Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share
24 January 2016
Brexit. EU Demise
The unthinkable happened with Brexit
Brexit was a bloodless civil war. We have come along way (or have we?). Time was an obscure Archduke could be assassinated in Bosnia and the whole world would be dragged into a global war later called the First World War in history books.
In 1861, the United States of America began a bloody struggle to decide the legality of succession. We called that fight the Civil War and it took four blood soaked years and millions of lives to settle. In the end, the decision was made that no state was sovereign enough to resign its place in the United States.
Shelby Foote famously said that, before the Civil War, people said the United States “Is” and after the Civil War they said The United States “Are”.
Yesterday, the United Kingdom VOTED to leave the European Union. In our Twitter world, the vote was shortened to Brexit. It is an example of how blind nationalism can cloud judgment and how people will emotionally vote for things that in the long term are not in their own best interest. I wonder if Scotland wishes it had another shot at their historic vote to remain in the United Kingdom? Scotexit never became a word.
I think a great deal of world stability will be shaken by this vote. I can see further troubles stirring in Northern Ireland again. I believe the uncertainty in the world’s monetary systems will shake rattle and roll the financial markets for a while as the global community tries to discount this tsunami of change. Everything we have come to rely on in this global world has been challenged.
But the reason I write this is because NO ONE doubts the RIGHT of the UK to secede (not to be confused in any way with succeed).
In the US, we thought the illegality of succession was decided and written in blood 150 years ago. Americans believe we have a corner on the market when it comes to freedom and liberty. We are wrong.
Freedom of self-determination was just exercised in Europe to an extent we can’t even fathom in the US. Had this RIGHT been self evident, I would be penning this blog in the Confederate States of America because I live in North Carolina—a state that lost 1 out of every 4 casualties at Gettysburg during the Civil War.
To me, it does not matter if you think the American Civil War was fought over state’s rights or slavery. The impetus for the temporary dissolution of the United States in the late 1800’s was due to a racist issue.
I think the same is true for Brexit.
I don’t believe it was so much an economic issue as it was over a war on immigration. The UK did not want Europe dictating immigration policy. They just don’t want THEM settling in the UK any more. Think about it, the UK never surrendered their currency to the Euro. The Pound Sterling remained.
I find Brexit a sad move. Not for all the obvious reason of a common market and ease of travel. I find it sad that bigotry wins anywhere and under any circumstances.
You can have your DNA tested for just a couple of dollars (or Euros or pounds) these days. It points to your REAL ancestry.
Funny, the differences are very small. We all began in Africa and are very much the same. Only the adopted and insignificant drapery of religious preference and favorite cuisine separates us all one from another.
The Ember mug Tom Dougherty, CEO - Stealing Share 21 May 2019 The Ember mug makes you smarter My youngest son and his wife are notorious for giving some of the coolest gifts known to man. They are a thoughtful (and creative) couple. So whatever they’re...
Clif Bar Tom Dougherty, CEO - Stealing Share 20 May 2019 Clif Bar logo comes alive, mystery dies When it comes to branding, there’s always a fine line between keeping the mystery alive and blowing it open for all to see. Take Clif Bar, which is unveiling...
Social media study Tom Dougherty, CEO - Stealing Share 13 May 2019 Social media study shows struggle with importance Many marketers love social media because it’s cheap. And you can measure it in terms of likes, shares, retweets and comments. But, as a...