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Liberal brutality: Britain kicked America "for all good"

Liberal brutality: Britain kicked America "for all good"

18.02.2018
Tags: United Kingdom, USA, Ideologies, Analytics

London accused the US of destroying the ideas that the West persistently imposed on the whole world.

One of the largest British editions of The Economist published a few days ago the material under the symbolic title "Why Liberalism Failed". The magazine, which Karl Marx called "the European organ of financial aristocracy," announced the end of the liberal idea: "For the past four centuries, liberalism has been so successful that it has pushed its opponents from the battlefield. Now it disintegrates, destroyed by a mixture of self-confidence and internal contradictions. " Such recognition is surprising, as it was heard from the pages of the publication, which was always considered the mouthpiece of economic liberalism. In fact, The Economist recognized the futile ideological ideology for the propaganda of which it was created. But it is even more surprising that The Economist called the United States of America the symbol of the "decline of liberalism".

In fact, the British accused their main ally of destroying those ideas that the West persistently and uncompromisingly imposed on the whole world for centuries. Ideas that arose in the XVII century, when the English philosophers John Locke and Thomas Hobbes proposed the theory of a social contract - the cornerstone of liberalism. The essence of it was that in order to avoid the repetition of the bloody civil war that had just passed in England, the authorities and society needed to come to a compromise. The authorities should legally guarantee to their citizens a certain set of rights (presumption of innocence, freedom of religion and expression of one's opinion, inviolability of private property, right to vote, etc.). The society, for its part, should not support radicals and adopt an evolutionary path of development.

The idea that Locke and Hobbes suggested and which was called "classical liberalism" was not innovative. It was present in the works of ancient authors and on its principles the Athenian and Roman Roman democracies were based. But the British for some reason began to popularize it in other countries as their own innovation and purposefully counterposed to the Catholic Church. Although the basic principles of Christianity never contradicted those of the "classical liberalism" formulated by Locke and Hobbes. The only difference was that the church, along with the recognition of human rights, insisted on the need to improve the internal self-discipline of the individual.
In liberalism, there is nothing like this. On the contrary, liberalism, the further, the more developed in the direction of propaganda of human freedom, which was not limited to anything, in fact, rejecting the initial theses of Locke and Hobbes about the mutual responsibility of society and power. True, in this direction, the liberal movement developed outside the UK. At home, the British, of course, rigidly adhered to the "classical" principles of liberalism.

From the beginning of the XIX century, liberalism has a new interpretation. The liberal idea was associated with the theory of the Scottish economist Adam Smith ("economic liberalism"). Its essence is reduced to the absolutization of the principle of free trade. From that moment, liberalism began to link with the rejection of protectionism and the opening up of its own markets for access to foreign goods. To promote such ideas abroad, the Economist was created. The British themselves, in the beginning, demonstratively abolished virtually all import duties. But they did it temporarily and only to persuade others to do the same. When all the major countries of the world followed the British example, London unexpectedly returned to protectionist policies. After that, for several decades, British companies expanded their trading expansion, establishing control over foreign markets. When, however, this golden age for British industry ended, the British at once lost interest in the propaganda of liberalism.

But the liberal idea did not disappear. She got a second wind within the EU. If we take "European values", then they are no different from the ideological set of "classical liberalism". In accordance with the theory of economic liberalism, the countries of the European Union mutually opened each other their markets and began to demand this from their neighbors.

And again the birthplace of liberal ideology, repeated the focus that was implemented in the XIX century. Initially obeying the European rules on opening markets, it suddenly decided in 2016 to withdraw from the European Union, starting to close its market, but not refusing access to the markets of other EU countries. So, Britain has never been a member of the Schengen zone, taking advantage of all its advantages.
But when leaving the European Union, London politicians can not fail to understand that this complicates the existence of this organization and, anticipating that sooner or later the search for the guilty will begin, they hasten to declare the collapse of liberalism and blame their ally for this.

For several centuries - the same scenario. Repeat the same thesis about "freedom."

They fail. Then they start blaming others. And in essence, behind this there is one single thesis: ideas ideas, and money money.

Yuri Gorodnenko
Free Press
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