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President Trump may be losing the election, but he is not the aberration in the history of America – one of the Creator’s least funny jokes – as much of the world would like to believe. At least 70 million Americans voted to put him back in the White House, despite witnessing his constant lying, open racism and lethal incompetence over the last four years.

Trump’s supporters did not choose him because they were hoodwinked about what he stood for, but because they wanted his lies to be true, shared his antagonism towards non-white people, and dismissed his incompetence as a media exaggeration or blamed its worst consequences on others.

Most of the Trumpian constituency – half of America – demonstratively backed him, though a proportion were either too embarrassed or too politic to admit their support for his toxic views to pollsters: hence Trump’s startling over-performance in the actual vote compared to the pre-election predictions.

Trump did not invent but he did energise the polarisation of American politics – rooted historically in the division between North and South, free and slave states, Confederacy and the Union – but the political arena now encompasses a much larger geographic area and a wider span of political culture. He successfully plugged himself into one side in this partisan division, envenomed it further, and became its Messianic leader who could do no wrong. His cult-of-personality is not going to disappear because he is out of office, nor will the adoration of his most fervent followers evaporate. But many who followed his victorious banner will edge away from him in defeat – there is some sign that Fox News is already doing so. Moreover, his braying tweets will lose something of their resonance when they cease to be messages coming from the most powerful man on earth.

I have often wondered what explains Trump as a political phenomenon, the most extraordinary of our era. I tried to think of any other politician in the world similar to Trump in the hope that an analogy might be illuminating. There are all too many populist nationalist autocrats popping up, but none is quite like Trump. Boris Johnson has been denounced as “an Old-Etonian version of Trump”, and there are some parallels, but the analogy breaks down because the politics of the two countries differs so markedly. An American commentator familiar with both countries once said to me that “everything in American political culture, at the end of the day, boils down to race, while everything in Britain boils down to class”. The adage is over-simple but useful.

I know of only one political leader in the recent history of the UK who resembled Trump and, unsurprisingly, he came from part of the country, Northern Ireland, where perceived racial and religious identity outscores class in determining political loyalties. The leader in question is Ian Paisley, the late Ulster Protestant leader, who even had a physical resemblance to Trump, both being big beefy men with a strong presence who instantly dominated a room, a meeting or a television studio.

Paisley in the small beleaguered world of Ulster Protestantism and Trump in his gigantic constituency of white non-metropolitan America had much in common. They projected to their followers a world divided between good and bad, loyalists and traitors, expressing total self-confidence in the rightness of their cause. Compare film of the two of them at rallies as they bellow defiance and demonise their opponents. Paisley gave a sense of empowerment to Ulster Protestants as they saw their superior status under attack from the disenfranchised Roman Catholic minority and from relentless de-industrialisation. Trump appealed to a loose coalition, glued together by race and evangelical Protestantism, consisting of Americans who see themselves as left-behind or under threat physically or economically.

Paisley shared another characteristic with Trump: his opponents despised him and made the mistake of under-estimating his political skills and instincts. Trump did the same, pulling off an astonishing victory against Hillary Clinton in 2016 and almost doing so again against Joe Biden this week. Such is the loathing of the Commentariat, American and international, for Trump that they had lulled themselves into wishful thinking about his imminent demise. Yet, putting aside the bombast, he has always been good at identifying his enemies’ weaknesses and his own strengths.

The accuracy of his political instincts is confirmed by the detailed exit polls in the presidential election. He was quick to grasp what many Americans, who might potentially vote for him, really wanted, compared to what they were assumed to want or had told pollsters that they wanted.

The coronavirus epidemic was billed as the dominant Trump-destroying issue of the election, but the poll’s most surprising feature is the degree to which it was decided by the economy and race. Trump may have been damaged but he was not sunk by his appalling record of incompetence during the pandemic. A survey shows that four out of 10 voters said that coronavirus is the biggest issue facing America, but, when it came to voting, a much smaller proportion said that it had determined their choice of Biden or Trump.

This was very different from what the Democrats had expected. Trump’s miserable response to coronavirus was supposed to be their ace card and so, in some respects, it was, as the number of people infected surges to a record 121,000. The Democrats played up the illness, motivated by both genuine fear and political calculation, with Biden staying at home, assiduous mask wearing, the eschewing of rallies and – up to late-in-the-day – limiting their door-to-door canvassing and voter registration.

They under-estimated the degree to which poorly paid workers and small businesses might fear joblessness more than Covid-19. Trump’s attempts to dismiss the illness were irresponsible, but the apocalyptic headlines in the press and on television exaggerated its severity the other way – the pandemic is killing a great many people, but it is still not quite the Black Death.

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Trump’s basic message that any good done by health restrictions was outweighed by the economic damage sounded all too convincing to many. In places like Las Vegas, dependent on hospitality and entertainment, Trump’s political advertising was all about the non-existent Democratic plans to impose a total lockdown that would devastate the local economy

How far will the Trumpian coalition survive his exit from the White House? The Republican Party has just shown its strength by holding on to its majority in the Senate and making inroads into the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. Pundits issue ominous warnings about the abiding strength of Trumpism. Yet cults-of-personality like Trump’s that are enhanced by power are also vulnerable to its loss. He himself will see this as he makes his last desperate efforts to fend off defeat.

(Republished from The Independent by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. dvorak says:

    a proportion were either too embarrassed or too politic to admit their support for his toxic views to pollsters

    I believed the same, before the election. But the polls were 15 percentage points wrong in the Maine Senate race. No one is shy about the very mild centrist, Susan Collins.

    My new view is that Republican voters see pollsters and journalists as the same people. Conservatives and right-leaning independents do one of the following when they are called: Slam down the phone, screen the call, or pick up and swear a blue streak.

    It’s resentment and plain hatred toward the effete, lying media.

  2. anon[161] • Disclaimer says:

    Someone suggested you were worth reading. Go figure.

    • Replies: @fnn
  3. The polls are fake.

    Push polls designed to further an agenda.

    • Agree: Notsofast
  4. fnn says:
    @anon

    His late brother Alexander was worth reading.

  5. Notsofast says:

    …. the politics of the two countries differ so markedly… Still clinging to the memory of the british empire. The british bulldog is actually a lap poodle and does exactly whats its told by its master. Any difference is cosmetic and for domestic consumption. Two seemingly opposing parties that are in fact in lockstep, how markedly different. Notice how all four of these parties fall all over themselves to lick isreali boots. So much for diversity.

    • Agree: El Dato
  6. His cult-of-personality

    Nobody was attracted to Trump’s personality. Urban New Yorkers have a way of turning the rest of the world off– and the feeling is particularly strong in the Midwest, Plains, Rockies, and South, which put him in office. Yet, as with the fictional Archie Bunker, his patriotism is crude but real, and people embraced it.

    We lost a member of our family in Vietnam. He was drafted (by the antiracist scumbucket Lyndon Johnson) from Trump’s very own county, Queens. His name and (unlike on the wall in DC) his age are on the city’s memorial to the war dead. Thanks to one Donald Trump.

    I can forgive the man a little crudity.

    An American commentator familiar with both countries once said to me that “everything in American political culture, at the end of the day, boils down to race, while everything in Britain boils down to class”. The adage is over-simple but useful.

    It certainly explains the differences in civilian firearms policy. (In which country is the proletariat trusted?)

    the eschewing of rallies

    But not riots “peaceful protests”.

    Trump may have been damaged but he was not sunk by his appalling record of incompetence during the pandemic.

    Constitutional restraint. His first action was one properly the president’s– restricting entry from the country from which the virus was coming. He was condemned for that.

    Mr Co’burn is criticizing him for not doing things that he is not authorized by the Constitution to do.

    • Agree: Verymuchalive
    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  7. @Reg Cæsar

    Cockburn, despite the pretence of being an independent foreign correspondent, is an Establishment hack. His posts are predictable and have nothing interesting to say, nor are they largely excluded from the American Mainstream Media. I’ve never known why he’s here.

    • Agree: El Dato
  8. The wrong Cockburn brother died prematurely. It’s a mystery this always mediocre mind (even on Counterpunch) is pushed on Unz as a left balance. Who the heck comes to Unz for another untalented left shill?

    • Replies: @Wielgus
  9. “shared his antagonism towards non-white people”

    which is why black crimes of violence against whites exceed those of whites against blacks by a huge margin?

    “though a proportion were either too embarrassed or too politic to admit their support for his toxic views to pollsters”

    Actually, they were terrified of being physically attacked and injured by BLM types who persecute the ordinary, hard-working white people who do the heavy lifting that makes a technological nation work.

    “I have often wondered what explains Trump as a political phenomenon, the most extraordinary of our era. I tried to think of any other politician in the world similar to Trump in the hope that an analogy might be illuminating.”

    Here, you’re on firm ground. Trump is unique, one of a kind. He truly is an outsider. While he owes no one–and this is commendable–it also means that he has no chits to call in. The establishment was out to destroy him from the beginning. This is what establishments do, part of the very definition of establishment.

    Finally, most Americans reject extremist reaction to Covid out of a sense of realism. If you or I get it and die, then so be it. Life goes on. A good many Americans have decided not to cower in their homes like helpless victims in a bunker. This is a sign of courage and maturity, not denial.But I don’t suppose you would understand that, having no first hand experience of what the word “courage’ means. Courage is a verb, not a noun. It’s something one does. I don’t expect many liberals to understand that, since they are largely critics and not people who accomplish much in the way of remaking the physical world in which they live.

    The real divide in America is not along racial lines. It is between those of us who are competent and accomplished at making something useful out of raw material and the rest of you who depend upon us. We are knowledgeable, you are uninformed. Because you are uninformed, you pass very strange judgements upon the world. You lay blame where there is no tangible evidence of causation. Your thinking is largely magical, believing as you do in mysterious, non-empirical Forces that roil society.

    This is why there is no communication between the groups at war today. You speak one language and we speak another. Our is grounded in technology, science and math and yours is fundamentally religious, a Marxist de-Godded Christianity which nevertheless offers a message of messianic hope to its followers. Your vision is “aspirational”, ours is realistic. You see the world as you wish it to be, we see it as it is. You reject the world in front of you, we accept it. You gloss over real differences, we notice them. We carefully measure, you emote. The least you could do is to stay out of our way and not be a nuisance while we build the world you take for granted.

    • Agree: Cho Seung-Hui, By-tor
    • Replies: @Brooklyn Dave
  10. These comment sections are a big yikes… I hope your children/grandkids find this and cancel you when Kamala says so. I quite enjoy the work of Mr. Cockburn. He possesses insight and prosaic flair that some of the working class chuds above clearly lack.

    • Troll: Richard B
  11. haha says:

    Right up front Patrick Cockburn declares: “At least 70 million Americans voted to put Trump back in the White House, despite witnessing his constant lying, open racism and lethal incompetence over the last four years.”

    Now that is even-handed journalism for you! Opinions become facts, no evidence needed. Not even some illustrative instances of Trump’s alleged “constant lying” and “open racism”.

    I stopped reading after the opening declaration of bias.

    • Replies: @Wielgus
  12. Wielgus says:
    @Parsnipitous

    To balance out the right-wing headbangers?
    It is probably because Cockburn is on Unz that I first read this website at all, though he is definitely to the left of many commentators. Though not convinced by their arguments it is possible I would never have encountered Holocaust denial or overt “blacks are stupid” claims because I would not deliberately seek out such sites.

  13. Wielgus says:
    @haha

    Trump always denied that he got fewer votes than Clinton in 2016, even though he did – it was too much for his ego so it couldn’t be true. I think he is the type of person whose grasp of true and false is a little shaky.
    However, putting warning messages on his tweets is a strange abuse of power by social media chiefs who were elected by nobody.

  14. Wyatt says:

    At least 70 million Americans voted to put him back in the White House, despite witnessing his constant lying, open racism and lethal incompetence over the last four years.

    I will forever despise the English for their failure to eradicate the disgusting pig-creatures called the Irish. What a fucking retard Patrick is. America had been lied into the War on Terror by the neo-con (((right))), allowed it to escalate into wars against Libya and Syria under a black man, millions of innocent Arabs were killed because they were in the way of Jewish domination of the Middle East, millions more were displaced and entire countries were turned into true hellholes.

    And this dumbfuck of a dipshit celt just repeats the same shit the media states despite Trump being the first president in a quarter of a century not to escalate warfare against innocent people. I am gladdened that the idiot Irish government is allowing Arabs and Africans to slowly winnow this awful excuse of white people in their own homeland. If anyone deserved a slow, brutal eradication like that, it’s the Irish.

    • Replies: @Malla
  15. Derer says:

    “He was bad President”…and yet vindictive “democrats” had to resort to cheating with mail-in ballots to claim victory…btw, it is not over yet. The four years of Russia, Russia, Russia must now be replaced by Hunter, Hunter, Hunter, Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine and eventual removal by the Republican Senate. Now the morons are crying, stop the fighting and cooperate, but they fought dirty for four years to debilitate Trump’s winning agenda.

  16. lloyd says: • Website

    The white support for Trump actually declined in the 2020 election.Trump shored up his support from minority voters and would have won except for ballot cheating. Short of declaring himself a champion of the white race which is a no no and futile in any politics, there is not much Trump could do for them. It goes against Trump’s temperament anyway as he is after all a New York cosmopolitan. Apparently Trump’s white supporters in America are now cheering the prospect of the retun of The Apprentice. It’s byline is “Your’re Fired”. An unconscious, Eat Drink And Be Merry Because Tomorrow We Die. That is either by Covid -19 or metaphorically by unemployment and opiates. When I read that in Quora, I thought it was first it was parody. But apparently it is true. Ian Paisley apart from being fat and loud mouthed, had nothing in common with comedian, opportunistic, grandiloquent Trump. Except that Cockburn hates both.

  17. Yes, unfortunately one has to talk about the cult of personality or even likes and dislikes based upon personality. I for one favor Trump (warts and all) over the decidedly Marxist oriented Democrats. Unlike the Left, who would like to put all the problems of the world in the Trump basket, I see most of the problems, real and imagined, as existing long before Donald Trump decided to run for President in 2016. One the right side, there are a bunch of MAGA hat wearing, mostly white people from Middle America who are desperately in need of a hero. On the left side you have black masked Anti-types, pink pussycat hat feminists and many who don’t wear any kind of cranial decor. I don’t find the left in need of a hero as I do the right. They are two year old anarchists having a temper tantrum. They can never factually list anything specifically about Trump’s actual policies and decisions in a thought out logical manner. It’s more about ad hominem attacks such as “He is stupid.” Personally, I don’t need a hero to follow around in puppy dog fashion. I don’t need to go to MAGA rallies or BLM marches. I am smugly satisfied sitting on the grand settee of cynicism, even though I may favor one line of thinking than the other. BTW as far as Dr. Paisley and Donald Trump are concerned: both large physically with a domineering personality but, Paisley, being a preacher and a skilled politician, knew how and when to use aspects of one’s personality to accomplish a goal. Trump has goals (many of which I agree with), but the personality is always functioning in the same manner. As an aside, if you were a Catholic in Ballymena NI, Paisley would still try and do the right thing for you – because you were his constituent – so he really wasn’t a dyed in the wool bigot. I would love to hear Trump call the Vatican the Whore of Babylon as Paisley did many times (which today it is). Ironically, that job has fallen into the lap of Bishop Vigano – one of the few good RC bishops out there.

  18. @ThreeCranes

    The real divide in America is not along racial lines. It is between those of us who are competent and accomplished at making something useful out of raw material and the rest of you who depend upon us. We are knowledgeable, you are uninformed. Because you are uninformed, you pass very strange judgements upon the world. You lay blame where there is no tangible evidence of causation. Your thinking is largely magical, believing as you do in mysterious, non-empirical Forces that roil society.

    You are absolutely tops in expressing the above sentiments.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
  19. @Brooklyn Dave

    Thanks. Unfortunately, clearly expressing sound sentiments may not carry the day.

    First they crow about how inasmuch as many Euro genes are recessive, those unique traits will be eliminated when they have created their future “equity” Utopia. Then they accuse us of paranoia when we repeat what they just said. “Not white people!” they claim, but “whiteness” is what they plan to extinguish.

    But this is just the old essence/accident dichotomy. How many accidental qualities can be scrubbed out before the essence is erased?

    • Replies: @Brooklyn Dave
  20. shared his antagonism towards non-white people

    Where do you get this from? Everyone but white males voted more for him in 2020 than 2016. Why? Cause they like being racissed?!

    56% of polled Americans felt better off economically under Trump – during covid. This is better than for any president in the last 30 years. No new wars. Fewer immigrants.

    Trump delivered what he could whilst living through a 4 year coup.

    Cult of personality, jeez. We need to create a new term: the cult of anti-personality – when someone is hated so much by a group, no reasonable analysis by his hate group will even be entertained.

    Can’t argue practical data with ideological drones.

  21. Sean says:

    For Ian Paisley the issue was the Republic. who he said were going to mount another campaign of the IRA. It is pretty well established that Haughty ECT and elements of Irish intelligence armed the original PIRA. Paisley was bellowing on street corners that that was going to happen a for a decade before it actually did happen. The thing was that the British did not want Ulster, and so Paisley’s DUP supplanted the establishment Ulster Unionists, but never was able to alter the objective of the Northern ireland Office of joining Ulster to the Republic,

    For 40 years Trump was saying the US’s international order may have kept the peace but it was at the cost of being gamed economically by other countries (including allies like Germany Japan S.Korea) that the US was paying for the privilege of defending). A slowly weakening America had looked to split the Comminit blok. China was treated like it was an ally, and it continued to be long after it supplanted Russia as the main threat to American superpower status.

    Trump wanted to stay out of wars, make the rich allies pay a little toward their own protection, change the terms of trade so they would be more favourable to the US, and stop the slide in America’s power relative to China. But Trump immediately ran into problems with China’s cats paw Kim , and then the thing that scientists had been warning the Chinese about since the SARS epidemic came out of the China’s wet markets in 2002 happened: COVID-19. America just does not care enough about the threat of China, they preferred to concentrate on domestic matters such as the battle against COVID-19, which has nothing to do with China obviously, they just benefited from it through their quick economic restart and the pandemic playing a part in Trump losing office.

    For Trumpism to die, it will have to be seen that Biden’s oft-stated position on China, that is not going to be any kind of serious competitor or rival to the US was right all along. Predictions that Chinese growth will slow have been many, but there is no sign of them coming true and judging by 2020, the the CCP’s totalitarian state actually seems a more robust system that the West does. Both Trump and Paisley looked far into the future and did not like what they saw. Maybe they ought to have kept it to themselves?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Verymuchalive
  22. Malla says:
    @Wyatt

    I will forever despise the English for their failure to eradicate the disgusting pig-creatures called the Irish.

    Are you freakin kidding me, the Irish are to be White genocided off just as the English (& Scots, Welsh etc..) via Satanic Zion-elite Kalergi planned darkie foreign infiltrators. For the darkies invaders, both the Irish and the English are “disgusting Whitey” to be finished off from the face of this earth. Surprisingly (or not surprisingly) the “nationalist” Irish IRA supports this White Irish genocide. Seems like they were a branch of the Satanic Zio elites all along.

    • Replies: @Brooklyn Dave
  23. Miha says:

    Ten countries have a worse per capita death rate from Covid. Presumably we must generate a hierarchy of superlatives for the word ‘miserable’ to apply to the performance of the leaders of those places. Will Biden pass a law banning Covid as Trump should have done?

    ‘Trump’s miserable response to coronavirus was supposed to be their ace card and so, in some respects, it was, as the number of people infected surges to a record 121,000.’

    I note that the Independent publishes lies on this subject as well.

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/1104709/coronavirus-deaths-worldwide-per-million-inhabitants/

    Where are the objective journalists who don’t just concatenate a load of insults and assertions as any fool can do? They seem to be in short supply these days.

  24. @ThreeCranes

    It is primarily through Kevin MacDonald as well as UNZ that I have gotten some knowledge on genetics in the general sense and racial/sociological issues in a more defined way. Maybe I am being oversimplistic, but the Utopian elites are not about making “something more beautiful”. They know that white people (at least a certain amount of us) are less collectivist in our thinking, more difficult to control. By their mixing of the races they hope to achieve a “product” that is a little better than a walking, talking, defecating potato sack. They want to kill most of us, and have the rest as untermensch to serve them.

  25. @Malla

    Very true. Sinn Fein, at least to the Irish diaspora, kept a lid on its very socialist ideology. Once the fighting was over (except for incidents by breakaway nationalist groups such as Real IRA etc), they got comfy in their political offices and didn’t have to hide their socialism. Today there is nothing nationalist about Sinn Fein. The Irish, as well as the English, Scots and Welsh are all in the same boat as are all native Europeans.This is what should be drawing us together. No, I do not want Ireland to become Paddystan.

    • Agree: Malla
  26. Anonymous[153] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    The Deep State may hate Trump and Trumpism, but they aren’t soft on China as you suggest:

    • Replies: @Sean
  27. @Sean

    One of your best posts. Keep it up.
    Re Northern Ireland, after the Irish Free State seceded from the United Kingdom, the vast majority of Ulster Protestants did not want the autonomous status that was offered them. They wanted to be treated just like the rest of the UK . They wanted the mainstream British political parties – Conservative, Labour and Liberal – to contest seats there as they did elsewhere in the UK. They wanted to be treated as part of a unitary state.

    Even at the time, most Unionists felt that autonomy would result in political polarisation. There would be parties that supported the settlement and parties that opposed it. They were right.
    So why did the British Government promote this policy. It was to remove the Irish issue from English politics, not to support Ulster Unionists. In the late C19th, with large scale Irish immigration, there were not uncommon terrorist attacks in England, associated with the Fenian Brotherhood and others.
    Liverpool was the epicentre of this. Indeed, one of the leaders of the Irish Nationalist party, T P O’Connor, was MP for Liverpool Scotland ( Ha Ha Ha ) from 1885 to 1929 – after WWI with Labour support. This was the only seat outside Ireland with an Irish Nationalist MP. The relations between the Natives and Irish immigrants were notoriously poor.

    So giving NI semi-detached status helped take it out of English politics permanently. Good for England, not good for Ulster Protestants and Catholics. By the 1950s, further polarisation in NI had occurred. Ulster Government was increasingly for the benefit of the Ulster Unionist ascendancy. The alienated Protestant minority became represented by Ian Richard Kyle Paisley. From an early period he was aware that Irish Republicans, aided by the Government of the Republic, would commence another violent campaign.

    At the end of the 1960s, the Troubles recommence. The Labour Government is in serious financial trouble. Enoch Powell said that Harold Wilson wanted to cede NI to the Republic. In return, the US would get military bases both in Ulster and the ROI and give the UK a massive low interest loan.
    It sounds plausible. But no British Government was able to convince Ulster Protestants.
    So that’s how things stand.

    • Replies: @36 ulster
  28. Sean says:
    @Anonymous

    In recent months the WTO condemned Trump and US car manufacturers were suing him over anti China tariffs. The man from Fortune 500 incorporation base Wilmington, Delaware is as one with the elite establishment. Biden is a believer in economic integration, which along with environmental concerns are but another way to hamstring the British rogue state under siege by the Continentals, yet again. This time Europeans have America on their side in sticking it to Britain; Biden having criticised the UK’s Internal Market bill, which allows the UK to set its own standards, and Boris has just been defeated in Parliament on.

    The Internal Market legislation would have made the UK government supreme in its interpretation of the Brexit deal with the EU, thereby imperling the Good Friday agreement, according to the President-elect. Biden has been bold enough to say that unless the UK agrees to acquiesce in the EU (and Biden’s) interpretation of what was signed up to with the Brexit and Good Friday deals , America will give the UK a trade agreement “Period” (he used that word). This is merely the first fruit of a Biden presidency for those who oppose Brexit and wish to gut it of any real effect as a prelude to susuming the nation states of the West.

    All this is even though the UK accepted an administrative division of the UK with a Irish Sea Border: Northern Ireland will be demanding declaration in accordance with EU customs rules at the ports of Northern Ireland meaning goods coming to NI from Britain would need declarations. That is against the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement because it goes against the wishes of one community in Northern Ireland, which happens to be the majority community in Northern Ireland. Consent was a principle of the Good Friday agreement that Ian Paisley agreed to, but now it seems that unbeknownst to Paisley the Northern Ireland Unionists’ consent was unnecessary to make such changes, they were not even consulted. over the centuries, Ireland has not tended to derive ultimate benefit from siding with the Continent against England.

    Britain self determination as a sovereign nation state might seem to be up for grabs ‘period’, but historically that essential capability is too necessary for ultimate survival: not for sale. While Biden’s menacing intrusion into the UK affairs might be thought to leave Boris with nowhere else to go, bear in mind he gave China the 5g contract (briefly), and told Xi that he loved China. Prime minister Johnson is vary attentive to City financial institutions, and the British economy is regulated by pumping up the housing market. China has much to offer in those areas. He is known to admire Singapore as a model for London .

    So the begining of a slow but sure loosening of what has now become apparent is a very one sided alliance between Britain and America is the likely outcome of Biden getting his way on this, and the Chinese–who already school their children and buy property in London–will be well placed to gain the influence that the US is about to lose. The fact that English is the international language of business and is learnt by elite young Chinese as a matter of course is no small additional selling point of Britain in the eyes of China.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  29. 36 ulster says:
    @Verymuchalive

    You and Sean nailed it. It was a pleasure to have read both your posts, which hasn’t always been my experience at Unz. I have little to add, though I’ve studied the Northern Ireland situation quite dispassionately for over 50 years. Kudos.

  30. Anonymous[134] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    Britain is still a part of NATO and Five Eyes. So it still has a strong security relationship with the US, and no doubt other secret security and other arrangements with the US that we aren’t privy to. Those aren’t likely to change or loosen no matter how much capital flight the City attracts from China or how many rich Chinese study in the UK.

    There’s also the possibility of a CANZUK Union, which would be a global economic power:

    https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2020/11/canzuk-free-trade-union.html

    The UK will leave the European Union at the end of 2020 and could form the CANZUK free trade area in 2021. CANZUK would be a free trade union between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

    Canada has a population if 38.2 million people and a GDP of $1.8 trillion.
    Australia has a population of 25.5 million people and a GDP of $1.4 trillion.
    New Zealand has a population of 4.4 million people and a GDP of $196 billion.
    The UK has population of 67 million people and a GDP of $3 trillion.

    The combined population is 136 million people and a combined GDP of $6.4 trillion. This would make the fourth largest economic entity after the USA, China and the European Union. It would be ahead of Japan and Germany.

    Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom each share the same language, the same Westminster parliamentary system, the same respect for common-law and the same Sovereign. They were the core of the British Empire.

  31. I never understood why conservatives supported Trump. The man is a thrice married person. He has had sex with a porn star. He has made sexually charged remarks frequently throughout his life. He is a man who has said that he has never asked for God’s forgiveness before. He does not hold any conservative views. The man is your typical Boomer degenerate who grew up in a life of privilege and wealth, with nobody ever telling him no to anything. When I see Tradcaths like Nick Fuentes advocating for him, it makes me wonder whether they are actually conservatives or are just amazed and impressed by his typical “I’m the man” Boomer attitude.

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  32. Sean says:

    After Henry VIII (originally a defender of papal authority) declared himself supreme in Britain, Britain slowly, but surely became the original rogue state, which led to murderous sea dogs looting world commerce and bring back the gold that was the font of England’s overseas investments, according to Keynes. Brexit is an irrevocable step away from the policy that Superpower America had been urging on Britain since the 1950s and thought was settled

    The US threatened to end its sharing of secret intelligence with Britain over Boris’s decision to give the UK 5g contract to Huawei. I think the threatening of the UK by Biden over the UK province of Northern Ireland will be the last straw for the British Deep State, and there will be a fundamental reassessment. The UK can stay in NATO because the charter does not, as many people think, obligate members to come to the aid of another member who is in a war.

    Nato wass for fighting the Warsaw Pact’s formidable conventional heft, but Russia proper is much smaller, has no motive to fight the West, and is inexorably declining as an economy so the threat from them will decline. China is clearly not going all out for armaments as if they expect serious trouble. What is going to happen under Biden and Harris is China blandly putting up with US military flexing, while beating the pants off America economically. There may be a settling of accounts accounts a generation the future, but with Trump gone, the relative power of China can only grow during a peace.

    Moreover, Nato members Turkey and Greece have repeatedly went to war with each other over some nameless rocks in the Aegean. No state will view with equanimity having given up even a tiny piece its territory through being controlled and threatened by a foreign power. Having Northern Ireland at least partially prised from the UK’s grasp will not be forgotten, I think it will have a profound effect.

  33. anon[675] • Disclaimer says:
    @4Dchessmaster

    I never understood why conservatives supported Trump.

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  34. Sean says:
    @anon

    He is a man who has said that he has never asked for God’s forgiveness before.

    Ireland was once very religious, and poor. Poor people are looking for help from family and community; religion is a way to cement all those links. A common observation is that Trump’s supporters are uneducated, but they are also well above average in income. Easier for a camel …

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