The "Yellow Vest" movement exploded on the scene weeks ago in response to France's decision to increase gas and diesel taxes, with nearly 300,000 taking to the streets in violent protests. Images of burning vehicles, blocked highways and fuel depots, violent battles with police and more were splashed across the globe.
By the third weekend of protests, French President Emmanuel Macron blinked and suspended the planned fuel tax increases in an attempt to calm the population, hoping the demonstrations would end.
Soon other complaints and concerns started being revealed, such as Macron's planned reforms for next year, described by Bloomberg as "sure-to-be unpopular changes to unemployment insurance and a unification of France’s retirement systems."
The interesting thing about the "Yellow Vests," which I have seen some refer to as "Yellow Jackets," protests, is that they are not organized, have no structural leadership, nor any specific organization behind them or funding them.
It’s not just the protests’ fierceness and geographic spread that have taken the country by surprise—French media reported more than 2,000 separate rallies occurring across the country. Unusually, the Yellow Vests is a grassroots mass protest movement with no explicit wider political agenda or links to existing groups. Having organized themselves via social media since May (when the movement was sparked by an online petition), the Yellow Vests have arrived somewhat out of the blue.
There is also no clear media consensus as to what they are protesting beyond the cost of gas. To some observers, the protesters are primarily angry about what they see as President Emmanuel Macron’s apparent indifference toward tough conditions for working people. To others, the movement is evidence of a middle-class backlash. Meanwhile, it’s not automatically easy to say whether the protest cleaves more to the left or the right.
Make no mistake, gas tax increases was never the underlying issue, that was just the straw that broke the camels back.... in France, but over the past weeks, something truly extraordinary and unprecedented has happened, these Yellow Vest protests have spread throughout Europe, to Belgium, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK and now Canada, and in each case, there are a different set of issues the demonstrators want to see addressed.
To me this indicates that these "Yellow Vest" protests are not about politics, but are about the people rising up against the elite, it is a global revolt against globalism itself.
Note the individual issues these protesters are fighting against, illegal immigration, the highly controversial UN Migration Pact, economic issues where the elite have their boot on the necks of the people struggling to survive and pay their bills, the pro-Brexit campaigners demonstrating as their UK leaders betray them, after they voted to exit the EU...... all globalist agendas with the people revolting against them.
Over at the Strategic Culture Foundation website, in a piece titled "The War Against Globalism," the author Philip M. Giraldi, reminds us that while France might have been caught off guard when the initial Yellow Vest protest started, as other European nations are seeing the same protests against their leaders, this type of rebellion, revolt, call it what you will, shouldn't surprise anyone as it has been building as can be seen in the examples he describes, from the Brexit vote in the UK, to the election of Donald Trump to the recent election in Italy.
What has been occurring in Belgium, France, with Brexit in Britain, in the recent election in Italy, and also in the warnings coming from Eastern Europe about immigration and European Union community economic policies are driven by the same concerns that operated in America. Government itself is becoming the enemy. And let us not forget the countries that have already felt the lash and been subjected to the social engineering of Angela Merkel – Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Greece. All are weaker economies crushed by the one size fits all of the EURO, which eliminated the ability of some governments to manage their own economies. They and all their citizens are poorer for it.
There have been windows in history when the people have had enough abuse and so rise up in revolt. The American and French revolutions come to mind as does 1848. Perhaps we are experiencing something like that at the present time, a revolt against the pressure to conform to globalist values that have been embraced to their benefit by the elites and the establishment in much of the world. It could well become a hard fought and sometimes bloody conflict but its outcome will shape the next century. Will the people really have power in the increasingly globalized world or will it be the 1% with its government and media backing that emerges triumphant?
Frankly there are more of "us," than them, even though they own the establishment media, so if these movements continue to grow as they appear to be doing, then the globalists will have no choice but to backpedal or see themselves taken down if a full scale revolution occurs.
THIS IS A POPULIST REVOLT AGAINST THE GLOBAL 'ELITE'
Many have different specific definitions of "populism," with liberals acting like populism is a dirty word because President Trump was the populist choice, but in reality, all populism really is to make a lengthy description short, is the "people," versus the political elite globalists and globalism supporters.
The Heritage back in May 2018 offered a good description of what populism truly is, stating "The core populist contention is that the people, broadly defined, are being screwed over by the elites, either intentionally or not."
That matter can be verified empirically. The elites either despise the people or they do not. They either support policies that serve the people or they do not. If the core pillar of populism is true—and broadly speaking, it seems to be, at least in America—then something ought to be done about it, within constitutional norms of course.
The concluding sentence in that lengthy, but excellent article, accurately describes what we are watching play out in Europe right now as the writer highlights what Irving Kristol wrote in the 1980s about an earlier wave of populism: "this new populism is no kind of blind rebellion against good constitutional government. It is rather an effort to bring our governing elites to their sense."
Globalism, on the other hands, means "the operation or planning of economic and foreign policy on a global basis.
Why would liberals, Democrats and the establishment media have a problem with a President who declares his loyalty and devotion to America, and who believes that our elected leaders should be representing the best interest of the people that elected them, rather than the global community?
Isn't that a President, or leaders job?
That is what the election of Donald Trump, Brexit, and the most recent Yellow Vest protests are about in a nutshell, a populist revolt against the global elite.
Of course the globalists, liberals, and establishment media would rather blame Russia for the Trump election and the Brexit vote, and now, they are trying to blame Moscow for the Yellow Vest protests as well, rathering than acknowledging that the people are simply fed up with their globalist leaders.
Europe is burning, perhaps not literally, although we have seen some burning vehicles, but the globalist agenda is being rejected, and if the efforts by the Yellow Vest protests do not bring "governing elites to their sense," which it is beginning to look like they won't, these types of protests are going to get worse, not better.
What France and the rest of Europe is starting to look like right now, with hundreds of thousands marching each weekend, is what America would look like if the globalists have their way.
Thankfully the populists, the nationalists, the people, are ready for real change and as I stated above..... there are more of them, than there are of global elites.
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