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Brexit is a rejection of politics

At least in theory a referendum is supposed to be a true example of democracy – a chance for the voice of the people to be heard. Unfortunately, a referendum in our current political structure becomes an opportunity for mob rule.

When David Cameron triumphantly took office, with an unexpected electoral mandate, who would have predicted that he would gamble so flagrantly with his own future, the future of his party, friends, colleagues and the future of the nation? And that within a year his gamble would cause him to resign? Such irresponsibility suggests that he was probably dealing with a problem so complex that he may have been ‘in over his head’ trying to manage forces beyond his ability to comprehend.

Underneath all of the noise about Brexit is a deep disenfranchisement with political elites, in fact elites in general. Those elites have been making decisions in their own interests and not in the interests of the people for years. And finally there has been a backlash on a massive scale. So rather than this referendum being a ringing endorsement of the democratic process, what it actually reveals is that our democracy is profoundly broken. We are so disenfranchised with political leaders (UK, US, Europe, in fact from almost anywhere in the world) that we mistrust their guidance and ability to serve our interests. We want our “independence day”. We want to be free from their self-serving nature. We want our power back. This is a global trend. The danger is that it manifests as a divisive, ethnocentric separatism. Let the crowd become a mob and unpleasant things can happen.  

The good news is that there is a way forward. A way that enables people to take back control from the political elite and come up with wiser answers – that way is crowdocracy. If the Brexit vote has shown anything, it’s that there is an overwhelming desire for the crowd to control its own destiny in every country in Europe. It’s difficult to do that with the current political architecture. There is an alternative; crowdocracy.

For more on crowdocracy and a new future for politics, read our book Crowdocracy – The End of Politics.

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Dr Alan Watkins

Alan is recognised as an international expert on leadership and human performance. He has a broad mix of commercial, academic, scientific and technological abilities.


One Response to “Brexit is a rejection of politics”

  1. Tony Graham
    June 29th, 2016 @ 9:56 am

    Hi Alan . Read your book and it resonated deeply. I am a long time advocate of integral theory and it’s great to see it applied to governance. I have been using Twitter to recommend it to people like Steve Hilton, Peter Kitchens, Caroline Lucas, Douglas Carswell etc and of course my friends and anyone who will listen I am currently reading Wicked and Wise. Keep up the good work. I wish you well. Tony

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