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Liberal Future Debate (5) How Do We Keep It Local?

WELCOME TO the sixth debate hosted by Liberal Future – LF – the youth wing of the National Liberal Party. This debate relates to an article written by Kevin Albertson (who is Professor of Economics, Manchester Metropolitan University, in Lancashire, England) it appeared in The Conversation, which describes itself as ‘an independent source of news, analysis and expert opinion, written by academics and researchers, and delivered direct to the public.’


Originally called Hate Globalisation? Try Localism, Not Nationalism, Professor Albertson wrote his article a little while ago – see the original here: https://theconversation.com/hate-globalisation-try-localism-not-nationalism-86870 – although it’s only recently been brought to our attention. Despite this, we thought that it was very thought-provoking and should form the basis of this debate.


LF doesn’t agree with all of his extremely well referenced article. For instance, we get the impression that Professor Albertson is happy enough with capitalism whereas we’d like to get rid of it completely! We believe that it’s a cruel dog-eat-dog system that it obsessed with centralisation, control and gigantic profits. We’d like to overthrow capitalism and replace it with Distributism & Social Credit.


LF also questions his rather one-dimensional view of nationalism. Not all forms of nationalism are bad. Indeed, there’s probably as many varieties of nationalism as there are varieties of communism, socialism, liberalism, anarchism - and every other ‘ism’ that one can think of! It all depends how one defines nationalism and it’s important not to conflate nationalism – a love of one’s people & nation – with imperialism.


That said, we agree with Professor Albertson’s view that localism is an effective antidote to the misery and exploitation of globalism. For localism supports the local production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. In short, it puts the local economy, community and environment first.


Whilst his article concentrates on the theory of localism, we’re interested in the practicalities of disengaging from capitalism and promoting localism. Simply put – How Do We Keep It Local?


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Hate Globalisation? Try Localism, Not Nationalism


Liberal Future – LF – doesn’t agree with everything Professor Albertson (top right) says. This is particularly so of his apparent acceptance of capitalism & his narrow, one-dimensional view of nationalism. However, in the spirit of comradeship, free thought, free speech and open debate, we feature his article below. We believe that localism (bottom left) offers a viable alternative to globalism – a system controlled by the elite (bottom right) which is based on misery, exploitation & greed. Localism can help us devolve power down to the lowest possible common denominator. Small is Beautiful!

IT HARDLY needs saying, but there are changes afoot in the political economy of the world. Where there is globalisation (1), there are globalisation protestors (2). This is nothing new (3), but it is becoming mainstream.


The antithesis of globalisation, nationalism (4), and the pursuit of your own country’s interests over those of everyone else, has bubbled back up in Europe (5). And it’s not just Europe, of course. In the US, president Donald Trump (6) is (among other initiatives) rethinking the American commitment to free trade (7).


In the rest of the world (8), the experience of globalisation shows it creates some winners (9) and some losers (10). This varies geographically (11) and in different economic fields (12), and is shown in different aspects of our lives (13).

And so, someone in London might find their house is worth more. As foreign capital flows in to buy up large swaths of the capital (14) it increases their wealth, while others might be priced out of the market. In some sectors of the market, wages might be declining (15) as a result of global competition, migration, casualisation (16) or automation (17). In the final analysis, however, it is not a matter of whether globalisation causes these changes (18), it is rather more that people feel that it does (19).

Walls and Wails

Globalisation is not, however, merely a matter of trade (20), migration (21) and foreign outsourcing (22). To many it seems Britain itself is for sale (23) as an increasing proportion of UK businesses and assets answer to foreign owners (24).

Economic theory suggests, therefore, the nation will increasingly be run for the benefit of foreign capital (25), rather than the citizens (26). On top of this, there is the danger that inflows of foreign capital will cause the exchange rate to appreciate, making it more difficult to export (27), reducing manufacturing output and reducing employment in those sectors affected.

To protect them from forces beyond their control, citizens across the world are increasingly looking to the nation state for protection, hence the rise of what is often called nationalism. As Abraham Lincoln (28) noted:

The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but can not do at all, or can not so well do, for themselves – in their separate, and individual capacities.


It is clear, no individual or community can stand against the forces of global capital (29), and Western governments appear averse to giving the workforce the means to protect itself (30), through, for example, increasing employment rights (31) and unionisation (32). However, in their search for a strong government to protect them, citizens are in danger of giving the state too much power over their lives (33).

It is by no means assured that the policies which suit a strong domestic government will be better than those which suit foreign owned multi-national corporations. Also, history indicates the fear of global capital may be coopted by unscrupulous politicians into a fear of other nations or fear of other peoples.

Think Locally

Rather than nationalism, therefore, we might turn to localism (34). In the UK context, this might be devolution (35) with real (financial) localised power, and that power realised through local government and local business.

An economy of big businesses (operated for the benefit of global owners) is less than ideal for the individual and society. In contrast, a society of many small local businesses is more resilient, more empowering (36) and more in keeping with the spirit of capitalism and of the market (37). We must also bear in mind that increasing business concentration (fewer, but larger firms) is a driver of increasing inequality (38). If a business is too big to (be allowed to) fall (39), then the government has failed in its duty to keep business small.

Economic theory indicates that those with no stake in a community other than profit extraction avoid suffering from localised ill effects such as unemployment (40), poverty (41), want (42) and homelessness (43). It follows those who live and work in a community have a greater stake in its prosperity.


The government might likewise consider how we might prevent those who do not even live in the country from driving up house prices (44).

Local protection from exploitation by global interests requires the right mix of global and local policies. And local government policies require adequate financing. By local financial power, I don’t mean local taxes. That has the potential to fragment the nation, as it has, to some extent, in the EU (45) (whether perceived rightly (46) or wrongly (47)).

If we fund education or social care out of local taxes, for example, there will tend to be a race to the bottom as local authorities will be motivated to underperform to encourage vulnerable families to go and live elsewhere (48). It follows taxes should be collected nationally, and shared proportionally (on the basis of demographic profile) to the devolved authorities.

There is no space here to discuss in detail other possible localism policies here, but there are many ways to promote local ownership and local empowerment. That could include local currencies, boosts to council housing, local authority ownership of utilities or support for locally-owned high street shops. However, it is not a policy mix I suggest, rather it is an emphasis.

Ultimately, the only viable alternative to the choice currently on offer, the choice of Big State or Big Business (49), is Small State and Small Business, or more appropriately Local Government and Local Business. To pursue localism will require a systemic shift in how the national government goes about shaping society, but I suggest it is possible to promote social justice in a capitalist context in no other way.


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  3. https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-andy-price/the-leftbehind-once-had-a_b_13297202.html
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rise_of_nationalism_in_Europe
  5. https://www.ft.com/content/53fc4518-4520-11e6-9b66-0712b3873ae1?mhq5j=e5
  6. https://www.washingtonpost.com/gdpr-consent/?destination=%2fnews%2fmonkey-cage%2fwp%2f2017%2f06%2f12%2ftrump-is-a-new-kind-of-protectionist-he-operates-in-stealth-mode%2f%3f&utm_term=.05ccee3ca46d
  7. http://fortune.com/2017/03/24/trump-executive-order-trade-deal/
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  9. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/winners-of-globalization_b_4603454?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVjb252ZXJzYXRpb24uY29tL2hhdGUtZ2xvYmFsaXNhdGlvbi10cnktbG9jYWxpc20tbm90LW5hdGlvbmFsaXNtLTg2ODcw&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAALjgjxdZq0FNm5wFpu_OKjcrntMfnZZ5FmKPGDny358BYykAN-Kc2wge6S-J4pEM0513Hy_uMRKdOny5j73wmidDy_PJdOfRqfkGAY_c40hNZUUtokqqvm0Q85gMrwbEmjSTkxOPrna_u-eKoKcYXAchr1H6WXi1X0Z5FWv82w_Y
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  11. https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/jan/19/north-south-divide-widen-thinktank-data
  12. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/11941578/The-perfect-storm-that-has-brought-Britains-steel-industry-to-its-knees.html
  13. https://oxfordindex.oup.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728863.003.0002
  14. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/new-homes-sold-to-corrupt-foreign-buyers-gh6v9vf3
  15. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffreydorfman/2016/11/30/trump-is-right-globalization-has-slowed-middle-class-income-growth/#642557b22183
  16. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jul/06/uk-workers-poverty-pay-gig-economy-frank-field-report
  17. https://www.theverge.com/2017/3/28/15086576/robot-jobs-automation-unemployent-us-labor-market
  18. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/30/globalisation-poverty-corruption-free-trade-liam-fox
  19. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/globalisation-poll-low-wages-inequality-technology-comres-a7467491.html
  20. https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikecollins/2015/05/06/the-pros-and-cons-of-globalization/#70b76ee9ccce
  21. http://www.oecd.org/insights/43568302.pdf
  22. http://www.oecd.org/sti/ind/offshoringandemploymenttrendsandimpacts.htm
  23. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/outlook-we-cant-sell-all-of-britain-to-foreigners-1155179.html
  24. https://www.regionalstudies.org/
  25. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/companies/33-quintessentially-british-brands-that-are-not-actually-british/ss-AAfpa3h
  26. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1369046/Last-British-owned-port-sold-abroad-UK-sells-soul-highest-foreign-bidder.html
  27. https://theconversation.com/steel-is-just-another-tipping-point-for-britains-unbalanced-economy-58298
  28. http://housedivided.dickinson.edu/sites/lincoln/fragment-on-government-july-1-1854/
  29. http://www.soc.ucsb.edu/faculty/robinson/Assets/pdf/Global%20Capital%20Leviathan.pdf
  30. https://www.washingtonpost.com/gdpr-consent/?destination=%2fnews%2fposteverything%2fwp%2f2017%2f08%2f30%2fthe-trump-administrations-ongoing-attack-on-workers%2f%3f&utm_term=.ad0f2d4e686c
  31. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/7-times-theresa-tried-slash-10426005
  32. https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/06/conservatives-attacks-trade-unions-are-attack-our-most-fundamental-freedoms
  33. https://mises.org/sites/default/files/Road%20to%20serfdom.pdf
  34. http://www.betterway.network/examples-of-localism/
  35. https://www.gov.uk/topic/government/devolution
  36. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/dec/06/shop-locally-small-business-saturday-seven-reasons
  37. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/nov/22/house-prices-boosted-thriving-local-trade-small-businesses
  38. https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/11/cities-economic-fates-diverge/417372/
  39. https://news.sky.com/story/bank-of-england-governor-ending-too-big-to-fail-not-complete-11059507
  40. https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/business/business-news/4000-more-people-unemployed-north-13777711
  41. https://www.theguardian.com/voluntary-sector-network/2017/oct/05/poverty-austerity-england-charity-support
  42. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/29/food-poverty-is-new-normal-in-uk-we-adopted-from-the-states
  43. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/homelessness-rough-sleeping-rise-crisis-homeless-three-quarters-decade-a7884261.html
  44. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-31/new-zealand-to-slap-home-buying-ban-on-foreigners-to-ease-market
  45. https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/articles/news/european-court-justice-cracks-down-benefit-tourism
  46. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/11224615/EU-benefit-tourists-face-being-sent-home-after-landmark-court-ruling.html
  47. https://www.employment-studies.co.uk/news/true-cost-welfare-tourism
  48. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/over-50000-families-shipped-out-of-london-in-the-past-three-years-due-to-welfare-cuts-and-soaring-10213854.html
  49. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_is_no_alternative


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From The Liberty Wall – National Liberal Trade Unionists – Trade Unionists Against Mass Immigration (Part 4)
THIS IS the fourth part of a series entitled Trade Unionists Against Mass Immigration. It should be read directly on from part 1 http://nationalliberal.org/from-the-liberty-wall-–-national-liberal-trade-unionists-–-trade-unionists-against-mass-immigration-part-1 part 2 http://nationalliberal.org/from-the-liberty-wall-–-national-liberal-trade-unionists-–-trade-unionists-against-mass-immigration-part-2 and part 3 http://nationalliberal.org/from-the-liberty-wall-–-national-liberal-trade-unionists-–-trade-unionists-against-mass-immigration-part-3 Originally called The Left Case Against Open Borders https://americanaffairsjournal.org/2018/11/the-left-case-against-open-borders/- it was written by Angela Nagle for American Affairs, a ‘quarterly journal of public policy and political thought.’ Angela Nagle is a graduate from Dublin City University (DCU) in Éire.

We feel that it’s important to stress that the NLTU is not a socialist trade union. But that doesn’t mean that we’re in favour of capitalism – in fact, we hate it with a vengeance! We are interested in (and promote) social and economic ideas like distributism and social credit which are neither capitalist or socialist. Indeed, we feel that capitalism and socialism are merely different sides of the same coin. National Liberal Trade Unionists are interested in distributism and social credit as they go way beyond capitalism and socialism. We seek economic self-determination, personal sovereignty and individual liberty for everyone. We’re not in favour of either big business or big business micro-managing how we lead our lives – and that includes what we can think and say. In short, we want freedom.

The NLTU might not agree with everything Angela Nagle writes. However, in the spirit of comradeship, free thought, free speech and open debate, we feature her article below. We invite our readers to share their thoughts when this article is reproduced on the NLTU Facebook site – https://www.facebook.com/groups/277840098977231/ – and the NLP Facebook site – https://www.facebook.com/NationalLiberalParty/ It goes without saying that there are no official links between Angela Nagle, American Affairs, the NLTU and the National Liberal Party. Please note that the NLTU has kept the original US spelling and phrases as they are.

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The Left Case Against Open Borders – By Angela Nagle (Part 4)

Corporate Interests and Moral Blackmail

Angela Nagle (left) notes that the policy of open borders has no public mandate. And as the poster (right) clearly suggests, National Liberal Trade Unionists blames the capitalist system (and its agents of whatever political hue) for Britain’s social and economic problems. It cannot be stressed enough that the NLTU is bitterly opposed to the system of exploitation known as mass immigration. However, we’re not opposed to individual immigrant workers as both they - and indigenous workers - are being used as mere pawns in a game. The name of the game is excessive profit and immigrants are simply being used to plug holes in an increasingly ageing workforce. They’re increasingly becoming the new wage slaves and tax payers whose only real job is to keep the elites in the style they’ve been accustomed to. With this in mind, we oppose all forms of exploitation and hatred whereby ones race, ethnicity, nationality or religion is used to pit one worker against the other. Once again, the NLTUs anger is directed against the capitalist system and not immigrants themselves.

Open borders has no public mandate, but immigration policies that place the burden of enforcement on employers instead of migrants do attract overwhelming support. According to a survey by the Washington Post and ABC News, support for mandating use of the federal employment verification system (E-Verify), which would prevent employers from exploiting illegal labor, is at nearly 80 percent—more than double the support for building a wall along the Mexican border (1). So why do presidential campaigns revolve around building a vast border wall? Why do current migration debates revolve around controversial ICE tactics to target migrants—especially when the more humane and popular method of placing the burden on employers to hire legal labor in the first place is also the most effective? (2) The answer, in short, is that business lobbies have been blocking and sabotaging efforts like E-Verify for decades, while the open-borders Left has abandoned any serious discussion of these issues.


Recently, the Western Growers Association and California Farm Bureau Federation, among others, blocked a bill that would have made E-Verify mandatory, despite several pro-business concessions (3). Democrats seemed totally absent from this debate. As a result, workers from economies devastated by U.S. agriculture will continue to be invited in with the promise of work in order to be cheaply and illegally exploited. Lacking full legal rights, these noncitizens will be impossible to unionize and will be kept in constant fear of being arrested and criminalized.

It has now become a common slogan among advocates of open borders—and many mainstream commentators—that “there is no migrant crisis.” But whether they like it or not, radically transformative levels of mass migration are unpopular across every section of society and throughout the world. And the people among whom it is unpopular, the citizenry, have the right to vote. Thus migration increasingly presents a crisis that is fundamental to democracy. Any political party wishing to govern will either have to accept the will of the people, or it will have to repress dissent in order to impose the open borders agenda. Many on the libertarian Left are among the most aggressive advocates of the latter. And for what? To provide moral cover for exploitation? To ensure that left-wing parties that could actually address any of these issues at a deeper international level remain out of power?

The immigration expansionists have two key weapons. One is the big business and financial interests all working on their side, but an equally powerful weapon—wielded more expertly by the left-leaning immigration expansionists—is moral blackmail and public shame. People are right to see the mistreatment of migrants as morally wrong. Many people are concerned about the growth of racism and callousness toward minorities that often accompanies anti-immigration sentiment. But the open borders position does not even live up to its own professed moral code.

There are many economic pros and cons to high immigration, but it is more likely to negatively impact low-skilled and low-paid native workers while benefiting wealthier native workers and the corporate sector. As George J. Borjas has argued, it functions as a kind of upward wealth redistribution (4). A 2017 study by the National Academy of Sciences called “The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration” found that current immigration policies have resulted in disproportionately negative effects on poor and minority Americans, a finding that would have come as no surprise to figures like Marcus Garvey or Frederick Douglass. No doubt they, too, would have to be considered “anti-immigrant” by today’s standards for warning of this.

In a public speech on immigration, Hillary Clinton said: “I believe that when we have millions of hardworking immigrants contributing to our economy, it would be self-defeating and inhumane to try to kick them out” (5). In a leaked private speech delivered to Latin American bankers, she went further: “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it” (6) (though she later claimed that she only meant borders open to energy). These statements, of course, drove the anti-immigration, pro-Trump Right crazy. Perhaps more revealing, however, is the convergence between the open-borders Left and the “respectable” pro-business Right that Clinton’s remarks epitomized. In a recent National Review article responding to Trump’s “nationalism,” Jay Cost wrote, “To put matters bluntly, we do not have to like one another, so long as we continue to make money off one another. That is what will keep us together.” In this monstrous sub-Thatcherism, the Buckleyites sound exactly like the liberal “cosmopolitans”—but without the glamour or flair for moral self-delusion.

As the child of migrants, and someone who has spent most of my life in a country with persistently high levels of emigration—Ireland—I have always viewed the migration question differently than my well-intentioned friends on the left in large, world-dominating economies. When austerity and unemployment hit Ireland—after billions in public money was used to bail out the financial sector in 2008—I watched my entire peer group leave and never return. This isn’t just a technical matter. It touches the heart and soul of a nation, like a war. It means the constant hemorrhaging of idealistic and energetic young generations, who normally rejuvenate and reimagine a society. In Ireland, as in every high-emigration country, there have always been anti-emigration campaigns and movements, led by the Left, demanding full employment in times of recession. But they’re rarely strong enough to withstand the forces of the global market. Meanwhile, the guilty and nervous elites in office during a period of popular anger are only too happy to see a potentially radical generation scatter across the world.

I’m always amazed at the arrogance and the strangely imperial mentality of British and American pro–open borders progressives who believe that they are performing an act of enlightened charity when they “welcome” PhDs from eastern Europe or Central America driving them around and serving them food. In the wealthiest nations, open borders advocacy seems to function as a fanatical cult among true believers—a product of big business and free market lobbying is carried along by a larger group of the urban creative, tech, media, and knowledge economy class, who are serving their own objective class interests by keeping their transient lifestyles cheap and their careers intact as they parrot the institutional ideology of their industries. The truth is that mass migration is a tragedy, and upper-middle-class moralizing about it is a farce. Perhaps the ultra-wealthy can afford to live in the borderless world they aggressively advocate for, but most people need—and want – a coherent, sovereign political body to defend their rights as citizens.

1 “Immigration, DACA, Congress, and Compromise Washington Post, Oct. 20, 2017.

2 Pia M. Orrenius and Madeline Zavodny, “Do State Work Eligibility Verification Laws Reduce Unauthorized Immigration?,” IZA Journal of Migration 5, no. 5 (December 2016).

3 Dan Wheat, “Ag Groups Split over Latest House Labor Bill,” Capital Press, July 17, 2018.

4 George Borjas, “Yes, Immigration Hurts American Workers,” Politico, September/October 2016.

5 Borjas.

6 Chris Matthews, “What’s Important about the Clinton Campaign’s Leaked Emails on Free Trade,” Fortune, Oct. 11, 2016.

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Liberal Future: Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire & Flintshire Youth Say … Ignore The Establishment Media Narrative – BreXit Now!

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“ONCE MORE let me remind you what fascism is. It need not wear a brown shirt or a green shirt – it may even wear a dress shirt. Fascism begins the moment a ruling class, fearing the people may use their political democracy to gain economic democracy, begins to destroy political democracy in order to retain its power of exploitation and special privilege.”

Tommy Douglas (1904 – 1986), Premier of Saskatchewan and the leader of the Canadian New Democratic Party.


WELCOME to the latest in our series of Liberal Future BreXit Now! articles.   This one’s slightly different from the rest as it doesn’t look at the Brexit result itself.  Instead it examines the question of ‘narrative control’.

Eagle-eyed readers will know that our friends and comrades at Nations without States recently hosted a debate about US imperialism – nationalliberal.org/from-the-liberty-wall-–-nations-without-debate-4-–-how-do-we-stop-us-imperialism – which was based on an article by non-conformist and ‘rogue journalist’, Caitlin Johnstone.  Her article,  America’s Venezuela Strategy: Coup By SheerNarrative Control specifically looked at how the US Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) was meddling in the internal affairs of a sovereign country, Venezuela.  To put it bluntly, they were trying to overthrow the democratically elected President – Nicolás Maduro Morosand promote their asset – Juan Guaidóvia a war of words.  Basically, they were working on the principle that if you repeat a lie so many times it eventually becomes the ‘truth’.

So what has this got to do with Brexit and the youth of Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire & Flintshire?

The simple answer is that the Remainer British establishment is trying to control the Brexit narrative in the same way the US establishment is trying to control the Venezuelan narrative.  And that’s by lying through their teeth!

So let’s look at the Brexit narrative in a little more detail.  There’s several strands to the Remainer strategy – but one of the main ones appears to be the attempt to ‘demonise’ those who voted for Brexit, and, in turn, the vote itself.

We’ve lost count of the number of times those who voted for Brexit have been described as being ‘populist’, ‘nazi’, ‘fascist’ or being from the  ‘extreme right-wing.’  In addition to this, those who voted for freedom are ‘racists’ and ‘little Englanders’ who spend their days dreaming of the long ‘lost days of the British Empire’.  In addition to this, Leave voters are violently opposed to LGBT folks and wish to curtail their rights to same-sex marriage and so on.

Given the fact that nearly 17.5 million people voted for independence from the EU, we think that these descriptions of Brexit supporters are – to say the very least – a wild generalisation!

Does anyone in Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire or Flintshire – or anywhere else in Wales for that matter – fit exactly into each of the above boxes?  In fact, here in Wales (which saw a massive 71.7% turnout) 854,572 people voted to leave the EU.  This represented 52.5% of the vote.  (Indeed, as this Buzz Feed News report notes https://www.buzzfeed.com/jamesball/heres-who-voted-for-brexit-and-who-didnt it’s believed that around a third of Plaid Cymru voters backed leave.)

In an ideal world, these allegations relating to Brexit supporters are so wild that they would, to coin a phrase, simply be laughed out of court.  They’re not evidence-led and the establishment is trying to control the narrative using a combination of speculation, disdain and simple mischief making.  As we noted earlier, this is in order to ‘demonise’ those who voted for Brexit, and, in turn, the vote itself.

In short, the establishment believes that if you throw enough mud, some of it will stick.  In an era of widespread fake news and post-truth journalism, those of us who value truth and freedom have a duty to call these lies out.  We have a moral duty to answer their lies with our truth – no matter how hard that may be.  Unfortunately, many people these days don’t bother to do their own independent research – or they’re just happy to go with the flow – so they just absorb the establishment narrative.  Sadly, this particularly applies to our youth.

So let’s look in a little more detail at some of the wild claims being made about those who voted for Brexit.

As we noted earlier, one of the most consistent claims is that Brexit supporters are all effectively ‘populists’, ‘nazis’, ‘fascists’ or from the ‘extreme right-wing’.  Liberal Future notes that, when these words are slung around, the person who uses them makes absolutely no attempt to define what actually constitutes a ‘populist’, ‘nazi’, ‘facscist’ or someone from the ‘extreme right-wing’.  These are all tired, lazy stereotypes – indeed such descriptions have really lost all meaning and are simply used to smear people and also to avoid any meaningful political debate.  Neither is there any attempt to ‘grade’ viewpoints – for instance, at what point does someone cease to be politically ‘right-wing’ and suddenly becomes ‘extreme right-wing’?

We also feel that if anyone actually defined themselves as a ‘nazi’ or ‘fascist’, they would have voted in favour of the UK remaining in the European Union.  This is because both ideologies are based on both the centralisation of power and rule by diktat – and that’s what the EU is all about.
With the above in mind, Liberal Future ironically notes that it was Sir Oswald Mosley (the former leader of the British Union of Fascists & National Socialists) was one of the first people to campaign for a European Union after WWII.  This was made clear in his 1958 book Europe: Faith & Plan http://www.freepdf.info/index.php?post%2FMosley-Oswald-Europe-Faith-and-plan&fbclid=IwAR34zLfz623LrBYOm3NEVZR1t_CDmkHqTkokjgqN1AmtAM1IeY-SrqZ2xBY – which called for the ‘complete Union of Europe with European Government’.  Some of his (post war) Union Movement supporters still promote this idea via blogs – see here: https://europeanaction.blogspot.com/2011/12/great-europe.html?fbclid=IwAR1SGylRlAD-J_E0M_AqxyooxEBPB-7QHMJAL0b0h9RZKvZHZSLnG0lG9AQ and here: https://nationrevisited.blogspot.com/?fbclid=IwAR3ZjQ79wFy90o7OLsHW4BbC_50Xw7QVdBlG51IwlUR-8nq0y6wNr-zy4NI

It seems the establishment has conveniently overlooked this aspect of political history!  It’ also seems to have completely ignored the long line of socialists (of various hues) who have opposed the creation of a European Superstate, right from its earliest days.  They include the late Tony Benn, Bob Crowe and Peter Shore.  Frank Field, George Galloway, Kate Hoey, Dennis Skinner and Gisela Stuart are all from the left – and all support Brexit.  Even Jeremy Corbyn – until his mysterious and seemingly overnight ‘conversion’ – was opposed to the EU!

It also seems that – in this rush to demonise ‘extreme right-wing’ Brexit supporters – the Lexit campaign (‘Left Exit’ from the EU) has been airbrushed out of recent political history.  It’s a matter of public record that many British leftist groups support a position of independence from the EU.  They include, in no particular order, the Communist Party of Britain, the Communist Party of Britain Marxist Leninist, the Socialist Labour Party, the Socialist Party, the Socialist Workers Party and the organisation Trade Unions Against the EU.

The establishment narrative also seems to have forgotten that National Liberals, Social Democrats, Liberals, independents and other groups that don’t fit into the convenient ‘extreme right wing’ label also supported Brexit

Liberal Future concedes that those on the national capitalist right like Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson received their fair share of publicity during the EU Referendum campaign.  However, it’s simply not true that the Brexit vote wholly represented an expression of the ‘extreme right-wing’.  Suffice to say, that opposition to the EU came from across the political divide and totally transcended the traditional left/right divide – and this is as true in Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire or Flintshire as it is anywhere else.

In future BreXit Now! articles we’ll examine – and unpick – more of this establishment narrative.  We’ll also look at ways that Liberal Future hopes to counteract the establishment mass media by building its own youth-orientated alternative mass media.

In the meantime, keep an eye out for the National Liberal Party’s results analysis of today’s EU election results.  Ironically, if we lived in a true democracy we wouldn’t have needed to hold this election as we’d be free of the EU by now!  That said, we’d be particularly interested to see how Plaid Cymru get on – as everyone knows, PC want us to remain in the EU, whilst the Welsh electorate doesn’t.  The NLP results analysis will appear on this web-site www.nationalliberal.org as well as on Facebook/National Liberals and Facebook/National Liberal Party and Twitter @NationalLiberal
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• THIS ARTICLE should be read in conjunction with the following:

Liberal Future: For A Europe Of Free Nations – BreXit Now! http://nationalliberal.org/liberal-future-for-a-europe-of-free-nations-brexit-now

Liberal Future: County Londonderry, County Antrim & County Down Youth Say … Independence From the EU – BreXit Now! http://nationalliberal.org/liberal-future-county-londonderry-county-antrim-county-down-youth-say-…-independence-from-the-eu-–-brexit-now

Liberal Future: Anglesey, Brecknockshire, Caernarfonshire & Ceredigion Youth Say … Blood Over Gold – BreXit Now! http://nationalliberal.org/liberal-future-anglesey-brecknockshire-caernarfonshire-ceredigion-youth-say-…-blood-over-gold-–-brexit-now

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