There is no denying that the EU suffers from a range of problems, including a democracy deficit. But although many who voted to leave the EU did not do so out of racist or xenophobic reasons, the Brexit campaign in Britain was fought on the grounds of xenophobia and racism and can only exacerbate social fissures around race and nationality.
To reject the imperative of re-localizing our economies requires a great deal of denial and/or hubris, twin cultural delusions that are at the root of our existential predicament. We deny that the global model of endless growth and concentrated wealth is inherently unsustainable. Surviving ecological collapse … isn't there an app for that?
The economic aim of both major US political parties is, in the end, the same: to protect and reinforce the capitalist system. Yet neither party has figured out how to prevent capitalism's business cycles. As the economy continues to decline, the two parties blame their favorite targets: one another.