Britain Is Swinging From Right-Populism To Leftism And That's Not Any Better

Britain Is Swinging From Right-Populism To Leftism And That's Not Any Better

When you vote against something that makes you angry, rather than for something substantial, you cause problems.


Conventional wisdom dictates that few social or political events are isolated. And it was obvious between the United States, Britainm and France that far-right populism, nationalism disguised as anti-terror rhetoric and economic protectionism swept the globe over the past couple of years.

Last year, the media compared Brexit to "The U.K.'s version of Donald Trump" -- a messy vote to eventually depart from the European Union that was largely blamed on intense populism and anti-terror sentiment.

Now that the Conservatives have lost the majority in Britain and Theresa May faces intense backlash from the Labour Party, it's clear that British millennials find right-wing populism distasteful just as most American millennials do. So aside from the fact that to lump Theresa May and many other British conservatives in with someone as Trumpesque as Nigel Farage is incredibly unfair, expecting the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn to be any improvement for Britain is incredibly naive.

I don't know an great amount about British politics or the history of the Labour Party. But any rationality or centrism, if it ever existed in the Labour Party, is gone now. But the party currently represents the worst of the left-- antisemitism cloaked in tolerance, socialism cloaked in promises of justice and equity and an ever-growing dependence on government to provide healthcare, higher education and other goods and services on the taxpayers' money.

We can't find any rhyme or reason in politics anymore, just a wave of populism that swings from far-left to far-right and then back, but remains an ineffective, emotional form of politics. The Brexit vote happened because of an emotional response to terror, but Theresa May was doing her best to unify the country and she was nowhere near as bad as Jeremy Corbyn. But now the U.K. government is in shambles because of an equally emotion-driven response to Brexit.

New York Times opinion writer Matthew d'Ancona more artfully discussed the point I'm trying to make to y'all--- that a moderate Conservative like May is good for Britain, but now she has the unfortunate choice of aligning with a genuinely crazy, radically conservative party or conceding and resigning and letting rampant socialism develop in Britain.

We need to pay attention to Britain's political and social climate, as they are one of our closest allies, but we can apply some of the same concepts to our political system. It's likely that the Democrats will regain the House in 2018, but the danger lies in radical progressives seizing the opportunity to push back against an unpopular Republican president. When you vote against something that makes you angry, rather than for something that's actually been proven effective, you end up in sociopolitical turmoil.

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