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)


There 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.

THE NIGHTMARE OF THE ELITES: The workers are coming to get you !!

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."]

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

Antichrist appearing as a Christian savior.

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."]

The following article by Mike Whitney was brought to our attention by Jim Nesbit.

- Antipas


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.

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.

Take note, Tea 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.


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 arrests.

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 for help?

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."

BUT 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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