The Big Exit and Its Global Bricolage

The overall ramifications of Brexit are broadly reminiscent of the fault lines of culture and politics that marked Francis Fukuyama's The End of History and Samuel Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations. An examination of the effect and quality of the existence of the liberal democratic state vis-à-vis the cultural geography of the world.

Post the shocking exit of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU), the media has been afloat with voices from a wide spectrum of dispositions—politicians, columnists, opinion makers and intelligentsia—taking stock of the phenomenon, even while attempting to chart a future course of action. Notwithstanding the expression of a multitude of predicaments and scenarios, assessments in the public sphere are largely confined to the economic and political domains. However, to eschew the cultural inflections of the split would be tantamount to avoiding playing with a straight bat.

Brexit has bubbled up during a period of slow-but-steady growth, high inequality, and wage stagnation; economic conditions that rankle voters, but do not obsess them. So, when the world tries to make sense of Britain’s vote to leave the EU, one invariably ponders over the plausibility of a link between racist and intolerant attitudes in Britain and its animosity towards the EU.

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