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The Indiscreet Charm of the Gilets Jaunes

CJ Hopkins

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.

CJ Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and 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

Feel free to come find him in Berlin and buy him a beer. He’s been known to frequent an assortment of extremely suspicious RUSSIAN establishments in Kreuzberg.

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CJ Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and 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 Feel free to come find him in Berlin and buy him a beer. He’s been known to frequent an assortment of extremely suspicious RUSSIAN establishments in Kreuzberg.

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Fredric A Greniuolle
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Fredric A Greniuolle

I have just discovered off-guardian website. What a wonderful breath of truth and freedom in a world so dominated by the fake news mainstream media. “The ignorance of the masses is profound”, and that is the goal of the mainstream media, to maintain a level of ignorance so all pervasive that even most of those people in the mainstream media are not aware of their own condition. Most of the “mainstream media actually believe their own propaganda, their ignorance is so profound that they think they are telling the truth. off-guardian is another ray of hope that the world may… Read more »

Badger Down
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Badger Down

Freddie the Frog! Is it really you? We were at school together!

vexarb
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Joyeux Noël! a Marianne, de la Syrie:

https://youtu.be/lv91QBgBRlU

wardropper
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wardropper

One remembers the Occupy Movement, and how a few heart flutters were diagnosed among the Wall Street class at that time.
The media successfully splintered that movement into the fat ladies with the green hair and the young students who weren’t old enough to have any significant life experience, and they will obviously try to do exactly the same to the yellow vests now, but I would like to think that this time it will not be so easy.
Does anybody have a plan to put a spanner in their works? Because try they will.

Unctouscheese
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Unctouscheese

Macronimus the Merciful….or so they thought, a return to French simplicity – the sound of accordians and glugs of sunny wine – the relaxing whirr of a passing 2cv – But Mes Amies – you threw away the France Rustique – willingly took a ride on Eurodisney tunnel of fakery – and ignored the screams to alight…..and now – years down the line discover – Home is lost….so don those Gilets Jaunes, and feel all the better for being duped….Again !

vexarb
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@RealPeter: “Marianne is shedding a tear over the sad state of the republic while tearing a duct-tape gag from her mouth.”

Thanks for that explanation, I recognized her tricolor mobcap and understood her tears, but was puzzled at Marianne’s rosy lips apparently a-licking of an ice lolly.

RealPeter
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RealPeter

There is a very good analysis of the yellow vest movement by Ramin Mazaheri on the Saker Blog. https://thesaker.is/frances-yellow-vests-its-just-1-protestwhich-has-lasted-8-years The woman pictured on the back of the yellow vest in the photo at the top of CJ Hopkins’s article is Marianne, symbol of the French Republic (every town hall in France displays a bust of her, often modelled by some famous French actress – Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve have been official Mariannes, for example). In the photo, Marianne is shedding a tear over the sad state of the republic while tearing a duct-tape gag from her mouth. The yellow… Read more »

Robert Laine
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Thanks, Mr. Hopkins, for an informative look at the yellow vest movement which has gotten off to a good start by raising awareness of the issues and putting pressure on the French government. Here in Chile (the neolib guinea pig) the privatised pension system has been the main target of recent mass marches. A big question is what strategies would be effective in sustaining movements against neoliberalism as the problem becomes identified and people exercised about it. The Occupy movement gained a brief national attention in the US and then faded away (MSN and security forces did their part to… Read more »

lundiel
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France has already had a letter from the EU warning that its planned debt reduction in 2019 does not respect the proposals that Paris had agreed previously with the EU. France hasn’t had a balanced budget since the 1970s and Macron’s giveaway to appease the rioters is on top of current budgetary planning. This is what happens when you adopt a joint currency and can’t print money. France is going to have to cut welfare to pay for this giveaway, it’ll only make the situation worse, yet roughly half of us in Britain want to stay in this group of… Read more »

DunGroanin
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DunGroanin

Had a letter …

So what?

A slap on the wrist. A euro in the swearbox. Whatever.

If there is no ultimate sanction, for being unable to stick to arbitrary rules of play, then what is the problem.

lundiel
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Err, the problem is the French economy. The sovereign debt is anywhere between 110 and 120% vs a GDP that is around € 2 Trillion, and rising. All this is ammunition for Macron’s many enemies because the only thing he can do is continue on the current trajectory or commit to neoliberal supply-side solutions of selling everything he can while instituting savage medical and welfare cuts. Only the mind of a British remainer could ignore the calamity that is coming to France and Europe…..Marine Le Pen isn’t ignoring it.

Fredric A Greniuolle
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Fredric A Greniuolle

National debts are almost universally debts to the international banking system, the Jewish (Rothschild) banking system that infests and enslaves the world.

France should repudiate the so called national debt, and lead the world to do likewise.

But it will need more than Le Pen to have the courage to do it,

It will need a French version of Adolph Hitler, who when the real history of the world is more widely known, and it is gradually emerging from the 100 years of fog of Zionist propaganda on the internet, will be recognized as the greatest statesman of the twentieth century.

Mishko
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Mishko

Remarkable how national-socialism has been demonised and forbidden to form part
of the social contract. Hate: of the nation-state and bounderies.
Hate: of the family-unit and the ethnic community it is a part of.
(Non, non, je la chante, toutes, toutes a continuer, heyhey)

vexarb
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Micron endorses UN’s Cheap Foreign Labour Pact; accused of treason by 10 French Generals:

https://www.infowars.com/french-generals-accuse-macron-of-treason-over-un-migration-pact/

Badger Down
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Badger Down

What IS that indiscreet-looking object in the centre of the photo above?

writerroddis
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writerroddis

Madame France removing the gag from her hitherto sealed lips.

Badger Down
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Badger Down

I meant the blurry buttocks between her and the jester doing a handstand.
But, as we say in the States, “Capers C. Funnye”

Solidarity needed
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Solidarity needed

The protesters in France deserve all support from the peoples in every other country where rampant neoliberalism is wrecking havoc and making life a living hell for workers.

So far, governments like in US, UK and Australia have succeeded, as the article explains, in suppressing the anti-neolibrelasim aspect of the protests from the narrative in mass media. This makes it pretty damn hard to give support to something when it is not fully understood.

Ken Kenn
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Ken Kenn

It’s not fully understood by myself and I live in France. People are on the streets in the small town nearby me and I notice a lot of gilets – rouge joining the protests. Macron noticeably backed down when the CGT started making inroads into the protest and the truck drivers threatened to go on strike plus the power station workers wanted a two day strike on the 13th and 14th of this month. As far as I can see this is getting more and more politicised and organised as I type. We should remember that Macron was elected only… Read more »

Joerg
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Joerg

I believe that the “Gilets Jaunes” movement will abort and in the end will be counterproductive. Yes, the French “1968” student movement is sometimes mentioned now. But we must not forget that while the German student movement of those days was directed (also) against old Nazis. The then German Chancellor Kiesinger had been a party member of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) before the end of the war – while the French President De Gaulle, who was attacked by the French students so fiercely, had been in the resistance against the pro Nazi “Vichy Regime”. Also the “Socialists” among the German… Read more »

Vaska
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And yet, most of France is with them: they enjoy the support of over 72% of the French.

Joerg
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Joerg

@Vaska
And here, Vasca, especially for You – The Stones with “Street Fighting Man” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUt0dZXPFoU

Yes, Vaska, I’m a bit older!

Joerg
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Joerg

@Vaska
I have enormous sympathy with a riot that overthrows this Macron and his bankers and other Neocon lobbies. But as I stated that there are several things going wrong.
But there is one point I have to correct what I wrote above: When I said “And no one demands that …all the wars are being stopped immediately“, that was wrong. As a matter of fact the Yellow Vests do demand: “End France’s participation in foreign wars of aggression, and exit from NATO
That indeed is very, very good!
Here is their catalogue of demands: https://www.sott.net/article/402396-What-do-the-protesters-in-France-want-Check-out-the-official-Yellow-Vest-manifesto .

vexarb
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Joerg, thanks for admitting that oversight, I was about to point it out myself. Like you, I approve of the demand to withdraw French troops from L’Afrique Noire; and I would probably approve of the tax reform if I could understand it because lot of those demands come from the heart and belly of the average citizen. I too regret the over-hyped Student Riots of 1968, whose only tangible result was to dethrone le Dernier Bon Roi de France — DeGaulle. Without a good Leader, the Yellow Waistcoats are likely to be taken over by similar anti-French interests as the… Read more »

Joerg
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Joerg

@vexarb I am worried that the Yellow Vests demand tax relief. Why do they demand “A constitutional cap on taxes – at 25%”? Do they represent cosmetic surgeons or other well of people? Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, Maggie Thatcher could have demanded that for their well of clientship! Why do the Yellow Vests want to represent those who have a high income and protect them from paying more than 25 %? Why don’t the Yellow Vests they look at the income side of the state? To this all they demand is: “Clampdown on tax evasion by the ultra-rich“! But that’s… Read more »

vexarb
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@Joerg: ” Only by these high taxes our state will have enough money now and in the future to pay us citizens a good income, so we cam enjoy that now robots are doing our work”. I think this is, at last, getting to the Core Values of what is wrong with our modern highly-industrialized superhumanly-productive capital-intensive civilization. Up till now the word has come down from Saint Paul and Lenin: “He who does not work neither shall he eat”. But in the modern world, as you say, if Robots do the Work, shall only Robots Eat? That is the… Read more »

Joerg
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Joerg

@vexarb “What is Socialism? Equal incomes, neither More nor Less” To this George Orwell answered: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” (Animal Farm). And, dear vexarb, “Equal income” in the soviet Union and the other Warsaw Pact States is a myth. To the contrary: There were huge differences of income in those Communist states. Also all mayor railway stations had a special waiting room for members of the “Nomenclatura” (something like the “Upper 10.000” in the West) only!. Orwell was right, Shaw was wrong! “No taxation – because the State already has all our… Read more »

vexarb
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Joerg, many thanks for that full account of Mercantilism which I must take time to disinguish from Distributionism on the one hand and Mixed Economy on the other hand. I had not known about the Progressive economic policies of Frederick father & son; at school we learned only about their wars and their despotism. But your praise of their promotion of industy makes sense of our History master’s otherwise disconnected little anecdote: “Madame, respectez le fardeau!”.

Badger Down
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Badger Down

Expressways. A highway is a major road. (Though of course USers have a zillion other words for them.)

Joerg
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Joerg

Thanks for this information, Badger Down. My English is lousy – and things are complicated for “Ausländers”, because theres i inot only the English-English, but also the American- (US+Canda) English”.

Joerg
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Joerg

@Badger Down
… and there is also this, what I call “street language”. E.g. this “duh”. ‘What the hell does that mean?, I thought. But then there are these “urban dictionaries” and I could find out. And while “duh” is American-English, there is also the same with English-English (there must also be some “urban dictionary” for English-English).
And this “street language” changes very fast! If I, as an elderly man, meet, let’s say, Angela Davis, and I told her: “Your dress, is really outta sight, Mrs. Davis – she would understand me – but no one else in the room would.

Badger Down
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Badger Down

No problemo! And you’re way ahead of me in Economics. I like the sound of your Mercantilism.

DunGroanin
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DunGroanin

Amen – that is uplifting and clear and crisp as a sunny winter morning. Thanks CJ and O-G. The ff operation – apparently set off by a failed arrest – is as obvious as they come. I predicted day one, Macrons unworthy election and his pedigree would end with claret on the rue’s – yet he and his brethren would keep trying to reverse the gains the proles have made over the century. I’d be wanting to know what and where his boyfriend/bodyguard/pretend policeman has been upto recently… Merkel must be enjoying watching the self raising petard fixers getting their… Read more »

Haltonbrat
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Haltonbrat

The French word “gilet” for me has always meant “waistcoat”. The French word for “vest” is normally “maillot”. Although the dictionary states that “gilet” could be translated as “vest”, that would be a rare translation. So”gilet jaune” is best translated as “yellow waiscoat” although we Rosbifs would call this item of clothing “yellow jacket”. Strangely enough, the French translation of “jacket” is “veste”!

Ray Raven
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Ray Raven

The leading rider of the TdF wears a distictive jersey referred to as the maillot jaune.
What the protesters are wearing are what are commonly referred to as safety vests (or now more typically hi-viz vests (hi-viz being abbreviated high visibility)).

writerroddis
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writerroddis

At last! Someone has finally cut through to the core issues at stake here ..

Manda
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Manda

Hear, hear!

Norcal
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Norcal

My exact thought writerroddis, thanks.

vexarb
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Haltonbrat, the Yanquis call a waistcoat a vest. Your translation into English (UK) is correct; but “Yellow Waist Coats” encountered in English (USA) might raise a bizzarre picture.

Tom Dicanarry
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Tom Dicanarry

So, I am wearing an undergarment that I know as a vest: what do the Yanks call that, when they call a waistcoat a vest?

Badger Down
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Badger Down

an undershirt.
You’re not going to like this, but:
a gilet is a sleeveless jacket.
These people are Yellow Jackets.

Haltonbrat
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Haltonbrat

Ah merci, ca s’explique. “Vest” is US English for a waistcoat. Am going to a Labour party meeting tonight. Might put on a gilet jaune to test their sense of humour.

harry stotle
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harry stotle

I for one am starting to have a few doubts about the Guardian’s crocodile tears each time a news story breaks about those on th breadline – is such cynicism warranted when on the face of it they all seem like such lovely people?

milosevic
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milosevic

It’s almost as if electing a Rothschild banker as President was a bad idea, even though Marine Le Pen was one of the other candidates.

It’s almost as if the political function of anti-anti-semitism is to disrupt and derail any serious opposition to neoliberal hegemony.

It’s almost as if somebody planned it that way.

Henry Wilson
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Henry Wilson

Macron will use the Strasbourg attack to try & close these protests down on the grounds of national security

T
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T

I was about to ask what odds I would get on a bet that the alleged Strasbourg Christmas-market terrorist would be shot dead resisting arrest, just as last year’s alleged Berlin Christmas-market terrorist, Amri, was (thus preventing any chance of him crying out the equivalent of “I’m a patsy” on national television) — but I see the French security forces have beaten me to the draw…

mohandeer
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@ T.
I seem to be lagging behind. What is the situation with regard the Strasbourg terrorist?

T
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T

> I seem to be lagging behind. What is the situation with regard the Strasbourg terrorist?

He died of acute lead poisoning, as we say…

mohandeer
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Well that maakes sense and I owe one of the commenters here an apology, if I can find the comment.

Maggie
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Maggie

@ Henry Wilson
True. Macron will use the Strasbourg FALSE FLAG to attempt to close the protests down.

Con Crete
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Con Crete

Wonder if it was a false flag for that purpose?

Haltonbrat
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Haltonbrat

That is the strategy of French zionists who manage to have demos in support of Palestine banned by the police because the Zionists would commit violence.

RealPeter
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RealPeter

This is already happening in the French MSM – for the last two days mainstream hacks and Macronist politicians have been shamelessly exploiting the Strasbourg incident by calling on the gilets jaunes to “suspend” their protests in order to “leave the police free” to hunt down the Strasbourg attacker. This has naturally led to many people voicing suspicions on gilet jaune Facebook pages about the politically convenient timing of the Strasbourg attack for the beleaguered Boy Wonder (Macron), who spent last weekend cowering in a heavily-guarded Elysee Palace with a helicopter ready to whisk him away to safety just in… Read more »

Makropulos
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Makropulos

Which is probably why the Strasbourg attack was staged in the first place.

Haltonbrat
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Haltonbrat

Exactement. Faux drapeau.

milosevic
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milosevic

What are you, one of them evil Conspiracy Theorists?

You probably think the 9/11 attack and the Paris massacre were staged, too.

Off-Anything
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Off-Anything

One of the wilder stories circulating about September 11th – and one that has attracted something of a cult following amongst conspiracy buffs – is that it was carried out by nineteen fanatical Arab hijackers, masterminded by an evil genius named Osama bin Laden, with no apparent motivation other than that they ‘hate our freedoms.’

mohandeer
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OffAnything. C.J’s article had me chuckling but your off the cuff satire was positively a gigle head nodding laugh.

Tommy
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Tommy

ha ha ha ha ha very good!

tutisicecream
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Those Gilets Jaunes’ List of Demands in full: Economy/Work • A constitutional cap on taxes – at 25% • Increase of 40% in the basic pension and social welfare • Increase hiring in public sector to re-establish public services • Massive construction projects to house 5 million homeless, and severe penalties for mayors/prefectures that leave people on the streets • Break up the ‘too-big-to-fail’ banks, re-separate regular banking from investment banking • Cancel debts accrued through usurious rates of interest Politics • Constitutional amendments to protect the people’s interests, including binding referenda • The barring of lobby groups and vested… Read more »

Badger Down
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Badger Down

I’ve been seeing Paris burning on the TVs at the gym. Yesterday I finally put the headphones on: they were saying that the protesters were demanding that the tax on diesel be reduced (perhaps back to what it was). And that was it! It sure sounded like fake news to me. Thanks for wising me up.

Norcal
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Norcal

Me too titisicecream.

Haltonbrat
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Haltonbrat

Most people do not know that France retained control of their African colonies by having control of their financial systems. France is quite a racist country.

Tibbles
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Tibbles

Most people don’t know that the British empire changed it’s name to the British Commonwealth but still had control of their financial systems.

Loverat
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Loverat

Those Gilets Jaunes’ List of Demands in full: These below are key demands for all citizens in the West to make of their governments. Perhaps in return, provide them with an amnesty for their war crimes, warmongering, treason and supporting international terrorism. Obviously any such concession would need to be agreed by the Iraqi, Libyan, Afghan, Syrian, Serbian and Yemen people. And, if they comply with these 3 demands: Foreign Affairs • End France’s participation in foreign wars of aggression, and exit from NATO • Cease pillaging and interfering – politically and militarily – in ‘Francafrique’, which keeps Africa poor.… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

If the French were to deal with West and Central African states equally by getting rid of the West African and Central African Franc zones, those migratory flows would eventually resolve themselves because then there would be little reason for people to leave their home countries in those parts of Africa (save perhaps for higher education and specialist medical care reasons) once they achieve political and economic stability

milosevic
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milosevic

A constitutional cap on taxes – at 25%

They must be Putin-Nazis.

All right-thinking progessives know that taxes are good for you, and the higher they are, the better they are for you. Obviously, wages and salaries should be taxed at 100%, and the workers provided with whatever food, clothing, shelter, and entertainment the government determines is necessary. After all, the state knows what’s good for you, they’ve been managing serfs for thousands of years. Stupid peasants, what made you think you could control your own lives?

Kavy
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Kavy

Awesome!

Jen
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Jen

As King Arthur discovered, the peasants thought they could control their own lives because they are French and as they readily admit, zey ‘ave zee most ridiculous accents.

milosevic
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milosevic

milosevic
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milosevic

In the Middle Ages, the way that the feudal lords discovered that they had cranked up the level of taxation on the peasants too high, was that their tax collectors would be chopped into pieces and left lying in the road, to discourage any others that were sent after them.

It’s unfortunate that charming cultural traditions such as this, have gradually been abandoned in the modern world.

lundiel
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Excellent list, might I add, a trip to the guillotine for Bernard-Henri Lévy.

Fair dinkum
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Fair dinkum

More than reasonable tutis.
It’s JUSTICE, writ large.
Power to their arms.
Another view>http://thesaker.is/frances-yellow-vests-its-just-1-protestwhich-has-lasted-8-years/

Michael Cromer
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Michael Cromer

German Fuhrer Angela Merkel proposes a European Army as a Peace Keeping Force for the good of us all – Perhaps we need to rethink Brexit and put our trust in Berlin? – After all who needs the NHS when they have been shot dead for their own good?

davemass
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davemass

Please stop labelling these Yellow Vest opponents as ‘Leftists’- They’re of the kind that calls for revolution, but not just yet…
They are really like Blairites in UK- claim to understand and sympathise with the workers, but like their nice salaries
and houses.
I love the French for not believing the last 40 years of Reagan/Thatcher- Mitterand was shafted to bring him into line-
I hope UK has its new ‘Poll Tax Riots’-

Kavy
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Kavy

I’m on the left and I write in Wall Street Economics blog. If you see my writings you will see that I’m very left, very anti conservative, and very anti racist and yet I’m fiercely against open borders and mass immigrating. Mankind hasn’t advanced enough yet and people still like the security of their home, their home town, and their traditional way of life. They are not racists and enjoy diversity, but they don’t want to become a minority in their own town, or county. In time that might happen, over hundreds of years, but when it occurs in decades… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

@ Kavy, I wonder how pure is your gene pool? And how many generations it took for you to cease being a minority? The immigration crisis is the direct result of cynical Foreign Policy to create chaos in order for the vampires to descend and devour the resources of the chosen victim country. . The resulting immigration ‘purposely engineered ‘ to keep us in our place and grateful for any crumb we are given. It is not the immigrant’s fault that he had to leave his home and seek safety.. And where better than to countries that have been telling… Read more »

Kavy
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Kavy

This is what I argue on my economics blog, that mass immigrating is a result of imperialism, and now, neoliberalism. The aristocracy encourage mass immigrating to drive down wages and to force house prices and rents up. Millions of new immigrants are good for the GDP, and good for businesses. Millions more using the services, thousands more on Branson’s overcrowded trains, millions more using the internet providers. It isn’t the socialists that encourage mass immigration, but the backers of the Conservative Party, the same people who back New Labour. The British people were conned when they voted Conservative thinking they… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

@Kavy, So it appears we are more or less on the same page? ”The Liberals are all for open borders”. If by open borders you mean giving asylum to those who have been terrorised and displaced, then so be it, there is no other alternative. But the economic migrants are a different story. Unfortunately we are in the grips of an economic nightmare, with not enough jobs for the people already living here. So I agree that those wanting to come into our country to work, must have a job to come to and enough money to sustain themselves, or… Read more »

Mishko
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Mishko

Indeed, if a girl or woman is comfortable wearing the veil she should wear it.
And if the veil proves cumbersome she takes it of again. But ofcourse.
Immigration is wonderful when not overdone. NOT. OVER. DONE.
For the sake of the natives, so that services and available housing
do not get overcrowded. As opposed to the current situation.
Which is also engineered as part of The Strategy Of Tension.
To promote conflct and chaos in society. (FUD)

Badger Down
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Badger Down

Maggie, that is SO antisemitic!
How pure is my gene pool!

Fair dinkum
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Fair dinkum

The indigenous peoples of the Americas, Australia, the South Pacific, and South Africa (Did I miss any?) were more than ‘uneasy’ about the mass migration/ invasion of their native lands.
The pendulum swings.

Tibbles
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Tibbles

Yes, you missed one or two, Bengal, ten million murdered or starved to death by the laughably titled East India Company.

Badger Down
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Badger Down

The Jewish East India Company moved thousands of Bengalis into Burma, thus forming an irritation that has recently been spat out. And the ( ) media bleats about “rohingya”! Ever wonder why they look like Bangladeshis?