Learning in class with Wallerstein (2)

By means of World-Systems Analysis, we explain Brexit as another expression of a broader anti-establishment movement, a challenge the British elites have finally managed to tame. Blaming false enemies, openly lying to voters, or calling a dividing plebiscite are some of the mechanisms that these elites have used to protect their privileged status quo, in a push to restore order and capitalism.

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Learning in class with Wallerstein (1)

According to Wallerstein, understanding this rapidly shifting world—and such complicated processes like Brexit—is the first task we need to perform to make informed ethical decisions and choose the best available options. Otherwise, anxiety, fear, and pessimism will stop us from acting the right way in the construction of the post-COVID-19 globalization model that will replace our exhausted one.

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The Brexit at the Globalization Crossroads

According to Immanuel Wallerstein (1930-2019), our times are an era of transition towards a new global system which is not yet fully defined. It is around this vagueness that the globalization crossroads stands. Since the new model will be the outcome of human creativity and interaction, we are the ones who must decide what turn globalization will make at this point. The Brexit has been one step in this construction underway.