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    They aren’t stupid or liars & there’s no conspiracy. Their judgments are based on a deep unexamined assumption : Britain is Great. 1/

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    Interesting discussion sparking a reflection on what makes apparently intelligent people close their minds and lie to achieve Brexit. 1/

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    Belief that “Britain is Great” is based on 40 years of prosperity. Racist nationalism hides the true foundations of wealth: Empire & EU 2/

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    UK culture denies roots of prosperity in our criminal Empire. “We” abolished slavery! “We” built rail in India! “We” civilised Africa 3/

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    Same racism that allowed normal British people to run plantations of slaves, then indentured labourers, taught that “we Brits” did this 4/

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    British schoolchildren don’t learn that the resources we used to resist the Nazis depended on hundreds of years of imperial exploitation 5/

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    So how *do* we Brits understand roots of Britain’s wealth? Our “island history”? Proud, isolated - and always oh so special. So Great. 6/

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    Since wealth is created by the operation of (ethno)national *character* on other factors, UK success cannot be dependent on EU membership 7/

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    Likewise, they cannot think properly about the crimes of Empire. It hurts them to be asked about this. 9/

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    Nationalism is inherently emotional. It’s hard to think “cold” about whether I identify with a community or country 10/

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    But Britain is an ex-imperial nation which has never collectively acknowledged our exploitative Empire or it’s concomitant racism... /11

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    ... and unlike other EU countries with similar racist exploitative histories (FR, NL, DE, ES...) hasn’t even adopted Europeanism 12/

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    Whether or not Brexit happens, the British nationalist culture that dominates our elite (across political spectrum) is now in crisis. 13/

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    British nationalists are genuinely bewildered that other Brits aren’t convinced of the Greatness of Britishness 14/

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    British nationalists are inherently incapable of debating Britain’s greatness. Because for them it’s a question of faith, not evidence. 15/

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    For 40 years, EU membership has shielded British nationalists from 2 truths. Britain isn’t special. Most Brits know that. 16/

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    For 40 years, British nationalists could live in a prosperous nation & pretend its prosperity was based on national character. 17/

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    Now British nationalists are leading UK out of EU. And they are politically naked. They have nothing but a belief in British Greatness 18/

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    Big shocks lie ahead. Biggest may be to British nationalism. It will lose many soft supporters. Those who stay will be angry & bitter 19/

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    Hard core British nationalists will direct hatred at EU. Even more at the “enemy within”: Remainers & -
    most of all - visible minorities /20

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