Thank God for France
By Mike Whitney
French soldiers try to unblock the entrance of the
Grandpuits oil refinery southeast of Paris on Friday.
Protests and strikes opposing the government's pension
reform by workers from a wide range of sectors have
been taking place across France but did not stop the
conservative government from pushing through the changes
Friday. (Benoit Tessier/Reuters)
is a growing fear on the part of American elites everywhere that the strikes
that have taken hold on France in opposition to the elites' efforts there
to offload the negative consequences of the recent financial collapse - which
was caused by these very same elites - onto the backs of average Frenchmen
and women will ultimately be successful, forcing the Sarkozy government to
back down. After all, French workers are not like their milk-toast counterparts
in Britain who melted away before the Thatcher government's brutal (and successful)
effort to tame them several decades ago. Moreover, if the French strikers
are successful in forcing the Sarkozy government to back down, it could stiffen
the backbone of workers in other countries - not only elsewhere on the continent,
but even in Britain and the U.S.
As we have said so many times before - THIS
IS THE "STUFF" FROM WHICH THE NIGHTMARES OF THE ELITES ARE
FASHIONED. The very real fact of the matter is, the
American elites are in a panic - a panic emanating out of
the belief that average Americans may soon be coming after
them with pitchforks; that, as a consequence, they are in
REAL danger of being swept away. As a result - and contrary
to popular opinion - the elites have been bending every
effort to pump money into the economy, hoping against hope
that it will reach into the pockets of the hurting masses
on Main Street. But the MONSTER they have created - that
is to say, the GREED that is inherent in the system they
have built - is "eating up" all the money they
have been throwing at the problem before that money can
reach average Americans. [Please see our article, "Inside
the American New World Order System."]
THE NIGHTMARE OF THE ELITES: The
workers are coming to get you !!
It's not that the elites care for average Americans - they do not;
it's just that they fear they are dangerously close to suffering the same
fate the French elite suffered as a result of the French Revolution.
The French Revolution
IT IS PRECISELY IN CIRCUMSTANCES SUCH AS THESE THAT RIGHT-WING
TYRANTS SUCH AS NAPOLEON AND HITLER ARE ABLE TO STEP IN
AND SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY TO INSTALL A DICTATORSHIP - WHICH
IS EXACTLY WHAT NAPOLEON DID IN 1792, AND HITLER DID IN
1933, AND WHAT ANTICHRIST WILL DO VERY SHORTLY.
[The fact that the elites in America came very, very close
to being swept away during the Great Depression is made
plain in our article, "A
Revolt against Elite Power Is in the Air, And the Elites
Are Breathing Fire against It."]
Antichrist appearing as a Christian savior.
The following article by Mike Whitney was brought to our attention
by Jim Nesbit.
October 21, 2010 "Information Clearing House" ---
Thank God for France. While Americans tremble at the idea of sending an angry
e mail to congress for fear that their name will appear on the State Department's
list of terrorists, French citizens are on the front lines choking on tear
gas and fending off billyclubs in hand-to-hand combat with Sarkozy's Gendarmerie.
That's because the French haven't forgotten that the government
is the servant of the people, not the other way around: When the government
gets too big for its britches, people pour out onto to the streets and Paris
becomes a warzone replete with overturned Mercedes Benzes, smashed storefront
windows, and stacks of smoldering tires issuing pillars of black smoke. This
is what democracy looks like when it hasn't been emasculated by decades of
propaganda and consumerism. Here's a blurp from the trenches:
Headline: "French Energy Sector Crippled
by Nationwide Strike... French energy facilities are close
to total disruption in the wake of nationwide strike against
the raise of the retirement age.....France has been hit by
numerous protests across the country against reforms that
shift the burden of the present economic crisis from off the
backs of the French elite (who are responsible for the crisis)
and onto the backs of average French workers … On October
22 morning 80 protesters blockaded Grandpuits oil refinery
outside Paris, key supplier for Charles de Gaulle and Orly
international airport." (The Financial)
NOTE: The American
press is reporting that the strikes in France are simply
about moving the retirement age from 60 to 62; THIS IS
A HORRIBLE MISREPRESENTATION OF THE TRUTH. What it's really
about is shifting the economic burden for the current
recession in France from the elites who caused it to workingmen
and women. The fact that retirement was set in France
at age 60 was a sop from the elites to the workers of
France some years ago in lieu of raising wages. It should
also be noted that no one in France retires at age 60;
the amount of money one would get if he did so is so paltry
that there is no possibility that one could live on it.
The actual age of retirement in France is somewhere around
70 years - five years later than the retirement age in
the US. It's only then that retirement pays enough to
keep "body and soul" alive.
They're shutting 'em down.
Party crybabies who moan about restoring "our freedoms" while stuffing
the backyard bunker with seed corn and ammo. Glenn Beck won't save you from
the "mean old" gov'mint. Liberty isn't free anymore. If you want
it, get out of the barko-lounger and organize. The amount of freedom that
any nation enjoys is directly proportionate to the amount of blood its people
spilled fighting the state. No more, no less … The state responds to force
alone, which is why it takes people who are willing to "throw themselves
on the gears" of the apparatus and stop it from moving forward. Unfortunately,
most of those people appear to live in France.
The state responds to force alone, which is why it takes people who are willing to "throw themselves on the gears" of the apparatus and stop it from moving forward. Unfortunately, most of those people appear to live in France.
The resistance is steadily building in France. The budding
rebellion is cropping up everywhere---"secondary schools, train stations,
refineries and highways have been blockaded, there have been occupations
of public buildings, workplaces, commercial centers, directed cuts of electricity,
and ransacking of electoral institutions and town halls..." And the big
unions are calling for more strikes, more agitation, more ferment.
For more than a week, transportation has been blocked across
the France due to the protests by students and workers. Sarkozy's popularity
has plummeted. 65% of people surveyed don't like the way the French president
is handling the strikes. 79% of the people would like to see Sarkozy negotiate
with the Union on terms and conditions, but he won't budge. Thus, the cauldron
continues to boil while the prospect of violence rises.
"STRIKE, BLOCKADE, SABOTAGE"
This is from an anonymous striker:
"In each city, these actions are intensifying the power
struggle and demonstrate that many are no longer satisfied
with the order imposed by the union leadership. In the Paris
region, amongst the blockades of train stations and secondary
schools, the strikes in the primary schools, the workers pickets
in front of the factories, people create inter-professional
meetings and collectives of struggle are founded to destroy
categorical isolation and separation. Their starting point:
self-organization to meet the need to take ownership over
our struggles without the mediation of those who claim to
speak for workers.
"We decided Saturday to occupy the Opera Bastille. This was
to disturb a presentation that was live on radio, to play
the trouble makers in a place where the cultural merchandise
circulates and to organize an assembly there. So we met with
more than a thousand people at the "place de la nation", with
banners stating "the bosses understand only one language:
Strike, blockade, sabotage." (end of communique)
The action was met with predictable police violence and mass
The pension turmoil is not limited to France either. US pension
funds are underfunded by nearly $3 trillion. Will US workers be as willing
as their French counterparts to face the beatings (to defend "what's
theirs") or will they throw up their hands and appeal to the government
There's no question that Washington elites have joined with
Wall Street to offload the massive debts from the financial meltdown onto
workers and retirees. Nor is their any doubt that they will invoke (what Slavoj
Zizek calls) a "permanent state of economic emergency" to justify
their actions. That will allow them to move ahead with so-called "austerity
measures" that are designed to impoverish workers and strip popular government
programs of their funding. The trend towards belt-tightening merely masks
the ongoing class war which is aimed at restoring a feudal system of royalty
and serfs. This is from an article by economist Mark Weisbrot:
"If the French want to keep the retirement age as is,
there are plenty of ways to finance future pension costs without
necessarily raising the retirement age. One of them, which
has support among the French left - and which Sarkozy claims
to support at the international level -- would be a tax on
financial transactions. Such a "speculation tax" could raise
billions of dollars of revenue - as it currently does in the
U.K. - while simultaneously discouraging speculative trading
in financial assets and derivatives. The French unions and
protesters are demanding that the government consider some
of these more progressive alternatives."
THE RETIREMENT AGE IS NOT REALLY THE ISSUE AT ALL. THIS IS ABOUT UNION BUSTING
AND "PUTTING PEOPLE IN THEIR PLACE." It's about "who will call-the-shots" and
in whose interests will society be run.
The French are fighting back against this oligarchy of racketeers
and the ripoff system they represent, while, namby-pamby Americans are placated
by signing their umpteenth petition or venting their spleen at a Palin rally.
Vive la France.
Vive la Résistance.
Vive la France. Vive la Résistance
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