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

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. Continue Reading

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The Blaze of Hate

The Rabbis do not regret the Paris disaster. “It’s Divine punishment for burning the Talmud,” divines a prominent Jewish divine, the Bethel Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, about the Notre Dame fire. In 1242 the French investigated the Talmud, established that the codex contains volumes of hate speech, and finally burned 1200 codices in the square of the freshly-built Notre Dame Cathedral. “The time for punishment is here,” the Rabbi intones dramatically. Not so fast, Rabbi! If we must connect these two events – the historical burning of the Talmud and the recent destruction of the church, the real point of the story is that France once had a strong, virile immune system. That medieval destruction of that evil book built up a healthy immunity to Talmudic legalisms that helped the cathedral survive wars and revolutions for the magic number of 777 years. But nothing, alas, lasts forever: the resistance of the French people has exhausted itself. Continue Reading

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The World to Come

[NW’s Note: Chris Hedges’ vision may seem very pessimistic, but many elements are already present and others close to manifest themselves. However, nothing in the matter seems eternal, not even such a totalitarian world. Will the delivery of a desirable New World for Humanity be painless?] The World to Come The ruling elites are painfully aware that the foundations of American power are rotting. The outsourcing of manufacturing in the United States and the plunging of over half the population into poverty will, they know, not be reversed. The self-destructive government shutdown has been only one of… Continue Reading

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The Advice of a Former Soldier to the Yellow Vests: Always Stay Glued to the Police

[translated from French] Source: Chroniques du Yéti The Advice of a Former Soldier to the Yellow Vests: Always Stay Glued to the Police Author: Pierrick Tillet In the “How to Fold Macron” series, here are the tips given to Yellow Vests by a former soldier, Yellow Vest too, to face the police during a demonstration. This advice starts from an observation (and from the training of the soldier in question): the police are always much less numerous than the demonstrators. The principle is to control his fear, not to shout, not to flee before them, but to stick to the… Continue Reading

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Étienne Chouard: “The Constituent Yellow Vests appeal to all humanity.”

Étienne Chouard: “The Constituent Yellow Vests appeal to all humanity.” Etienne Chouard. DR. Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your very powerful manifesto book « Nous ne sommes pas en démocratie!” (We are not in a democracy!), you make a relevant observation. Is it not rather a plutocracy? Étienne Chouard:  Yes, absolutely. We have been in the plutocracy for two hundred years since the revolutions of England, America, France, since the advent of the representative government which designates the political players by the procedure of the election among candidates that one can help. This procedure, since one can help, gives all the… Continue Reading

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Why France’s Yellow Vest Protests Have Been Ignored by “the Resistance” in the U.S.

Source: The Unz Review MAX PARRY • JANUARY 2, 2019 • 3,400 WORDS • 85 COMMENTS “The rich are only defeated when running for their lives.” — C.L.R. James, The Black Jacobins In less than two months, the yellow vests (“gilets jaunes”) movement in France has reshaped the political landscape in Europe. For a seventh straight week, demonstrations continued across the country even after concessions from a cowed President Emmanuel Macron while inspiring a wave of similar gatherings in neighboring states like Belgium and the Netherlands. Just as el-Sisi’s dictatorship banned the sale of high-visibility vests to prevent copycat rallies in Egypt, corporate media has predictably worked overtime trying to demonize… Continue Reading

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I Cannot Buy Gifts For My Kids

The Christmas story of The Editors So I explain why. It will be their truly Christian Christmas gift, that is, 100% social. A small political explanation is better than three kilos of Chinese plastic. No way to buy a suitable photo, so we put Father Beaver So children, listen to your dad. Anyway you have no choice. At Christmas, normally we think of others, of those who have nothing and we share what we have. This is the meaning of Christian love, a love that goes beyond that of dad… Continue Reading

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Will the CIR be Enough?

The Yellow Vests movement put forward the notion of the Citizen Initiative Referendum (or CIR for short). Many French people are now polarizing in the hope that by obtaining such a crumb of bread, their hunger for social, professional or civilizational change will be satisfied. Can this be the case? Modern history, for more than a century, tends to show that all the so-called changes, including the social and political measures taken in France in the aftermath of the Second World War, only maintain the Humanity in the System and in the direction that will see the completion of the… Continue Reading

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Macron Resigns

In response to the Yellow Vests, Emmanuel Macron will resign Monday at the 13-Hours on TF1 Thunderclap – If there is an article to share on your Facebook page it’s this one! Unfortunately, that’s not what you think. In fact, this article has nothing to do with the resignation of Emmanuel Macron However, now that you are here, you can help prove recent research on social media sharing behavior especially since there is a large population of social media users who do not read the things they share. Well, it’s not a new phenomenon. In fact, last year, the NPR… Continue Reading

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Note on September 11, 2001, terrorism and manipulation of crowds

The analogy with supercooled water in the Note on “Yellow Vests” and Social Movements is applicable to the events of 11 September 2001 and to state terrorism in general. There is, however, a difference between the two. While social movements tend to start from the bottom or leaders of this base, state terrorism (i.e. actually organized by states against their population or against the population of neighboring states, as in the case of the events of September 11th) starts rather from the top or individuals located outside the targeted population.   If a movement such as the Yellow Vests can… Continue Reading

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Note on “Yellow Vests” and Social Movements

In human history, social movements have generally needed leaders to be born and to grow. In the absence of such leaders, claims tend to remain diffuse and inconsistent, scattering in all directions. They do not organize or they incubate under the surface without being able to express themselves, like the water boiling in a pressure cooker. The pressure rises, at the risk of exploding the container (the system) with great material damage. This is what happens during bloody revolutions. In the case of the Yellow Vests, some observers or commentators suspect that the movement was not so much more spontaneous… Continue Reading

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Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?

Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?   Temperatures on earth have increased approximately 1.8°F since the early 20th century. Over this time period, atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) have notably increased. Both sides in the debate surrounding global climate change agree on these points. The pro side argues rising levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases are a direct result of human activities such as burning fossil fuels, and that these increases are causing significant and increasingly severe climate changes including global warming, loss of sea ice, sea… Continue Reading