Emperor Macron Reaps Whirlwind w/ Unpopular Climate Tax
For weeks, yellow-vested protesters have been on the streets of Paris, protesting new climate taxes proposed by the man who has been proclaimed France’s new “Sun King.”
The New French Revolution:
In launching their now successful protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s gas hike, the French gilets jaunes (yellow jackets) have revived their country’s reputation for rebelling against monarchial rule. It may well foreshadow a bitter, albeit largely avoidable, battle over how to address the issue of climate change.
Macron’s approach may have made him a favorite of editorial writers, who see him as the new “sun king,” but he is far more disliked by his own people than Trump is by Americans. The new French rebellion parallels the revolutionary resentments that ultimately overthrew aristocratic and clerical privilege that allowed them to live in splendor while the Third Estate, the middle class, suffered. __ The first shot in the coming climate wars
Emperor Macron’s Climate Tax is Bitterly Opposed
Macron’s virtue-signaling to the outside world by slapping an onerous climate tax on the French people, is something one would expect from a teeny-bopper such as Justin Trudeau. Perhaps Trudeau is the one who gave Macron the idea at the recent G20 summit in Argentina?
The insurrection in France is a small hint of what is to come when government officials in other democratic nations attempt to finance their own virtue signalling to fellow elites with the blood of their ordinary citizens.
This tax was inappropriate for several reasons. First, because it’s based on a falsehood: the idea that by upping taxes on the estimated 40 million motorists in the country — representing less than 1% of the world’s population — France will contribute to the fight against global warming. The latest forest fires in California alone represent one year of CO2 emissions from France.
This tax was also inappropriate because it was deeply socially unjust. It would have hit millions of French people, especially large families, who were pushed tens of kilometers away from our cities because of the high housing costs in metropolitan areas, and who have no choice but to drive tens of kilometers to work, live or survive. __ Revolt Against Injustice
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. __ Ecclesiastes 3:1
The public elites of the west — academics, journalists, media personalities, government officials, large foundations, ultra-wealthy activists, etc. — believe that the world is their private oyster to do with as they wish. It is only at times when average people make their voices heard, that a small amount of sane reason is made audible to these elites — should they wish to listen.
The first French revolution toppled a rotten and bankrupt monarchy. Today the French face something far worse: a global elite that is just as non-democratic as the Bourbon kings. Macron is serving as the cut-out figure for EU power, and the power of the international elites. He expected to be able to waltz in and make the dramatic changes that would earn him a place in history as a global saviour. Enter street democracy.
Macron’s policies rest on the notion on-going climate catastrophe embraced by media, the academy and the intelligentsia. Every time weather takes a nasty turn as it often does — heat waves, downpours, forest fires, floods — it’s often attributed to climate change.
This leads to the notion that we need to embrace climate “hysteria,” as one New York Times reporter suggested recently. This does not seem the best basis to create an enduring and workable policy. __ Joel Kotkin
The Germans Should Have Been The Ones to Take to the Streets
The German people have been extraordinarily long-suffering under the climate policies and immigration policies of the Merkel government. They now pay much more for their electric power, they must live under a constant threat of violence in public places, and they must now worry about the threat of cascading power failure due to Merkel’s bloody stab into the heart of Germany’s formerly reliable electric power system.
Germans should have taken to the streets years ago, and stayed there until all the Merkels, all the Schroeders, all the Greens, and the rest of the virtue-signalling, hardship-bringing posturers in the government were thrown out on their fat posteriors.
Like the revolutionaries of 1789, people are enraged by the hypocrisy of their betters. In pre-revolutionary times, French aristocrats and top clerics preached Christian charity while indulging in gluttony, sexual adventurism and lavish spending. Today they see the well-off and well-connected buying their modern version of indulgences through carbon credits and other virtue-signaling devices. Meanwhile, as many as 30 percent of Germans and as many as half of Greeks are spending 10 percent or more of their income on energy, the definition of “energy poverty.” __ Kotkin
There is nothing pleasant or civil about rioting in the streets, or confronting the lawful enforcers of civil and criminal law. At the same time, there is nothing democratic about what the governments of France, Germany, Sweden, and other nations of the EU have been doing “in the name of the people.” At least one US state — California — seems determined to follow in the footsteps of Macron and Merkel.
No democratic society can be expected to openly impose a radical decline in living standards; that has already been made clear in France, and may be shape politics here in the US, and even here in California, for years to come. __ Joel Kotkin
Citizens of Germany, France, and California should be aware that the dysgenic immigration policies of their jurisdictions serve not only for virtue signaling — they also make it easier for their leaders and elites to foist destructive and non-democratic policies of taxation and regulation on them. Because beggars are easier to please, these “green” governments want to make beggars of all the people.
Apparently, at least some of the French have other ideas.
Claire Berlinski suggests that the protestors in France are not easily labeled, but that some of the violence in France is coming from an alliance of convenience between Antifa/left anarchists from the city, the French far right from Paris and other cities, and ordinary French populist anti-immigrant citizens from the countryside — or something like that. If that is the case, than the methods of countering riot police tactics seem to be spreading between activist groups across the political spectrum, to fit with whatever grievance the disparate groups may hold. This suggests that these riots are likely to spread to other countries.