The root cause is the breakdown of the beige dictatorship at a point where wholly new and frightening tools of propaganda have become available and the social media many people trust are themselves in thrall to toxic agendas.
The progressive opposition is chaotic and scattered and racist rabble-rousers have pulled their jack boots on and gotten marching, and they seem to have a first-mover advantage (if only because most of our mass media is owned by chancreous cockstains like Rupert Murdoch).
Imagine the Brexit referendum and the US Presidential election results were flipped: where would we be now? David Cameron would still in all probability be Prime Minister, Theresa May would still be Home Secretary, and Boris Johnson would still be a joke.
I see no way the UK wouldn't have been hit by several terrorist attacks—Manchester, London Bridge, the same sorry litany—so the likely political response from Dave and Theresa would be the same (kiss your civil rights goodybye, oh, and we're going to censor the internet while we're about it).
Meanwhile the poor cuckolded beta is stuck having his genetic line cut off while expending resources raising another man’s child.
Tentative diagnosis: we're in a deviant time-line, careering towards a catastrophe.
But the time-line we branched off between last June and November held all the seeds of our current doom and we'd have ended up here sooner or later.
Against such news headlines I don't much feel like prognosticating about the near future right now.
I'd like to be able to take comfort by speculating about how things might have turned out differently in another time-line, but that's not so good either.
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(I grew up attending a synagogue with older members who had numbers tattooed on their arms; I'm pretty sure that if I lived in the US right now then I'd be a gun owner by now, and stockpiling ammunition and escape plans.) These are dangerous times in the anglophone lands, and worse is coming; the UK seems to be rushing headlong towards a private debt crisis (largely due to nearly a decade of misguided austerity policies, but with insane ramping of student loan debt on top) and the economic uncertainty induced by the Brexit-triggered recession we're entering isn't helping ...