(…whenever discontent with a non-responsive status quo abounds…)

The English have let a populist mood stampede them right out of the European Union’s collective, into an ocean of economic and other uncertainties which must result from that. The big question now is whether or not their example will be followed by others of that collective.

But perhaps the “shock and awe” impact of BREXIT should be viewed with a broader perspective…as being a cautionary tale about how the infectious dysentery of populism can spread…whenever discontent with a non-responsive status quo abounds, and that discontent is not just limited to the EU. We see it in various parts of the world as well, and not in the relatively civil and reasonably ordered manner of the English. In many places it is being, and has been, expressed in less civil forms, but more chaotic and more violent in the forms of its expressions.

Here in America, that dysentery of populism is also definitely active. Politically it is what has driven and maintained the likes of Donald Trump as a candidate for the Oval Office…an otherwise inconceivable prospect were it not for such a populist wave of discontent at the way things are here in America. Elsewhere, populism has erupted in more riotous forms of protest bordering on outright revolution and anarchy, viz…Tien Anmen in China…the Arab Spring across North Africa…the chaos and anarchy in Libya…riotous events in Cairo…Ankara…Teheran…etc.

If there’s a moral to all such turmoil it must be this: Any system of governance, whether of a political polity or a private entity, has to be not only responsive to the needs of all those it governs, it has to be effective and equitable in the way it governs. Without that, sooner or later that dysentery of populism will erupt…and not necessarily…for the better.