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So it appears the privatization of France isn’t going quite as smoothly as planned. As I assume you are aware, for over a month now, the gilets jaunes (or “yellow vests”), a multiplicitous, leaderless, extremely pissed off, confederation of working class persons, have been conducting a series of lively protests in cities and towns throughout the country to express their displeasure with Emmanuel Macron and his efforts to transform their society into an American-style neo-feudal dystopia. Highways have been blocked, toll booths commandeered, luxury automobiles set on fire, and shopping on the Champs-Élysées disrupted. What began as a suburban tax revolt has morphed into a bona fide working class uprising.

It took a while for “the Golden Boy of Europe” to fully appreciate what was happening. In the tradition of his predecessor, Louis XVI, Macron initially responded to the gilets jaunes by inviting a delegation of Le Monde reporters to laud his renovation of the Elysée Palace, making the occasional condescending comment, and otherwise completely ignoring them. That was back in late November. Last Saturday, he locked down central Paris, mobilized a literal army of riot cops, “preventatively arrested” hundreds of citizens, including suspected “extremist students,” and sent in the armored military vehicles.

The English-language corporate media, after doing their best not to cover these protests (and, instead, to keep the American and British publics focused on imaginary Russians), have been forced to now begin the delicate process of delegitimizing the gilets jaunes without infuriating the the entire population of France and inciting the British and American proletariats to go out and start setting cars on fire. They got off to a bit of an awkward start.

For example, this piece by Angelique Chrisafis, The Guardian‘s Paris Bureau Chief, and her Twitter feed from the protests last Saturday. Somehow (probably a cock-up at headquarters), The Guardian honchos allowed Chrisafis to do some actual propaganda-free reporting (and some interviews with actual protesters) before they caught themselves and replaced her with Kim Willsher, who resumed The Guardian‘s usual neoliberal establishment-friendly narrative, which, in this case, entailed dividing the protesters into “real” gilets jaunes and “fake” gilet jaunes, and referring to the latter fictional group as “thuggish, extremist political agitators.”

By Sunday, the corporate media were insinuating that diabolical Russian Facebook bots had brainwashed the French into running amok, because who else could possibly be responsible? Certainly not the French people themselves! The French, as every American knows, are by nature a cowardly, cheese-eating people, who have never overthrown their rightful rulers, or publicly beheaded the aristocracy. No, the French were just sitting there, smoking like chimneys, and otherwise enjoying their debt-enslavement and the privatization of their social democracy, until they unsuspectingly logged onto Facebook and … BLAMMO, the Russian hackers got them!

Bloomberg is reporting that French authorities have opened a probe into Russian interference (in the middle of which report, for no apparent reason, a gigantic photo of Le Pen is featured, presumably just to give it that “Nazi” flavor). According to “analysis seen by The Times,” Russia-linked social media accounts have been “amplifying” the “chaos” and “violence” by tweeting photos of gilets jaunes who the French police have savagely beaten or gratuitiously shot with “less-than-lethal projectiles.”Are nationalists infiltrating the yellow vests?” the BBC Newsnight producers are wondering. According to Buzzfeed’s Ryan Broderick, “a beast born almost entirely from Facebook” is slouching toward … well, I’m not quite sure, the UK or even, God help us, America! And then there’s Max Boot, who is convinced he is being personally persecuted by Russian agents like Katie Hopkins, James Woods, Glenn Greenwald, and other high-ranking members of a worldwide conspiracy Boot refers to as the “Illiberal International” (but which regular readers of my column will recognize as the “Putin-Nazis“).

And, see, this is the problem the corporate media (and other staunch defenders of global neoliberalism) are facing with these gilets jaunes protests. They can’t get away with simply claiming that what is happening is not a working class uprising, so they have been forced to resort to these blatant absurdities. They know they need to delegitimize the gilets jaunes as soon as possible — the movement is already starting to spread — but the “Putin-Nazi” narrative they’ve been using on Trump, Corbyn, and other “populists” is just not working.

No one believes the Russians are behind this, not even the hacks who are paid to pretend they do. And the “fascism” hysteria is also bombing. Attempts to portray the gilets jaunes as Le Pen-sponsored fascists blew up in their faces. Obviously, the far-Right are part of these protests, as they would be in any broad working class uprising, but there are far too many socialists and anarchists (and just regular pissed-off working class people) involved for the media to paint them all as “Nazis.”

Which is not to say that the corporate media and prominent public intellectuals like Bernard-Henri Lévy will not continue to hammer away at the “fascism” hysteria, and demand that the “good” and “real” gilets jaunes suspend their protests against Macron until they have completely purged their movement of “fascists,” and “extremists,” and other dangerous elements, and have splintered it into a number of smaller, antagonistic ideological factions that can be more easily neutralized by the French authorities … because that’s what establishment intellectuals do.

We can expect to hear this line of reasoning, not just from establishment intellectuals like Lévy, but also from members of the Identity Politics Left, who are determined to prevent the working classes from rising up against global neoliberalism until they have cleansed their ranks of every last vestige of racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, transphobia, and so on. These leftist gatekeepers have been struggling a bit to come up with a response to the gilets jaunes … a response that doesn’t make them sound like hypocrites. See, as leftists, they kind of need to express their support for a bona fide working class uprising. At the same time, they need to delegitimize it, because their primary adversaries are fascism, racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and assorted other isms and phobias, not the neoliberal ruling classes.

Nothing scares the Identity Politics Left quite like an actual working class uprising. Witnessing the furious unwashed masses operating out there on their own, with no decent human restraint whatsoever, Identity Politics Leftists feel a sudden overwhelming urge to analyze, categorize, organize, sanitize, and otherwise correct and control them. They can’t accept the fact that the actual, living, breathing working classes are messy, multiplicitous, inconsistent, and irreducible to any one ideology. Some of them are racists. Some are fascists. Others are communists, socialists, and anarchists. Many have no idea what they are, and don’t particularly care for any of these labels. This is what the actual working classes are … a big, contradictory collection of people who, in spite of all their differences, share one thing in common, that they are being screwed over by the ruling classes. I don’t know about you, but I consider myself one of them.

Where we go from here is anyone’s guess. According to The Guardian, as I am sitting here writing this, the whole of Europe is holding its breath in anticipation of the gilets jaunes’ response to Macron’s most recent attempt to appease them, this time with an extra hundred Euros a month, some minor tax concessions, and a Christmas bonus. Something tells me it’s not going to work, but even if it does, and the gilets jaunes uprising ends, this messy, Western “populist” insurgency against global neoliberalism has clearly entered a new phase. Count on the global capitalist ruling classes to intensify their ongoing War on Dissent and their demonization of anyone opposing them (or contradicting their official narrative) as an “extremist,” a “fascist,” a “Russian agent,” and so on. I’m certainly looking forward to that, personally.

Oh … yeah, and I almost forgot, if you were wondering what you could get me for Christmas, I did some checking, and there appears to be a wide selection of yellow safety vests online for just a couple Euros.

C. J. Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and political satirist based in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) and Broadway Play Publishing (USA). His debut novel, ZONE 23, is published by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant. He can be reached at cjhopkins.com or consentfactory.org.

 
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  1. David says:

    This great video is to the yellow vests as Camp of the Saints is to the third world invasion of France.

    I recommend it.

    • Agree: Kevin O'Keeffe
    • Replies: @Per/Norway
  2. Cyrano says:

    Go France. You ushered the era of unbridled capitalism with the first French Revolution, I guess it’s your job to help us get rid of it with a second French Revolution.

  3. peterAUS says:

    Good article.

    Especially:

    Nothing scares the Identity Politics Left quite like an actual working class uprising. Witnessing the furious unwashed masses operating out there on their own, with no decent human restraint whatsoever, Identity Politics Leftists feel a sudden overwhelming urge to analyze, categorize, organize, sanitize, and otherwise correct and control them. They can’t accept the fact that the actual, living, breathing working classes are messy, multiplicitous, inconsistent, and irreducible to any one ideology.

    a big, contradictory collection of people who, in spite of all their differences, share one thing in common, that they are being screwed over by the ruling classes.

    As for

    Where we go from here is anyone’s guess.

    I think it will get calmed down.

    BUT, it will happen again and again, and not only in France.

    Something like Rome, before Caesar.

    • Replies: @m___
    , @jilles dykstra
    , @Wally
  4. Vive La France!

    I would have thought that the gilet jaune would be just about the most favoured item in every True Deplorable’s wardrobe right now, demanding that Trump honour the promises that he made leading to his election. Ending America’s involvement in senseless and unnecessary foreign wars, bringing home US troops and implementing MAGA policies, but True Deplorables seem to be in very short supply.

    Unfortunately most “deplorables” can’t seem to be bothered and may even think that some things may still be achieved at the ballot box come 2020.

    • Replies: @utu
  5. Anon[271] • Disclaimer says:

    Unfortunately, the billionaires have always won, meaning they will do it again. Also, I have a lot of fun watching the American sheeple feeling more revolutionary when they listen to Alex Jones pushing vitamins, or to Rand Paul pushing his made-up ophthalmology board, compared to today, when they hear it is perfectly possible to revolt in an essentially peaceful and still productive manner. If cognitive dissonance would be audible, its sound in places like LA, NY, and DC would be deafening.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  6. utu says:
    @NoseytheDuke

    I would have thought that the gilet jaune would be just about the most favoured item in every True Deplorable’s wardrobe right now, demanding that Trump honour the promises that he made leading to his election.

    The respect for private property of rich people and the toxin of libertarians incapacitates American right. The only active button they have that can be pushed to make them act is racism.

  7. TG says:

    “Nothing scares the Identity Politics Left quite like an actual working class uprising.” – Hah! Good one! Kudos!

    Indeed, most likely the French elites will find a way to neutralize these protests. They have the levers of power, they have no shame, they have time on their side…

    Of course, the author of this piece is Racist, Fascist, and Literally Hitler. Because really, all decent people are.

    Way back when the hippies used to say ‘never trust anyone over 30.’ A silly statement, but I think it would be less silly to say ‘never trust someone that the New York Times has not slandered as Racist, Fascist and Literally Hitler.’

    I’m thinking of starting the ‘Racist, Fascist, Literally Hitler’ party. Because, like, why not?

  8. It seems to me the US could do with a yellow vest movement of its own. Trump has revved up lower middle class whites with his America First rallies, but there are still millions of working class whites who refuse to vote for either the Democrats or Republicans. Why not get these people out protesting about unskilled immigration, infrastructure decline, the opiod crisis, and other issues affecting provincial working class America (no need to mention race, since any movement focusing on rural/small city Americans will be effectively pro-white)

    Bannon should get himself back from Europe and focus on widening the populist revolt in the US, the Europeans are doing pretty well by themselves.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    , @Herald
    , @peterAUS
  9. Cyrano says:

    Thankfully, for situations like the one unfolding now in France, the US has developed a perfect script to be applied to any democracy in crisis. Whenever the greedy, unsophisticated and less civilized lower classes inhabiting a democracy start to suspect that their government is treating them unfairly and doesn’t love them, the democratic government should respond like this:

    Immediately import few hundred thousand, or even better one million individuals from the 3rd world. This instantaneously establishes the deeply humane character of the democratic government under suspicion of being uncaring.

    If a democratic government can show its love for people that they have no connection to whatsoever, doesn’t that automatically imply that their love for their own people shouldn’t be questioned?

    I would say yes. If they can show empathy for hordes of foreign nationals, it’s clear that they are great humanists and they shouldn’t be blackmailed into improving the standard of living of people that originate from that particular great democracy wherever geographically located it might be.

    In conclusion: The greatest humanists are the multiculturalists, and the low educated, primitive lower classes should never question this. How can they even ask for improved standards of living from their governments – after all that their governments have done for members of the 3rd world?

    I think it’s extremely insensitive and greedy and unnecessarily puts a question mark on the generosity and clearly non-racism of their governments. Shame on you, working class, you have no class at all. You are probably all commies, because only commies had classless society.

  10. Anon[317] • Disclaimer says:

    Maybe it’s time for all of the western world to put on those vests?

  11. Well, well, CJ’s bruised titties are calming down over his having been ‘fired’ from his previous workplace and near lucidity manifests. But the satire is weak… here’s one for inspiration, surely CJ, you’d seen it?

    But CJ misses the real nazis on his doorstep, and the accusations are weak for the fact he doesn’t actually understand at a deep level the affected social/political structures. POPULISM, CJ, wrap your head around it beyond the clinical-academic definition, it’ll broaden your understanding:

    https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2018/12/09/nation-vs-state-midget-macron-mini-merkel/

    ^ Macron is the nazi-necrophiliac the German state is romancing. And how about Brigette Macron as the ‘undead’ Simone de Beauvoir? (American reader warning, requires a social IQ exceeding 100)

  12. The horror of the ruling class in Europe right now is that the Yellow Vest movement has no leaders.
    This ruling class is pro EU, they ignored the 2005 anti EU referenda.
    Since then the neoliberalisation continued: less and less job security, destruction of social security systems, destruction of pension systems.
    Those who work are allowed a reasonably good living standard, in the better paid job, all the others: dangerous ballast, as in the Roman empire the people of Rome were, they were kept quiet by free bread and amusements, christians for the lions, gladiators dying.

    Democracy a farce, in France Macron got by fifteen percent of the possible votes some 375 seats in the 600 seat parliament, in the Netherlands referenda ignored, on Ukraine for example, and now referenda made impossible.
    In Germany demonisation of the nationalist party AfD: neonazis, nationalists, racists.
    EU censorship, in cooperation with Facebook and Google, of internet.
    MSM, just ruling class propaganda.

    And now, without leaders, a popular protest, a levée en masse, as it is called in international law.
    This concept, levée en masse, mass rising, as far as I know has its origin in the 1870 French German war.
    German troops had completely beaten the French army, France’s last emperor, who started the war, in a German luxury prison.
    And yet the French fought on, new armies continued to be created south of the Loire, to the great indignation of the Germans, especially Bismarck; a beaten country should behave like a beaten country.
    Alistair Horne, ‘The fall of Paris, The siege and the Commune 1870 – 71’, 1965, 1981, Harmondsworth, England
    Michael Howard, ‘The Franco-Prussian War, The German Invasion of France, 1870-1871’, 1961, 1981 London

    So, Macron may deny the existence of a French culture, at the same time promising to modernize this not existing culture, yet the Yellow Vest rising is quite real.

    Where this will lead to, I have really no idea, at the moment.
    Cannot remember ever in my now long life to have witnessed so much nonsense, such opposing views, on almost anything: globalisation, nationalism, EU, racism, migration, climate, Islam and Muslims, Putin and Russia, Iran, Israel, euro.

    • Replies: @aleksandar
  13. m___ says:
    @peterAUS

    “Again and again”,

    accellerating oscillator, irregular, territorially diverse, mobile (Occupy Wallstreet was boutique, buy or shop somewhere else) abrupt, messy, inconsistent. What gave them impact is violence (preaching non-disruptive methods (Hedges, Chom-p-sky and their equivalents’ non-violence) denatures the fight, does not put pressure on the elites). Apparently qualities that can be scaled without much organizing, alas the first French Revolution. A living chance of putting pressure globally on our “global for us” elites (the question is what drives the globalism, interests of a small fraction, or interests of the global tar-balled masses of deplorables).

    Still Hopkins does not highlight the violence, disruption factor. Too much of a Chomsky, be it up to him asking the question straightforwardly, does he, or not endorse disruption as method or should societal critique be a salon activity, and manifest streetwalks, promenades for his likes.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  14. @peterAUS

    ” I think it will get calmed down.”
    Few people seem to realise that Macron’s Santa Klaus behavior makes it impossible for France to keep the euro, unless Brussels loosens budget rules.
    But alas economics is a terrible subject, anything has its price.
    If Brussels changes budget rules for France, I do not see how they can be kept for other euro countries, and how one does prevent that these rules go from bad to worse, until any trust in the euro is gone.
    It is technically possible to go back to national currencies without too much upheaval and damage, but of course the Brussels bureaucrats will never organise this, no bureaucracy ever gave away power voluntarily.
    So, as I already saw some comments, Macron’s effort to neoliberalise France overnight might well be the end of neoliberalism.

  15. alexander says:

    “GILETS JAUNES” FOR PRESIDENT !

  16. @unpc downunder

    “Bannon should get himself back from Europe and focus on widening the populist revolt in the US, the Europeans are doing pretty well by themselves.”

    You are obviously a statist troll.

    The movement in France is succeeding because it has no “leader”. No one to discredit and destroy, no one to subvert.

    If a “Leader” emerges, it presages a victory for you statists.

    • Agree: RVBlake
  17. Herald says:
    @unpc downunder

    The minute people like Bannon get involved in a “spontaneous” uprising, it will be doomed to failure.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  18. @jilles dykstra

    If Brussels changes budget rules for France, I do not see how they can be kept for other euro countries, and how one does prevent that these rules go from bad to worse, until any trust in the euro is gone.

    EU gives budget leeway to France ‘because it is France’ – Juncker

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-eu-deficit-france-idUKKCN0YM1N0

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  19. Jake says:

    “Nothing scares the Identity Politics Left quite like an actual working class uprising. ”

    Absolutely true. The Identity Politics Left despises the white working class as much as the WASP Elites and Globalist/Neocon Jews despise the white working class. The Identity Politics Left will choose to be sodomized by the likes of Bill Kristol before so much as allowing that white working class folks may not be super villains living lives of comfort on the backs of the downtrodden black, brown, Moslem, and Jewish angels of mercy and equality.

  20. The French people voted for Macron after the disaster performance of Hollande. They hoped that Macron would be the strong leader at their side. However, as soon as he was voted in office, he sided with the elitist establishment and wanted to reform the French etatist economy by raising the cost of living for those who now are the yellow vests. Macron’s stature as leader has shrunk to his being compared with a laboratory mouse by Matteo Salvini (from Italy). Within this political turmoil there is something at stake to which the political philosopher Carl Schmitt (1888-1985) called attention: sovereignty. A famous quote from Carl Schmitt: “Sovereign is he, who decides on the Ausnahmezustand (the state of exception, state of emergency). The mouse roared when Macron called for the state of emergency in France: all of a sudden he established himself as the sovereign. At present Macron has to cope with a muslim terrorist attack plus the continued protests by the yellow vests. Will he again call for the state of emergency? Will the mouse again inflate himself to being the sovereign? The weak personality of Macron plus his inability to be a leader has brought the fifth French Republic to the brink of collapse.

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  21. @jilles dykstra

    If Brussels changes budget rules for France, I do not see how they can be kept for other euro countries…

    The EU does not operate on logic or fairness, whatever rules there are, can be ignored at anytime by the real power behind the EU which is the German chancellor.

    For example, consider the 2015 refugee crisis: Angela Merkel unilaterally decides to let in 1 million ‘refugees’ and then demands other EU countries take their share of ‘refugees’. When someone figures out that Turkey is allowing the migrant floods into Greece, Angela Merkel directly negotiates with the Turkish President over the heads of the EU functionary whose job it is to do that sort of thing (Donald Tusk) because ultimately the German Chancellor calls the shots and the EU functionaries are just window dressing and something like the migrant crisis is far too important to be left to the fake bureaucrats. Its quite likely that the Turkish president was aware of the actual power brokers and it wasn’t interested in talking to some clerk like Donald Tusk, he wanted to talk to the head honcho.

    For most of its history, the real power behind the EU facade was France and Germany, but Germany is now very much in charge, but France still has some power as No 2 in the EU Empire.

    What is allowed for one EU country may not be allowed for another depending where they are in terms of power. Italy seems to have been getting away with much more than Greece, because Italy has an industrial base and a viable economy outside the EU or Eurozone.

    Thats the way the EU works.

  22. Judeo-Americans are watching it all carefully and will surely draw lessons from the Maricon, er, Macron fiasco how not to surrender to the unwashed usurpers what they have gained from the bamboozled public… nothing less than a civil war redux will dislodge the exploitation!

  23. Stick says:

    Excellent article. I think I’ve found a new favorite with C.J. Hopkins. Well played C.J..

    • Replies: @Kevin O'Keeffe
  24. eah says:

    As some may be aware, a 20 y/o woman (somewhat of a bystander, although she and her companion were there to support the ‘Yellow Vests’) lost an eye during the protests when she was hit be a projectile fired by police — anyone so inclined can help her by donating at this link.

    There is a short video about it on the RT channel — link here.

  25. Stick says:

    The only way to destroy the Neo-feudal globalist is to abandon the Euro. Painful at first but within two years France would be France again. Dittos for Greece, Italy, and Spain.

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  26. Yee says:

    Interesting incident. If Steve Bannon is really behind all this, then he deserves a medal for the service he has done for the US. A dis-integrated, chaotic Europe is good for the US.

    People usually don’t realize that Europe is actually a competitor of the US, and Euro is the true rival currency of US dollar.

    A united Europe, with its own military to protect vital sea routes for transportation, safe supply of raw materials and energy, a financial system free from US control… poses a real threat to the US hegemony.

    An afflux of Arabs eliminates the threat of a united Europe.

    • Replies: @anon
  27. @English Yobbo

    Where I read this I do not remember, but it was ‘politicians hate markets, they cannot control them’.
    The euro is just a currency in the world, the value of the euro is determined in the currency market.
    When Greece was unable to meet her obligations, despite the Treaty of Maastricht banks assumed that the rich euro countries would foot the bill, and they did, with Merkel leading.
    We pay the price through Draghi’s quantitative easing, a great euphemism for creating so much money that inflation in the euro zone went up to nearly 2% per year.

    The object of this inflation is lowering the real value of debts of euro countries, ordinary taxpayers foot the bill because the value of their assets go down.
    I did not follow how the Italian banking crisis affected the value of the euro, or not.

    But if the Macron government can only stay in power by increasing its budget deficit, while it until now never could stay within the three % deficit, of course the value of the euro will go down, regardless of what Juncker, Draghi, Merkel or whoever does.
    At the same time the interest rate for France will go up.

    Macron’s wish for an EU minister for finance now, it seems to me, a complete illusion, thus also the illusion gone that the debts of all euro countries will be pooled, the euro bonds.
    Thus the hope gone, Varoufakis warned that never Germany would give up its financial sovereignty, that other countries are going to pay for French debts and pensions.

    Juncker’s, and Brussels, economic powers are very limited.
    How many in Brussels understand this, very few, I fear.
    Bookbinder Schulz, now eclipsed from politics, bragged all the time about the EU economic power.
    He never understood that there is no such thing.

    • Replies: @English Yobbo
  28. @Stick

    Not nessarily, as also Sarrazin argues.
    If the Treaty of Maastricht had been observed there had been no euro problem, the treaty stipulates that each country with the euro must solve its own financial problems, such as Greece.
    But I admit, as the euro became a political project, adhering to Maastricht politically became imposssible; Merkel, ‘das wäre das Ende der EU’.
    Thus indeed, back to the EEC, the only solution.
    Thilo Sarrazin, ‘Europa braucht den Euro nicht, Wie uns politisches Wunschdenken in die Krise geführt hat’, 2012 München

  29. anon[159] • Disclaimer says:
    @Yee

    An afflux of Arabs eliminates the threat of a united Europe.

    but the American people wouldn’t support this

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  30. @All we like sheep

    ” Will he again call for the state of emergency? ”
    France since more than a year is in a state of emergency, just by declaring martial law normal the state of emergency was formally ended.
    When you see police and military anywhere in the bigger cities with machine pistols you realise the permanent emergency.
    The emergency is such that it is doubted if France can continue to keep so many police etc on the streets continually.
    As could be seen during the Yellow Vest demonstrations, police and vests agree in their anti government views.
    Belgium has a comparable problem, solved for the time being by extending the period of compulsory military service to the limit now allowed by law.
    How long the Belgian population will accept these unpaid police duties, many wonder.

  31. @jilles dykstra

    I’ve just seen this tweet which seems somewhat relevant:

    Alessandra
    ‏ @alessabocchi
    3h3 hours ago

    EU Commissioner Moscovici said France can break the maximum deficit to GDP ratio of 3% proposed by Macron to end the #GiletJaunes protests, while claiming Italy, threatened with sanctions for proposing 2.4%, should not “compare itself to France”. Can the EU become more of a joke?
    29 replies 136 retweets 315 likes

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  32. Durruti says:

    Of Course: The Yellow Vests Have Leaders (Santa Claus is a Fantasy Figure for Children)

    A quickie -by the Numbers.

    1. Committees of Correspondence -America Adams brothers, Jefferson, others
    National Front-Equality and Reconciliation-France, Jean Marie Le Pen, Dieudonné,
    Alain Soral, & when she has a cup of coffee – Marine Le Pen

    2. Recall the ‘Occupy Wall Street also had no leaders – HA!!! Try the Zionist Democrat Gang, -(who reeled them in like hooked fish when they had done their job -to mobilize the base for upcoming elections).

    3. The Paris Commune had leaders.

    4. Casino Trump is one of them (minion of the Rothschild & other imperialist Zionist Oligarchs). By profession, a Money Lender. His Repub & Schumer’s Democ money tables must be overturned.

    5. A vast and effective movement (Yellow Vests, & Sons of Liberty) – with demands (quite clear demands), has leaders.

    What’s The Point?

    In America, it is our responsibility to fashion a Movement to Restore Our Republic (that was assassinated, along with our last Constitutional President, John F, Kennedy), in a hail of bullets, in the Zionist oligarch orchestrated Coup D’état of November 22, 1963.

    Leaders will appear in the course of our struggle to rescue our Country. Some of them might be you.

    Step up to the plate (as we say in Brooklyn).

    The article by Hopkins contained a highly mis-directional analysis of the Struggle in France.

    It did not mention any of the courageous leaders of the French People.

    Alain Soral

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=alain+soral+the+yellow+vests&view=detail&mid=5227657DD8BD8A1370265227657DD8BD8A137026&FORM=VIRE

    Dieudonné

    The Le Pens

    Soral has fashioned the Road to the recovery of French Sovereignty and Honor.

    Both Soral & Dieudonné have been part of the French Yellow Vest Uprising.

    Will we sign our names to the Restoration of Our Republic and all that entails?

    *will enclose at bottom our Flier that we have distributed for a while.

    God Bless All! See You in the Streets!

    Durruti – alias – Peter J. Antonsen

    * For those who have not seen it: Actual flier is Highlighted & better designed.

    [MORE]

    For THE RESTORATION OF THE REPUBLIC

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal… governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles…”

    The above is a portion of the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson.

    We submit the following facts to the citizens of the United States.

    The government of the United States has been a Totalitarian Oligarchy since the military financial aristocracy destroyed our Democratic Republic on November 22, 1963, when they assassinated the last democratically elected president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and overthrew his government, in a classic Coup d‘état. All following governments have been unconstitutional frauds. Attempts by Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King to restore the Republic were interrupted by their murder.

    A subsequent 12 year colonial war against Vietnam, conducted by the murderers of Kennedy, left 2 million dead in a wake of napalm and burning villages.

    In 1965, the U.S. government orchestrated the slaughter of 1 million unarmed Indonesian civilians.

    In the decade that followed the CIA murdered 100,000 Native Americans in Guatemala.

    In the 1970s, the Oligarchy began the destruction and looting of America’s middle class, by encouraging the export of industry and jobs to parts of the world where workers were paid bare subsistence wages. The North American Free Trade Act, NAFTA, supported by both political gangs, pays American corporations to close their production facilities at home, and open them abroad. The 2008, Bailout of the Nation’s Oligarchs cost American taxpayers $13trillion. The long decline of the local economy has led to the political decline of our hard working citizens, as well as the decay of cities, towns, and infrastructure, such as education.

    The impoverishment of America’s middle class has undermined the nation’s financial stability. Without a productive foundation, the government has accumulated a huge debt in excess of $20trillion. This debt will have to be paid, or suffered by future generations. Concurrently, the top 1% of the nation’s population has benefited enormously from the discomfiture of the rest. The interest rate has been reduced to 0, thereby slowly robbing millions of Bank depositors of their savings, as their savings cannot stay even with the inflation rate.

    The government spends the declining national wealth on bloody and never ending military adventures, and is or has recently conducted unconstitutional wars against 9 nations. The Oligarchs maintain 700 military bases in 131 countries; they spend as much on military weapons of terror as the rest of the nations of the world combined. Tellingly, more than half the government budget is spent on the military and 16 associated secret agencies.

    The nightmare of a powerful centralized government crushing the rights of the people, so feared by the Founders of the United States, has become a reality. The government of Trump/Pence, as with previous administrations such as Obama/Biden, Clinton/Gore, or Bush/Cheney, operates a Gulag of dozens of concentration camps, where prisoners are denied trials, and routinely tortured.
    The Patriot Act and The National Defense Authorizations Act, enacted by both Democratic and Republican factions of the oligarchy, serve to establish a legal cover for their terror.

    The nation’s media is controlled, and, with the school systems, serve to brainwash the population; the people are intimidated and treated with contempt.

    The United States is No longer Sovereign

    The United States is no longer a sovereign nation. Its government, The Executive, Congress, and the Judiciary, is bought, utterly owned and controlled by foreign and domestic wealthy Oligarchs, such as the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, and Duponts, to name only a few of the best known.

    The Electoral Circuses will anoint new actors to occupy the same Unconstitutional Government, with its controlling International Oligarchs. Clinton, Obama, Trump, whomever, are willing accomplices for imperialist international murder, and destruction of nations, including ours.

    For Love of Country

    The Restoration of the Republic will be a Revolutionary Act, that will cancel all previous debts owed to that unconstitutional regime and its financial controllers. All debts, including Student Debts, will be canceled. Our citizens will begin, anew, with a clean slate.

    As American Founder, Thomas Jefferson wrote, in a letter to James Madison:

    “I set out on this ground, which I suppose to be self evident, ‘that the earth belongs in usufruct to the living’:”

    “Then I say the earth belongs to each of these generations, during it’s course, fully, and in their own right. The 2d. Generation receives it clear of the debts and incumberances of the 1st. The 3d of the 2d. and so on. For if the 1st. Could charge it with a debt, then the earth would belong to the dead and not the living generation.”

    Our Citizens must restore the political centrality of our constitution, and establish a less powerful government which will ensure President Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms, freedom of speech and expression, freedom to worship God in ones own way, freedom from want “which…means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peace time life for its inhabitants…” and freedom from fear “which…means a world-wide reduction of armaments…”

    Restored: The Constitution will become, once again, the law of the land and of a free people. We will establish a government, hold elections, begin to direct traffic, arrest criminal politicians of the tyrannical oligarchy, and, in short, repair the damage of the previous totalitarian governments.

    For the Democratic Republic!

    Sons and Daughters of Liberty

  33. https://www.bfmtv.com/societe/attentat-de-strasbourg-les-accusations-de-complot-pleuvent-dans-les-groupes-de-gilets-jaunes-1586320.html
    Trust in government in France made clear: the government accused of having caused somehow the Strasbourg murders to divert attention from the Yellow Vest movement.

  34. In the 2017 French presidential election, 92 per cent of Muslims put their best interests first and voted for Macron. Would that the indigenous French had been as clear-headed and voted en bloc for Le Pen.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  35. @English Yobbo

    George Orwell’s Animal Farm: ‘all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others’.
    Brussels idiots now have introduced a rule stating that if a foreigner working in the Netherlands is fired after having worked one day, he or she is entitled to ten months Dutch unemployment pay.
    Some commentators write ‘let them carry on with idiocies like this, the more, the better, the sooner we will follow the British example’.

    • Replies: @Anon
  36. Beckow says:
    @jilles dykstra

    …economics is a terrible subject, anything has its price

    True, but it takes a long time. Euro is staying for now no matter what the numbers are. Euro is actually popular in Europe as a whole. What is more likely is that we get secondary, alternative currencies slowly introduced in different economic areas. We have always had multiple payment systems in the past and they can co-exist (for a while).

    You are right that picking Macro and attempting a late game double-down strategy was a huge mistake on the part of the liberal establishment. They panicked and are really out of touch. Poor Emmanuel’s face is what we used to refer to in school as ‘punch me face’. Macron is done: useless for his sponsors (Christman gifts, are you f..ing kidding? does he think this is about him?) and simply unmarketable to the regular French. We may get a 3-year walking dead presidency, the system is not stable enough to take it.

    The casting department of the liberal elite has been absolutely dreadful lately, as if they are out of options and go with any ‘promising’ new face. Remember the hapless Rienzi in Italy, pig-f..er Cameron in UK, Boris-the-clown, recycled Clinton second coming, man-child Macron, the ever-accelerating greyness of German ‘leaders’, lesbian cabal in Scotland – this is a horror show.

    The hired hands in the outlying provinces are also not much to boast about. They never produced a viable, charismatic leader for the ‘opposition’ in Syria or Libya, instead they were taken by a bunch of manual-guillotine psychos and some lazy cafe dwellers who had no stomach to fight. In Turkey their standard bearer is an exiled guru in rural Pennsylvania who abhors public appearances. In Russia they first went with a ‘chess-master’ living in NY, then settled on a slippery nationalist with a criminal record (and also a very punchable face). Saakasvilli of the tie-chewing fame, Poroshenko the chocolate-king, are they kidding? This is an amateur hour. We are living through end-of-days of global liberalism.

    • Agree: Dieter Kief
    • Replies: @peterAUS
    , @m___
    , @Durruti
  37. luxury automobiles set on fire

    Sounds great to a pissed off leftist, but I doubt it went down like that. Pictures I saw showed all sorts of cars torched, all makes and models, affecting rich and poor alike.

    Smashing store windows and car-b-cues doesn’t sound like a great plan. I really don’t understand the French hard on for torching cars. The NY Times says 40,000 cars are burned there every year. Happens all the time — Bastille Day, when Les Bleus win, when Les Bleus lose. The yellow vests just continue this proud tradition. The cynic in me says to follow the money. Who stands to benefit from torched cars? Are the local Renault dealerships offering free accelerant with every test drive?

    • Replies: @Anon
  38. Wally says:
    @peterAUS

    Hopkins:
    ” operating out there on their own, with no decent human restraint whatsoever”

    Apocalypse …. now.

  39. For all my pro-Russian posts, I have yet to receive a payment from Putin. Come on, Vladimir, I could use the cash!

  40. @Durruti

    As I said after his persecution for “hate speech”, Je suis Dieudonné!

  41. Money, a difficult subject.
    Sarrazin, Varoufakis, Krugman, Stiglitz, even Dijsselbloem, agree that the euro is disaster, as 70 Dutch economists in 1997 prophesied, as Greece, Spain and Italy show, huge unemployment figures.
    Clear now that France cannot keep the euro, after Macro’s Santa Klaus speech.
    Yet you state that because the euro is popular, not with me and not with the mentioned economists, it will stay.
    Weird

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  42. “… if you were wondering what you could get me for Christmas, I did some checking, and there appears to be a wide selection of yellow safety vests online for just a couple Euros.”

    But your own vest, Boojie Boy, and be glad you don’t live in France, because you’d also have to buy your own breathalyser, to be used against you by the police. Talk about the land of taxes and unfunded mandates. It’s no wonder they are pissed.

  43. peterAUS says:
    @unpc downunder

    ..Why not get these people out protesting about unskilled immigration, infrastructure decline, the opiod crisis, and other issues affecting provincial working class America…

    Yup.

    Now, let’s read the excuses as to “why not”. I am sure that proper “conservatives” and similar bunch will have plenty.

  44. peterAUS says:
    @m___

    Still Hopkins does not highlight the violence, disruption factor. Too much of a Chomsky, be it up to him asking the question straightforwardly, does he, or not endorse disruption as method or should societal critique be a salon activity, and manifest streetwalks, promenades for his likes.

    Exactly.

    And probably even more important

    …the question is what drives the globalism, interests of a small fraction, or interests of the global tar-balled masses of deplorables

    Because I believe it’s a bit of both. Or, better, 70/30. Or, even more accurately, what kind of globalization.
    It’s easy to envisage a globalization which benefits all layers of society. Which brings back that eternal thing again: anything can be corrupted by the drive for wealth and power.

    But, yes, second paragraph …fine but more pressing and practical issues are more important.
    That fist paragraph, key word “disruption“.

  45. peterAUS says:
    @Beckow

    Hehe….good comment and hopefully you are right there.

    The thing is…..”they” can abandon the farce altogether, show their real face and use the fist, gloved or not, harder.

    True, the other thing there is……that opens other possibilities and probabilities, not all of them in “their” favor.

    Interesting times.

    • Replies: @Beckow
  46. @Herald

    “The minute people like Bannon get involved in a “spontaneous” uprising, it will be doomed to failure.”

    True dat! What this movement needs is a mover and shaker who gets things done, like Victoria “F*** the EU” Kagan Nudelman.

  47. @Durruti

    About a decade ago, my sister-in-law asked when I was going to move back to America. To her shock, I replied “When the Republic is restored, which may very well mean never.”

  48. m___ says:
    @Beckow

    Agreed, the cast is “infantile”. But then, never overestimate the middle class genius for coming up with deadbeat policies …and faces as a replacement. The impression is confirmed, a small fringe of astute outliers smells blood, enough to rally the global masses? Enough to bleed the convention in the system, and pull in the potential turncoats?

    The issue now most pressing, can disruption be prolonged to keep the pressure on? The chances are not on the side of the ambitious outsiders. Some insignificant promises can turn the chalk into a lew.

    It is clear that international leaders and support must come to the fore or this wave dies.

  49. alexander says:

    Loved this article !

    Almost a perfect thing.

    Bravo !

    • Agree: RobinG, densa
  50. Durruti says:
    @Beckow

    Nice perceptive comment.

    The hired hands in the outlying provinces are also not much to boast about. They never produced a viable, charismatic leader for the ‘opposition’ in Syria or Libya, instead they were taken by a bunch of manual-guillotine psychos and some lazy cafe dwellers who had no stomach to fight.

    The American minions of the Zionist Oligarch assassins of John F. Kennedy, and our Republic, reinforce your observation about “The hired hands.” The unconstitutional so-called ‘Presidents’ – after Kennedy have been increasingly unqualified pathetic stooges and actors.

    Criminal gangster politicians, LB Johnson, and Nixon, led to unelected (even by their rules) Ford, to Movie Actor Reagan, to William “that was not sex” Clinton, to Bushes, to Hollywood Obomber (it does not matter where he was born; the correct question is – if he was born?), to Casino Trump, (“you’re fired”). Each succeeding ‘President’ has been more depraved, possessing fewer organic political roots, and less personal power.

    The next so-called ‘President’ of Zionist Occupied USA will be a real doozie. My bet is on a shape-shifter trans.

    Our American Citizens can Fix. We will Restore Our Republic!

  51. Beckow says:
    @peterAUS

    …”they” can abandon the farce altogether, show their real face and use the fist, gloved or not, harder

    That is tricky and requires front-men with cojones that don’t seem to be there. It would also be an admission of defeat, and probably only delay the inevitable. One of the wisest things I once heard is that ‘unsustainable trends will not be sustained‘. When something doesn’t work, doing more of it, longer and with more passion, is not going to lead to a better result.

    Often an attempt to use a fist divides the elites, and it backfires. The obvious solution of simply not doing any more of the stupid, unworkable things somehow escapes the globalist geniuses. It must be something in the Fiji water they like to drink…

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  52. @David

    When is the right time for the population to start sabotaging what they can to bring down the ruling class?
    I dont know tbh, but i firmly believe i will know when/if that day arrive up here in the nordic bubble i live in.
    The old declassified manuals are online, they still contain valuable tips and tricks imho. One you will find if you type “SimpleSabotageFieldManualOSS1944.pdf” in your browser of choice.

    I feel i must state that i am not saying any of you should go out and start sabotaging stuff out of spite, it is not a game. I just started thinking about it when i listened to the lyrics in the vid, it is one of the strongest “weapons” civilian citizens have if they want to disrupt a dangerous oligarchy imo.

  53. “which, in this case, entailed dividing the protesters into “real” gilets jaunes and “fake” gilet jaunes, and referring to the latter fictional group as “thuggish, extremist political agitators.”
    Peterloo all over again. It’s a little known fact that the Manchester Guardian was on the side of the establishment, and against the protesters at Peterloo. Plus ça change etc Even after 200 years.

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  54. @Per/Norway

    The existing state of affairs has to change. Technology, and the acceleration of capital and resources into fewer and fewer hands demand it. There will be heroes.

  55. @anon
    • Replies: @anon
  56. @Johnny Rottenborough

    MSM propaganda, on orders of puppet-masters, ensures that there is no such thing as clear-headed citizenry.

  57. peterAUS says:
    @Beckow

    Pretty much.

    In any case I can see more, say, “excitement”, in months and years to come.

    My “problem” is not seeing workable alternative anywhere. Well, at least not within,say, “respectable” sphere, that is.

    As long as it doesn’t get M.A.D. ……all good.

  58. @forgottenpseudonym

    Soros bought the Guardian, when, I do not know.

  59. peterAUS says:
    @Per/Norway

    I see.

    BTW, seen that movie …”22..” a couple of weeks ago.

    How is Breivik doing up there? Not much info online, apparently.Solitary and such I’ve read somewhere.

  60. Will Jones [AKA "Homer Cunningham"] says:

    When I was young, life was simple, the Nazis were the Fascist bad guys we had defeated in the war and the Russians were the ever-present Communist enemy. Fast forward 40-50 years and Putin and the Russians are Fascists who magically cause everything from nail fungus to the admission price of pay toilets to go up. Life is getting very confusing, I think I’ll just tune out and put another shrimp on the barbie.

    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
  61. @Will Jones

    Most of it is not nail fungus at all, and can be cured by increase of animal fat in diet, (butter mostly)

  62. renfro says:
    @Per/Norway

    When is the right time for the population to start sabotaging what they can to bring down the ruling class?

    If you want to bring down the ruling class you have to sabotage them and theirs….not the ordinary public’s property.
    And if you want a real revolution, not just short term capitulation on one issue.

    A number of experts on revolutions have pegged what makes some revolutions successful and others not.
    The successful revolutions coalesce on One Goal …..the overthrow or removal of their current leadership, king, dictator, politicians etc..
    What comes after that can be better or worse but that is always the first step of a revolution.

    Three good examples of that are; the American revolution whose goal was to end King George’s British rule of the colonies, the French revolution whose goal was to over throw King Louis, the Cuban revolution whose goal was to overthrow Batista.

    Whatever the various discontents among the populace they had to join in and commit to that one goal first in order to get the change they wanted.

    I don’t hold much hope for another American revolution because —and you can use unz comments to verify this……the populace is all caught up in their single issues, the wall, the blacks, the immigrants, gay-dom, open boarders, me-ism, what ever.
    They won’t unite to over throw or totally over haul the entire system and its corruption. Whatever any group can win by protest can always be undone by a later administration and different political party. This is the down side of democracy, the right to representation has created a divide and that divide is now a corruption opportunity for special elite and non American interest, a dictatorship or monarchy is much easier to overthrow.

    Some experts say that poverty among the masses is not of and in itself a precursor of revolution—that instead it is the ‘inequality’ that the masses see between their situation and the very rich–people might tolerate troubles if they feel they are ‘all in the same boat ‘ but wont tolerate the feeling they are being deprived to make the few rich richer.

    Years before Trump latched onto it I was calling for a America First platform…but not the way Trump is doing it. So now I keep parroting…” It’s the Corruption Stupid ” as a voter platform.
    But I see few signs the masses actually ‘get it’. It’s amazing how individuals will get furious about being cheated in some personal transaction but not go ballistic over the way they get a giant screwing by their politicians every day.

    • Agree: NoseytheDuke
    • Replies: @peterAUS
    , @Anon
  63. anonymous[419] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    The billionaires win.. because they are not often exposed to the blood of the conflict or the steel of the Guillotine or the threat of perpetual poverty. But humanity in nearly every nation state in the world has discovered that Oligarch control over government, any government, any Oligarch, leads to economic corruption, abuse of human rights and the emergence of massive security structures designed to use the powers of government to protect the Oligarch from the demands and toils of the masses. A new crime on the books, failure to participate, failure to contribute, not money, but collaborative energy exerting effort.

    There is on the horizon a new justice; a human rights powered world with a system of governance driven not by high level Oligarch power but instead, by mass driven democratic process coupled to rights which associate to self determination and future generation planning. The richest people in the new world will probably be the largest group to occupy the jails. There is no room for “I am better than you” and no sympathy for corruption , nor is there room for those who try to get others to do for them, that which they are personally obligated to do.. Everyone who fails to contribute in a just and dependant way will be severely punished.

    Hopkins observes that the “privatization of France isn’t going quite as smoothly as planned” but i notice that the French people have recognized that privatization is such a dangerous and major affront to democracy and the right of self determination that it is worth a revolution to undo its damage.

  64. peterAUS says:
    @renfro

    Nice comment.
    Insightful and thoughtful.

    Especially:

    ..They won’t unite to over throw or totally over haul the entire system and its corruption. Whatever any group can win by protest can always be undone by a later administration and different political party….

    Second sentence/statement in particular.

  65. Anon[862] • Disclaimer says:

    The Guardian‘s usual neoliberal establishment-friendly narrative, which, in this case, entailed dividing the protesters into “real” gilets jaunes and “fake” gilet jaunes, and referring to the latter fictional group as “thuggish, extremist political agitators.

    Divide and conquer…

    Could the CIA/MEK/NATO be behind the extremist agitators? … making tests, examining people’s reactions on Facebook, preparing their template for a ”revolution” in IRAN:

    The US Wants to Bring Back the Shah of Iran

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-us-wants-to-bring-back-the-shah-of-iran/5662590

  66. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @jilles dykstra

    What’s worse, USA or EU? Words fail.

  67. Anon[132] • Disclaimer says:

    NATO MONSTERS:

    France’s Yellow Vests: Fuel Tax Hike Triggers Poverty, Finances War and Repayment of the Public Debt

    “July 13, ironically one day before Bastille Day, President Emmanuel Macron signed into law the 2019-2025 military budget law “clearing the way for a funding boost for procurement for the Air Force, Army and Navy”(Defense News, July 15, 2018). This thrust in military expenditure was in large part in response to pressures from Washington:

    “This was a “military budget law of growth,” he said in a speech to the officers and personnel who would take part in the parade the next day. The spending would be at a level unseen for decades, … and the move comes at a time when the domestic budget was under strain. (Defense News July 15, 2018, emphasis added)

    …”the Macron government confirmed that defence spending would increase by more than 40 percent. The amounts of money that need to be collected from tax revenues (including the fuel tax) to finance France’s war economy are colossal. In turn the hike in military expenditure is to be supported by drastic austerity measures directed against all other categories of (civilian) expenditure:”

    “The defence ministry plans to raise its spending by 1.7 billion euros a year (2019-2022), increasing to 3 billion a year (2023-2025” (France 24, August 2, 2018).

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/frances-yellow-vests-fuel-tax-hike-triggers-poverty-finances-war-and-the-public-debt/5662327

  68. @Stick

    Excellent article. I think I’ve found a new favorite with C.J. Hopkins. Well played C.J..

    You should check out his novel, ZONE 23. I’ve read it, and in addition to being a keen political satire, it also works fairly well on the dystopian sci-fi level.

  69. cathy says:

    I support the Yellow Vests and am thinking of buying a Yellow safety vest and wearing it around.

    Interesting that another “Jihadi” attack comes right on the heals of these profoundly important protests that are making indelible imprints on working class people’s minds, everywhere.

    The Elite are working overtime to disband this obviously Genuine revolt. This is in no way an orchestrated or otherwise “operation” like the government funded “rebels” in Syria, etc.

    I’m just curious if there is suppression of all the Grievances of these people? I don’t believe for a minute they would only stay on track over the gas tax. I’m sure many (if not most) are protesting the open border policy of Macron.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Parisian Guy
  70. Avrier says:

    @jilles dykstra

    ” This concept, levée en masse, mass rising, as far as I know has its origin in the 1870 French German war. ”
    Sorry, but it was decreted by the Convention in 1793
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lev%C3%A9e_en_masse

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  71. The Yellow Vest rebellion coincides with the rise of the revamped Front National and the Gaulists:

    https://www.ifop.com/opinion/

    • Replies: @Parisian Guy
  72. Anon[613] • Disclaimer says:

    The Gilet Jaunes are democratically and collectively taking decisions and rebelling.
    They remind me of another collectively-determined rebel group, in a novel maybe.

  73. Anon[329] • Disclaimer says:
    @cathy

    Someone on Twitter prognosticated a “terrorism event” in France short prior its happening, saying the “screenplay” called for one.

  74. Anon[329] • Disclaimer says:
    @renfro

    But I see few signs the masses actually ‘get it’. It’s amazing how individuals will get furious about being cheated in some personal transaction but not go ballistic over the way they get a giant screwing by their politicians every day.

    .

    It’s unnatural for people to see beyond their nose, and to not see themselves as the centre of the universe (tbis doesn’t change at all in the case of the staunch virtue signallers who spend part of their life informing others of how they “share”, “care”, and live to “serve the community”). Then as Carnegie wrote, they are creatures of vanity and pride, not logic.
    You can cheat and rob them to no limit as long as it doesn’t stir their vanity and pride (or differently worded: their self-esteem and social status mantainance defenses).

    If the robbers are far away, nameless, impersonal, amd are robbing everyone, not only neither they nor their robberies elicit ire — they can even be admired!
    On the other hand, the power plays and recruitment minations and legal disputes with people living in the story above and below are a key purpose of life to them.

    • Agree: Parisian Guy
  75. ababush says:

    About the “charm”, of being a yellow jacket, it seems not all of Macron’s policemen are seduced:

    https://desarmons.net/index.php/2018/12/11/bilan-provisoire-des-blesses-graves-des-manifestations-du-mois-de-decembre-2018/

    • Replies: @Parisian Guy
  76. https://kenfm.de/die-demokratie-illusion/
    In France the government is accused of sending plain clothes men to demonstrators to beat them up.
    77% of the French sympathise, according to polls, with the Yellow Vests, among them the majority of the police.
    The jokes about the guillotines, as Shakespeare said ‘there is many a truth in a jest’.

    • Replies: @Parisian Guy
  77. https://www.rt.com/news/446471-macron-france-non-confidence/

    ” RT discussed the failed no-confidence vote with French publisher and journalist Aymeric Monville. In his opinion, the French parliament’s decision to reject the motion of no-confidence was a predictable result.

    “This parliament was elected just after the victory of Macron in the presidential election. Because of the reversal of the electoral calendar roughly 20 years ago the parliament is elected after the president. It has strengthened the presidential character of Constitution. The problem is this parliament doesn’t represent real France anymore,” he explained.

    Earlier, the French government urged people to hold off on protests amid security concerns after the Strasbourg attack. “Unfortunately, in France we are used to seeing this kind of violence on the streets especially since 2015 – since NATO made this link with the Islamist radicals in Syria. The only way to stop it is to stop this alliance with NATO,” he said. ”

    ………………….

    ” Suggesting a possible solution Monville said that the constitution should be amended and made “much more parliamentary…not this kind of Bonapartist Constitution that was made by de Gaulle.”

    “Maybe it was good for de Gaulle because he incarnated, at that time, the nation. Nowadays it cannot work like that anymore,” he concluded. “

    • Replies: @Parisian Guy
  78. @jilles dykstra

    Excuse, it makes no terribly good sense to state, that Sarrazin and Varoufakis/Krugman/Stiglitz all state that the Euro is a desaster. Because the latter three are all New Keynesians, whereas Sarrazin is an old Keynesian (he does not believe in endless monetary stimulations).

    And Sarrazin did not say, that the Euro is necessarily a desaster. What he points out again and again is, that debt and productivity gains must be in a reasonable balance (debt should be higher in economies which’s productivity is not growing or even in decline – this mechanism is crucial to him. – The other three for various reasons (not for the same reason!) just don’t care).

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  79. anon[399] • Disclaimer says:
    @AnonFromTN

    yes, demonstrates that whoever controls the US govt, its not the American people

  80. @Dieter Kief

    Old or new Keynesians, they all state that the euro is a disaster.
    IF, IF, the Treaty of Maastricht is adhered to, we can keep the euro, according to Sarrazin.

    I agree, but even then the euro does not bring any advantage, as also Teulings, Dutch CPB director, stated, after his row with the Dutch government, about being forced to lie, led to his resignation.
    Teuling’s euro report was based on quicksand, as he stated after the resignation.

    Thilo Sarrazin, ‘Europa braucht den Euro nicht, Wie uns politisches Wunschdenken in die Krise geführt hat’, 2012 München
    BTW, Sarrazin is my opinion is a capable economist, thus he does not believe.

    The problem is that even economists have political ideas, great pity is that very few separate their economic analyses from political preferences.
    Of course money can be pumped into an economy constantly, but there are consequences one likes or does not like.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  81. @jilles dykstra

    You raise an interesting question. My take would be: Economics is a lot about expectations and feelings and all that. – – – An economy in which no one believes in (=which no one trusts) can’t exist.

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  82. https://www.achgut.com/artikel/warum_frankreich_nicht_zu_retten_ist
    Why France cannot be saved; by the same author: why Germany does not much better.
    Important factor: stupid immigrants, but also French inefficiëncy.
    I’ll see if tomorrow I’m in the mood for some translating.

  83. @Dieter Kief

    What economics is
    ⦁ Lionel Robbins, ‘An Essay on the Nature and Significance of Economic Science’, Oxford 1932
    An economy, that is, the economic aspect, side, of a society, is not economics.

  84. https://www.bfmtv.com/economie/derapage-du-deficit-il-n-y-a-pas-d-inquietudes-chez-nos-partenaires-europeens-assure-macron-1588447.html
    Macron states that his EU (euro) colleagues are not worried about France not being able in 2019 to keep the government budget deficit below 3%, the euro rule.
    France until now never succeeded in a deficit under 3%.

    Historians know that when something is not obvious (any more), statements like this are made, a good example is the infallibility of the pope proclaimed around 1870.

    In my opinion just devaluation can make France competitive again, but France then would have to abolish the euro, and re introduce the French franc.
    But this is politically impossible, for the time being.

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  85. Alfred says:

    Bernard-Henri Lévy is just one more of those Zionists who are all for destroying the Middle East and for the displaced populations to move to Europe. A great intellectual – à la française. Of course, Israel is an exception and should kick out its indigenous Palestinians – whether Muslim or Christian.

    The underlying assumption of these fake intellectuals is that the French people are completely stupid. The last time they had a nationalist in power was when Charles de Gaulle was president. The Americans tried to assassinate him many times through their proxy the OAS – which was financed by the CIA. The “pieds noir” – the colonists of Algeria – were largely Jewish or at least the Jews largely represented them.

    People like Albert Camus and Yves Saint Laurent were pieds noirs and Jewish. In his book “la Peste” (“the Plague”) which was based on Oran – a big coastal city in Algeria – the writer almost never mentioned the local Arab/Berber population. They were invisible. Today, we have the Israelis doing exactly the same thing – producing movies, documentaries and books without any reference to the Palestinians.

    You can be absolutely certain that Bernard-Henri Lévy does not live in any of the areas that are controlled by these people from elsewhere who will never be French.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  86. peterAUS says:
    @Alfred

    The Americans tried to assassinate him many times through their proxy the OAS – which was financed by the CIA. The “pieds noir” – the colonists of Algeria – were largely Jewish or at least the Jews largely represented them.

    Now, this is………just……..ah, never mind.
    Would you be so kind as to expand on that? More is merrier.

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  87. Z says:

    Bravo for this article. And bravo to the yellow vests. Discontent is everywhere however hats off to the French for actually standing up and doing something–unlike our poor souls in the united States of less and less freedom. I raise my hand as the first to shirk a protest here–but how I long for a gilet jaune in the back of my car to stand up and say–i will not take this anymore. Vive les jaunes!

  88. @jilles dykstra

    https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2018/12/17/frankrijk-begrotingstekort-zal-boven-3-procent-liggen-door-koop/
    Yellow Vests bring French government deficit over 3%.
    I wonder if I’m crazy in predicting thus the end of the euro, in any case in France.

    • Replies: @Parisian Guy
  89. @jilles dykstra

    jilles dykstra
    Well, not exactly. You’re right about the 1870 but ‘levée en masse ” date back to 23 august 1793 when the french ” Conventoion ” needed more soldiers to fight against the ” Coalition “.

  90. @peterAUS

    In my mind is a figure of 600.000 French jews who had to flee from Algeria.
    Israel supported France in the colonial war.
    Dimona, where the Israeli atomic bomb was developed, was a French gift to Israel after the war, as a reward for Israeli help.
    If the USA, or any USA organisation, tried to kill De Gaulle, do not know.
    Alistair Horne, ‘A savage war of peace, Algeria 1954-1962’, 1972, 2002, New York

    Already in WWII De Gaulle and FDR did not see eye to eye, De Gaulle later cancelled French membership of NATO, what Sarkozy, with jewish ancestry, re instated.
    Francois Kersaudy, ´De Gaulle et Roosevelt, Le duel au sommet’, Paris, 2004

    Jews lived in N Africa for a long time, they welcomed the Arab Muslim conquerors in the 7th century.
    Ch.-André Julien, ‘ Histoire de l’Afrique du Nord, Tunesie – Algérie – Maroc, Des Origines a la Conquête Arabe (647 ap. J-C., Paris 1966

  91. @jilles dykstra

    In my mind is a figure of 600.000 French jews who had to flee from Algeria.

    600.000 is the number of jewish Frenchs.

  92. @jilles dykstra

    Dimona, where the Israeli atomic bomb was developed, was a French gift to Israel after the war, as a reward for Israeli help.

    Before the war ended, DeGaulle’France aimed for a pro arab countries foreign policies, which made it unwilling for any military collaboration with Israël.

    In 1954 Collaboration between french and israeli nuke scientists began. At the time France and Israël were allied against the will of USA to keep other countries from getting the nuke. The Israelis were promising to share some knowledge from american origin. Also both countries were allied against Nasser for the short war about Suez (1956). The alliance was extent to the point where some Israeli official had their own workroom inside the french Defense Department building.
    So if there had been some help from Israël about Algeria, it went naturally in the course of the alliance, not as something which France had to pay back after the war.
    In 1958 the making of Dimona starts.
    In 1958 De Gaulle came back to power, worked for peace in Algeria and closed the collaboration with Israël, each country going its own way.
    In 1960 France had the nuke, thanks to De Gaulle will.
    In 1962 was the final Algeria-France peace agreement.
    In 1966 (around) Israël got its nuke

  93. @jilles dykstra

    It does not make for the end of the euro. That will become the new normal. Germany will not be happy, that’s all.
    Why a slightly more than 3% deficit euro zone would be less sustainable than before? Actually, it makes it more sustainable, whatever Germany says. Anyway, Salvini was already going this way.

  94. Interesting article!

    I’m also about 1/3 of the way through Zone 23— what a GREAT BOOK! Reminiscent of David Foster Wallace at his best.

    Mr. Hopkins, you possess an amazing talent, please keep up the good work!

  95. @jilles dykstra

    the French parliament’s decision to reject the motion of no-confidence was a predictable result.
    It was not “predictable”.
    It was a sure thing, because of the strong majority of Macron’Representative.
    This affair did not deserved any paper, comments or whatsoever, but to tell it was pure kabuki. The show was directed by the powerless Left who wanted to fake some action against Macron and get back some media focus.

  96. @jilles dykstra

    That’s leftist bullshit who does not understand that cops are not paid to be gentlemen when facing a violent protest. And they have no acknowledgement of the true record: nobody died. And they fake astonishment about the way democracy works.
    You could have understood that if you had actually read what I said some days ago, in a paragraph which started “Have you read a little Marx?”. But you only went apoplectic about Marx, and when I tried to get to the matter, that is Marx analysis of democracy, you were only able to answer me”What are you speaking about?”

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  97. @ababush

    The domain name signify the aim of this website editors “désarmons les forces de l’ordre”.

    That translates “We want cops to be unarmed”.

    Lots of photos doesn’t add-up, and there had been quite less injuries reported on the french internet.

    Furthermore, not sure what to think about the dumby-dumby who got very serious hand-injury because he picked up a grenade on the ground ; Instant karma? KillerCop?

  98. @English Yobbo

    Problem is that there is not one reliable polling institute in France on the matter of politics. Ifop is a well known friend of the french businessmen class.
    Thus, I specially doubts the poll of Marine LePen. Le Pen party is regularly exhibited as a threat against democracy. Here it is used again so that people feel constrained to vote Macron to protects themselves against the dangerous nazi (LePen).

    That replay of the old trick has been identified since its beginning in August (there was no YV crisis at this time).

  99. @cathy

    I’m sure many (if not most) are protesting the open border policy of Macron.

    That’s an interesting question to which there is no short answer.

    First, they all (but for the dumbest ones) know that speaking overtly against immigration will disqualify them immediately in a important part the french opinion. It is obvious that they could not have topped at 80% support in poll if they had spoke.

    On the other part, this yellow cloth is a uniform which makes every body akin, and they were having many other points of shared agreements. This made exceptionnal conditions for meetings (previously impossible) between opponents of immigration, and all those who are afraid to speak with (or like) people which are tagged “racists”. Some polls for next election, as long as we can trust them, seems to show that a new 5% of french constituents have added on the opponent side.

    Furthermore, you may have heard of the RIC. That’s identical to the process of swiss “votations”, that is referendum whose questions are proposed by the people. That will be a way to constrain the government to execute the will of the people. More and more Yellow Vests are supporting the RIC. Everyone has his own idea about the possible use of RIC, but it may be that some of them are thinking about immigration.

  100. @Parisian Guy

    This is the last time I’m writing to you, unless you, in my opinion, have a relevant question or inform me of something I did not yet know.
    You do not understand that, in my opinion, again, you just write assertions.
    That you’re unable to comprehend that France cannot keep the euro, so be it.
    The future will show if my view was right or not.

    • Replies: @Parisian Guy
  101. @jilles dykstra

    That you’re unable to comprehend that France cannot keep the euro, so be it.

    Where did I tell you that France can keep the euro for endless times? Nowhere.

    I disagree when you say that the current events, at this moment, are enough to cause the euro split. Let’say the new rule is 3.4% deficit. That would not cause the euro splitting

  102. https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1060306/yellow-vest-protests-emmanuel-macron-paris-riots

    Reading the description of what this gadget does my idea is that, if used, Macron has opened Pandora’s box.
    He must be desperate.
    The normal way out in such situations in democratic countries is resignation, and new elections.

    But Belgian prime minister Michel, who is in a similar situation after having signed Marrakech, also still seems to hesitate about what to do.
    https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2018/12/18/welke-opties-heeft-premier-michel-nog-ivan-de-vadder-het-is-d/

    Our Dutch Mark Rutte yesterday wrote an open letter, large advertisement in pro government newspapers, to all Dutch, elecions in March.
    He warned for ‘experiments’, pointing to, what he called ‘chaotic’ situation in GB on Brexit.

    I get the feeling that EU member state leaders are realising that their leadership has ended, has lead to chaos.

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