What’s going on is that the working classes are continually lectured sneered at and looked down at by people who claim to be fighting for them when in reality the complete opposite is the case. Policies ruin working class communities yet liberal dominated politicians hijack the cause for their own self promotion. In the US it was Trump.
Not to defend Trump but I think he was actually the result
of the working class (that often voted Dem) getting all pissed at the liberal ruling class saying they're "for them" but ended up hurting them in some ways.
Now I'm not saying Trump was the answer, nor am I saying he is fighting for the little guy selflessly, but I learned from the last adminstration that "steps in the right direction" and "it'll eventually work correctly/it should have worked correctly but isn't" may make sense to a lot of us, but to people that are struggling paycheck to paycheck and saw their healthcare rise under the ACA, it doesn't matter the intention, only the results.
(Sorry for the run-on sentence)
Maybe I'm way off the mark, but I see similarities to what's happening in France. Sure diesel taxes will help us go green, is better for the future, will help people out eventually, etc. But many of these protesters don't care about the internation because they're hurting while the ruling class isn't
Sigh. This is a multi-layered and mysterious series of events:
On one level, France is often the forerunner of political awakenings across the world: the Enlightenment; Existentialism, Revolution, the 1968 protest movement, and so on. Across the West, the Middle Class was a wonderful creation of enlightened government policy following WWII, born of deliberate wealth re-distribution (check marginal tax rates under Eisenhower for example). However, the West, starting with the UK and the US especially, with Regan and Thatcher, systematically dismantled the Middle Class, by gradually turning off the tap of sponsorship and then redirecting ALL new wealth to the top !%. This is most dramatic in the US, but the French are the most proactive protesters in the West, so we tend to see first in France what is coming. See the following article from the Guardian UK: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... -a-symptom
Next: This is not really about France. All so called “populist” movements are really proxy battles driven by authoritarian nationalist elements. Their real enemy is not Macron or “the right”, but the very idea of Europe: the European project of transnational citizenship vs the tribalism of nationalist identity : Please see attached discussion from mid 2017 to better say what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm2jTm2 ... MnJrC-PcPM
Finally, the violence is orchestrated from outside the movement, and even outside France. It’s not just the extreme left and extreme right elements in France. It’s not just that the Russians are working overtime with 10s of 1000s of internet trolls in St Petersburg to spread anger, misinformation and fear. They are actually sending boots on the ground to perpetrate the violence on the street. Watch this clip and hear yourself what language many of the violent thugs are speaking when the rubber bullets come out on the Champs Elysees… It’s Russian !! - "Назад" https://twitter.com/___beardman____/sta ... _JnVCSemmA
Specifically: they are shouting, “Назад” - “Pull back, Pull back!!” when the rubber bullets are fired. Just let that sink in a moment….
Why is this happening now? The EU elections are coming up in a matter of weeks and France and Macron, in their imperfect way, were a bulwark against authoritarian nationalism. The Russians and the National Front, as well as the French extreme left, want to destabilise France, weaken Macron and diminish the EU.
What happens next? That will depend a lot on the nerve of the government and the ability of the mainstream French to discern the lies from the reality. As you see above, this requires a lot of attention and intellectual effort to avoid being like the 1930’s middle class Germans, swept up with Nazism.
When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.