So, in recent days, you may have noticed a shitstorm going down this year, of various things happening causing huge political affect. I'm here to just explain what this might mean from a political and societal standpoint.
The important thing to remember is the two main countries this has happened in; one is the US:
And the UK:
This is important because the two share a common heritage, and that's important because it's ingrained in the people's attitudes; the conservative nature, the desire for individualism and the roots of capitalism and ideology. All of these are shared in both countries because many Americans stem from British roots, and the general British conservatism has stayed with the US. Granted, a few things have been added and some have been taken away, but generally, it's a similar culture, and this explains Isolationism starting in these two countries.
Well, the drive for independence and sovereignty, and self-governance and arrogance; not wanting to help other people you barely know when you can help yourself. I.e., pragmatism. You may or may not agree with this, but I've found this to be a common reason as to why these two countries have latched onto these two earth-changing decisions. Now, other countries can and have done these things before, but these two are so mind-boggling because they've happened in what was considered previously tolerant, accepting, content societies.
There are other reasons too; ear is a huge factor, for instance, which is why a lot of people fear a Trump presidency But in the UK, people don't tend to buy into things as easily, which is why Brexit is actually a bit more complex, because politicians have had to ground themselves as solid candidates, and then start pushing towards their agenda. Throw in some lies and you have a result you want. In the US, Trump's presidency is so shocking, because of how loud he's been, so vocal, so hateful, and yet he's still be president, and no one knows where he's going with anything he says. He's unpredictable.
Whatever you think, it's safe to say the first few years of these two things are going to be tough. With money values falling, it will be hard, but don't lose hope, wherever you are, even if you're not into all this isolationism, like me. There will be a chance to try with freedom and liberalism again, because that's what politics does: one movement starts, then a reactionary forms, sometimes the reactionaries are successful (Brexit, Trump and Putin) or sometimes they fail, but politics bounces back regardless, and new movements form to push back to the way things were.
Good luck to everyone.