Farage, the man whose vision didn't even encompass a post-Brexit reality.
Instead he disappeared.
A man who made his appeal to the lowest common denominator, on the basis of personal charisma, narrow nationalism, bigotry, and stoking base public fears, insecurities and ignorance.
A man who took advantage of the millions of poorly educated people looking for "simple" or more accurately, simplistic answers to their discontents. A man who focused his political appeals on those souls incapable of dealing with any complex considerations that require them to think or self-reflect.
He simply gave these people "answers" that sat well with their own sentiments and prejudices; "answers" that made it easy to point outwards to other little known or understood groupings to apportion blame; "answers" that seemed to make instant "sense", all tied up with base appeal to nationalism and patriotism etc.
Farage the little englander, motivated by a sentimental self-regard for his own race and nation. Anyone outside of his insular little world he scorned.
An ultra-nationalist, he had no real arguments to engage with; only trite assertions dressed up in the pomp of populist appeal.
And in the midst of the first real challenge to the EU project, the first real difficulties, this little dweeb rose to the top. Worse than that, people flocked to him. They continue to, even now there is no doubt what he is. What pathetic political creatures we remain.
I think Brexit injected enthusiasm into Trump himself specifically and helped focus his foreign policy. I don't think Brexit influenced the average US voter directly. The EU is a rather off-side concern compared to the harrowing prospect of some hyper-Obama demolition expert in the form of Hillary. Avoiding that was as intuitive as jumping out of the way of an oncoming freight train.
But that's not to underestimate Farage. He was taken as a flakey throwback way back when -- with an impossible vision. But he prevailed in superb fashion and by succeeding he's split the EU, dealt a heavy blow to globalism and perhaps helped pitch humanity away from a terrible war with Russia. Incredible from when he started out as the novelty candidate everybody laughed at. Who's laughing now, eh?
Yes. In the final analysis, that is where the logic of the likes of Farage inevitably tends to end up eventually. Indeed the parallels of Farage and the cult that has formed around him with 90 years ago are uncanny.
I'm well aware of what you and your ilk do in the name of self-denial.
You're like every other radical "anti-Zionist" I come across today - you have a least one brain cell that understands that the arguments you make previously resulted in the most abominable massacres. So you need to change your terminology, and be able to resume hating while believing that you are sort of doing good and to believe that there could be legitimate reasons to so vehemently hate a group of people. Those evil, subhuman "Zionist" filth, in your own words.
Oh my god - is that what that dirty Jew Ignatiev wants to do - "abolish the entire White Race?!"
Get down those pitchforks from the lofts, peasants. And don't heed anyone who tries to tell you that what he is actually talking about is challenging the social privilege that unconditionally attaches to skin colour in our society.
Farage is a guy who saw the EU for what is was. A micromanaging shadow state sitting atop a slow burning pyramid scheme. Farrage then ventured the eccentric notion that it might be a jolly good idea to step aside from that.
And he is radical. And he is an extremist. To be a mere pragmatist in this era of abject globalist lunacy is to mark oneself down as such. Nice to think the era of the circus that we are living in is running out of steam.