Trump And Brexit Are One And The Same Phenomena

Perhaps it was thirty years ago when there was a reasonably popular book that explained that with the evermore-rapid rate of technological change and advancement, the world would become an ever-harder place to govern.

The basic theory was that with more and more specialty options available to humankind the more of a boutique world it would become, causing a kind of tribal backlash to globalization to spring up. In other words the more that technology would bring humanity together at one level the more it would split it apart at another.

For example when there were only three major American TV news networks, there was much more of a general consensus of how the world ought to work compared with today when there are dozens of news networks catering to various political philosophies and greater individualized interests.

One very serious phenomenon that has come out of our super technology is a harsh reality, which has become increasingly clear to many, that it is only those at the very top of the social-economic pyramid who are best able to exploit modern technology for personal gain. Meaning that more and more of the world’s wealth is being concentrated in fewer and fewer hands.

In kind of a bizarre rebellion to this fact is the rise of Trump and the advent of Brexit. Neither occurrence is a particularly rational reaction of middle and lower class fears of being marginalized. Rather it is a desperate expression of their frustration and anger against a world that they see moving increasingly beyond their control.

The bottom line is that the more technology brings us together, conversely the more it fragments us into ever more difficult units to govern, sort of like a room full folks texting one another instead of directly interacting to work out problems.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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