Feb 19 2019

FROM BLATCHERISM TO MAYBYNISM

Below is a synopsis of Allan Armstrong’s new pamphlet  From Blatcherism to Maybynsism. Chapter 6, Scotland – from ‘Project Hope’ to ‘Project Hate’and from ‘Better Together’ to ‘Bitter Together’ can be seen in the bella caledonia blog at:- 

https://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2019/02/19/from-project-fear-to-project-hate-from-better-together-to-bitter-together/

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FROM BLATCHERISM TO MAYBYNISM

THE CONTINUING SHIFT TO THE RIGHT
IN THE TRANSITION FROM
NEO-LIBERALISM TO NATIONAL POPULISM

 

Allan Armstrong presents a case that the world is leaving the period of neo-liberal domination and entering a period of national populist domination. This is analogous to the earlier move from post-Second World War social democratic domination, which ended in 1979/80. He emphasises the role of the 2008 Crash in dividing the UK and US ruling classes. This had led to the rapid growth of national populist politics in these and other states. The Right’s winning of the Brexit vote and then the election of Trump (‘Brexit, plus, plus, plus’) has performed a similar role in the transition from neo-liberalist domination to national populist domination that the election of Thatcher and Reagan had played in the earlier transition.

Allan examines the role of Scotland’s Indy Ref1 in scaring the British ruling class, and the significance of their renewed alliance with reactionary unionism in Northern Ireland. He also looks at the response of the neo-liberal Right, the social democratic Left and Irish and Scottish constitutional nationalists to the challenge of national populism. He argues they do not have the politics needed to effectively challenge the growing Right offensive. The Right shows no respect for even the limited democratic forms upheld by social democrats and neo-liberals in their period of global hegemony.

Some neo-liberals have already jumped ship and joined the national populist bandwagon. Left Social Democrats, such as Jeremy Corbyn, are also actively facilitating the consolidation of the Right’s national populism. Within the Labour Party, the Left leadership and the Right are united in support of a gastarbeiter system of labour control to replace the free movement of people from the EU. To do this, they are hiding behind a notion of ‘democracy’, which tacitly accepts ethnic exclusion.

Meanwhile constitutional nationalists from Catalunya to Scotland and Ireland are paralysed in the face of reactionary unitary and unionist state offensives from the Spanish and UK states. This is because national populists are quite prepared to ditch the devolutionary institutions bequeathed by the social democrats and neo-liberals, which the latter build their national self-determination hopes upon.

The recognition of where we actually are politically is a necessity before we can make any further progress.

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Contents

1. From global social democratic to global neo-liberal domination; from Butskellism to Blatcherism
2. The 2008 Crash leads to a split in the national ruling classes with a section opting for national populism
3. The growing challenge from China and Trump’s attempts to create a new imperialist alignment involving Putin’s Russia
4. Yesterday’s precedents, amongst those who contested the rise of neo-liberalism, to those contesting the rise of national populism today
5. How the neo-liberals won over former social democrats, and how the national populists intend to win over former neo-liberals and social democrats
6. The precedent of Right national populist domination in reactionary unionist Northern Ireland
7. Scotland – from ‘Project Hope’ to `Project Hate’ – and from ‘Better Together’ to ‘Bitter Together’
8. Corbyn and the Labour Left’s bowing down to ethnic supremacists – a revealing indication of things to come
9. Brexit leads to Maybynism and proposals for a new gastarbeiter system of labour controls under the UK’s flag of ethnic British ‘democracy’.

 

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If you would like a pdf copy of the full pamphlet e-mail:-

intfrobel@yahoo.com

 

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also see

The second article, which forms  Chapter 7 of this pamphlet

The Precedent of Right Populist Domination in Northern Ireland 

at

BREXIT AND WHAT IT MEANS IN IRELAND

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