When civilizations sputter and die, it’s always the venal, the repellent, and the simple-minded who rise to the top because they’re the ones willing to violate every humane norm in order to get what they want, while decent people stand back wringing their hands but doing nothing. The West is in the final phase of pre-collapse now, which is why we’ve seen the wave of mindless populism grip nearly every nation. Brexit will result in far-right types gaining more and more power in the UK, which means that similar repressive legislation will shortly follow, no doubt in the wake of US corporate interests acquiring control of the NHS and seeking to reduce costs in order to boost profits.

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