UK voters decided to leave the European Union yesterday. From this side of the pond, things don’t look good. The right wing drove what turned into a very ugly process and initiative is in its hands in the vote’s wake.

And we know from our own experience that initiative counts for a lot. Reagan grabbed it upon his election in 1980 and George W., notwithstanding quite substantial protests actions, did the same in the wake of 9/11. And I don’t have to remind you what followed from that.

If I lived in the UK, my watchword would be “watch out.” Especially if you are an immigrant or person of color. Too often people on the left discuss political events without taking a close look at the actual balance of class and social forces.