Thursday, February 9, 2017

Brian Eno: Brexit and Trump and the Revolution

From Spin:
Less than a year after arguing against the destructive Brexit law in his home country, the politically-outspoken Eno told journalist Simon Hattenstone that not only was he “pleased” about the UK’s abdication of the EU, but about the election of Donald Trump. Here’s his statement in full:
“Actually, in retrospect, I’ve started to think I’m pleased about Trump and I’m pleased about Brexit because it gives us a kick up the arse and we needed it because we weren’t going to change anything. Just imagine if Hillary Clinton had won and we’d been business as usual, the whole structure she’d inherited, the whole Clinton family myth. I don’t know that’s a future I would particularly want. It just seems that was grinding slowly to a halt, whereas now, with Trump, there’s a chance of a proper crash, and a chance to really rethink.”
Earlier in the piece, he explains his change in position a bit further, without making it any better:
“Most people I know felt that 2016 was the beginning of a long decline with Brexit, then Trump and all these nationalist movements in Europe. It looked like things were going to get worse and worse. I said: ‘Well, what about thinking about it in a different way?’ Actually, it’s the end of a long decline. We’ve been in decline for about 40 years since Thatcher and Reagan and the Ayn Rand infection spread through the political class, and perhaps we’ve bottomed out. My feeling about Brexit was not anger at anybody else, it was anger at myself for not realising what was going on. I thought that all those Ukip people and those National Fronty people were in a little bubble. Then I thought: ‘Fuck, it was us, we were in the bubble, we didn’t notice it.’ There was a revolution brewing and we didn’t spot it because we didn’t make it. We expected we were going to be the revolution.”
Eno now threatens to dethrone Kate Bush as the biggest British musical genius with worst Brexit-related take, and considering his use of the phrase “Clinton family myth,” he may have the worst Trump opinion, too. Congratulations, Brian.

Brian Eno is an avowed Leftist. He hasn't become a Trump supporter or in favor of Brexit.

He seems to be looking for the silver lining rather than freaking out and becoming completely unhinged like most of his fellow Leftists. He believes the disaster of Brexit and Trump will prompt necessary rethinking.

What I like is this artist's realization, "'[I]t was us, we were in the bubble, we didn't notice it.' There was a revolution brewing and we didn't spot it because we didn’t make it. We expected we were going to be the revolution."

Eno doesn't approve of the revolution. He's just admitting he was in the bubble and missed it. He didn't see what was happening.

Eno appears to have received the wake-up call. So many on the Left refuse to accept it. Instead, they're caught in their relentless hissy fit. That is not a productive way to manage their defeat. They are burying themselves.

Go ahead, unhinged Leftists. Keep digging.

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