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This madness has a Lear-like logic. Brexit is a nothing that pretended to be a thing, a departure that posed as a destination, a break-up masquerading as a relationship. It knows only what it is not. It is rooted in a crisis of identity within the UK and in such crises, when you don't know what "us" means, it is always easier to go for the negative definition: we're not them. And thus there is an absurd rationale in Brexit ending up with a supposed policy that is merely an absence: no deal. The Brexit discourse has now arrived at the point where it has to present that nothing as if it were a something, as if failing to create an alternative to EU membership is in fact the alternative.


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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jul 3rd, 2019 at 10:07:58 AM EST
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In my humble opinion, Fintan O'Toole has again excelled himself in that article. Sometimes he can be overly repetitive, sometimes he goes over the top a bit. But generally I think he is one of the best writers on the topic of Brexit and much else. I suspect you will shortly be able to access the whole article in the Guardian.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jul 3rd, 2019 at 10:13:15 AM EST
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