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I lean towards a post-imperialist theory.

People in a dominant superpower have no need to educate themselves in what the wider world is about - they can get what they want simply by ordering their armed forces to take whatever they think they need. They can be fooled into thinking they are the greatest people evah simply by the military and propaganda victories of their lords and masters.

So British and American proles are in thrall to military/authoritarian macho culture. We are the best because we say we are. They don't even bother to find out what the rest of the world is thinking. Nothing of importance exists outside their nationalistic bubbles.

So the Trump regime had no awareness of how their antics were uniting the rest of the world against them. The UK government had no concept of how the EU would react to their idiotic negotiating stances. Everyone was just going to fall in line with their wishes because they were so obviously superior in every way conceivable.

So politics in an imperial power becomes ever more conceited, self centred and stupid, throwing up ever more idiotic leaders - long after and especially after they have passed the zenith of their powers. They are reliving past glories by proclamation rather than by the realities of today's world.

So Britain defeated the Nazis, and The US the communists (in their own minds). But labelling the EU as the new Soviet Union isn't going to get you anywhere, any more than demonising the Chinese is a recipe for continued economic dominance. In fact it signals the opposite: the decline and fall of the Anglo-American empire.

Brexiteers fondly imagine Ireland will leave the EU and rejoin the UK. Trump and Biden think that the American political system is the envy of the world. Meanwhile the rest of the world is past caring and is busy getting on with dealing with the real problems facing the world, not indulging delusions that past grandeur can be reinstated.

Trump is trying to bring the US political system down with him. Brexiteers predicted Brexit presaged the collapse of the EU. Neither will happen, or at least not for the reasons they think. But there is no point even trying to engage with them at this juncture, and Biden is delusional if he thinks he can re-unite America around himself.

Eventually those who live by the sword will die by it, and their denouement will not be pretty. Nothing much we can do about it, sadly.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Nov 16th, 2020 at 12:37:24 PM EST
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That makes total sense for their idiocy regarding the world around them, but I wonder why they are such bumbling fools in their own political environment as well. It's one thing for a competent fascist to make dramatically mistaken foreign policy decisions because they believe their own bullshit - just look at Hitler. The crop we have today is far too incompetent to get past the "consolidate authoritarian power" stage.

I mean, Trump clearly WANTS to use state power to illegally hold onto power, and I think he had a real window to actually stage a coup. And yet he's just too incompetent to actually make it happen. His supporters are violent and angry, but also completely lack any ability to organize or cooperate for effective thuggery. Their plots are laughably stupid and easily thwarted.

by Zwackus on Tue Nov 17th, 2020 at 07:35:18 AM EST
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The worry is that Trump/Boris will move the Overton window as to what constitutes competence/responsible politics and will be replaced by far more competent/insidious fascists.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Nov 17th, 2020 at 12:46:01 PM EST
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In the US I think that is a given.  The question is how bad it is going to get and what success obtained.

We'll have a better understanding after the 2022 mid-terms.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Nov 17th, 2020 at 09:05:22 PM EST
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