Last year Wallace, I gave my daughter a Ken Follett novel, Winter Of The World, one of his doorstep sized tomes that covers the period from 1933 to 1945, following five families in Britain, Germany, USA and Russia. (A lot of people ask me what am I doing reading Follett as he is a socialist, I tell the narrow minded dolts he’s an excellent writer and doesn’t shove his opinions down my throat as facts.) When she’d finished it she said, “Wow, thanks Dad, I learned that everything they taught us in history at school was crap.”
Turned out they’d been taught that Nazi Germany was evil (fair enough,) racist and nationalist and therefore nationalism was evil. She’d also been taught that everything in Soviet Russia was good because the Soviet Union was socialist.
“I had no idea Stalin was as big a bastard as Hitler,” she said.
Now Gabrielle is 40 so its a while since she was at school, and things have only got worse.
And this is the trouble with modern education, it produces a mindset that reduces everything to a binary. So Naziism was nationalism therefore nationalism is bad and socialism is the opposite of nationalism therefore socialism is good.
And everyone is supposed to forget that Hitler’s movement were national Socialists.
And that is how we ended up with unreasoning idiots supporting Remain. They only see a binary, abolish nations have a world government, no more nationalism = good. Respect national sovereignty, let nations decide their own course and evolve their own culture, border controls, financial independence = the opposite of globalism therefore bad.
When people are relying on such over — simplified logic it’s no wonder they can’t get their heads round the complexities of international relations.
And that’s why LEAVE voters can engage in intelligent discussion while Remainers find it difficult to move beyond name calling.