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Why Brexit happened -- and what to do next | Alexander Betts

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We are embarrassingly unaware of how divided our societies are, and Brexit grew out of a deep, unexamined divide between those that fear globalization and those that embrace it, says social scientist Alexander Betts. How do we now address that fear as well as growing disillusionment with the political establishment, while refusing to give in to xenophobia and nationalism? Join Betts as he discusses four post-Brexit steps toward a more inclusive world. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate Follow TED news on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tednews Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector
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Hyperdimensional01 (1 minute ago)
I’m a Londoner debt slave & Pro Brexit! Unheard of amounts of benefits given to Invaders for over 2 decades yet we have our own British Citizens living/dieing on the streets, low salaries being paid by companies, rent sky high & buying your own property is a Fable. This is a Clown Land, working class paying taxes so Invaders can out breed the actual native British Citizens. This is not a secular society as Liberals or invaders would brainwash you to blindly believe. Crime rates at all time highs, violence towards authorities all time high these are serious times which require serious action by the People. The liberal mindset is like a mental health issue that has gone unrecognised for far too long.
Richard Hawkins (4 hours ago)
I'm from coventry and I voted with almost everyone I know to leave the only people I know who didn't is my 84yr old mum who said unity will stop a threat from russia and a muslim pal who was ordered by his family to vote remain we all have are views we voted leave and we still would vote leave we are not fooled by tales of doom this will not work as for racism in coventry blacks stab blacks this seems the latest fashion here
Dalibor Bartoš (6 hours ago)
excellent talk
Moi S (15 hours ago)
I'm horrified at the number of people who thumbed down this talk. He says "these ideas are very tentative". Please stop bagging on people who try to find a solution. Your xenophobia is too sad for words.
MyChilepepper (17 hours ago)
What’s the price of tea got to do with brexit?
John Kay (1 day ago)
Whilst I try to be open minded enough to read, listen & consider carefully the case for remaining within the E.U., I am of the opinion that you clearly are not open minded at all. I sat through all of your discourse & at the end strongly disagree with most of what you have been saying. I haven’t got all day, so I’ll just address a few points only. You suggest or imply that those that voted leave are poorly educated, ignorant, anti-globalist, little Englanders. This not at all the case. I & most of those I have spoken to on the subjects, are not wanting to isolate the UK / England from the rest of the world or Europe in particular. Before the Maastricht Treaty signing in 1992, the UK was happily trading with most of Europe under the umbrella of the EEA, without enduring the politics & subversions of the ruling European political & mega wealthy elite. Open borders & mass immigration from Europe & other parts of the world incur a rapid pace of change & subversion of our own ideologies, culture & beliefs, at far too fast a rate of change. Your speech did nothing to address the rampant corruption within the bureaucratic organisation of the EU institutions. It does little to address the wealthy 1% who gain from a massive pool of cheap immigrant labour that drives down wages / salaries within the UK, increases the temporary / GIG economy, yet massively increase the share prices, real estate prices of the rich. You suggest that the pro-remain vote is strongest in the areas of large immigrant populations – yes? Maybe you should get of your high horse & take a slow walk along such an area, say along the A11 heading east away from the Tower of London & keep walking 5-10 miles. Spot the white man if you can! The mass immigration evident there would simply not vote to be deported. There are too few of the white indigenous population left to make any impact upon the vote to leave in such areas! You speak many times of the lies of the leave campaign & the facts of the pro-globalist / liberal remain campaign. Maybe you should take some time to consider carefully the level of massive bias of the BBC & to a lesser extent other media, also the tight control the EU propaganda machine has over the European media. The deliberate insidious undermining of the leave argument goes on & on & on. Propaganda & untruth & lies, lies & yet more lies. Whilst I would concede that the leave campaign certain told a few ‘porkies’, you close your eyes & ears to the much more subtle ‘porkies’ told by the pro-remain campaign. The majority of the remain voters appear to work or have worked substantially within the public sector or government quangos or local government services or are in some way largely dependent upon government services. Turkeys do not vote for Xmas do they? If such public sector employees were exposed to the necessary drive, hard-work, risk v reward, being paid for actual production & not for just turning up to a job & mouthing off; then they might just appreciate that ever greater measures & influences of an ever greater & more powerful & pervasive ‘Big Brother’ are bad for ordinary people & bad for the UK. I suggest those who read my rant try to read two books at least; 1984 by George Orwell & Adults in the Room by Yanis Varufakis to assist your understanding of the EU institutions & Big Brother. Leave voters by & large, want to decide their own futures, with minimal government interference, minimal taxation, self-determination & freedom. PS. Yanis Varufakis wants the UK to remain in the UK as a sacrificial ally of Greece to reform the EU from within. I do not believe the EU to be reform-able (most regrettably). .
LabFee Luna (1 day ago)
This neurotic leftist idiot was annoying from the first minute.
Tea Master (1 day ago)
When the speaker at the beginning says “between the educated and less educated...”, that‘s done for me. He’s assuming the remainers are more “Educated”! How arrogant!
banjo mcgrooder (1 day ago)
Just an anti-conservative diatribe. He has NO idea `Why Brexit happened` He just knows he didn`t like it. Like most of his kind they gather up the things they hate and put it in a box labelled `right wing`. If he didn`t like cats he`d label them conservative.
Anthony Leigh (1 day ago)
This guy is under the impression that every human being has to get along with each other, that we should teach our children about being welcoming to all - and embrace it, Utopian wishes for sure. Reality is that not everyone wants to be integrated, not everyone wants to be forced to be nice to each other - it's simple, not everyone on the planet is nice. Humans are still animals on an evolutionary scale, however clever we believe we are, there are simply not enough clever people, even then, being clever / educated doesn't mean you're nice! Good try 6/10 for effort...
Horsejunkie bdo (1 day ago)
I reject the speaker use of the word "fearful" to describe voters who wanted out. I reject the premise of globalization as a "forward momentum". I reject nationalism spoken about with negative overtones. I reject the idea that staying in the EU or leaving has nothing to do with and will not affect immigration rates. The speaker sounds good and his points are clear however faulted. Sadly...his words are biased and clearly says so and that's fine...he is a globalist. Countries, nations and borders do matter my young lefty and your naive to think the hearts of men are all honest and true. We have security at every level of our lives for a reason, because we need it. While I cheer your optimism I jeer at your conceit and ignorance. While proposing to be inclusive and fair only to be a hypocrite and say remainers are backwards to your forwards. The future this speaker talks of with the EU is not my future and it doesn't have to be yours. One cannot rule with heart alone and don't mistake my belief for fear, it would just highlight more ignorance.
rrbone (1 day ago)
The UK is leaving the EU, deal with it.
Vexx (2 days ago)
Average iq of uk is not higher than 40 !
Geoff Harrop (3 days ago)
German self-interest has caused 3 conflicts in the last 150 years. In the last two [1914 and 1939] it was German aggression attempting to dominate Europe which created dreadful suffering for millions. The power Germany failed to get in wars it now protects since a gradual creeping of influence after the Common Market was created has put Germany in a position of dominance and impoverished others eg. Greece and Italy. With our history it comes as no surprise that some in this country might think that being subservient to a group of self-appointed foreigners in Brussels is something to avoid.
Angela Kadeer (3 days ago)
By globalisation, does he mean the NWO where the knobs will rule the plebs, or does he mean trading globally. Well , we Brexiteers are all for trade across the world, an open Britain for trade, not a closed eu trade. We also are patriotic,and do not want to be ruled by unelected bureaucrats with no money and no country, only what they syphon from other countries. Wonder what Greece thinks of your talk, or Hungary, or Italy. Why not help the countries like Africa build themselves up , teach them, show them trades, let them be proud of their own country, instead of encouraging them to move. He sounds like he has been on a 'common purpose course' the reason our country is not working as it should.
Neologian (3 days ago)
Fairly amusing to see someone who fancies themselves as so self aware and "woke" not only miss the mood of his own countrymen initially, but then to hear him wonder how it was that he missed the mood, and arrive at set of conclusion that are just as myopic and distorted by his own world view as the initial miss. One is tempted to suggest you cannot acquire a new perspective without first setting aside the lens through which you are interpreting the relevant facts....the very lens which led to the initial error in the first place. "Only a bigot who doesn't understand what's in their own best interest would want to leave the EU" - false conclusion #1 "How did I miss there were so many bigots who don't know what's in their own best interest here in the UK?" - false conclusion #2 One is tempted to suggest the speaker learned nothing at all despite all the hand wringing and self congratulatory noodling....
Andrew McClure (6 hours ago)
Well said
Charlie Keiner (3 days ago)
Romainers are traitors
duosayso (4 days ago)
'The regions that are most tolerant of immigrants have the highest level of immigrants.' - Well, it has to be so in these regions, doesn't it? One doesn't have a great say in the matter.
Sigfrid /SWE (4 days ago)
Your narretiv is not mine and I have 3 degrees from university. You haven't done any thinking at all and you are ideologicly possessed and your view of people that aren't "liberal" are one of the most Prejudicial and ignorant I've heard. You just come across as arrogant!
Theo James (4 days ago)
Kalon J. Robson (4 days ago)
Ted talks standards have significantly dropped
Emma Armitage (4 days ago)
Brexit isn't about globalisation, my goodness. You are quick to say that perhaps leavers aren't educated or travelled and are scared. This is an incredibly narrow minded Ted talk and I feel disappointed in it, actually. I'm neither pro-leave nor pro-remain, it's clear to me that you are pro-remain and educated, therefore are pitying those with opposing views to yourself? Thinking yourself 'liberal' because you're willing to educate the poor uneducated leavers is laughable. If you sincerely care, collect some qualitative data, speak to people, get out there and reconsider your stance on this.
Etherglide (5 days ago)
I have to say, with all sincerity, that he’s talking absolute bollocks. He continuously talks about “globalisation”. That isn’t why 17.4 million Britons voted to leave the European Union. They voted to leave because of rampant and unrestricted immigration. They voted to leave because of unelectibilty of a Central European government. They wanted to leave because they,”as voters”, wanted a say in their future. A centralised European government didn’t do that. Indeed, the European Union leaders actively sniggered and sneered at the average voter in Britain. They are not sneering now. The speaker talks about being tolerant. He’s not.
Mikolaj Staszek (2 days ago)
there is no European Government you moron...
Angela Kadeer (3 days ago)
Look up 'common purpose' this seems to come directly from this leftie freemason club.
Robin Bailey (3 days ago)
Etherglide - you make the most valid comments on this matter I’ve read for some time. I completely agree!
David Boyd (5 days ago)
Politics has no place in a ted talk.....
Kamal ThataTurk (5 days ago)
I'm a remainer but this guy does not come across well. He more of an asset for Brexit than against it.
The Red Naxela (4 days ago)
It's called being unbiased
Paul D (6 days ago)
New PM in the making
Timmy Corbitt (6 days ago)
Snowflake or primrose
dean chetty (6 days ago)
Brexit is for the strong minded people with a fighting spirit. No one fears globalisation but they do fear dictators and the greedy selfish people who created the opportunity for brexit and thought they could never fail due to us being so miseducated and dumb. We are the source of the education that is packaged and resold to the fearfull.
Darren Owen (6 days ago)
Dreadful, pure propaganda. Aren't TED Talks supposed to be purely educational? If you didn't know the UK, and judged it by what this speaker is saying, you would get a very dark version of us, and a very inaccurate one too!
Scott Sinclair (6 days ago)
I've traveled. I'm educated. I'm liberally minded. My grandfather was German, I have family in Europe. I voted to leave because I didn't want to be part of a political union. I wanted more opportunity economically – globally (read and researched before I voted) – didn't listen to politicians or the media. I wanted freedom from European bureaucracy. We talk about nationalism, Europe is Insular... fact. No different from that of the US or any other major country. When will people / humans stop polarising debate? This topic isn't black and white. I break... along with many others the 'media' 'academic' algorithm. Agh the media rhetoric replayed in parrot-fashion. Most remainers are completely wrong in their assumptions and views about leave voters because they all validate their opinion in their biased 'academic' echo chambers and blurt it out and hector everyone in a riotous left-wing justified manner. The solution. Simple. Reform the media, politics and practice responsible capitalism.
cathrine james (5 days ago)
Scott Sinclair absolutely brilliantly stated. This man should not be giving his biased opinions as facts
maasl38 (6 days ago)
Today it is all about good and bad, but these aren't political categories. And he calls himself tolerant, but has his mind full of prejudices and stereotypes. There is nothing wrong about thinking that a country should decide which people it want to welcome and which it doesn't. And it isn't right to blame the West for everything.
manic4u2 (6 days ago)
Pat Condell would expose this man's naivety in half a dozen sentences.
harpersneil (7 days ago)
I wonder if this blokes wife was being pounded by her boyfriend when he asked her if he could do a talk at TED.
André C (7 days ago)
Nationalism became a sort of racism: my country isn't as good as it was and now I am here to blame emigrants. British people didn't complain much when globalisation was in their favor like in the colonial era.
carl fxi (7 days ago)
Liberal elites at it again.
domhanda (7 days ago)
Incredible to hear that this speaker admit that he has spent no more than 4 days of his whole life in the areas of Britain that voted to leave the EU. These are vast areas of Britain, it just goes to show that this speaker and people of his ilk live in a bubble, totally removed from the rest of the country. And we're supposed to trust his political judgement and views ?.
domhanda (7 days ago)
7:35 "....for all of us who care about open liberal tolerant societies we urgently need a new vision....". Yes you said it . How about not letting in people that do not care about a liberal tolerant open society. There is a particular section of immigrants who were let in under your liberal tolerant and open vision up and down the country that do not believe in your vision of a liberal, tolerant open society, yet your liberal tolerant and open policies are letting in these very same people in vast numbers. you liberals are sabotaging your own vision and you refuse to see it. the irony is , is that leavers want a more liberal tolerant and open society as much as remainers, but they have the intellect to realise that it must be done controllably and reasonably, not the flood of uncontrolled immigration that the EU has foisted onto Britain and the rest of Europe.
domhanda (8 days ago)
I wouldn't mind a 1950's theme park floating in the ocean, at least communities were close and trusted each other back then. life was simple but happy times back then and their was pride and security. look at Britain now, it's a multi cultural abyss knife and drug crime arena.
Darren R (8 days ago)
The problem with these types of people is they make assumptions then go on to make statements based on that assumption. He deludes himself into thinking he has undeniable evidence for these assumptions when he reality he only has evidence that suggests public opinion or implies maybe people are thinking XYZ. I have not met a single person (even in 2016) that told me they want the UK to be an anti-global country. I heard the exact opposite. They want the UK to be a global, outward-facing country that trades all overthe world (with the EU too). You are just wrong when you assume this was all about fearing globalisation. when I have spoken to leave voters that say they support globalisation but they dont support the EU. (not once throughout this does he mention EU, instead he avoids it and calls it smoething else to try to negate the reality of what the EU is and what is does). Never forget most of these types of educated people are dependant on the EU. they get funding, access to equipment, free trips etc. they are closely tied so much of these type of educated people have real tangigle (percieved) losses. thats why they are so incapable of being honest and instead hide behind Bullshit. because if they were honest and said "look, the EU has worked greta for me personally.. look at all this cool stuff i got to do becuase of it" he would also have to admit that most of us are not benefiting from the EU in such a direct way. I voted remain but I have enough respect for the refenderum and enough confidence in the courage of my country that I think we should most defiantly leave the EU. I say the same thing on the day of the result and i will say the same thing up until we leave. The ONLY route to staying in the EU is for us to leave the EU and then in the following decades join back in. What we have to do is leave UK-EU relations such that future politicians and elected officials can re-join if they so wish and not make it harder on the next generation to work smoothly together. In other words. Get a deal.
Theo James (4 days ago)
Darren R I agree. “We” tend ...
Darren R (8 days ago)
EU is not synonomous with globalisation. The british colonists probably spoke of their colonies simply having ambivalence towards empire and fearing empire (which suggests they are wrong to fear empire). I'm not offended but this performance by Alexander Betts could be interpreted incredible offensive.
qthangoe (8 days ago)
Asian dude with a red pen at 5:40 cracked me up.
ThumbMaster24 (8 days ago)
Ah yes, another 'Brexit happened due to misinformation and fear tactics' scapegoat. The British people are not idiots who are easily lied to, do not undermine us.
Donald Mackay (9 days ago)
This man is an idealistic, globalist fool. The first mistake he makes is to assume that British people voted for Brexit thinking that it would stop mass immigration. No, we did not! We voted Brexit in order to be able to then tell our political leaders enough is enough! Stop bringing in millions of low skilled, 3rd world Muslims who refuse to integrate, and hate our way of life, or we shall replace you with politicians who will obey the electorate. Secondly, he claims that London and Scotland voted remain because they are more tolerant of immigrants, has he witnessed the marches in London? Scotland is a different case, as, apart from the large cities imigration has not yet had a big impact, although that is now changing rapidly. Thirdly, this mans personal experiences of globalisation will have been nothing but positive, the only immigrants he will come across will be high IQ people with a positive attitude towards the UK, who wish to integrate. Lastly, the very idea that a small island the size of the UK can continue to take people from huge 3rd world countries, simply because they have failed to make a success of their own lands is unsustainable. When do we say "sorry, we are overcrowded"? It is no coincidence that the UK is at the forefront of fighting globalisation, for one simple reason: we are an island, and do not have the space to accommodate unlimited population growth.
CD (22 hours ago)
@da coops research shows that in recent years, Muslim immigration to the UK has slowed down drastically. The majority of Muslim immigrants can to the UK in the seventies and eighties from India, Pakistan and the middle East. They were invited to the UK by the British government not by the EU. Those Muslims then had large quantities of children and those children are now having their own kids. This is how the Muslim population is growing, The EU customs Union is bringing in far more poles and eastern Europeans than any Muslim country by far, which brings me to the question: WHY ARE YOU OPPOSING MUSLIMS BORN IN THE UK AND NOT THE MILLIONS OF POLISH IMMIGRANTS THE EU IS BRING ING
da coops (23 hours ago)
@CD & @ Kamal ThataTurk. what you fail to understand is due to the EU's lack of judgement on controlling its external and internal borders millions of non European immigrants have gained entry to our continent, some of them made a beeline straight for the northern French coast in hopes they can illegally enter the UK, and many have managed to do this through lax customs checks on lorries due to the customs union. The remainder have been granted asylum by German or French politicians which in turn grants them EU passports rendering them eligible to enter the UK under free movement rules to which the UK has NO control. In short the decisions of 1, the EU in not dealing with external and internal borders and 2, other European countries making decisions to grant asylum, which effect other European nations, have in turn potentially and factually increased non European immigration to the UK. So in reply to your short sighted comments, yes the EU DOES contribute to bringing in Muslim immigrants and leaving the EU WILL prevent many of the coming here through abolition of free movement rules. The UK tried to tighten rules on non EU immigration but was roundly chastised by liberal idiots like this TED speaker as a xenophobic policy which has had a detrimental effect on implementation.
Kamal ThataTurk (5 days ago)
You think that leaving the EU will prevent immigration from former colonial assets?? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Give up! The UK has full control over non-EU immigration but does nothing to control it or tighten restrictions. The UK home office is complete joke and the source of most of this Brexit nonsense. Who was head of the home office?? THERESA MAY! Who cut police numbers, public services, dragged us into Libya, tried to drag us into Syria? The Conservatives. Yet we continue to believe in the trickle down economic nonsense they spout and continue to vote them into power yet cannot understand why the country is falling apart.
CD (7 days ago)
The EU does not bring Muslim immigrants,it brings in Poles and eastern Europeans.Get your facts right, you thick Idiot.
smithysmithy1 (9 days ago)
In 50 years the UK will be Ethiopia.....
manic4u2 (6 days ago)
Ethiopia's a very beautiful country. I've been there.
soul conjecture (9 days ago)
I'd like to add a comment - that no one will ever read - to the already 9,500 comments.... Thank you.
MushyBosh (10 days ago)
You're still in your bubble dude.
Jon Hubbard (10 days ago)
Globalization is driven by profit,nothing more. There is no moralistic pilot in this "plan" just corporate greed. This guy cares but is gargling the Coolade , cultural diversity starts with the embracing of your own culture then appreciating others. Dig the sentiment though.
Horsejunkie bdo (1 day ago)
I basically said the same thing...I cheer your optimism but he's ignorant as heck
lkreyche (10 days ago)
Liberals are so adorable. They always think that when someone disagrees with them, it's because they didn't understand the question.
Deano M (11 days ago)
You hate your country and want to throw away our history in one fell swoop. We want our boarders and control but you want to extinguish it all. Why do we need to take on your way on life and you don’t want ours. Pompous, silver spoon self righteous fool. We don’t have to accept your way of thinking and we will resist it.
carl fxi (7 days ago)
He forgot to mention international corporations driving down wages and zero hour contracts and the gig economy lack of rights... Amongst many other things
Deano M (11 days ago)
Weak minded, self hating fool #betamale
Raw Prawn (11 days ago)
"embrace globalisation .... fear globalisation". He has flown his flag and credentials. TED is usually better than this. Crap episode.
Jennifer Hersch (11 days ago)
We need global political party that all can join.
Loveguy Mate (11 days ago)
This gentleman should be our polititian. He knows what he talking about and articulates well. Because often our politicians don't even aware of the true fact and mislead general public. So does news media too.
Atta Tahir (11 days ago)
why he woke up from dead zombie
LazyJack2003 (12 days ago)
Regions with low level of immigrants = regions with high intolerance. Same phenomenon in Germany. Just goes to show: ignorance breeds intolerance. That is BREXIT in short.
Darren R (6 days ago)
@LazyJack2003 Really interesting reply. thankyou!
LazyJack2003 (6 days ago)
@Darren: I understand your frustration towards those who claim to know better. However, I believe your reaction to this is sad. The fact that so many people criticize your country in a way that is probably not fair or respectful does not make your initial conclusion wrong. It just shows the ignorance of people. But does it help to damage your country by now supporting BREXIT simply because you feel offended`?? BTW, nobody wants "no borders" in Europe. Another misunderstanding (or wrong claim purposefully misused by for instance BoJo to whip up anti-EU sentiments). Neither the UK nor any other country has lost control over its borders. If need be, any country can start checks again - like eg Austria and Denmark and Sweden do right now. I wish the UK luck - and also hope for a Government in the UK that follows the rules of law.
Darren R (8 days ago)
i use to be a EU supporting person. I believed in no borders throughout europe. I hated the idea of nation state and i hated that nations took us to war etc. I worked for 2 years closely with foreign workers. Many of them from Spain, Germany, Italy and through the EU. I would never of guessed that Foreign people that come here would be so bigoted towards the natives that live here. The amount of comments I got that britian is a racist, immigrant hating country ... i really found offensive. The amount of them that told me brexit was racist and I for supporting the refendum are too smehow suspected (despite my vote to remain). Throughout brexit i have become more intolerant but that is not for foreign people but for those forieners that hold anti-english or anti-british views. I dont care anymore. The same goes for Brits who lack courage to have pride for their own country. Zero allegiance to a nation that many of us depend on and gives us a good life. I will add most foreigners i have met did not hold anti-English or anti-British views. But there are those that do and they are a problem. Why would we want those people here? edit: also the gaul of these people to make Brexit somehow all about them personally. Sorry sweetheart, but everything is not all about you!
LazyJack2003 (12 days ago)
Very good TED ! Thank you.
ilie stefan mihali (12 days ago)
Red colour is back in communism areas
Danken000 (12 days ago)
Ok libtard
HansRegli (13 days ago)
Some statements are just completely wrong in this talk. Just think about every sentence he says a little bit and you will recognize some errors. For example: "Every community profits from immigration". A good way to recognize the error is by increasing the numbers in thought. What whould happen if a country lets 51% muslim immigrants in, or 51% of any other non democratic thinking? The Sharia would be introduced, as for example in Iran. And, what happens to the collective intelligence of a community if you pump in 51% people of very low to zero education? The other half would have to transfer a huge amount of their wealth to the less educated people. Depending on whether the lower educated people would be eager to increase their education or not it would decide whether after decades a normalization to a higher standard would be achieved. It's a fact on this planet that reglious communities tend to supress the education of people, probably because they know that educated people see through the lies. One other question was never asked by the speaker: Why should a community even take in immigrants in huge numbers and threaten their own well being? One answer is: a) because the profit of the industry will grow (selling goods, transportation, social care...), b) because studies showed that immigrants are strongly voting for left and green parties. The speaker is a sociological researcher and thus part of the industry that makes good profit out of immigration. His work will never end as long as there are social problems with immigration. I was not surprised that the whole talk was more of a propaganda than a neutral analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of immigration. You should always keep an eye on whether only one side of the coin is presented or both.
James Fletcher (13 days ago)
Smug people like him in our politics, civil service and media is the reason why Brexit happened. A long overdue peaceful revolution and our weapon of choice is the ballot paper.
Prakash Man Shrestha (14 days ago)
very much thought provoking.
SonofaGib (14 days ago)
Hot takes from this vid: Globalisation = GOOD Independence = FEAR
Vantablack (13 days ago)
Thing is globalisation is pretty neutral tbh. I hate how some people will either make it heavensent or the devil itself But yeah those def are hot takes
Anna Noel-Roduner (14 days ago)
Globalization is something to avoid. It will usher in dictatorship on an unprecedented level. We will be herded all in the same direction, with the same ideology and run by dictators looking after number one first, with very little concern for the hardship of the minions. And hardship we will get. The eutopian idea that everybody will benefit has been proven amply by the communistic dictatorships. It is remarkable that young people do not think about this with any degree of seriousness.
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lb 75 (14 days ago)
I'm against Brexit but this is cloud-cuckoo-land romantic crap.
place pages (14 days ago)
If you're reading this in 2021 To answer your questions . 1. Yes Boris Johnson really was prime Minister. 2. No he was never convicted. 3 No, David Cameron was never seen again. No, Brexit never happened. Yes Scotland eventually got independence and yes a United Ireland is still a possibility. The brexiteers where run out of office
Gottrek K (15 days ago)
Democratic referendum is not perfect but it's the highest political achievement in the known human history. It should be respected.
Phil Norris (15 days ago)
As an ex pat I think UK made a big mistake. Without the EU, the UK will dissolve into a remote US state. Look for the 1% - and a middle class lead into slavery.
DJEM (8 days ago)
@Phil Norris Thank you for your comprehensive reply, much appreciated. I am not in favour of the E. U for reasons I can see with my own eyes, as I have lived and worked in quite a few countries in the EU. For many years. I feel I have a good idea of the grievances and concerns of the ordinary people that I have had the good fortune of working and spending time with, on my travels. The EU is a totalitarian institution that had badly damaged southern Europe, and tales of 'lazy dagos' and corrupt dysfunctional Southern European economics, the lazy Brits who just don't want to get their hands dirty etc and the noble and hard working Northern Europeans ( Germany, Netherlands etc) does not cut any mustard with me, because I have actually lived and worked in these countries. In my own country, England, has been flooded with economic migrants, living 7 to a room on minimum wage, depressed, drinking and urinating on street corners because they have nowhere to go. I have worked shoulder to shoulder with these people. They end up, after a few years in the UK, losing everything because they end up having nothing to go back to. Very few can afford to go to a public house, or anywhere else and frankly, they are being taken advantage of. But the media will have none of it because they want cheap labour and a good profit margin on their property portfolio. And so as a result of this, the native workers too are adversely affected. There is no solidarity in the UK. Nothing to do with spin, or propaganda, this is real and I have seen it. Trumpism is a reaction to the lying, corrupt and nauseating war mongering, mass murdering psychopathic hypocrisy of the previous deep state controlled puppets. People want change, and it may well happen. People are fed up with lying, virtue signalling politicians - Things are just getting worse and by the time the pampered and nieve middle class realise the real truth of the situation, when they actually have to deal with the same reality the rest of us have to deal with, , it will be far too late. And they will be the least equipped to deal with the consequences. But saying that, I appreciate your perspective and realise the bigger picture. But remember, the propaganda has been on the side, mostly, of the government, the biased pro EU media, and thier paymasters. It has been mostly one sided, and that why Independently minded people generally steer clear of it.
Phil Norris (9 days ago)
@DJEM Sure - I know there are problems with immigration and I agree it is madness how Britain has done nothing about it. As for the decline in the standard of living, look into the devaluation of the dollar and why it's happening. There is an agenda that has also been underway for many years, the living standard and immigrants provide a convienient cover for it's implementation. It's hard to deny that the spin doctors have very succesfully managed to target people in a very sophisticated manner thru social media, and thru the traditional media to give us Brexit. The same people who gave you Trump, also gave you Brexit. Is it a co-incidence that the two almost look the same, and are sold in the same way, often pictured pointing at you with red white and blue flags behind them? Ultimately they are pushing for the same goal. The UK as a part of the EU had less control to push the kinds of legislation thru that slowly will change the society into a polarized clone of the US, where a small percentage of the ultra rich control what goes on. It's not a conspiracy, it's just the plain truth that powerful corporations have owned politics for many years, and there is almost no such thing as soverign democracy any more under globalized control thru economics. Sure the EU has lobbyists too, but the conditions are not at all the same, and European politics is much more nuanced and less polarized than the US model you are being sold. Disregarding the billions of pounds that Brexit will cost Britain in various ways, not to mention the disadvantages in trade, jobs, investment etc. if you look at the EU compared to the US what do you see? I only see the rise of the right in the US. Do you see the US extending a hand to 'help' the UK with free trade agreements? What laws will be implemented to allow corporations into the UK and under what kind of controls? Will it be easy to sell it to the citizens of the UK now since they can easily demonize the EU because they have no other choices? It's all very sad.
DJEM (14 days ago)
Are you aware how much the standard of living, in the UK has plummeted in the last 40 years? Ordinary working people cannot afford a house, rent and in some cases food? Have you heard of food banks? That immigrant gangs have turned parts of London into the murder capital of Europe? That once skilled and respected jobs are now minimum wage due to mass economic migration ? Our NHS, social housing and social security are on the point of collapse? Are you aware of these things?
Terry Beal 2 (15 days ago)
Two reasons for Brexit 1. Muslim Immigrants gang raping young British girls 2. A bloated global bureaucracy telling British people how to run THEIR country and this guy's response is you're just racist and/or ignorant if you support Brexit. 😒
Terry Beal 2 (15 days ago)
This guy is trying to persuade free people to embrace Big Brother. No thanks mate. 😂😂
W W (15 days ago)
How American Right-Wingers Are Driving Britain Toward a Hard Brexit https://newrepublic.com/article/152728/american-right-wingers-driving-britain-toward-hard-brexit Britain’s most ardent Brexiteers know exactly what they want, even if political constraints make it hard to achieve. Their aims are well-defined and, for all Brexit’s parochial connotations, their ambition is global. Funding networks linking libertarian think tanks in America—such as those funded by the Mercer family and the Koch brothers—to Brexit have been exposed over recent months, and the interest of President Donald Trump and his ex-strategist Steve Bannon, along with the upper echelons of Europe’s far-right, is plain to see.
683dxwww (15 days ago)
Yes and your the one lying .
Jon Bell (15 days ago)
I have been to university (twice, as I have a postgraduate qualification). I use the internet, though I didn't "grow up" with it when I was a child. I have travelled, very widely. I also speak four other languages. I am tolerant, I am inclusive and I am open-minded. I have lived and worked in both "blue" and "red" areas, as well as in the EU. I also want to leave the EU. This is not only because I believe in respecting the results of a democratic referendum, but also because I see the future of the UK, and of my children and of all future generations of British people, as far better, with far greater opportunities, if it lies outside the control of a corrupt, dysfunctional and profoundly undemocratic European Union. It's as straightforward as that. But this virtue-signalling liberal is, unfortunately, too naive too see that. How offensive it is, of him and his kind, to be so patronising as to think he can change the minds of people, like or unlike me, who want to live in an independent nation.
Donald Mackay (9 days ago)
Excellent comment, I would like to add that it is utter folly to simply say that the 3rd world has failed, it is the fault of the west and we can accommodate limitless numbers of these people to come here for a better life. How over simplistic is that? These people are bringing their problems with them, and (especially the Muslims, are refusing to integrate) and when their numbers are large enough, the balance will tip and instead imigrants adopting our ways, it will be the other way around. It is not a coincidence that the UK is in turmoil more than any of the other western countries, we are a small island and can sustain only a certain number of people. Our infrastructure and services are beginning to buckle under the pressure. This man makes no mention of these practicalities.
Randy Knight (16 days ago)
Globalization,he means new world order
Peter Mitchell (16 days ago)
No country on the planet has 'open borders' and it is in the interests of security and economic planning that this is so. Alexander Betts is wrong when he describes Brexiteers as racists. They are not racist, they just have a great desire to maintain their democratic rights to self determination. Every 10 years we have a census in this country. We have it because it allows our Government to to make economic projections for the years ahead, such as housing, social care etc. Open borders makes this almost impossible to keep a tariff on who is here and who has left. Open borders also causes problems with employment and housing as demand will see many of the indigenous population loosing out. Mr Betts, would you be happy to have strangers into your home to help themselves to the content of your fridge, to kick your children out of their beds so's that they, themselves can have them and, further more, would you be happy for these strangers to have the right to decide how your household is ran?
Amanda James (17 days ago)
WE need to take THEM with US. There will never not be an us and them with remainers when it comes to leavers. This guy is basically saying the areas which he percieves to be rundown northern shitholes are to blame for brexit because theyve been 'left behind'. They then voted for change in a situation that they didnt understand because anything would be better than the way it is now. Well as a resident of one of those 'northern shitholes' (yes, I have internet) you couldnt be further from reality. Most remainers when asked, post referendum, couldnt name a single MEP when asked about the EU. You talk about democracy - which is not practiced within the european parliament, you talk about inclusivity - which is not practiced within the European parliament and you talk about globalisation yet fail to make the correlation between globalsation and elitist control. Leavers are rejecting elitism. Leavers are rejecting undemocratic parliamentry control and leavers are rejecting the european parliaments idea of what constitutes a 'shithole' in Europe. ( FYI - A shithole according to the EP is an area which they can freely overpopulate with any number of people from within the EU and international refugees. It's an area which they can butcher the heritage of in order to turn what was once considered beautiful architecture into overcrowded, rundown buildings, consequently drowning the surrounding streets in commercial trash and violent crime with very little additional contribution to the councils fund made by the additional population, leaving council tax increases for existing residents. The rise in population and crime increases insurance premiums and decreases further investment into the area. Leavers are further rejecting the outsourcing of employees when so many people are left looking for work in areas which no longer appeal to new and existing businesses, so retail property is quickly reduced in price and promptly taken over by fast food take aways and tat shops of which unfortunate, tacky shop front signage is signed off by planning officers without question - because they now "welcome new business to the area"). This comment could go on an on.. but i'll stop and make my point. You're right, I never went to uni, I went to work, so please excuse my lack of indoctrination into your religion of "global control = fun happy lives for all". We are not left behind and are tired of being percieved as 'left behind' - especially by our "lack of education and internet". Towns who voted leave have been ABUSED, not left behind - for many, many years. There is a big difference between your perception and our reality but you're right about one thing you touched upon briefly - you are unbelievably patronising and blind beyond your liberal uni bubble.
James McD (1 day ago)
Well said Amanda... the remoaners have no clue how or why LEAVE won - this naïve self proclaimed ‘liberal internationalist’ is totally out of touch with the reality of life outside the M25.
Angela Kadeer (3 days ago)
The remainers have been brainwashed, they have no clue about what the eu is really up to. They will get a shock when they find out, hopefully we will be out before this house of cards topples, and it will, their greed will see to that.
MushyBosh (10 days ago)
Brilliantly put.
Phillip Duran (13 days ago)
There is nothing wrong with wanting your sovereignty and your beloved country back. I know the United Kingdom will triumphantly prevail again .
Victory Morningstar (17 days ago)
This guy? Seriously? What authority does he have.. Shave your back hair or wear a collared shirt before preaching about Brexit.
Texownian (17 days ago)
Brexit, how to erase a country's sovereignty.
IL MOSTRO (17 days ago)
What needs to be clearly measured and explained and convincing is when they say Globalization “benefits all”, they have to define how that works. Does it “benefit all” by raising everyone’s current quality of life, or by leveling everyone to the same level (lowering some and raising other)? That’s an important difference if you want to understand why people vote the way they do.
ozzy 212 (17 days ago)
I am a well travelled young professional with a degree AND voted for Brexit. Let's not put people into categories
Sam W (18 days ago)
Odd how there are Oxford Professors and Nobel Prize winning economists that totally disagree with TED's Doctor Soy here. Terribly simplified and condescending perspective. You do not need to loose self determination and sovereignty to still embrace international trade and the globe. Indeed self determination allows you to approsch the globe the way you wish and not have it forced and frustrated by another i.e Brussels. Who are you to say we will not have free trade with African countries post Brexit whilst the EU keeps them down trodden by susidizing its own farmers (40% of EU budget) to make them competitive, and more and more.
Sniegel (18 days ago)
This guy has a severe case of Dunning Kruger. They really found the ignorant liberal stereotype didn't they? "Education" really is starting to sound like brainwash. I remember my 6 years in academia. Lot of people there have no clue about the world.
josh214haigh (18 days ago)
Wow. I'm in favour of open borders, I don't see why we need passports. I'm constantly interacting with immigrants, or first generation descendants. I am in favour of the four freedoms of movement, those of labor, capital, goods and services. This is what the European Union was created to support? I have a mathematical degree, clear thinking essential. I've traveled quite widely, but not as far as some. I have enjoyed my time abroad, and learning about alternative cultures from those I interact with daily. The best thing I learned was that there are three signs God is happy with you; when he gives you daughters, visitors or rain! We are truly blessed in this country! I voted for Brexit. I'm not in fear of globalisation, I support it. I'm not in fear of immigration, I support it. I don't recognise myself in any of the caricatures I read about describing those who voted to leave. We have enough corruption in our own country's politicians without supporting another layer of corruption in Europe. All we need to do is unilaterally declare free trade with all nations, and invite them to reciprocate. The EU wanted our money or goods in the past, why is this changing? I genuinely don't understand. Is it because the politicians declared that free trade can only exist within the EU and not with those outside? If they wish to erect a barrier border across Ireland, let them. A true bastion of free trade? I think not.
Punch Aim (18 days ago)
I thought british people would be happy about leaving the EU more money since they get to save some from eu tax and rules they enlist on a indvidual country
Richard Jahn (18 days ago)
Migrants = death of Great Britain!
Richard Jahn (18 days ago)
He's a schill for ADOLF MERKEL!!!
Richard Jahn (18 days ago)
He's a libtard! Move to GERMANY you wanker!
Wojciech Mardula (18 days ago)
Took this guy 15 minutes to say "We need to double down on agit-prop, comrades, and throw the opposition in the forced reeducation camps if necessary. Democracy will only be allowed if the vote goes our way. " Pathetic. I thought TED talks had higher standards than that...
P T (19 days ago)
The people who didnt get to University, dont know the internet, so never got to travel. What a way to call a majority of the country whether leavers or remainers a bunch of morons. Alexander take the time to spend 40 years in the districts you spent 4 days in, speak to Farmers, Speak to Fishermen and also ex Fishermen. Speak to people who have worked checkouts for 30 years and have the same people coming through their tills who after this length of time cant even be bothered to learn English. Speak to people stuck on minimum wage who cant afford to live decently because workers from other countries live 8 to a house and will work for nothing. You are not British you were merely born British please leave the country your embarrassing.
Sher Nabi (19 days ago)
i think there is big difference between globalization and europeanization. i must say these union are another type of nationalism simply i would call them unionism of specific culture, area and religion. if we want globalization we must prevent these divisions.
MartianInDisguise (19 days ago)
Can someone please explain why, during Britain's time in the EU, it was allowed to keep the pound and didn't have to switch to the euro? That is something I never quite understood.
Linda Kaye (19 days ago)
The big picture? : population with populations everywhere growing exponentially there must be acceptance of global melting pot....
Jeff Raia (19 days ago)
globalism and liberalism are evil and need to be wiped out...
Quag Mire (19 days ago)
The leave vote swung on 1%. It was a lack of belief in our polititions. Most of the vote would not change on a second ballot other than more sveptism on our polititions ineffectiveness in europe.
Dastardly Nixon (19 days ago)
this guy is fucking ugly that's it
Benoit Avril (20 days ago)
Brexit happened cause the european union is not democratic at all, stop calling brexiters racists.
Daniel Smith (20 days ago)
A remainers reterect
Andy Haime (20 days ago)
Leavers are red, of course 🙄 Globalisation is doing soo much good out there isn’t it? Thanks for a patronising lecture that covered nothing new 👍
Chuck Rannacher (20 days ago)
This guy is FOS !!!! Self rule is what separated The United States from England. Brexit will give Britain back it's self rule from the EU ! Globalism is BS ! One size does not fit all !!!!!
MauriatOttolink (20 days ago)
"A retreat back towards Nationalism...." 4:25 I never saw a retreat forward.. some bloody academic. Giving lectures before he's passed his GCSE in English lan guage