Published On: Wed, Oct 18th, 2017

From Great Britain to Little England

Jacob Gelt DekkerReactionary forces do not like the new global connectivity communication revolution. They deny the enormous influence of social media, of FaceBook and Twitter on social development and try to reverse its influence.

Billions found a backdoor to communicate, far away from memberships of exclusive clubs with privilege; expressing yourself the way you are, without limits or censure. Is the new global parole? A new economy rose up totally distinct from exclusive trade relationships and charters. AirB&B changed hospitality, UBER the chauffeur-driven rental car; replaced travel agents; we read books and newspapers online; encyclopedia and paper libraries have disappeared from the market.

Sovereign political leaders are left behind. They are still coping with yesteryear’s issues.

Nigel Farage of Great Britain is such a reactionary politician, who panicked over the erosion of his power platform and successfully gathered popular support to turn back the clock. Farage’s Great Britain, once a global power will soon become Little England, far away from the global power brokers’ table, it once presided over.

Farage’s power plot, so neatly executed by prime minister Theresa May, is stuck in its tracks though. People of the Communication Age do not want barriers to mobility of people’s traffic, movement of trade goods and capital. Long before the UK segregation from the EU will be fact, they will have constructed new alternative avenues and leave England as a Disneyesque historic analogy to be visited with the children on school vacations.

Scotland announced that it would annul the Union Act of 1706 that put Scotland and England into one Great Britain. So will Ireland. The Act of Union of 1800 united the Kingdom of Great Britain with the Kingdom of Ireland, which had been gradually brought under English control between 1541 and 1691, to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801.

So Great Britain will be transformed into Little England, a backward play yard on the little island of Nigel Farage and his cs. He promised that the island would put up barriers to movements of people, goods and services, and capital. It will be locked out of global communication markets by small-minded regulators who eagerly manifest their own infatuation with power games over and beyond the benefit of the total. Well, we wish mister Farage a lot of pleasure in his sandbox.

Political administrators are finding out that the Global Communication Age does not allow top-down imposed regulations by political power players. Even China had to yield to the Internet. The intervention in the USA elections last year, by, supposedly, Russian and Ukrainian Internet hackers is a clear display. The official regulators were way behind the facts and totally powerless, and the market took its own course.

Forecasting is easy with laws of nature but difficult when it comes to popular, political, social and philosophical development. One thing is clear, the powerbrokers of the past are lame and powerless, their efforts pathetic. Billions of people have taken to the social networks and decide for themselves.

By Jacob Gelt Dekker
Columnist for Curaçao Chronicle

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