is going to be much harder.
Can Trump break loose from his bonds, like Prometheus Unbound? I think that if there’s anyone in America who can manage it, it’s Donald Trump. He’s run rings around all his opponents for the past 18 months, after all. He’s rewritten the rules of American politics. Another couple of rings should be no trouble at all.
I’m insufficiently knowledgeable about the intricacies of the checks and balances of US politics to know what’s likely to happen. But it seems to me that, right now, Donald Trump has been pretty thoroughly checked and balanced.
The underlying political conflict is between the globalists and the nationalists, or between hyper-regulators and de-regulators. The EU is a hyper-regulatory state. And smoking bans are the best example there is of hyper-regulation. Political correctness, which regulates speech and thought, is another form of hyper-regulation. If the globalists win, they’ll create a hyper-regulated society in which absolutely everything is controlled and regulated, and nobody has any freedom of action whatsoever. It’ll be one enormous prison, with all the prisoners obeying orders.
If the Trumps and the nationalists win, they’ll de-regulate everything (including smoking bans). The global upsurge in nationalism or populism that we’re seeing is a reaction to global hyper-regulation, of which the current pandemic of smoking bans is clear evidence of the global scale of hyper-regulation.
If the globalists win, there will be a perpetual economic slump, because hyper-regulation throttles innovation and enterprise. Conversely, if the Trumpian de-regulators win, there’ll be an economic boom.
The hyper-regulators are planners. Their ideal world is a planned world in which everything goes perfectly according to plan. It will be so carefully planned that they will know exactly what will happen on any given day, and how people will speak, and even how they will think. There will be no nasty surprises. The world will be one vast “safe space” in which nothing unsafe or surprising or unexpected is permitted to happen. Even if two people sit down to play a game of chess, they will first have to get permission, and they will be told who is to win. In fact, they will each be given the complete pre-planned set of moves they are to make.
My blog won’t be closed down. It will instead be dictated to me from above. And I will probably write about the joys of stopping smoking, and the wonderful health benefits attendant on it. Any deviation from the text – even the replacement of an “and” with a “but” will be impermissible. All freedom will have completely vanished.