Michael Hudson: How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote

NATO Summit Protest

Image by Anna Beswick via Flickr

with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 24, 2016

TheRealNews on Jun 24, 2016

Michael Hudson argues that military interventions in the Middle East created refugee streams to Europe that were in turn used by the anti-immigrant right to stir up xenophobia.


Michael Hudson is President of The Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends (ISLET), a Wall Street Financial Analyst, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and author of Killing the Host (2015), The Bubble and Beyond (2012), Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire (1968 & 2003), Trade, Development and Foreign Debt: A History of Theories of Polarization v. Convergence in the World Economy (1992 & 2009) and of The Myth of Aid (1971), amongst many others. He can be reached via his website, mh@michael-hudson.com.

see also:

The blame game By William Bowles

Aprés la Deluge By William Bowles

Brexit As Working Class Rebellion Against Free Trade by Jack Rasmus

¡Basta Ya, Brussels! British Voters Reject EU Corporate Slavestate by Mike Whitney

from the archives:

The Tory Chickens Come Home To Roost by William Bowles

Exiting the EU by William Bowles

Goodbye to Democracy if Transatlantic Partnership is Passed by Pete Dolack (#TTIP)

Michael Hudson: They Finance the Military Budget with Money Laundering by the World’s Criminals

European Refugee Crisis – The Anatomy of a Coverup

Andrew Gavin Marshall: Who Rules Europe?

The Greek Coup: Liquidity as a Weapon of Coercion by Ellen Brown + Greece is Not the Major Problem – Europe is by Siv O’Neall

14 thoughts on “Michael Hudson: How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote

  1. Pingback: Brexit, Trump and Lots of Anger by Graham Peebles | Dandelion Salad

  2. Pingback: Chris Hedges and Richard Wolff: Capitalism in Crisis | Dandelion Salad

  3. Pingback: Michael Hudson: Brexit, The TTIP, NATO and The US Military Industrial Complex | Dandelion Salad

  4. Pingback: Brexit and the Derivatives Time Bomb by Ellen Brown | Dandelion Salad

  5. Pingback: Seven Days in June by William Bowles | Dandelion Salad

  6. Pingback: Richard Wolff: Class Warfare: French Labor Law, Brexit, and Greek Austerity | Dandelion Salad

  7. Maybe creating a cute little nickname for a British EU exit caused people to not take the vote seriously. what to you think Benifer?

  8. Pingback: Why the British Said No to Europe by John Pilger | Dandelion Salad

  9. It is complicated, rife with contradictions. It is also potentially, hugely confusing and therefore only too easy to be ensnared by premature judgments.

    Much of the problem, if not all of it ~ contextually speaking ~ is the false emphasis on alleged binary predicaments; either/or black & white dialectical processes that do not engage the unavoidable & increasingly necessary holistic (planet-scaled) approaches to multiple issues, that are embedded and entangled in deep-ecological, sociobiological and agro-ecological ’emergencies’ ~ but which are gratuitously paraded by opinion shapers as simply culturally inflected tropes and “unrealistic” pseudo-priorities.

    No, these are really fundamental global questions as Slavoj Žižek is wont to say, not the least of which is how to institute the kind of assemblies, & exercise scientific methodologies to inform and empower legitimate tribunals that can operate independently of predatory political and financial interests.

    Michael Hudson is right about the misplacement of populist emphases and the reluctance, due to competing criteria, of the participants to have the courage to tease out real facts from the cats-cradle of engineered public perceptions. You can’t “educate” a starving organism, instinct rules its behaviour. The prospect for Europe is dire.

    Two major elements need to be clarified here: the first is the inadequacy of “free speech” exemplified in so many purported historical narratives ~ how to better discern, grasp and internalize more reliable, representative and inclusive accounts of where we are; and, how to unravel our egeregious misconceptualization of the nature of the real challenges. That is to say, what may be legitimately characterized, as empirical mapping of a representative phenomenological reality?

    The second point is the moral question: namely, how to respond to the culpability of those giant interests who are desperately profiting from globalist mayhem and capitalist gigantism; the unaccountable, fanatical, algorithmically deterministic, over-arching US power elites and commodity fetishists and their proxies ~ to confront the unelected European brokers who manipulate NATO, orchestrate Brussels bureaucracy and dictate the (US) terms of the Euro-zone.

    Inherent in this is a paradox of orders, corresponding to an inverse relationship of restrictive politico-economic dogma to open universes of discourse. There is too much noise and not enough music.

    People need to wake up to the fact that the real and most crucial European discourse is not one corrupted by Murdoch or poisoned by the likes of the Daily Mail. Brexit may prove to be disastrous unless both sides accept that we need to reach the same place by different routes.

    NATO policy has been catastrophic; and of course, much of this implosive disintegration was precipitated by the insanely criminal Monsanto-led land-grab for the Ukraine.

    My own conviction was that we might have got to the right place more directly by ‘remaining’ ~ as Yanis Varoufakis, Caroline Lucas and other luminaries articulated so well. There is now imminent discussion of the legal precedent for a 2nd referendum http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/24/petition-second-eu-referendum-crashes-house-of-commons-website

    Not only are we witnessing an immense crisis of imagination, but a grotesque failure to exercise the multiple intelligences, most needed at this time, to understand anything ~ because ‘everything’ is so accessible & not all of it is relevant.

    It is a worthwhile exercise to reflect upon the post Atlantic Charter world & revisit its stark contrast to the distended political gut of today’s gourmandising addictions to our slave-driven consumer hedonism

  10. Pingback: Aprés la Deluge By William Bowles – Investigating Imperialism

  11. Pingback: The Tory Chickens Come Home To Roost by William Bowles | Dandelion Salad

Comments are closed.