Oh, those naughty Frogs

The French people are engaging in massive civil disobedience against the Progressive (radical leftist) agenda of President Macron and indeed of the entire government apparatus.  We have a report from an American eyewitness in Paris.

It’s important to note that the majority of protestors are middle aged, these are not college or university students, who make up the usual French protests. This is a grassroots protest. It’s been reported anywhere from 50-80% of the French support the gilets jaunes. This is NOT just about taxes.

The protests began over the new taxes imposed by Macron’s government on fuel. The taxes are viewed as punishing those who use cars and those who can’t afford to buy newer ones. The French already pay heavy taxes on fuel, along with high tolls on highways. Every car in France is required to have 2 high visibility vests (gilets jaunes). The protestors began wearing those vests while protesting.

Along with this, the cost of living is incredibly high while salaries are painfully low, especially in larger cities like Paris. The myth of government-ordered 35 hour work weeks isn’t the reality for most salaried French people. Taxes eat huge chunks of their money and the French are fed up with making the same amount in their salaries as those who don’t work at all and rely on government assistance.

Parts of France are also filled with unassimilated migrants. These migrants get government assistance as well. A large part of the French are sick of paying for migrants when French people are suffering as well. There are areas that have stopped being culturally French and cities the French avoid for holidays because of the migrant problem.

In addition to this, retired people have been lodging their dissatisfaction with their retirement pensions (one woman in a video circulating around French Facebook confronts Macron about having to live off of 500€ a month) and Macron’s reactions have been condescending across the board. He currently has about a 26% approval rating.

All of this started bubbling up a few weeks ago as the protests began with the gilets jaunes in November. The protests last weekend got violent. Statues at the Arc De Triomphe were broken; the Arc was defaced. In Marseille, an 80 year old woman was killed as she was closing her shutters. The police threw a tear gas canister at her window. While outside of larger cities, many police officers and firefighters are taking off their helmets and/or standing in solidarity with the gilets jaunes. There have been reports that they have also refused to shake Macron’s hand and have turned their backs to government officials while serving in official capacities.

On Monday (December 2), there was a protest by the ambulances in Paris. They stood at Concorde with lights flashing and sirens sounding. Truck drivers have also showed their solidarity. They have also driven through Paris with lights flashing to show their dissatisfaction. Roads have been closed down by gilets jaunes and they are blocking access of oil in both ports and at stations. As of posting, over 650 stations are on a list of facing shortages or out of fuel. During yesterday’s news cycle, many truck drivers were seen disrupting broadcasts by honking in solidarity with the gilets jaunes.

On Tuesday (December 3), the French government spoke about their plans for “appeasement” of the gilets jaunes. Their offer was to postpone the start date of 3 taxes (related to fuel). This offer has been scoffed at by the gilets jaunes, who have called it “crumbs” as the taxes haven’t even been implemented yet and the offer does nothing to address the issues regarding cost of living.

Along with this, the French have begun demanding that Macron refuse to sign the UN Migration Act on December 10. This has begun appearing across the Facebook groups and events but has not been widely reported in the French media as far as I can tell.

This has culminated in everything from demands Macron step down to the creation of the 6th Republic. There are protests planned for Saturday across France. The protestors are calling the Paris protests ACT 4. They are quoting from the French National Anthem (“Aux Armes Citoyens”) and planning to protest at Bastille. The medical community is also participating in the protests on Saturday.

TLDR: This is bigger than taxes. These aren’t your usual French protests.

They seem to have learned something from their protests against same sex marriage in 2012. Back then the government announced that they were going to permit same sex marriage and the French took the streets in protest for weeks.  They saw it as a deadly blow to their civilization.  They turned out in protest all over the country with small demonstrations amounting to no more than 100,000 people to really huge ones in Paris involving millions of people.  The government paid no attention to them and jammed it through anyway.

The lesson seems to be this: if all you do is object, even in massive numbers, you will be ignored.  If you want to influence the outcomes you must engage in civil disobedience that really brings things to a standstill and keep them there until you force the change you want.  The French seem to have finally had a belly full.  It seems that Americans aren’t quite there yet, even in Commifornia.  I am sure, however, that the incoming Commicrat elected representatives at all levels of government, will do their best to induce enough rage to bring us into the streets without having to be paid by George Soros.

Meanwhile stay away from crowds.

Le roi est mort (the king is dead)

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Paris is burning.  What started out as a protest against rising gasoline taxes has transformed into something larger.  When the police and the emergency medical technicians and ambulance drivers get in on the action you know it has to do with something larger than taxes.  Of course the French are already taxed half to death and strapped with smothering regulations.  But now they’ve snapped.

French society is in the midst of a preference cascade.  A preference cascade happens when people realize that their preferences, which they had been keeping to themselves because they thought that they were alone, are in fact generally shared, and that everybody is fed up with the official narrative.  In this case the French are fed up with the entire progressive agenda being foisted on them by the progressive aristocracy. They are sick of hearing how they must sacrifice their current prosperity and hopes for the future on the altars of Global Warming, Diversity, High Taxes, Youth Unemployment and all the other ills that are the poisoned fruit of Progressivism.

Tom Kratman, a science fiction author, has labelled these aristocrats ‘Tranzies’ for transnational elites.  Tranzi, kind of like Nazi, only without the swastikas.  These are people who know better than you ever will, you poor benighted sod, what’s good for you and what’s not, and are going to make sure that you get what you need whether you want it or not.  In fact they know perfectly well that you don’t want it, that’s why they have to ‘nudge’ you with propaganda and increasingly odious regulations to bring you into compliance.

 

The problem with these noble Tranzies is that they are in a position that enables them to dictate to and foist their do-gooder schemes on the hoi poloi but because of their wealth and position never have to live with the consequences.  Charles Murray in his book Coming Apart noticed this and concluded that this was dividing, and deeply dividing American society and culture and thereby changing it irrevocably.  I doubt very much that most of America has read Murray’s book, but they certainly feel the effects, and know where its coming from, and are not pleased by it.

The European Union is getting ready to pass a law making it illegal and punishable to speak or write against migrants and migration.  That’ll solve the problem of the common folk disliking it for the deleterious effect it has on their lives for sure.  Effects, let it be noted that the Tranzis don’t have to bear, living as they do in gated communities protected by men with guns.  Yes, Tranzies, silence the grumblings, that will make the problem of peasant discontent go away.  And sure, the Tranzis won’t hear about the actual discontent that surrounds them, until the people can’t stand it any more and they force a change.

At this point Macron’s government is done, stick a fork in it.  The French are expressing themselves with their usual Gallic boisterousness – never any shortage of smashing and burning in la belle France!  Merkel in Germany and May in England are on the ropes too.  People have had enough of the transnational progressive agenda.  Increasingly the deplorables recognize that despite the blessings never delivered but promised over and over again they are always left holding the dirty end of the stick.  And they’re sick of it.  The preference cascade has begun in Western Europe.  Will it continue?

All electioneering is about trying to generate a preference cascade.  Donald Trump is the catalyst of a preference cascade here in the US, he would never have been elected otherwise.  The Donks and the Never Trumpers are trying to create a cascade against him personally.  The latter have no agenda other than get rid of Trump.  The latter’s agenda pretty much mirror’s Macron and the Tranzi’s, and will in time garner the same response from Americans as it has from the French.

At some point things will be getting lively.  Stay away from crowds.