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Mark Blyth on Brexit and Trumpism

Mark Blyth, professor of Political Economy at Brown University, talks with ?AthensLive about the #Brexit vote and the ramifications on the ?UK and across ?Europe. He also considers the current situation in ?Greece and the long run effects of what he calls “Trampism”.

Brexit result: ‘Now we can look forward to a good Great Britain’| EU referendum

Texit

Texas Nationalists call on Gov. Abbott to support Texit vote:

AUSTIN – In the wake of the decision by British voters to exit the European Union (Brexit) on Thursday, the Texas Nationalist Movement is formally calling on the Texas Governor to support a similar vote for Texans.

“It is past time that the people of Texas had their say on our continued relationship with the Union and its sprawling Federal bureaucracy,” said Daniel Miller, President of the TNM.

“The win for Brexit opens the door for Texit by establishing, concretely, that it is possible to have an adult conversation on independence and letting the people have the final say.”

Bolstered by a surge of support for a vote on independence and the Brexit victory, the TNM believes that it is time for a referendum on the issue.

Boris Johnson Booed Leaving His House

Can’t embed the video. London, along with Scotland and Northern Ireland, had voted to remain.

Brexit voter now regrets voting to leave EU

Required watching for spurned Bernie voters who don’t think Trump will really be elected if they throw their vote away on a third party candidate.

My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard

A reporter for Mother Jones gets a job as a prison guard in a private prison. This is a long, long article. Probably novella sized. I almost missed my stop on the train because I couldn’t stop reading it. How we’ve made for profit prisons a thing is just beyond a bad idea.

Trump interrupted by protester with swastika golf balls

US election: Sanders says he will vote for Clinton

From BBC.com

The two have fought for the Democratic nomination, which former Secretary of State Mrs Clinton won this month.

Mr Sanders, a self-described socialist, told MSNBC he would do everything in his power to defeat the likely Republican nominee, Donald Trump.

But:

But he stopped short of saying he would end his campaign.

Um. Bernie…

Donald Trump Is Happy That the Pound is Tanking

Because it means more people will go to his shitty golf course in Scotland.

“I think it’s a great thing that happened,” Trump told reporters shortly after his helicopter landed at Trump Turnberry. “People are angry, all over the world. People, they’re angry.”

“When the pound goes down, more people are coming to Turnberry, frankly,” Trump added during an afternoon news conference. “For traveling and for other things, I think it very well could turn out to be a positive.”

Brexit is Happening

I thought cooler heads would prevail in the end, which is the kind of mentality I think a lot of us in the US have right now with our upcoming shit show of an election coming up in November, and that Brexit wouldn’t happen.

The EU just said, ‘Fine, fucking go already then.

David Cameron is out.

Trump is especially happy about this because he’s also singing that old standard [fill in name of country] FIRST!

And Charles Stross on what this means:

What happens to England and Wales now?

Short version: economic turmoil caused by the uncertainty. An upswing in right-wing xenophobia as the utterly odious crypto-fascist Nigel Farage makes hay while the Sun shines on his project. Divorce negotiations …the Brexiters have been selling a lie; that they’d get a no-fault divorce and keep the house. Reality is somewhat less convenient and Brussels has no alternative but to play hardball if it is to deter other loosely-bound members from following England’s example. Most likely England will end up losing the house, the CD collection, and the cat and having to sleep in the car. For example, the biggest chunk of the UK economy today is the banking sector, and London is the global number one market for euro-denominated derivatives trading. But London, as a non-euro zone market, is only allowed to trade in euros because it’s the capital of an EU member state. A London that is out in the cold will lose that business. Expect much of the British financial sector to decamp to Frankfurt, Paris, and Brussels. And there will be other ghastly economic consequences; if the UK is allowed to get it’s no-fault divorce, when why should Greece put up with the Troika’s demands?

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