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The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.
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North and South in a new geopolitical dichotomy

flag-1040565_1280 The Commonwealth of Nations

.What used to be East and West is now the global North and South in a new geopolitical dichotomy. While not strictly ideologically divided, the ascendancy of (southern) BRICS members being largely economic, they and the whole Global South are increasingly defined politically according to their perceived history.

Much is spoken about multipolarity by BRICS members, but the real possibility is it turning into bipolarity and the risk of a new Cold War, South versus north. Also, the South encouraged to think of the North in terms of old scores to be settled and thus divide the world even more.

The old West as the North maintains its position through digital colonialism and by denying its past - ascribing its faults to its dissenters such as Brexit Britain and 'populist' leaders that deviate from the Northern agenda.

The new imperialism has thrown Britain under a bus. Sacrificed to a false morality that pretends equality. The US/EU empire struggles to keep its power through its own moral and cultural bankruptcy. Using remote monitoring and control over the globe. True morality is based on the individual.

The Commonwealth is a truer and more comprehensive model of multipolar union and common purpose, but is criticised as a vestige of empire and is opposed by Global South nations under Chinese, Russian influence and economic power. Britain's place is to stand outside the US/European axis and encourage common purpose multipolarity through the Commonwealth and regain its moral rather than its economic or political authority.

Whereas India claims to be the voice of the Global South, China is using its massive economic and cultural influence to assume that title for itself. Meanwhile, Russia's criticism of the West/North looks like an attempt at influencing MENA nations in its favour.

Several new member states are to be welcomed into the BRICS club in January, joining the heavyweights around the table at the next summit. Unsurprisingly, all of the new members have strong trading links with China and the national interests of the existing members remain competitive.

The West/North has been making plans for the world without proper consultation, promoting its own vision digitally and social/culturally. Much woke-like PR. However, the inequality of pandemic response, supply chains and the Ukraine WAr and its effects on grain and fertiliser supplies have shown the West/North as partisan.

In short, Western libertarians have more in common with the South than North and an alternative vision of a global future found that will put the digital world back into a human context and guarantee individual liberty as well as equity. 

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