Some time ago, back in October 2014, in the wake of Scotland’s referendum on independence from the rest of the UK, I wrote an essay for The Imaginative Conservative entitled “Voting for the Devil.” I began by saying that I had predicted, prior to the referendum, that the Scots would vote “no” to independence, in spite of opinion polls suggesting that they would vote “yes.” My reason for doing so was rooted in a knowledge of the way that such referenda have always been manipulated by the big guns of big business, big banks, big government and big media. These forces invariably unite in univocal unison to bombard the bemused public with propaganda suggesting disaster if the people fail to vote for the devil they already know. This propaganda, which is always based on fear of the unknown, suggests that the corrupt and despised status quo is better than the unknown alternative. It is better to grin and bear the hell we know than to nurture belief in anything better.
Now, as Britain prepares for its forthcoming referendum on membership of the utterly corrupt European Union, the same big guns have united to warn of the dangers of Britain’s exit. In late February, all twenty finance ministers at the G20 summit in Shanghai, representing the twenty most powerful countries in the world, issued a formal statement predicting a damaging “shock to the world economy” were Britain to decide to leave the EU. This statement was seized upon by George Osborne, Britain’s finance minister, to warn of the dire consequences of Britain’s exit from the EU: “Well, you’ve got countries round the table like the US, like the IMF, like the Chinese who frankly don’t do what anyone tells them to do. They, along with other financial leaders here in Shanghai, have come to a unanimous verdict that a British exit from the EU would be a shock to the world economy. If it is a shock to the world economy, imagine what it does to Britain. So this is not some amusing adventure into the unknown.”
The suspicion that the British government was dancing to the globalist tune, like marionettes with too many strings attached, was confirmed by an unnamed British official, quoted in the UK’s Guardian, commenting on the behind-the-scenes shenanigans in Shanghai: “The Chinese leadership raised concerns about the prospect of a British exit from the EU in bilateral meetings with the chancellor [Britain’s finance minister] well before the G20 meeting even started. And the position of the US government and others on this issue has been clear for several months. The idea that the governments of the US, China and other leading economies, let alone bank governors and the leadership of the IMF, can be told what to say and do by UK officials is ridiculous.”
Ridiculous indeed. There is no such thing as subsidiarity in the vocabulary of globalism. There is no room for political sovereignty, national independence, or local autonomy. It is all about doing what we are told. Those with the power play the tune to which the rest of us, like good puppets, are required to dance.
The same UK official who confessed that he and his colleagues would be “ridiculous” were they not to kowtow to their Chinese and US masters, and to “bank governors and the leadership of the IMF,” duly repeated the mantra of his masters with all due deference and obedience: “The G20 finance ministers, who represent 85% of the world’s economy, are unanimous in their warning that Britain leaving the EU would represent a shock to not only the British economy but that of Europe and the world. A vote to leave would be an enormous gamble with British people’s jobs and livelihoods, many of which depend on free trade and the EU’s single market, and the government won’t apologise for making that plain.”
Considering the UK official’s desire to kowtow, we should perhaps remind ourselves that the word “kowtow,” which means to act in an egregiously subservient manner towards those in power, derives from the ancient Chinese custom of kneeling and touching the ground with one’s forehead in worship or submission to the emperor. Also, considering that the G20 summit was held in Shanghai, we should also perhaps remind ourselves that to be shanghaied is to be forced to join a ship against one’s will or through deception. This being so, we should see the statement by the G20 finance ministers as an effort to shanghai the British people, pressing them into further service on the European ship of fools, with the treacherous assistance of those Britain’s all too ready to kowtow to the global emperor.
Having been bombarded with threats by the unholy alliance of big government and big banks, the big guns of big business were also discharged. China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin, who owns businesses throughout the world, including in the UK, warned that British exit “would not be a smart choice” and “would create more obstacles” for investors, illustrating the globalist desire for fewer and bigger governments so that there would be fewer political impediments, or “obstacles,” to the free flow of capital around the world. The bottom line is that the political freedom of nations and their peoples must be sacrificed so that the financial freedom of investors can be protected from “obstacles.” It is not just that freedom is not free but that it is simply too expensive for the globalists to tolerate.
China’s richest plutocrat was joined by what the UK’s Guardian called “the chorus of corporate heads calling on Britons to vote to remain in the European Union.” Apart from the chief executives of several global corporations calling on Britain to remain shackled to EU corruption, a survey for the fund management firm Fidelity found that two-thirds of senior executives at UK and European firms believed Britain’s exit would have a negative impact on their businesses, while just 2% said the effect would be positive.
In my earlier essay, I predicted that Scotland would not be brave enough to grasp the thistle of freedom because of the fear of the unknown future that freedom might bring. That fear had been instilled into the Scottish voters by the big guns of big government, big business, big banks and big media. The Scots chose to remain shackled to their Big Brother south of the border, rather than risk being out in the cold. In similar fashion I fear that Britain will also lack the courage to pluck the rose of freedom which the forthcoming referendum on EU membership has placed within its grasp. Bombarded into submission by the big guns of globalism, the British people will kowtow before the Empire and accept their slavery. They will choose the devil they know in fear of the devil they do not know.
For my part, echoing the words at the conclusion of my earlier essay on Scotland’s failure to seize its freedom, I would simply remind my fellow countrymen that voting for the devil is never a good choice and that voting for the devil we know is downright foolhardy. As for the devil we do not know, he might not be the devil at all!
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