This battle that the French people will win – we do not yet know when, but sure it will – is the vanguard battle of a Western world in full decline because their elites, no longer able to plunder the rest of the world as they did before, are beginning to plunder their own country in order to continue to accumulate a capital that has no other objective than accumulation, always accumulation, by pure Pavlovian reflex. The shape and outcome of this battle therefore does not concern only France but all the other people of the “West”, especially the United States, where the 1% show the same greediness.
Saturday after Saturday, about 100,000 yellow vests invade the streets of cities and roundabouts of the countryside, declaring that the government should take more into account the interests of the people than those of the oligarchs.
But the latest appointee [by tehs eoligarchs] and their puppet, Macron and his government, are stubbornly refusing to listen to the people whom they obviously consider as congenital idiots, uncultivated anti-Semites, jealous of those who succeed… and other verbal demonstrations of their unfathomable superiority complex.
“Out with Macron!” A cry shared by many.
But behind this superiority complex, we also see a panic, at least with Macron who, after six uninterrupted months of demonstrations he has violently repressed, sees the hatred that is accumulating against him and who, in his rare moments of lucidity, must remember the history of France and the fate of Louis XVI, the king guillotined by the revolutionaries. And this panic was clearly visible in this episode: After spending 12 million euros on his Great Debate, that should have “transformed anger into solutions”, these famous solutions had to live up to the expectations and frustration of a people who saw their country turning into a dictatorship. But what can Macron offer when he is stuck between the oligarch hammer and the popular anvil? Between the inexorable dynamic of decomposing capitalism and popular revolt? He obviously didn’t find any viable solution because there is none. So as usual, he cunningly used the very providential but very suspicious fire of Notre Dame de Paris to make the Great Debate disappear into the black hole of popular memory that he hopes will lead to amnesia because, as is well known to manipulators, nothing is better than an emotional diversion to make important things get forgotten. Providentially then, the fire started just one hour before his speech, giving him the perfect excuse to cancel it and, in the name of “mourning”, delaying it, along with the famous solutions he was expected to propose, to an unspecified date. Since then, not a word has been said about it, from his office or the media side. A shameful 12 million euros scam!
But, contrary to what they think, they are not dealing with fools but with people educated and intelligent enough to understand that behind their empty words, their institutional violence and their brigands’ schemes, these oligarchs are plundering the nation’s heritage, sucking the people’s blood. And the most intelligent among the GJs are explaining to others, day after day, both through social networks and constituent assemblies, as well as through meetings in the streets every Saturday, how things work. Then, the day the fire erupted the investigation was therefore open, on social networks, to find out whether this fire was really an accident, as the government claims, or an intentional act, as most experts, especially the best in position to do it, the former head of Notre Dame’s maintenance, believe.
Moreover, one of the first visible benefits of this [Gilets Jaunes] movement is that it is rebuilding a social bond that 30 years of “modern individualistic society” had completely destroyed. There is nothing like a common enemy to bring a people together and the GJ have found it. It is Macron and the oligarchs who manipulate it. And there is no shortage of battles against this powerful and blind enemy.
But the common enemy is not the only point of unity for them, they perceive above all a common objective, that of giving the French people back their say in the political decisions concerning the nation and their lives. And for that, the main tool to be implemented is the RIC. The Citizens’ Initiative Referendum, covering all areas of politics. For sure, the oligarchs, and therefore Macron, do not want this RIC idea to take off because it would signal the end of their enrichment at the State’s expense. Because it is one of the things that is explained every day to the GJ by those who have understood the mechanism well, these oligarchs get rich on the back of the State through systematic public procurement, legal tax exemption, state subsidies, privatization of public companies, tax havens, shell companies…and on and on.
And since the State is getting poorer under the blows of these oligarchs; since taxes are already at their highest level, since money is no longer under the control of the government, all that remains for the government is the solution of “budgetary austerity”, which takes the form of closing hospitals and schools, downgrading the number of civil servant, increasing education costs, reducing pensions and expenditures allowing social regulation, which was the pride of post-1936 France, in short, to gradually erase all the social gains made by our grandparents before and after the Second World War.
As one of these GJ experts explained, tax fraud alone is exactly equivalent to the amount of the public deficit. So if, thanks to the RIC, the French nation could stop the budgetary hemorrhaging caused by this oligarchic system which, since the 1980s, has been slowly weaving the web choking the nation, then it could keep its status as a world and economic power that it is currently losing, like the rest of the Western world, because of the greed of one percent of its population, and the shameless minions who work for them.
In the coming years, it will therefore be a fight to the death between the people and these oligarchs, one of the first victims of which is democracy. Because, now that they are already naked, these oligarchs will no longer be cloaked in the accoutrements of freedom and democracy that they used to cover their stranglehold on the country. We can already see it with a police repression that has never been seen before, a justice that is more than swift, totally cowed, muzzled media, in short, all the characteristics of a totalitarian state.
But how could these oligarchs win against an entire people? This is historically impossible. It therefore remains to the GJ to wear them out so that, Saturday after Saturday, the number of GJs visible in the streets goes from 100,000 to 500,000 and then to millions, in short a new revolution. But for this to happen, it will take a long process of raising consciouness among those who do not yet understand, those who are afraid to understand. A long-term task for which, for the moment, more than one hundred thousand people are ready to give their time, energy and courage till the end, as their motto “nous ne lâcherons pas” [We shall not give up] is already showing it.
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