Monday, November 26, 2018


Yay Yellow-Vest Frenchies! Now What?

Who would have thought it? French citizens, “mostly peacefully protesting” on the Champs Elysées over gas taxes intended to save the planet from climate change. Imagine! The Frenchies are so docile that it took gas at $7.06 per gallonto get them into the streets.
I tell you: rulers have been warring against citizen mobility ever since a potentate in the Fertile Crescent first instituted the death penalty for the crime of walking on the king’s private chariot highway. The dear old Duke of Wellington was said to be against railways because they would encourage the poor to travel around needlessly. Any excuse to tie the serfs to the land.
The next thing you know, Subaru and Prius drivers here in North Seattle will be putting up yard-signs protesting the state’s plans to reduce driving by 50 percent by 2050. Because what about the homeless?
The truth is, Kevin Williamson reminds us, that everyone is in favor of using the state to order the other guy around. Everyone, from Trump to Bernie, is in favor of some kind of national socialism, with some “a little more nationalist, [and others] a little more socialist.” These days the little-more-socialists are in favor of using force to get us out of our cars.
That Hitler guy was a genius, the first guy to put nationalism and socialism together, and the proof is that we are still playing his game while insisting that the other guys are the real fascists. Hey liberals! What’s the difference between the SS and Antifa? They are are both fascistic; they both wear artistical black. Oh yeah. The SS got paid by the government, while Antifa gets paid by liberal billionaires.
Hitler figured it out in 1923, but it wasn’t till the 1970s that Henri Tajfel developed the concept of “minimal group paradigm” while researching “intergroup discrimination.” He found that even people organized arbitrarily and temporarily into groups in a research project will favor their in-group over an out-group. In other words, it doesn’t matter who is in a group, or what the group’s purpose is for, people will behave groupishly, and favor their guys over the others. So, liberals, it’s not just about evil alt-right haters: everybody does it; we are all fascists now. All humans are groupish and are perfectly happy discriminating in favor of their own kind -- Subaru drivers whose other car is a bicycle -- and against the “other” -- deplorable drivers of full-size trucks with macho names like Ram, Titan, or Tundra.
Yet here are those French mostly peaceful protestors wearing their government-mandated yellow vests, and only now, with gas prices hitting $7 per gallon, are they hitting the streets.
This, in my view, is the irreducible problem of our time. Taxed and regulated up the ying-yang, we peasants only flood into the streets after the dirty work is done,after we have been taxed out of 35 percent of our income, after the government has regulated everything from hair-braiding to brush-clearing in forests, after it has rigidified education into uselessness, and attacked bullying by keeping bullies in school.
What is wrong with us, that we let this happen? Oh yeah. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” But what do we underlings do about it, other than assassinate Caesar so that his stripling great-nephew Octavius can become Emperor Augustus?
Obviously, the anti-groupish libertarian answer doesn’t serve, because humans are groupish. Obviously the one great group to rule them all, that succeeded only in murdering them all, is the great crime of the millennium.
Emmanuel Macron says “honte” or “shame” to the mostly peaceful  protesters. I say shame to loser Macron and shame to the proud elite that has enacted the stupid conceit of penal taxation of diesel and gasoline, and shame on its failed wars on poverty and everything else it has screwed up.
For the truth is that almost all of today’s government programs arose as a way for the educated elite to pat itself on the back for its intelligence, its virtue, its compassion. In reality, of course, the pensions, health care, and education programs were merely bribes paid in return for votes and power.
But the climate change conceit is a bit different, because the benefits all go to the educated elite, in grants to educated elite researchers, in corporate subsidies, and in subsidies for the virtue-signalling electric cars, wind, and solar power favored by the educated elite. Really, the average bear, the gilet jaunele déplorable ordinaire, gets nothing out of it, except higher costs on personal transportation and home heating.
Do you see the opportunity? There’s no chance to reform Social Security and Medicare, because grandpa and grandma. But climate change could be different, because the educated elite forgot Rule One of entitlement programs: you have to deal in the ordinary middle class.
Christopher Chantrill @chrischantrill runs the go-to site on US government finances, Also get his American Manifesto and his Road to the Middle Class.

Macron: Globalist Poster Boy’s Polls Plunge to Historic Low, Le Pen Now More Popular


French president Emmanuel Macron had broken a new record, becoming the most unpopular French president in history at this stage of his presidential term, according to recent polls which have also seen populist rival Marine Le Pen rise in popularity.

President Macron’s approval rating now registers at a mere 26 percent according to figures by pollsters BVA, who compared his current polling numbers to former presidents during the same era of their terms as leaders of France.

France, BVA polls:

Approval Rating at same time of Presidency

Mitterand (PS-S&D): 48%
Chirac (UMP-EPP): 35%
Sarkozy (UMP-EPP): 48%
Hollande (PS-S&D): 29%
Macron (LREM-ALDE): 26%

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Macron now polls even lower among the French than his predecessor, former President Francois Hollande, who eventually left office in 2017 with an approval rating in the single digits.
The current French leader’s popularity is even starker when compared to the last conservative French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who enjoyed an approval of nearly one in two French voters.
As Macron’s popularity has faded, the approval ratings of populist Rassemblement National leader Marine Le Pen, seen as Macron’s main political rival by many, has seen a dramatic increase. The BVA poll now sees Le Pen beating Macron with 27 percent to his 26 percent approval.

France, BVA poll:

Approval ratings (president+party leaders)

Le Pen (RN-ENF): 27% (+3)
Macron (LREM-ALDE): 26% (-3)
Dupont-Aignan (DLF-EFDD): 25%
Ruffin (PD-*): 23%
Besancenot (NPA-LEFT): 22% (+1)
Hamon (G.s.-S&D: 21% (-2)

Field work: 21/11/18 – 22/11/18
Sample size: 1,258

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The unpopularity of President Macron has been one of the central focuses of the Gilets Jaunes or “Yellow Vests” movement against the rise of taxes on fuel which has seen protests across the country on the 17th and 24th of November.
The protests, which have seen over 100,000 people participate, blocked entrances and exits on major motorways and over the weekend blockaded much of central Paris.
While the movement has been largely peaceful, it has not been without several incidents of violence including the death of a protestor in the eastern Savoie region during the first protest who was killed by the driver of a car that sped into a group of Yellow Vest movement members.
In Paris, movement members clashed with police along the Champs Elysees, with Ms Le Pen among others claiming that far-left activists had infiltrated the movement in order to fight with police.
Le Pen has been a vocal supporter of the Yellow Vests whose movement has been described by leading French political scientists as a real grassroots populist movement.
Prominent French political scientist Jean-Yves Camus commented  on the movement saying, “This is the first time we’re seeing a mobilization that’s coming from the social networks, and not led by the political parties or the unions,” and added, “This is really a populist-type movement, and it’s an extremely strong protest against elite France.”
The movement has also seen the support of the vast majority of French with a poll taken by Odoxa finding that around 77 percent of the country supported the movement.

Follow Chris Tomlinson on Twitter at @TomlinsonCJ or email at ctomlinson(at)


"A series of recent polls in the US and Europe have shown a sharp growth of popular disgust with capitalism and support for socialism. In May of 2017, in a survey conducted by the Union of European Broadcasters of people aged 18 to 35, more than half said they would participate in a “large-scale uprising.” Nine out of 10 agreed with the statement, “Banks and money rule the world.”

"The ruling class was particularly terrified by the teachers’ walkouts earlier this year because the biggest strikes were organized by rank-and-file educators in a rebellion against the unions, reflecting the weakening grip of the pro-corporate organizations that have suppressed the class struggle for decades."
“The yearly income of a typical US household dropped by a massive 12 percent, or $6,400, in the six years between 2007 and 2013. This is just one of the findings of the 2013 Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances released Thursday, which documents a sharp decline in working class living standards and a further concentration of wealth in the hands of the rich and the super-rich.”
"The American phenomenon of record stock values fueling an ever greater concentration of wealth at the very top of society, while the economy is starved of productive investment, the social infrastructure crumbles, and working class living standards are driven down by entrenched unemployment, wage-cutting and government austerity policies, is part of a broader global process."
"A defining expression of this crisis is the dominance of financial speculation and parasitism, to the point where a narrow international financial aristocracy plunders society’s resources in order to further enrich itself."

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