“So the War on Populism is finally over. Go ahead, take a wild guess who won.
I’ll give you a hint. It wasn’t the Russians, or the white supremacists, or the gilets jaunes, or Jeremy Corbyn’s Nazi Death Cult, or the misogynist Bernie Bros, or the MAGA-hat terrorists, or any of the other real or fictional “populist” forces that global capitalism has been waging war on for the last four years.”
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 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.
[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?] [Source: Truth dig] The World to Come The ruling […]
[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. […]
[Source: Algérie Résistance] 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 […]
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 […]
[Source in French: Égalité & Réconciliation — Equality & Reconciliation] 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
[Source: https://climatechange.procon.org/] 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 […]