Has it occurred to you that Brexit is not a backwards revolution? I grew up in Britain, and while I’m not particularly a pro- or anti-Brexit person, I do see the strengths in a post-EU Britain. Just beacuse the American media has done a poor job reporting on events outside its borders and the EU is insistent that its flawed experiment is flawless, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the country that moves away from the big, complicated mess that is the EU is moving backwards. Simply, in a different direction.
Westerners all too often think in this linear fashion. “We can only move forwards or backwards!” you say. But what if there are other directions, also? No better, no worse, just different. And indeed, if they are better or worse, how are we to know until after the fact? Perhaps your careful look should be a little more careful, and if you’re going to cite global events, an even more careful look at those events.