History tells us what may happen next with Brexit & Trump
Tobias Stone
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The self-cleansing of the gene-pool that was the Black Death has a secondary effect beyond thinning the ranks. We (100% the ancestors of those) who survived, absorbed the symptoms of the middle-ages version of PTSD as our collective virtues. My read on this after witnessing both say post-war Western Slavonia and the streets of East Africa, is that the trauma of massive mortality (in my part of the world 70%) left the sensation of tribe and family deeply altered in the direction that gave us the reformation, the age of enlightenment, post-feudalism and the cult of the modern individual. The ideologies that enable both Trumpism and Brexiting reflect this highly questionable survival mechanism. I’d put your take on the Somme is another version of this — an obedient class marched in at the bidding of their betters, straggling fighters returned to renegotiate their society; widows became suffragettes…

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