[ExI] Cosmopolitanism, collective epistemology and other issues

spike spike66 at att.net
Sun Jul 10 14:16:32 UTC 2016

>... On Behalf Of BillK
Subject: Re: [ExI] Cosmopolitanism, collective epistemology and other issues

On 9 July 2016 at 22:15, Anders  wrote:
>>... There are three reasons Brexit disturbs me: (1) it represents a 
> rejection of cosmopolitanism, (2) it represents a serious failure of 
> collective cognition, (3) it likely has somewhat bad effects for me.

>...Ooooh!  Now we can bore US list members with a month-long argument about
Brexit!  :)

Do feel free sir.  No one is being forced to read it, and plenty of us
outside Jolly Olde want to know what that was all about.  I fear I might
have been those ignorant Googlers who were doing searches the day after the
vote on "What is Brexit" and "What is EU."

OK that is a bit of a stretch.  I already knew EU.

>...I think the most significant factor was that the voting patterns showed
a London 'bubble' voting to Remain and almost all the rest of England voting
to Leave the EU. This was England rebelling against rule by 'rich'

I think we yanks have something vaguely analogous to that going on here.
You already know we are collectively appalled at our upcoming choices in the
fall, and we know we did this to ourselves.  I can imagine the British are
watching this unfold and are appalled as well.

>...Outside London feels ignored and disenfranchised. "No Taxation Without
Representation". (Familiar to Americans?)...

Ja, but the British are not armed.  There is no recourse but take whatever
London tells you.

>...People voted that had never voted in their lives before. This is a
significant event...

Well there ya go.  At least one good thing came of this.

>...Many people think that the EU is a dictatorship which is on the verge of
collapse anyway. I would not be surprised if more countries leave the EU
within a year or two. The discontent among the 'groundlings' is growing.

BillK, I don't see why this is considered a big crisis.  If the Brits
collectively decide this was a bad idea, they can vote to rejoin the EU, ja?


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