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Tipping Point: The Gilets Jaunes are winning, what’s next?

David Studdert

The weekend just gone, Manifestation 23, marked a seismic shift in the five month battle between the Gilets Jaunes and the French state. The Notre Dame fire has brought into the open the strategic shift in public opinion that has occurred over the winter; shifts all to the advantage of the Gilets Jaunes. While the cold winter months with their looming darkness only allowed us to glimpse two equal parties grinding away at each other in the gloom, the advent of spring and its clear light, reveals how the Gilets are gathering reserves of strength all over France, and how, now, they are slowly winning in Paris as well. The sight of French police surrounding Notre Dame and denying access to its ‘own’ population, starkly illustrates what the state seeks to deny. After all, these sort of monuments are the materiality through which states demonstrates their connection to the population, their right to rule and their own power.

The Neo-liberal state is crumbling and Macron is going be the sacrificial lamb. At this stage he will be lucky to last two months. His clumsy handling of the Notre Dame blaze has outraged and enraged more sections of the French population. Indeed throughout the five months of protest, and despite the wall to wall media propaganda, opinion polls consistently show continued and unwavering sympathy and support of the Gilets Jaunes.

In the sharp light of spring it is clear that Macron’s winter strategy: the Great National Debate, has achieved nothing for the government and more tellingly perhaps, has further revealed Macron’s own incapacity to either change himself or shift course. As one anonymous French state official reportedly said: ‘Mitterrand gave them an extra week’s holiday, but Macron can’t manage anything’. He simply seems unable in any form to communicate with either the Gilets or the people of France. His constant speeches, with their casual insults and lack of empathy, remain one of the best recruitment tools the Gilets possess.

His recent pronouncements continue this trend. His promise to rebuild the cathedral in five years was met with scorn – ‘this is not a railway line’, said one commentator, while his invitation to the world (a typical empty gesture) angered and aroused traditionalists. Indeed, as has been widely reported, his endorsement of cash donations from billionaires, simply provided the Gilets with yet more free sticks to beat him and the state.

Even his big showpiece speech was cancelled when the Cathedral burst into flames. And what was his big announcement? A freeze on hospital and school closures, the index-linking of pensions to inflation and the closing of the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA), the university that produces the country’s political and civil elite, all of which, particularly the last, were seen as too late and totally irrelevant. After all it doesn’t put food on the table or help the people get to the end of the month with any money. As I noted in previous articles, this is typical of Macron, revealing only how his personal authority is slipping away, and strangely enough, how irrelevant he is becoming to the entire debate.

Above all, Macron is guilty of being one of those stupid/intelligent middle class people; the sort neo-liberalism delights in providing for us in many guises: administrators, legacy media editors, heads of departments, councillors, politicians. He is bright, he is buffed, he has aspiration, he can speak fluently on subjects for hours, yet for all of that, every speech he makes simply inflames the situation. And this, coupled with his inability to convey a shred of empathy and his apparent lack of understanding concerning both politics and national history, reveal him to be nothing so much as a messenger boy for the rich and the powerful. Once again none of this escapes the French population.

Clearly Macron much prefers international summits to meeting his own people and in truth his dreams of the future, which is all he has, are as banal as Marinetti’s.

All of this was starkly obvious in the course of the great National Debate. Billed as a listening exercise, every photo showed Macron not listening, but lecturing, while his rolled shirt sleeves made him look like a boy, inexperienced and out of his depth. The state PR is simply not working and one can’t believe that any worker in France was fooled by this nonsense.

So Macron is finished and he’ll be gone soon, but the question remains where does this revolt go from here? For the manner in which his removal occurs, how long it takes and who replaces him, will determine the next stage.

Unfortunately for the French neo-liberal state, Macron’s dismissal will not solve the problem. Firstly because, in an immediate sense, there is no alternative candidate within ruling circles acceptable to the Gilets. Secondly, because it is becoming increasingly apparent that neo-liberalism as a form of governance can only succeed in a climate of profligate personal credit, which, along with rising house prices (not counted as inflation), remains the only method available to Neo-Liberalism for generating wealth among all social classes. They simply are unwilling or unable to give anything to the people.

The dismissal of the Paris police chief and the calls by the state for the police to use greater violence and employ more weaponry, simple confirm the gridlock which has entangled the neo-liberal state and its bureaucratic class. A gridlock which not only depresses and represses the rest of us, but also, within the current ruling dogma, is impossible to transcend; violence and exclusion are all the contemporary state has left.

And what of the Gilets? Well, they are everywhere. Every week Facebook is full of online Gilet house-parties, where films, discussion and reinforcement abound. When they don’t demonstrate they talk.. Nor, despite the toil required, is there any sign the people of France are quitting the movement. My roundabout still has people each week-end, as they have been every week-end through what was a cold and desolate winter, and in this they are simply duplicating events at the other twenty or so occupied roundabouts in Gers and all through France. Recently the group at my roundabout distributed a flyer saying that they were finding it difficult to continue every weekend and could others come and assist them, something which according to locals, met with an influx of new recruits. ‘Nous le faisons pour vous’ is their standard speech as they hand out flyers to passing motorists, almost all of whom appear friendly and sympathetic; something entirely to be expected, given all of them are locals.

Some liberal commentators still persist in presenting the Gilets as supplicant Oliver Twists, begging for more from their superiors table and these same commentators love to speak of the revolt as being the periphery verses the centre. As I have made clear in my previous articles, this is the opposite of the truth.

For the Gilets are showing rising levels of political consciousness; with an apparent endless enthusiasm for debates concerning violence, socialism and their demands – debates which are still, even after five months, managed online with toleration and respect for the diversity of people’s opinions.

Additionally, from a strategic perspective the Gilets have already demonstrated their capacity to bring every major French city to a halt. Toulouse, Marseilles, Bordeaux, Lyon, have all seen large, persistent demonstrations coupled with massive arrests.

Concurrently, smaller provincial centres like Tarbes in the south west continue to host their own weekly demonstrations, something duplicated in similar centres all over France. And with that is rising, both a hatred of the police, particularly the metropolitan police, and a sense of unity and determination among the Gilets. Naturally most of this escapes the metropolitan elite and the official media, preoccupied as they are with head counts and privates on parade. Yet even in Paris, there is considerable evidence of the movement’s growing support, with people increasingly prepared both to manifest at demonstrations and to express sympathy in media interviews, phone-ins and online.

This narrows the state’s room for manoeuvre drastically. In short the invisible hand is now visible. Something clear when the government, in a brief and crude attempt, sought to blame the Gilets for the Notre Dame blaze – accusations howled down and swiftly rescinded.

Slowly, slowly this battle is developing into a life or death struggle for the neo-liberal state and we can, over the next few months, expect them to intensify their violence during demonstrations, inaugurate house arrests, seal of more railways routes and Paris monuments and ultimately intensify various false flag operations aimed at splitting the movement and fermenting inter-communal conflict.

For the Gilets, this sense they are winning will only increase their determination. If I could make a prediction this will lead ultimately to increased demonstrations, perhaps beyond the self-imposed week-end boundaries, as well as larger, longer blockades of railways and motorways. The French word for demonstration is manifestation and that is a useful word here, because in every sense and every action the Gilets are manifesting their unity, their vision for France and their commitment to that vision.

The last week has been a good week for those who believe that neo-liberalism is a con trick, incapable of providing most a reasonable life, or indeed frankly of governing an increasingly sophisticated social world and an increasingly savvy citizenry. The simplistic nostrums of neo-liberalism remain incapable of confronting the huge problems facing us as a species – a simple truth which is becoming increasingly obvious.

Finally, this week, both the Gilets Jaunes and the Extinction Rebellion in London, are revealing that, despite massive surveillance, militarized, violent policing and the state’s propaganda apparatus, contemporary populations are developing new methods and new visions capable of surmounting these obstacles and finally, after this endless decade of stagnation, moving us forward in a positive, inclusive and effective manner.

David Studdert is a political commenter and musician. His recent books include “Conceptualising Community: Beyond The State And The Individual” (Palgrave 2006) and “Rethinking Community Research” with Valerie Walkerdine (Palgrave 2016). He has also released 18 albums of his own music world wide, some of which can be found here. His forthcoming album ‘For the Early Shift at Charles De Gaulle’ will be released in May on Gaga records available on Spotify.
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Haltonbrat
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Haltonbrat

So who is controlling Macron? He comes across as a puppet.

Marc Peycker
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Marc Peycker

He worked at the Rothschild bank and is the personal “friend” of several French billionaires. Does that answer the question?

Haltonbrat
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Haltonbrat

What really caused the Notre-Dame fire? I don’t believe that an electrical fault caused it. Seasoned oak is really difficult to set on fire. Cui bono?

ricardo2000
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ricardo2000

In the past the religious would have novices up in the rafters making sure there was no source of fire. Now, the government and churches are too stupid to have security guards walking vulnerable buildings. Let alone have a plan to respond to a fire that ‘modern’ fire-fighting equipment can’t reach. Or install modern CO2 extinguishers; or laying fire-fighting pipes up to the roof with high-pressure pumps at every needed elevation.
Notre Dame burned through arrogance, laziness, and stupidity; it wasn’t an accident.

mark
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mark

There have been a lot of recent arson/ vandalism attacks on churches and cathedrals (separate from any terrorist incidents.) These have been celebrated by various people – minority groups/ homosexuals/ victims of child abuse as “payback” for colonial violence, including destruction of mosques etc. in the past/ religious condemnation of homosexuality/ sexual offences by clergy. There was a similar celebration of the fire at Notre Dame. That doesn’t prove it was deliberate, but you have to keep an open mind.

It could be a case of “grey terror”, a significant event that may appear to be accidental, such as a train derailment with heavy casualties, that has been deliberately engineered to divert attention from something else that is happening. But it could just be a fire in an old building. The insurance industry works on the basis that a building will burn down once every 200 years. The Houses of Parliament burnt down nearly 200 years ago.

George Cornell
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George Cornell

Agree about the oak, not good firewood, but ash? Great stuff.

david studdert
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david studdert

thanks for all your comments –let me clear i didn’t say that GJ and extinction rebellion were coming from the same spot ( though I kind of implied it i must admit) What I liked about ER were their tactics of civil disobedience which were smart every time the police tried to clear oxford circus and started pushing people backl new crowds emerged out of side streets all this sort of stuff — as regard vision they aren’t within a bulls roar of The GJ but then again almost no one is. Hope that clears it up. Thanks again

ricardo2000
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ricardo2000

I hope GJ and ER is the start of a ‘Billionaire Extinction’ movement.

Amy Masreliez
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Actually this analysis and conclusion is off-base. GJ is a phony labor movement started by Rothschild (who owns and manipulates the media in France) to put the authoritarian Front National Party in place by ousting a centrist party. There are essentially criminals behind the movement (the “black blocs”) who are like a reign of terror. Macron is true and just, but unfortunately a pawn. If he beats Rothschild at his game the GJ will just fizzle out.

Mahla Propyzm
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Mahla Propyzm

Their tactics were straight out of the Gene Sharp playbook – as seen in so many ‘colour revolutions’ and the ‘arab spring’, all of which by some coincidence ended up with the neo-liberal empire calling the shots.
Gilet Jaunes tactics are much smarter – they take aim specifically at the lifeblood of globalised capitalism – the flows of goods. Those roundabout protests and motorway blockades are not just for seeking attention, they have as much real economic bite as mass industrial action used to have before union power was completely neutered.

physicsandmathsrevision
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David,
Good stuff until you compared the Gilets Jaunes to our own “Exrinction Rebellion”. Rather puzzling that you fail to recognise that these are two entirely different beasts.

The Gilets Jaunes bring genuine resistance and hope.

‘Extinction Rebellion’, on the other hand, is an elaborate distraction that has nothing to do with resistance to Neo-Liberal rulers (quite the opposite) or even with protecting the natural world. In reality, ER has everything to do with manufacturing public consent … the required consent of the citizenry … that will unlock the treasuries and public monies under the guise of climate protection allowing Corporations to spend untold billions on their new technologies on our behalf …

,… but the real purpose of the operation is to save a capitalist system that will collapse without the implementation of such carefully-crafted predatory nonsense.

Let’s worry about enslaving our descendents in even more unpayable debt later.

The monies that the establishment intends to spend in service of its self-created Death Cult could easily be used to improve the lives of orinary people across the world … but that ain’t going to happen.

Quote below….from artist Hiroyuki Hamada:

“What’s infuriating about manipulations by Non-Profit Industrial Complex is that they harvest good will of the people, especially young people. They target those who were not given skills and knowledge to truly think for themselves by institutions which are designed to serve the ruling class. Capitalism operates systematically and structurally like a cage to raise domesticated animals. Those organizations and their projects which operate under false slogans of humanity in order to prop up the hierarchy of money and violence are fast becoming some of the most crucial elements of the invisible cage of corporatism, colonialism and militarism.”

…. by “these organisations” he means (for example) the banker-funded NGOs behind the ER operation.

Thorough (and devastating) analysis of the ‘Extinction Rebellion’ here:
http://www.wrongkindofgreen.org/2019/02/03/the-manufacturing-of-greta-thunberg-for-consent-the-house-is-on-fire-the-90-trillion-dollar-rescue/

oaktree
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oaktree

“Extinction Rebellion’, on the other hand, is an elaborate distraction that has nothing to do with resistance to Neo-Liberal rulers (quite the opposite) or even with protecting the natural world. In reality, ER has everything to do with manufacturing public consent … the required consent of the citizenry … that will unlock the treasuries and public monies under the guise of climate protection allowing Corporations to spend untold billions …”

Such unbelievable bollocks !

An organisation only one year old that has had such a massive global impact in such a short time; with a slogan “System Change not Climate Change”; who targets the political, media, financial, banking and corporate sectors; who disrupts the functioning of central London for 11 days ….. and you think XR is part of the neo-liberal conspiracy !

I think you’re probably just jealous that XR have had such a massive impact, while you’ve been armchair ranting and raving for years and got nowhere.

Amy
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I agree with your comments. Extinction Rebellion is authentic but Gilet Jaunes is not authentic. Please see my comments above about Rothschild, who is trying to re-make the state into something more controllable. Macron will win and he isn’t the person that the media have made him out to be. He is just and true. In the end, the truth will come out about the media manipulation and the real origin of the GJ. Definitely not close to an Arab Spring and not a failing Neo-liberal state but one being transformed. Also, the GJ didn’t start the fire but it was started by a foreign power who hired a terrorist group.

Nang'
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Nang'

Never read such a bunch of crap. Macron just & fair ? Are you trolling us, Amy ?

I’m french and can tell you, for I have been with them Gilets, there’s no political power behind them. Actually, all the politics and Unions were kicked out of demonstrations : right or left, but yellow only.

Macron is indeed not the person the media made up, he’s a sick neurotic idiot. He could never and will not embody the presidential fonction. He & his gouvernement kept insulting the people, and that a key to understand whats going on. Corruption & depredation have been on for a while in the West, but never with such a crude assault on people’s dignity.

Mahla Propyzm
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Mahla Propyzm

Spot on – the XR protest was entirely state approved and encouraged. Look how quickly the pollys ran to jump aboard the bandwagon, how they cooed and clapped at the cute, unassailable little girl reading out speeches written for her by her handlers.
Absolutely nothing in common with Gilet Jaunes or any kind of grass roots movement.

Duncan Spence
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Thanks for that link. Very interesting.

david studdert
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david studdert

read what I said carefully — contemporary populations are developing new methods and new visions capable of surmounting these obstacles the extinction rebellion who ever they are, have as displayed the week before last developed new tactics of civil disobedience they may not have athe enlightened vision I see and hear from the Gilets but their tactics were excellent.

tom
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tom

ER worked out their tactics in advance and in collaboration with the Met and London’s hideous mayor. That doesn’t make them clever it makes you look naive. Otherwise, though, you’re article is pretty much on the money.

david studdert
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david studdert

and thanks for the comments they were really great and I appreciate them all.

mark
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mark

well said. Extinction Rebellion is pure astro turfing.

physicsandmathsrevision
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For example, see today’s BBC News website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48069016

Simon Hodges
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In addition to the fictionalisation of nature then we should also be on guard against the sinister application of 5G mobile networks and the Internet of Things.

If people think that the EU and Brexit are concerns then they are nothing compared to what the IoT will likely mean. 5G networks mean we will live as guinea pigs in very high frequency concentrated microwave communities. There may not yet be evidence of links to cancer but everyone admits that they effectively heat body cells to varying depths. We know next to nothing about the real effects of all these different forms of radiation either in isolation or in increasing combinations.

The IoT will likely lead to massive losses over personal sovereignty and consumer sovereignty. The days of ownership or having control over a computer or its software are already on their way out. Things will shortly do all your shopping for you for your own convenience obviously. Your car will automatically book itself in at the expensive main dealer every time its sensors tell it there is something wrong. Slowly but surely independent mechanics will be forced out. The corporations which pose as benevolent giants will force out and exclude all the small independent competition. Corporations and government will increasingly use AI and the IoT to regulate, control and monitor their populations forcing them to earn government, corporate and social likes as is already happening in china. This is all taking place quietly in the background and no-one is meant to notice or realize the full potential implications. People willingly install Amazon’s and Google’s surveillance devices in their homes.

Government, corporations, NGOs, research bodies etc have all effectively merged into a co-operative entity. These partnerships are made explicit on Huawei’s web site.

“Without End-to-End (E2E) network security, artificial intelligence, and Big Data analysis, creating value out of data is an uphill struggle. Facing such challenges, ICT partners must establish broad alliances and joint innovation. Manufacturers, operators, vendors, developers, research institutes, and government agencies each play a part in making the IoT work for us.”

The financialisation of nature and the financialisation of data making the IoT work for them in order to control us.

BigB
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BigB

Potential coup in Venezuela: every socialist leader in the world needs to react …Jeremy Corbyn supports the new internationalism …by declaring a globalist climate emergency!

“It’s time to act”. Yes, it is Jeremy. Yes, it is.

[And not by supporting charity regime change Jo Cox Foundation …part of the NGO charity industrial complex. How about some real solidarity from this principled man?]

Seamus Padraig
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Seamus Padraig

Jezza used to support Venezuela. What happened? Has he sold out?

Duncan Spence
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Sold out? That and being held by the short and curlies by his Momentum chums, while trying to appease several factions of the party nobody else wanted to lead and pulling knives from his back.

Haltonbrat
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Haltonbrat

Seeing all the antisemitism guff coming out of Momentum, I suspect that Momentum is an asset of Israel.

BigB
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BigB

Where you been Seamus? Red Jez (not sarc) used to be socialism in action – travelling all over South America – expressing solidarity with hands across the ocean. I can’t remember if he went to Venezuela – but I’m sure he did. As a back bencher and candidate – he heaped praise on Chavez …and thought Venezuela showed that another way of life was possible.

Fast forward to the current crisis. In what was widely seen as support for Maduro – JC tweeted “The future of Venezuela is a matter for Venezuelans.” Solidarity with Maduro, right?

But he added the caveat: “There needs to be dialogue and a negotiated settlement to overcome the crisis.”

Dialogue and negotiations with who – Guiado and the National Assembly? There is no one else – so he’s thrown Maduro under his own career bus. Maduro is the President, no ifs, buts or maybes. He does not need to negotiate with anyone in Venezuela – he’s the president. Guiado is a NATO sock puppet that JC legitimated as a real authentic political entity. So he betrayed the Bolivarian Revolution he once thought was leading the way internationally – and STILL our press gave him hell …calling him a Maduro apologist – and Andrew Neil mocking him on air.

Anyway, he never makes a stand. He takes the neutrality position time after time. He washed his hands of Julian Assange – leaving him to his fate in Sweden. He has neither officially abandoned Maduro, he hasn’t endorsed the Yankee imperialist, and he hasn’t actually endorsed Guiado. Only, careful, non-partisan reading shows exactly where he stands – with the oppressor.

Haltonbrat
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Haltonbrat

Corbyn gets hell because he rightly supports justice for Palestinians. Only today, the Guardian has a front page article regarding yet another accusation of Corbyn being an antisemite. The Guardian is really being very supportive of Israel’s campaign to bring down Corbyn. But then CP Scott gave top level support to the Zionists.

Gezzah Potts
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Gezzah Potts

Thanks David for another update on the situation in France. Much appreciated. If they succeed, hopefully it will start a domino effect right thruout this odiously vile Empire, however complete apathy seems to be the order of the day in Australia apart from those loudly defending the ‘system’ (on social media). I took note and agreed with the comment by dhfabian also.

tutisicecream
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The Gilets Jaunes are the real thing. So no surprise the fake resistance has been activated with the ER’s – endorsed by the Guardian which tells you in a flash [flash mob?] all you need to know. Their exploitation of children should also remind you of another media sensation developed to peddle the lies of the establishment through an all too compliant media – the White Helmets.

Gilets Jaunes have been a genuinely popular uprising that has avoided leadership and allegiance with already existing political parties or unions, has so far refused to be dragged to the negotiating table by offers of concessions from politicians. However the ER’s has a slick PR company behind it.

“Greta Thunberg and the youth she has inspired across our fragile planet. The upper echelons of power have every intention to capture and channel this energy – and use it to maintain the current power structures. They are already in the process” – Cory Morningstar

I don’t wish to distract from the Gilets Jaunes article which is excellent, however it is useful to understand the ER diversion. Read more here:

http://www.wrongkindofgreen.org/2019/02/24/the-manufacturing-of-greta-thunberg-a-decade-of-social-manipulation-for-the-corporate-capture-of-nature-crescendo/

Amy
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GJ is phony started by Rothschild as a battle with eel territorial markers to take out the only centrist party and make FN the lead in France. So now he can control the media as well as an authoritarian state. Problem with that is Macron will win, and show himself to be one of the people not the elitist charicature that the Rothschild controlled media has portrayed. If only people knew how deep the international crime syndicate goes into the control of states. All is not lost in France. US is going to have a very Long and hard time recovering and it is hard to see now what will happen to the UK. People need to awaken to the truth and stop buying into the lies they read.

Gezzah Potts
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Gezzah Potts

Tutisicecream: yeah, I find Wrong Kind Of Green an excellent resource also, and Cory Morningstar does really detailed, exhaustive research. Agree fully that the Gilets Jaunes are the real deal, and I wish them success. The contrast in what is happening in France, and the complete apathy and a ‘couldn’t give a flying fig’ mindset of the vast majority in Australia is so glaringly stark. Like day and night. And those down here that do ‘give a damn’ are usually coming from a reactionary defending the status quo attitude.

BigB
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BigB

Respect, guys, for raising awareness …but it like firefighting on a windswept, tinder dry moor. Looks like it might be kicking off in Venezuela …to get the filthy oil, to get the filthy lucre, to get the clearfelled trees to the filthy biomass boilers, to emit more filthy GHG, to get the filthy lucre, to get the filthy oil …the merry-go-round of filthy climate racism, filthy militarism, and filthy materialism.

Only a massive raising of consciousness is going to turn this around. Sorry, don’t mean to upset anyone …but nearly all of humanity are sleeping – especially the woke. We need a wholesale rejection of capitalism, all its anti-values, and everything it stands for …filthy oil lucre, filthy climate lucre, filthy faux-humanitarian lucre, filthy bad faith bloodmoney – tributary lucre. From the ‘Ark of Universal Humanism’ – which is solidarity with every oppressed – we need a new pivot to internationalism. We have been betrayed by our leaders – all of them. We have been betrayed by the capitalist accumulation of accumulation hypergrowthism. And, its got to be said – we’ve pretty much betrayed ourselves as well. And the children. And humanities extended biotic community.

Last chance Earth. The decisions made in the next few years, if not the next few weeks, decide our fate. And, if you ain’t with us …you better bloody well make up your mind soon.

¡No pasarán!

If you tolerate this, there won’t be any children…

https://twitter.com/venanalysis

crank
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crank

Finally, this week, both the Gilets Jaunes and the Extinction Rebellion in London
No, not both.
I don’t know about readers here, but the venn diagram showing the ‘set of those who think XR and Greta are a cynical marketing campaign to pressure the introduction of smart cities, AI, more carbon offsetting and a financialisation of ecosystems’ and the set of ‘those who think that climate forcing is real and dangerous and is happening’ – has a rather small intersection.
Most discussions on this seem to be polarised between climate sceptics/ deniers on the one hand and blinkered XR devotees on the other.
Critical thinking here from Tim Hayward:
https://timhayward.wordpress.com/2019/04/29/trees-dont-grow-on-money-or-why-you-dont-get-to-rebel-against-extinction/

BigB
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BigB

SMALL! Cory is doing a saints job getting it out there – she was on the Sunday Wire with Patrick on Sunday night. Tim has produced the sterling peace [sic!] you link to …but we can hardly measure the results in percentiles of communities (not yet). We’re it! Us four and a few thousand more!

And the Sunday Wire crew and UK Column crew support Piers Corbyn! So they only sort of get it. They can see the iniquity of using Greta, and the globalist boondoggle of ripping off the pension pot and privatising nature – but they are hampered in seeing that if this does occur – it forecloses the future. Very possibly, for good.

So the venn intersection is here – in the low thousands. We will need pots and pans and burning leaves (in a pyrolytic converter) to raise a stink about this. I’m back on Twitfeed – which I never thought possible. But this is a climate emergency. As Cory says: we are going to need all of us …all of us!

falcemartello
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ERA ORA
About time.
The largest wealth gap exceeding the Gilded age
The largest wealth extraction in the history of western civilization.
The finincialization /uberfication of all means of society
The massive social distraction of individuals that it has created a nihlistic class of people that could not give *&^%$%#$%^ about anybody else. Massive disconnect with social behaviour and quintessential living.
70 percent of western inhabitants living from pay check to pay check.
Need I say anymore.
This proves my point that the french experience is telling ,but the other coin tells me the anglo-atlantacist are so pathetic that such a visible movement has had no traction anywhere else.
What dystopian times we r living.
As Marx and Engles said Capitalism will eventually implode.
WHAT NEXT?

Peasant43
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Peasant43

An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his non-entity in an abstraction. A real person in touch with real things inspires terror in him.- Marshall McLhuan

dhfabian
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There is no chance of seeing such a thing in today’s America. Those (mainly in media) who call themselves “progressives,” or even the “left,” have spent the past quarter-century singling the praises of middle class elitism, within our capitalist state. Here, over 20 years into our “war on the poor,” there is no greater disgrace than being jobless — in a country where job losses have well-surpassed job gains for so many years. France has good reason to hope for a better future. We don’t.

wardropper
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wardropper

Infiltration, dilution, manipulation.
As always, when a popular uprising occurs in the West, those are the things for which to be on the alert.

tom
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tom

Excuse me but Extinction Rebellion is composed at its core of upper and middle class trustafarian corporate sock puppets while the Gilets emanate by and large from the very lowest stratas of French society. The Gilets progressive democratic demands are based on legitimate grievances and bear no resemblance whatsoever to the anti-democratic and deeply reactionary demands of ER which are based on pseudoscientific claptrap and postmodernist mumbo jumbo.

Jams O'Donnell
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Jams O'Donnell

Your Stalinism is showing, comrade. Update yourself.

binra
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“Gilets Jaunes and the Extinction Rebellion”

These are two entirely different movements.
But the assertion of association with anything legitimate boosts an otherwise corporate PR event while potentially diluting the voice of the French protesters.

Gwyn
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Gwyn

”…unity and determination…”. Two characteristics that can move mountains. We’ve got the numbers; they haven’t.

As Henry Miller once said: ”A billion men seeking peace cannot be enslaved.”

Fair dinkum
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Fair dinkum

Leaders are like mantelpieces.
Purely decorative.
And disposable.

Gwyn
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Gwyn

Fair dinkum – is that a veiled reference to one of the great political minds of our time, Gavin ”I couldn’t make it in the world of fireplace sales, so I went into politics” Williamson?

tekmurphy
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Yellow Vests Media Archive

https://yellowvests.wtf/media-archive

End of the world or end of the month, same fight.

https://yellowvests.wtf/

jo pac
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jo pac

Thanks for the links

Simon Hodges
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Funny how the Blairite Neoliberal progressives now find themselves on the wrong side of revolutionary history. Now they are firmly in the elite establishment which need to be overthrown as they have gone out of their way to ideologically construct themselves against populism and by extension the people. The system needs shaking up and one suspects the Brexit party will be the catalyst in the UK.

Headlice
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Headlice

So Macron burns down Notre-Dame

And on the cover of the 2017 Economist Year in Review the yellow vests are presaged in the Hermit image and the cathedral is shown struck by fire in the Tower image.

Macron:

https://www.voltairenet.org/article206340.html

Seamus Padraig
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Seamus Padraig

Thanks for the link, Headlice.

I didn’t know this before:

The next day, April 16, during a televised speech, President Macron declared: “So, yes, we will rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral even more beautiful, and I want it to be completed within 5 years”. Let’s forget the “I want” characteristic not of a Republican elected, but of a business leader. Five years is extremely short, especially considering the century and a half of the construction of the cathedral. However, it is the time necessary for the work to be completed in time for tourists from the 2024 Olympic Games … Another decision was made: to stifle any debate on the causes of the fire in order to avoid a judicial inquiry disturbing this beautiful arrangement.

For me, that makes an already mysterious blaze downright suspicious.