Θα μπορούσε κανείς να δει και στην Βρετανία τον λαϊκισμό του Brexit με την ίδια καθαρή σκέψη και οπτική του Στάθη Καλύβα, του οποίου παραθέτω τα tweets με τίτλο:
Lessons I learned from Greece.
#1: abysmal incompetence of populist government leads many to mistaken belief it will be over quickly.
#2: for a long time you think you’ve seen the worst, but you haven’t seen anything yet.
#3: the things that strike you as utterly shocking are applauded by others, perhaps even the majority.
#4: when assessing a populist govt it’s always hard to tell whether it’s just incompetence or dark designs.
#5: nothing like a populist government to re-legitimize mainstream politics. If you manage to survive.
#6: best way to boost opposition populist agenda/candidates? Ask experts to show why they are wrong.
#7: populist parties are protest movements; they often ask good questions but have neither answers nor clues.
#8: populists gain traction by scolding the “elites” for corruption, but when in power they out-corrupt them.
#9: populist govts won’t end just because their record is terrible; they can last if opposition is in disarray.
#10: because populist govts have few achievements to sell, they manufacture polarization, division, hatred.
#11: worst enemy of those opposed to populist governments? Believing “this is so bad, it can’t possibly go on”.
#12: most wrenching realization? That the demise of populism might require a major disaster.
#13: populists’ typical rhetorical weapon against opposition: “you aren’t Greek enough”.
#14: Wrong to think that people will turn against populist government as soon as it fails to deliver, but…
#15:…but equally wrong to believe that people will stick with populist govt for the long run not matter what.
#16: because they are obsessed with control, populist govts erode institutions and undermine civil society.
#17: … but I don’t know the extent or reversibility of this damage based on what I have seen so far.
#18: debate and speculation about what a populist govt will do revolve around three possible paths:
#19: one, they will adapt, moderate, even be a semi-competent govt like others
#20: two, they will create a mess through total incompetence, megalomania, graft, sheer adventurism
#21: three, it’s a one way ticket to authoritarianism (or “revolution” if you are keen on it).
#22: Two and a half years later, people in Greece are still debating about which path the country is on.
#23: Never underestimate populist politicians who have won elections; they get politics in a way you might not.
#24: visceral excitement of voting for a populist candidate parallels teenagers’ feelings when breaking rules.
#25: the chasm between pre-election daze and realization of just what happened right after populists won.
#26: When the moment comes for populists to deliver, they call elections; when they hit a wall, a referendum.
#27: How populists justify yawning gap between promises and reality? “At least we try,” “The others are worse”.
#28: Populists favorite style of government is to oppose the opposition.